Posted in Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Web Blast: The Long Vs. Short Of It

November/December 2009 Handgun Hunting Column

By J.D. Jones

Handgun Hunting

Cartridges in photos are .300 “Whisper,” .308, .30-’06, and .300 Win Mag.

Selecting barrel length is often a major problem for the average shooter. The vast majority select middle of the road length barrels but the trend of questions about length often revolve around extremely long barrels for both pistols and rifles.

The expectation of what a long barrel will do versus a short barrel is often unrealistic in both velocity and accuracy. Having spent thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars with a large variety of calibers and chronographs, I’ve come to some general conclusions. The final assessment? The the more I know the more unanswered questions I have.

For example, in revolvers, single shot pistols and rifles the length of the barrel is of little or no consequence ballistically in hunting guns. The barrel length will not make any difference to anything you shoot. Excessively long barrels may be counterproductive to accuracy and velocity. Yes, there are “fast” and “slow” barrels and in some cases I can see the reason, but in most I can’t. Types of rifling, chamber dimension, throat and other factors all contribute.

>> Click Here << To Read More Handgun Hunting

WEB BLAST EXTRA RELOADING DATA

.308 Winchester
Pistol: T/C Encore 15″ Barrel (new)
Rifle: Winchester M-100 22″ Barrel (Excellent)
Velocities shown are 15″ from the muzzle.
ES: Extreme Deviation

Ammunition Weight Pistol Vel. Pistol ES Rifle Vel. Rifle ES Diff. % Diff
Remington Acc. 55 3,288 09 3,608 44 320 08.69
Cor-Bon 125 2,726 41 2,883 47 157 05.44
Santa Barbara Ball 147 2,504 55 2,620 68 116 04.42
Isreal 3/67 AP 147 2,497 46 2,635 139 138 05.23
Isreal 3/67 Horn 150 2,446 55 2,598 03 152 05.85
FN 56 Horn 165 2,498 28
FN 56 AP 150 2,514 31
HLM 150 2,665 40 2,824 29 159 05.63
Nitrex 165 2,550 51 2,680 19 130 04.85
HLM 165 2,566 04 2,741 08 175 06.38
US M852 Match 168 2,408 35 2,552 27 105 04.11
Fed G M Match 168 2,349 30 2,453 124 104 04.23
Fed G M Match 168 2,354 43 2,462 122 04.23
Fed Tactical 165 2,410 34 2,544 23 134 05.26
W Supreme Match 168 2,433 36 2,581 64 148 05.734
HLM Match 168 2,513 02 2,672 33 159 05.95
Federal 180 2,378 42 2,515 27 137 05.44
Nitrex 180 2,567 27 2,690 24 123 04.57
W Supreme FS 180 2,489 54 2,475 11 -14 -00.56
Average 150 2,525 45 2,669 58 141 05.29
Average 165 2,455 27 2,592 40 133 05.13
Average 180 2,473 33 2,581 19 108 04.18
Factory Black Hills Moly Match Ammo:
168 grains 24” Barrel 2,757 fps
19″ Barrel 2,619 fps
14″ Barrel 2,407 fps
Federal Tactical:
165 grains 24” Barrel 2,701 fps
19″ Barrel 2,662 fps
Winchester U.S.A.Ball
147 grains 24″ Barrel 2,928 fps
19″ Barrel 2,747 fps

November/December 2009

Order Your Copy Of The November/December 2009 Issue Today!

Share |

Leave a Reply

(Spamcheck Enabled)