Is this "adequate" accuracy?? pics added


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Dave Bulla
January 18, 2011, 10:15 PM
Hi guys, just went and shot my new toy today and I thought I did okay but that I certainly have room for improvement. Just wondering how my shooting compares to you all who are good at it and do a lot of it.

The "toy" is a Ruger super blackhawk, Hunter Bisley in stainless steel with a 7.5" barrel. Got it a couple weeks ago but didn't get to shoot it until today.

Went and shot it today for the first time and was pleasantly surprised.

I do NOT consider myself to be much of a handgun shooter and this is the first time I've shot a handgun at paper in about 19 years so.... if I talk about groups I like that you all would laugh at, cut me a little slack eh? (But DO be honest, I can take criticism when it's needed.) I hope to get better with some practice. My most limiting issue is my eyesight. I was shooting with my reading glasses on to help me see the sights better but it made things a little fuzzy at the target.

Temperature outside was about 22 degrees so I wore a pair of those stretchy spandex camo gloves that are real thin. They're pretty slick though and I wondered if I'd have trouble hanging on to the grips.

All shots fired were from the bench with wrists resting on a padded block.

Anyway, I started out at 15 yards with some Hornady 200 grain Hp's. Shot 3 rounds in a 1 1/2" group about 5 inches low holding with the front bead covering the center of the target.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y43/DaveBulla/Fall2010hunting060.jpg

Shot 3 Hornady 240 Hp's at the second target and hit same POI in a 7/8" group. Not bad I figured.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y43/DaveBulla/Fall2010hunting061.jpg

Next, I shot 3 more 200gr Hdy's and had two touching and one less than an inch away. Adjusted the rear sight about one full turn up and got a little under 3 inches of upwards movement. Shot two shots there almost touching. Gave the screw another full turn and fired one shot to verify elevation was now "on".
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y43/DaveBulla/Fall2010hunting062.jpg

Shot some cast lead that I'd loaded 19 years ago when I had my other 44 and it did real well. Put 9 shots into 7 visible holes. If you throw out the two worst, the other 7 went into 1 5/8".
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y43/DaveBulla/Fall2010hunting063.jpg

Once I felt I was dialed in at 15, I moved the target out to 25 to see how I'd do. I put 6 shots into a 3.5" group a little right of center. If you throw out the worst one, it's a 2" five shot group.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y43/DaveBulla/Fall2010hunting064.jpg
I spent the rest of the time shooting at snow clumps on the backstop about 60 yards out and did pretty good hitting them. I think I did better than on paper because my sights showed up better against the dirt and snow than against the black target circle.

I finished off shooting a little N.A.A. "Black Widow" 5 shot 22 deringer at 7 yards. That little bugger shoots pretty good for as tiny as it is! It needed a firm hold to do well though. That's 10 shots on the left, 15 on the right and 5 on the bottom middle. Remington milk carton cheapo ammo.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y43/DaveBulla/Fall2010hunting065.jpg

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Standing Wolf
January 18, 2011, 10:34 PM
If you throw out the worst one, it's a 2" five shot group.

Your shooting sounds pretty good, especially after not having done much target shooting recently; throwing out worst shots, however, may make people wonder whether you're not a "gunriter," as one of the gun magazine "writers" puts it. Go ahead and count them all.

Dave Bulla
January 18, 2011, 10:43 PM
Well, I'm no gun writer but I read a fair bit of stuff from the magazines. The "throw the worst one out" thing comes from when I was a kid and had great eye sight and could call my fliers when shooting a rifle. If I was "on" and missed, it was a flier, if my sight picture was "off" and the shot hit there, it was a "called miss". We used to call our shots and if a known bad hold ruined a group, we'd throw that one out. But yea, I understand, I really should count them all.

But back to the question I started with...

Could I expect to get this type of accuracy with open sights out to say 50 or 60 yards with practice? i.e. about 3 inch groups at 50 yards?

RidgwayCO
January 19, 2011, 10:39 AM
That's pretty good shooting after such a long layoff. Nice job. Unfortunately, using iron sights doesn't get any easier as the target distance increases...

The nice thing about the Ruger Hunters is that it's easy to add a pistol scope. Made life much easier for my old eyes...

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