Picked up a Ruger Hawkeye Compact for the grandkid.
I’m finding plenty of recipes that are geared towards full length barrels. Is there a rule of thumb concerning such short barrels, 16” in this case. RL-15 shows 2800 to RL-19 showing 2900 for instance.
I’m guessing the slower powder would not work as well in such a short barrel, but I don’t know that.
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You can expect about 30-50 FPS loss of velocity per inch of barrel length. You would need to chronograph the exact load if you want more precise numbers. But I doubt any deer-sized animal will know the difference between a 2800 FPS load and a 2600 FPS load, especially since the difference between the two velocities gets less the longer the range. I actually load my 30-06 down to about 2600 FPS with a 165 gr Nosler Ballistic tip for mild, comfortable shooting, and the last five deer didn’t know they were hit with a slower bullet. We often give too much credit to the last few FPS of velocity. Just sight in for the load, and go fill the freezer!
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