Ballistics by the inch
This is an interesting site I stumbled across. These fellas dropped some coin and some time to develop a decent amount of data with respect to the most popular SD rounds. I've seen some here discussing the impact of the longer barrels of a carbine and the shorter barrels of a snubbie.
From their website:
The site has full documentation of the project (over 6,000 rounds fired), easy to see summation tables for the results, clickable graphs showing the curve of each ammo over the 18" - 2" barrel lengths, an associated blog, and a lot more. You can download the entire database for your own use as well. Stop by, check it out, spread the word to others who may be interested.Why "ballistics by the inch"? Well, just about forever people have wondered what kind of trade-off one made in choosing a gun with a short barrel - how much power were you giving up for convenience/concealability? There has been a lot of anecdotal information available - comparing this 2" .38 to that 6" .38, or a longslide .45 to an officerís pistol with a shorter barrel - but there hasnít been much in the way of consistent research made available to the average gun owner. In the 1980s American Rifleman did some tests using a .44 mag revolver, cutting the barrel down from 18" to 1", and back in the 1930s someone did something similar with a 30-30. But just try and find that data quickly. And further, how does that data compare to your 9mm or .32? Do they all lose power at the same rate? Are some ammos better for your purpose than others?
We were curious just exactly what the drop-off in velocity was for a given caliber over a range of barrel lengths, and using a variety of available ammunition. So, we decided to do some actual testing. And, we wanted to make this information freely available as a service to gun owners everywhere. This website is the result.