I finally tested my favorite 22 magnum loads over the chronograph today, here's a list of the results:
The new 40 grain Speer Gold Dot:
This ammo was supposed to give good velocity from short barrels. Well....I can say it did as advertised. It placed the highest velocity out of a 4" barreled Taurus Model 941 Revolver.
Average Velocity: 1387 FPS, Deviation of 22 FPS.
Out of an 18.5" barreled Henry Lever: Average velocity of 1952 FPS, Deviation of 43 FPS (8 shot string)
The Federal 50 Game Shock which is a controlled expansion hollow point, and the biggest bullet made for the 22 mag:
(4" barrel) Average Velocity: 1120 FPS, Deviation of 18 FPS (8 shot string)
(18.5" barrel) Average Velocity: 1633 FPS, Deviation of 22 FPS (8 shot string)
CCI 40 Grain Total Metal Jacket:
(4" barrel) Average Velocity: 1202 Deviation: 82 FPS
(18.5" barrel) Average Velocity: 1871 Deviation: 77 FPS.
This ammo had flyers with the major changes in velocity and an occasional misfire. I love the CCI TMJ's for hunting, but I'm going to a different load. I shot them all as target ammo and bought a bunch of Federal Target Champion 40 grain FMJ.
This Federal ammo appears to use a Total Metal Jacket style bullet too (I took one apart). The Federals don't misfire, and have about 130 FPS more in the pistol, and about 100 FPS more in the rifle. The also had the best consistency with very little deviation. The Federal is the better hunting ammo.
As far as a home defense round, the new Speer Gold Dot gives excellent velocity out of a pistol, and so does the 50 grain Game Shock for such a big bullet. Take your pick.