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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Tahitian.Ted, Sep 13, 2012.

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  1. Tahitian.Ted

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    What is the difference when a 38-sp cal shell is fired from a S&w 642 or a S&W Mod 10 4" barrel gun in relation to the muzzle Velocity,FT #'s eta ?
     
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    Hi, and welcome to THR!

    The answer is not exact, nor always the same. No two guns will fire two identical cartridges at exactly the same velocity. In general, though, the slightly less than 2" barrel of the 642 will produce something around 70-100 fps slower velocities than a 4" barrel would. (Usually we expect to see about 35-50 fps per inch of loss, with a shorter barrel handgun.)
     
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    Thanks

    :)That was clear and what I wanted to know. Glad that it was not so technical an explanation that I would not understand. I find ballistics very differcult to understand. So Thanks for that reply. Ted
     
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    You're most welcome!
     
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