This information is derived from a combination of sources: manufacturer's specifications,
measuruments performed by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI)
and approximation formulas devloped by Genitron.com.
Rankings shown here are based on a 5.7-inch revolver barrel. Rankings for guns of this caliber in our database will vary based on their actual barrel types and lengths.
In shooting competition the Power Factor is used to determine the competitive division in which a particular handgun/cartridge
can be used. It is a simple calculation of the bullet's mass times its muzzle velocity.
PF = bull. mass x muzzel vel.
TKO-Taylor Knock Out Formula
Developed by big-game hunter John Howard Taylor in the 1940's, this formula calculates the relative effectiveness of bullets for hunting game.
TKO = (bull. mass x muzzle vel. x bull. dia.)/7000
This cartridge employs a special case, similar to the .45 Colt, but 0.1 inch longer to prevent the round from chambering in .45 Colt revolvers. This is because the higher pressure loading in the .454 Casull would be dangerous in revolvers chambered for the milder .45 Colt cartridge. The .454 Casull is one of the most powerful revolver cartridges available and is primarily used for hunting.