What do you shoot the Best? Rifle, Handgun or Shotgun?


May 9, 2003, 04:56 PM
Just wondering what you fellows shoot the best Rifle, Handgun or Shotgun? I am only an average shotgunner, don't shoot many shot shells a year, But I'm a pretty fair hand gun shooter, I probably shoot more handgun ammo and different handguns than any other type of shooting, but with a Rifle I'm just about unbelieveable. I've made some long range shots that are just amazing and if I say much more I'll be accused of being a "story" teller. But I am pretty damn good with a rifle, any rifle , open sights or scoped. Of course having a Marine Corp. back ground and quite a bit of long range shooting experiance helps a lot. I hunt deer witha handgun or an open sight 30-30 with cast bullets, just to make it a little more difficult. Tell me how you are please. Thanks.

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Double Naught Spy
May 9, 2003, 05:11 PM
Shoot best how? I suck with long guns out of the holster, can't hit skeet with a rifle or pistol, suck with buckshot or pistol at 100 yards. Each has its place in specific situations and each has situations for which it may not be well suited.

May 9, 2003, 05:21 PM
I think I know what he's getting at. Given the the limitations with the handgun, obviously even if I get 1 inch groups at 50 yards (I was getting better right when my muzzle brake went TU) I'm still not that good of a rifle shot; conversly I consider myself a good handgun shot, but I can't do that with a pistol....

Considering the pistol range is only 1/2 the distance as the rifle range, there are 2 matches per weekend and I can only shoot tactical rifle once every other month, I get a lot more triggertime in w/ Nina and Grace.

May 9, 2003, 05:50 PM
While I can certainly shoot smaller groups with a rifle, I usually seem to be able to hold my own just fine with a handgun and get shown up as often as not, within my shooting group, on rifles. I'm very happy to get an honest 1" group at 100 yards whereas one guy consistantly has 4 out of 5 shots touching at 100 yards. At 200 yards, I typically will get about a 3" group (a few 1.5" groups that I'm sorta proud of) but he can pretty consistantly can shoot 3 shots into 1" at 200 yards.

With handguns, more often than not, I don't have to make appologies for my shooting so I guess I consider myself a better handgun shooter than a rifle shooter but if push came to shove, I'd grab the 870 if I needed to defend myself. ;)

May 9, 2003, 06:20 PM
since i shoot highpower I'd have to say rifle.
however 'tactically' I'm probably a better pistolero


May 9, 2003, 06:24 PM
I shoot rifle well. I shoot a pistol passably. I can shoot slugs decently out of a shotgun but my skeet work is awful.

May 9, 2003, 07:56 PM
Very good with the 870, Slugs and 00
Good with the 1911
Fair hand with shotgun (birds/clays)
Decent with a rifle. (barely decent)

Navy joe
May 9, 2003, 08:21 PM
None. I'd be willing to say that I am better than 85% of the shooting public with any type gun. My strength is that I can understand and quickly apply the basic shooting/ ballistics fundamentals to whatever gun is in my hand. My weakness is I've only been seriously shooting for 4 years and there is never enough ammo. The real downside is that other 15% of the shooting public are all the ones that compete! In my first year of competition I have gone from top of the bottom third in matches to the bottom of the top third. I've gotten a lot smoother with a pistol, but still suck. I think I'm pretty good when it comes to run and gun rifle or shotgun though.

Maybe one day I'll buy some skool so I can say I am good with a gun.

May 9, 2003, 08:47 PM
I'm better with my SKS than my Beretta at long ranges. I've never tried shooting real close with the SKS, though.

May 9, 2003, 08:56 PM
For group shooting, rifle, hands down.
Reactionary work, pistol.
Pretty darn good with slugs to 50 or 60, rule the skeet range with my (very small) circle of skeeters.

May 9, 2003, 09:08 PM
I shoot the 2 rifles I have, pretty well. Both MOA, at least the last time I shot them. I shoot one handgun about as well, at the same distances, but it's a benchrested T/C Contender in .30-30. I shoot my pistols very well at defensive ranges, and of course, some better than others. Totally suck at shotgunning.:confused:

Actually I group best with a bow. (Hoyt ProVantage) At least I did until my CDP came along.

May 9, 2003, 09:26 PM
Gotta be a rifle.
For just recreational shooting, I would have to go with my CZ 452 22LR. My M-39 and 91/30 come close, but require more dicipline because after awhile, you notice the recoil.
For quick shooting, I would go with my Scout. I like to get close when I hunt, and the Scout is a good choice with its 2X scope. I can keep 3 shots inside of an inch at 100 yds with it, so the accuracy doesn't really suffer any.
I would say I am worst with my AK.
But I haven't shot it much either.
For pistols, I am pretty decent with my SIG and my CZ-75, but my 1911 still needs some sight work and a little smoothing out.

May 9, 2003, 10:49 PM
Lets see...handgun...couldnt hit the broad side of a barn from the inside.

Shotgun....all birds fly totaly worry free around me....

Rifle....if it hits anything FEET from where i was pointed....im happy...

Acutaly im halfway decent with small calaber rifles. My pistol I can hit what im pointed at all the time....groups...what groups. do keep them all on the paper now tho :D then again this is the frist time ive ever shot a pistol more than maybe a box of ammo. Until i bought my own i had shot a pistol maybe 50 times. used to plink with .22lr rifle a bit tho.

May 9, 2003, 11:12 PM
Rifle, preferably one with fixed sights

Ala Dan
May 10, 2003, 01:10 AM

Best Wishes,
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May 10, 2003, 04:45 PM
I got my pistol permit 10/01.I've shot at least once a week sence.I havn't shot a shotgun in years and I a rifle (not counting 22) for even more years.Nothing against long gunners,I just prefer handguns now.:)

May 10, 2003, 05:36 PM
Considering I've been shooting the same .22lr rifle my whole life, I'd say I can hold my own with it better than either of my handguns.

May 12, 2003, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the responses guys I found them to be very interesting and informative. I just like any kind of shooting but some I do better than others. :)

May 12, 2003, 07:29 PM
There's nothing like having a 26-inch site radius!:p

Dave R
May 12, 2003, 07:34 PM
Most of the year, its the rifle. But during upland season my shotgunning improves noticeably as the number of of clays/birds I shoot at increases.

After hunting season, my pistol shooting improves.

Then I get good with a rifle again for varmits in the spring..

May 12, 2003, 07:49 PM
Shotgun: If I can see it--it's dead.
Handgun: Working hard to be like #1
Rifle : Need to dust away cobwebs, at one time I shot competition rimfire and '06 a bunch--iron sighted . Never learned to use a scope , per se. But I'd win.

Guess I took Churchill's " give me a 12 ga and 1911" bit to heart.

May 12, 2003, 10:31 PM
I have a 'cross dominance' so I shoot pistols using my dominant left eye and I use my weaker right when shooting long guns.

Stupid question #94562

I saw a movie where a practice rifle shooter, sighting through open sights, was told to 'keep both eyes open'. What's up with that?

May 12, 2003, 11:03 PM
I saw a movie where a practice rifle shooter, sighting through open sights, was told to 'keep both eyes open'. What's up with that?

You lose your depth perception when you close one eye.

Neal Bloom
May 12, 2003, 11:33 PM
Better with a rifle, need more practice with a shotgun and a lot more practice with handguns.

May 13, 2003, 04:56 AM
Compared to the average Joe with a gun, I do my best with

1. A handgun

2. A rifle

3. Average guy whips me pretty good with a shotgun. :o

May 13, 2003, 10:34 AM
Shotgun. something about mounting a well-fitting gun, and it being truly a part of the body. never have to look at my own gun while shooting.

rifle/handgun... i'm fair to good at them. problem with me is i usually shoot my handgun like a shotgun... both eyes wide open, focused on the target, point shooting.

i shoot paintball more accurately from the hip than the shoulder. something bou tthe size and shape of those things.

May 13, 2003, 12:15 PM
Never shot a shotgun. Rifles are probably easier for me to shoot, but since I shoot a handgun FAR more often, I'm best with it... depends on the gun too. I couldn't hit a house with a Glock, but I'm a pretty good shot with my Beretta (it's a grip thing).

May 13, 2003, 12:46 PM
My current passion is my 45/70 stainless shooting a 405 grain at 100 - 150 yards open site.

And my 10/22 as well.


May 13, 2003, 01:07 PM
I'm good with my 795. 25 yards, rapid fire ( mostly double taps and triple taps in rapid succession. and I mean rapid. someone on the range asked if it was full auto. i guess so much paintball has helped my trigger finger). All the shots are in a 1-2" circle. Colt .38 Special is a tack driver, but I'm not that great of a shot. I can't shoot past 15 yards. But within that, all the shots are almost touching. Shotgun, I usually bust about 45 out of 50 clays in informal shooting. I don't know if you'd call it trap or skeet, cause I don't know the difference :o . My mini, well, it's somewhat difficult to judge my accuracy with it cause it's not the most accurate weapon (at least thats my excuse ;) ) My friends turk, i can hit a 8" gong, offhand, at 200 yds., only problem is the thing gets heavy toward the end.

May 13, 2003, 03:23 PM
3 gun competitor

1. Usually win the local shotgun stages.
2. Usually place in the top 3 with rifle.
3. Usually place in the top 10 with a pistol.

Lucky for the other guys that it isn't 2 gun! :D

May 13, 2003, 09:41 PM
pistols then rifles didn't own a shotgun until a month ago and never really saw the need to . now another thing to practice .

May 14, 2003, 11:34 AM
I shoot a rifle best, although I like shooting handguns more.

May 14, 2003, 11:49 AM
I shoot my handguns most of the time and only rarely shoot rifles or shotguns. As a result, I shoot handguns better.

May 14, 2003, 12:23 PM
I voted rifle. I am by no means a marksman, but I am most comfortable with a rifle. Pistol ranges are by far more accessible for me right now, so that's what I've practicing the most.

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