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Comparison of 44Mag Ammo velocities: 7-1/2" bbl vs 4" bbl length

I recently purchased a Ruger SuperRedhawk from 3spop with 7-1/2" bbl and scope, and I already had a Redhawk with 4" bbl... When I shot the 7-1/2" I "felt" like it shot harder/faster....so smoffet and I were shooting the other day, and gathered some data that proves up to an extra 200+ fps from the longer bbl... I know most of you already know this, but I'll post it anyhow..along with the stated factory "velocity".... all ammo was new factory, no reloads...sample sizes were small - 4 to 6 rounds with each type...velocities are averages:

----------------------------------- 4" Redhawk --------------7-1/2" SuperRedhawk-------------Factory velocity
Fiocchi 240gr XTP -------------------1251 fps ---------------------1311 fps ---------------------- na
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Hornady 225gr FTX------------------1381 fps--------------------- 1530 fps---------------------- 1410 fps
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Hornady 240 gr XTP ----------------1335 fps--------------------- 1482 fps ---------------------- 1350 fps
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Remington 180 gr JSP --------------1505 fps ---------------------1711 fps ---------------------- na
 

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Re: Comparison of 44Mag Ammo velocities: 7-1/2" bbl vs 4" bbl length

Thanks for the test! I've got a 7 1/2 Super Blackhawk and wondered what sort of speed it had.

Edit: I've got a lever 44 mag, maybe I ought to test it.
 

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Re: Comparison of 44Mag Ammo velocities: 7-1/2" bbl vs 4" bbl length

A 240 grain moving at almost 1500 ft/sec would take down anything we have in MS. Thanks for the info. My Anaconda is 6" but if I ever go to hunt, I'd buy a Ruger single action with about a 4x scope.
 

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Yep that's what I am counting on. I will be hunting this year with my Ruger.

 

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Re: Comparison of 44Mag Ammo velocities: 7-1/2" bbl vs 4" bbl length

I have a chrono, and really enjoy playing around with it. A few surprising things pop up once in awhile. Thanks for the info.
 
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