Ballistics by the inch

Breaking 500,000

Hey everyone!  It’s been a while since I posted anything – mostly, there wasn’t a lot to say.  Word of the site and our tests continues to spread, we’re in the process of gearing up for testing the next calibers, and life has been busy.  But I thought it appropriate to share some details.

First off, probably this weekend (probably sometime late Sunday) we’ll pass half a million hits to the site.  Yeah, 500,000 hits since we went live just after Thanksgiving.  Very impressive response, and I would like to thank all those who have helped to share our testing results with the rest of the world.

Yes, we are getting ready to do the next round of testing, in about 5 or 6 weeks.  The barrels are being made, ammo gathered, guns borrowed, schedules examined.  We figure that it will probably take a long weekend to do the three calibers (.327 Magnum, .41 Magnum, and 10mm), and perhaps do some carbine testing to supplement some of the “real world” data we have for some of the other calibers we tested earlier.  I hadn’t thought too much about this, but in the last couple of weeks there has been a lot of interest in our data from the lever-gun community, so we might as well go back and provide some of that information for comparison (since we still have the remainders of the original ammo tested).

And here’s something a bit exciting – Concealed Carry Magazine, the publication of the USCCA, will have a feature article on our project in their April issue, due out the beginning of next month!  Pretty cool, and should help to spread the word of our efforts.  Be sure to look for a copy at your local newstand, or go ahead and join the USCCA and get the magazine directly.

Cheers –

Jim D.

March 5, 2009 - Posted by | .327 Federal Magnum, .41 Magnum, 10mm, Data, Discussion., Links


  1. Jim, you’re right on concerning interest from the lever-gunners. I shoot a Marlin in .41 Magnum, which is how I found this site–looking for any ballistics data for this caliber from other than 2-, 4-, or 6-in. barrels.

    Barrel-testing would be great; carbine testing will be the icing on the cake!



    Comment by Paul | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hey Paul,

    Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, it looks like we will be doing a fair amount of “real world” carbine & lever gun testing to augment the rest of the data. It won’t be comprehensive, but will at least add another data point to show how some real world guns compare to the data obtained from the T/C.


    Jim D.

    Comment by James Downey | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  3. […] yesterday the number of hits to that site crossed 500,000.  In basically three months.  And we’ll probably see a new round of interest next month, […]

    Pingback by Half a million. « Communion Of Dreams | March 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. So . . . are we getting close on the .41?

    Comment by Paul | April 18, 2009 | Reply

  5. Funny you should ask, Paul. We were out at the site yesterday, and tested dozens more “real world” guns in the various calibers (using the leftover ammo from the tests last year). Today we’re starting in on the chop tests for the .41, 10mm, and .327. It’ll still be a couple of months before we have everything crunched and the numbers added to the Bbti website, but I *will* post a summation of the info here on the blog sometime in the next week or so.


    Jim D.

    Comment by James Downey | April 18, 2009 | Reply

  6. I’m here because of the USCCA magazine article. These data are wonderful! I’ve been thinking about what kinds of statistics I could do with them all evening. My curiosity is raging at the moment, so I need to take a few minutes and some deep breaths! 🙂

    Great work and a fascinating project. Thanks for the work.

    Comment by Ruminator | April 29, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hey, Runinator, thanks for stopping by – glad you enjoy our little project. Be sure to download the pure data itself, in either .pdf or .xls form from the site!

    And I have hope that we’ll actually have the upgrade of the data for the additional real world guns and the new calibers *much* sooner than I initially expected. Weeks, rather than months – be sure to check back here for updates.


    Jim D.

    Comment by James Downey | April 29, 2009 | Reply

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