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rifle energy

There are probably several out there, but these two tables jump to the top of the search engines.  They help sort through conjecture with real numbers on cartridge type-bullet weight-velocity-energy.  I post below portions of old faithful ;Chuck Hawks’ rifle ballistics table;.  The far-right number, energy at 200 yards, is particularly useful for rifle cartridge comparison sake.

Another table at Gunners Den ; has more details, but no 200-yard figures.

Different rifles, barrel-lengths and cartridge loadings can move these numbers around A LOT, but the fundamentals of SAMMI chamber pressure limits and bullet diameters remain. I skip the lower-powered rifles and start my list here with those that carry what I consider to be at least a minimum of useable power out to the 200 yard range.

Cartridge (Wb + type)     MV (fps)     V @ 200 yds     ME (ft lb)     E @ 200 yds
.223 Rem. (45 SpHP)     3550     2430     1259     590
.223 Rem. (55 Sp)     3240     2304     1282     648
.223 Rem. (64 Sp)     3090     2312     1357     760
.22-250 Rem. (55 Sp)     3680     2656     1654     861
.22-250 Rem. (60 Sp)     3500     2634     1632     924
.243 Win. (95 SST)     3100     2572     2027     1396
.243 Win. (100 Sp)     2960     2449     1945     1332
270 Win. (130 Sp)     3060     2639     2702     2009
.270 Win. (140 Sp)     3100     2620     2990     2140
.270 Win. (150 Sp)     2850     2183     2705     1587
7×57 Mauser (150 Sp)     2690     2278     2411     1729
7x65R (170 Sp)     2625     2167     2602     1773
7mm Rem. Mag. (150 SpBT)     3110     2751     3221     2520
7mm Rem. Mag. (175 Sp)     2860     2440     3178     2313
7.5×55 Swiss (180 Sp)     2651     2223     2810     1976
.30 Carbine (110 RN)     1990     1236     967     373
.30-30 Win. (150 FP)     2390     1605     1902     858
.30-30 Win. (160 EVO)     2400     1916     2046     1304
.30-30 Win. (170 FP)     2200     1619     1827     989
.30-40 Krag (180 Sp)     2430     2007     2360     1610
.308 Win. (150 Sp)     2820     2288     2648     1744
.308 Win. (165 BTSP)     2685     2264     2641     1878
.308 Win. (180 Sp)     2620     2198     2743     1930
.30-06 Spfd. (150 Sp)     2910     2342     2820     1827
.30-06 Spfd. (165 PSP)     2800     2283     2872     1909
.30-06 Spfd. (180 Sp)     2700     2023     2913     1635
7.62×39 (125 Sp)     2365     1783     1552     882
.303 Savage (190 RN)     1890     1440     1650     875
7.65×53 (180 Sp)     2592     2189     2686     1916
7.62x54R (150 SP)     2700     2193     2428     1602
.303 British (150 SP)     2830     2325     2667     1800
.303 British (180 Sp)     2460     2020     2420     1625