For everyone else: "Caliber" is the common name of the cartridge tested; "Load" is the brand of ammunition tested; "Bullet" is the weight (in grains) and configuration (JHP, for instance, means jacketed hollow point) of the bullet; "MV" is the standard abbreviation for muzzle velocity; "ME" is the abbreviation for muzzle energy; "Penetration (10% gel)" is the measured penetration of the bullet when fired into a block of standard ordinance gelatin, which is used to simulate soft tissue; "AIT (goats at Strasbourg)" refers to a famous European experiment where a great many goats of the approximate size and cardio-vascular capacity of a human being were shot broadside through the lungs with a variety of handgun loads and the 'Average Incapacitation Time' (in seconds) from the shot until the animal's collapse was recorded; "One shot stop %" is the percentage of one shot stops in actual street shootings as culled from police records by Marshall and Sanow; "Test brl.
" means the length of the test pistol's barrel.For an expanded version of this chart with more entries, see the "Expanded Handgun Power Chart" on the Tables, Charts and Lists Page.
Copyright 1997, 2010 by Chuck Hawks.All rights reserved.CHUCKHAWKS.There are dozens of loads for any given bullet weight in any cartridge that will produce different velocity and energy figures.Different rifles seldom produce identical performance, even with the same load.Therefore, the figures in any ballistics table should be taken as approximate.However, the table below gives a reasonably accurate comparison of the basic ballistics of most popular rifle cartridges.
The velocity and energy figures in this table are taken from various sources including the Federal, Remington, Weatherby and Winchester ammunition guides and the 9th Edition of the book Cartridges of the World by Frank C.Barnes and edited by M.L.McPherson.For an expanded version of this table showing more loads including British, European, wildcat, obsolescent American and proprietary calibers, see the "Expanded Rifle Ballistics Summary" and the "Expanded and Improved Rifle Ballistics Table" on the Tables, Charts and Lists Page.
In the table below bullet weight is given in grains, velocity is given in feet per second (fps) and energy is given in foot pounds (ft lb).General abbreviations used below are: MV (muzzle velocity), ME (muzzle energy), V (velocity), E (energy), yds (yards), Wb (weight of bullet).