What was your best shot?


February 13, 2003, 10:46 AM
Mine was seveal years ago when I was but a teen - I was running down a hill and a groundhog was running out of the field towards the woods about 70 yards away. For some reason, I decided I had to get the shot off before he got to the edge of the field, but I didn't think to stop running and the groundhog didn't wait. Had an iron-sighted Marlin 336 in .30-30, and everything just seemed to fall into place instinctively, made the shot (I don't know how). I'm really glad I had some friends there to witness it.

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February 13, 2003, 10:58 AM
Was at a friend's metallic silhouette range one day and took a break firing my TC Contender and broke out a Walther PPK/S in .380 auto for a little "plinking". To my amazement I actually was able to score some hits on the 50 meter pigs. So , with one shot left I decided to try a shot on the 75 meter turkey - I fired the shot and hear the metal ping as the turkey falls! This had to be one of those instances where planetary alingments (luck) came into play! Considering the type of pistol used I would have to rate it as my best handgun shot ever.

Art Eatman
February 13, 2003, 11:00 AM
Wuz out on the deer lease, and had just climbed over a fence. Just as I picked up my rifle, I happened to look off to the side and saw three turkey gobblers about 125 yards away.

No way I could take a head shot, offhand. And a body hit with an '06 is sorta ruinacious. So, I just snapshot the rear end out of the biggest Tom. Killed him and gutted him in one swell foop, and didn't ruin any meat.

:D, Art

Larry Ashcraft
February 13, 2003, 11:14 AM
Coyote at 450 yards with my 25-06 and 3-9 scope last October. I'm normally not a great rifle shot, especially with a 1903 trigger.

February 13, 2003, 11:34 AM
Iron sight Win 94 30-30.

Coyote crossed in front of the pickup. I slammed on the breaks. Pulled the gun fromthe rack.

Coyote is jumping broomweeds running straight away from me. I timed his jumps and shot him in the back of the head at the peak of his jump. Approximately 85-95 yards.

Don't ask me to repeat it.

February 13, 2003, 11:35 AM
Best shot involved an Uzi, a gasoline can, and a moving vehicle. :D :D :D

February 13, 2003, 12:00 PM
It was a 1000 yard bulls eye shot with my Glock chambered in 9mm :evil:

February 13, 2003, 12:16 PM
300yd hit on a small orange gourd using a friend's Rem700 BDL left hand in 22-250.
Art-I've done that shot-gutting trick with my .308 :) Saves cleaning time. Pretty much limits you to breasting them out though.

February 13, 2003, 12:20 PM

February 13, 2003, 12:29 PM
I don't know about my "best shot", but my most "meaningful" was the first time I handled a shotgun. We were clay shooting and my brother handed me his Winchester 20 gauge. "I'm going to laugh my pants off if you hit anyting. You're not going to get any."

So, not only was I going to shoot a shotgun for the first time, I had to nail a moving target zipping through the air.

Little sister pulverized the very first clay into a cloud of dust.

:neener: to my brother.

February 13, 2003, 01:14 PM
I took a bird from 50yds once with a Mini-14 :what:

Casualities of war... :evil:

February 13, 2003, 02:07 PM
mines gotta 2 be 50yrds headshot on a rook (1" target) sitting, it was real high wind but due to rain in wind i saw the wind curling round , so i decided not to aim 2" off but dead on and my guess was write when i heard the pellet smash into his head and saw him crumple in my scope!

really cool

David Scott
February 13, 2003, 06:52 PM
One night when we lived in Texas, we heard our trash cans rattling and knew it was the feral dog that had been dumpster dining in the area. I grabbed my Ruger 10/22 and a flashlight. As soon as I came out the back door a huge Black Labrador pulled his nose out of the trash can and took off. Without even bothering with the light, I swung up the 10/22 and snapped off 2 shots. (We lived in the country and there was nothing else out there for miles.) It was about a 25 yard shot, not a long distance but it was a black, moving target with only the light from the windows.

When we went to investigate we found the Lab, deader than disco with one bullet hole in the spinal cord at the base of his neck and one just behind his ribs. The world was once again safe for garbage.

February 13, 2003, 08:46 PM
Back in my doodlebugging days I carried a Ruger Single Six when afield. I was helping the jug hustlers, who were rightly cautious of snakes, lay a line across a lake dam when a snake was spotted swimming near 50 yds away. :cool: I made a point of not showning my shooting skills to those guys again.

Standing Wolf
February 13, 2003, 09:06 PM
I once shot a 100, ten-X—in the warm up before a match.

February 13, 2003, 09:10 PM
Probably 25 years ago I hit a bird in flight with a slingshot. Surprised me more than the bird.

February 13, 2003, 11:55 PM
Mine would have to be a large blackbird coming at me full kilter at an angle about 20 feet high, I hit him mid-flight with an open sighted 10/22 when he was about 20 yards out, fell like a rock, just like my jaw did. Don't remember using the sights, just point shot.

February 14, 2003, 04:30 AM
Last saturday, I went clay shooting with some friends. We tossed a couple of clays up on the berm just to get everybody used to aiming a shotgun before we started throwing. Mind you that there were 6 of us, and only 3 had shot before. One of my inexperienced friends fires at a clay on the berm... misfire. He ejects the shell right quick. I grabbed it off the ground, and dropped it into the double barrel I was holding while saying "lemme show ya' something..." I'm going to do my demonstration of why you should wait several seconds before ejecting a misfire. I only half expected the round to fire, and I was unfamiliar with the shotgun (I've only used a double barrel once before, and that was a decade ago), so I didn't know if I had the right trigger. Since that gave me about a 25% chance of a discharge, I didn't bother to tuck it in good. I point at the berm, and hit the first trigger my finger touches... Well, it was either a hard primer, or a soft pin strike, 'cause it went BOOM! Shotgun slams into my shoulder, and the shot busts 2 clays in a very dramatic shower of clay bits. Everybody was most impressed, and they got the point about misfires... It's Friday and the bruise is still there. I wonder if that qualifies as my worst shot, too.

Edited to add: If ANY of you EVER tell them about this...

Carlos Cabeza
February 14, 2003, 09:46 AM
Last friday I went to the range and I used a fat guy silhouette target and some red tape to form the "ocular window" on it. I put all eight in the triangle with my Colt .45 GM at 25 yards. I'm sure that is not real difficult by most shooters abilities, but I don't have anything really impressive to give. Maybe my perfect heart shot on a 8pt. buck last fall. Scoped .270 Win at approx. 80 yards through very heavy cover and thick brush. See, not that impressive.......................:(

February 14, 2003, 12:52 PM
Human torso, 550 meters, 30mph cross wind with 40mph gusts.

Hit it on my first (and second shot) with iron sights from an FAL. Everyone was saying that it would be a miracle if I hit anything. It took 10 more tries before I hit it again.

February 14, 2003, 05:15 PM
Fourth grade, landed a punch square between the eyes of the playground bully, that was the last thing I remember about the whole incedent. :D

February 14, 2003, 06:31 PM
M-240B machine gun. It was my turn. I was easily picking off the close targets (inside 300 yds) with single shots, so I started shooting at the farther ones. My Squad leader yelled at me, telling me that I should shoot the close ones first because in combat they would be the most dangerous. I started firing bursts at them, and I just happened to end up with a single round left in the MG at the end of my last burst. I took a breath, held way over top of the 1000M target and squeezed the trigger the next time it popped up. A short pause, then the target fell.
I knew that it was more accident than anything else, but I still brought it up every time I got the chance.:D

February 14, 2003, 09:24 PM
4am...Shot a deer in half at 1100 meters...105mm smoothbore mounted on an M1 Abrams at Ft Knox. We were looking for a moving target, with the thermal sights it was the hot spot. It was scored as a hit (after the went downrange to see what it was)!:D :D

February 15, 2003, 12:48 AM
Once upon a time, I had some college friends out to our family farm to hunt mushrooms. I carried my WWII 1911A1 in the woods, while one of my friends had a Ruger Blackhawk that he loaded with .38 Spls. During lunch break (a picnic) we began shooting at some bricks from an old fallen-down schoolhouse on our property. The .38 would consistently knock them over, while the .45 would break them in half. Well, as we were getting ready to leave, I picked up a brick, said, "Watch this!" and threw it into the air, drew, broke it in half with the first shot, then broke both pieces before they hit the ground.

Couldn't do it again in a million years! :D

February 15, 2003, 09:32 AM
I was shooting with some friends at some one gallon milk jugs at about 100 yards, we all had rifles and most of them were having a hard time hitting them including me. being kinda frustrated I went for the rem 870 and loaded up four slugs, I didn't think I'd hit anything but managed to hit four of those jugs in rapid succession. one of the guys whined at me for cheating with buckshot until I showed him the empty shells, that shut him up pretty good.

February 15, 2003, 04:40 PM
1996. I crawed silently towards teh edge of a pond in View, Tx. about 7 am. I have my Russian SKS with ten rounds loaded. THEre was a flock of wild ducks resting and I took an aim on one at 20 yds away. Blast it and then the whole flock flew off in flight after hittting the first one. As soon as they flew off the water the whole flock went in my direction. I immediately stood up and fired as I could. I hit one duck in the mid breast area and whoa its amazing to see it drop down. It was about 20 ft away from me. It was a thrilling moment. Can't get any better than that. I love my Russian SKS!!

February 15, 2003, 09:40 PM
I hit a clay on the fly with a lever action rifle in .357 , I was using 158 jhp's . everyone was taken back , I couldn't do it again if I tried ( haven't tried again ) but my buddys are ammazed when I shoot .22 shells and .45 shells with my 10/22 at 100 yards with a red dot .IMO should be no biggie everyone should be capable to do that . Right??

Sean Smith
February 15, 2003, 11:36 PM
I can't really think of a single "holy crap!" shot I've made that just seemed miraculous.

One time I surprised myself with skill I didn't know I had was a few months ago. Me & a friend of a friend took turns shooting at a metal target plate of modest size at 25 yards. I gradually shot faster and faster over the course of several mags until I was truly rapid firing and hitting every time with my cheapo Colt 01991... BONGBONGBONGBONGBONGBONGBONGBONG...

"Did I just do that?" :eek: :D

He shot it even faster, but he had a SigSauer P226 in 9mm. And was much better than me anway. ;)

February 16, 2003, 12:14 PM
It was a miserable Sunday morning. Snow on the ground, a North wind that cut through several layers of heavy clothing.
A recent accident made it mandatory to wear an aluminum wrist brace on my shooting hand. The Rangemaster gave the bandaged paw an OK for competition in our modified match.
I cleaned every bank of silhouettes and received the best score I had ever had in a match.
That, upon reflection, taught me something about the way I had been limp wristing my pistol. Thereafter, my scores were better.

February 17, 2003, 12:41 AM
I have a couple pure-luck-miracle-never-happen-again-shots;

1) I hit a magpie with a SigP220 at a hair over a hundred yards, pure, sheer, out and out luck. But I had witnesses so I just calmly holstered my pistol acted like I would have been surprised if I missed.

2)I shot a dragonfly out of the air with a .22 pistol after about a dozen tries. I got that baby mounted in my shop, you can see the grove where the bullet went through the head.

3) I shot an egg on a pipe at a scouting shoot with a bore sighted 30-06. At 150 yards. With about a dozen witnesses.

That would have to be my favorite, I abstained shooting through three rounds of shooting cause the rifle was bore sighted only and I was waiting till it was done so I could sight in. Finally one of the leaders convinced me to give it a shot anyway. After I pulled the trigger and saw the egg evaporate, turning around and seeing 12 sets of teeth as everyone's chin hit their chests, mine included.

Best part is, I didn't touch that scope zero after that for the last 15 years till I replaced it last summer after the crosshairs fell down inside it. ;-)


February 17, 2003, 02:16 AM
I had set up a 16oz bottle on a hill at the outdoor range, approx. 36yds away. Just to be funny, I loaded up a single round in my dad's Makarov (.380, not 9x18), raised the gun and fired very quickly. To my amazement, the bottle was gone :) Not a world-class shot, but far better than usual for me. Everybody just kinda looked at me and went back to what they were doing. I'm not good, but I'm much better than they were hehehe.

February 17, 2003, 02:58 AM
I don't know about my "best shot", but my most "meaningful" was the first time I handled a shotgun.
So, not only was I going to shoot a shotgun for the first time, I had to nail a moving target zipping through the air.

Little sister pulverized the very first clay into a cloud of dust.

Same thing here. I got to pulverize clays today. First time handling a shotgun. :)

February 17, 2003, 12:42 PM
On the rifle range as a Marine in 92, I knocked the spindle out of the shot spotting disk twice in a row at the 500 yard line at the 29 Palms range. My line coach just happened to be watching me when I did it the 1st time. Fired the round and saw the disk drop off the target. Coach called down to verify the keyhole shot. Came back to the line that I had blown the spindle out of the spotter. Coach made the comment that he bet I'd never do it again. I told him "Probably not." Next shot, I did it again. Coach spent the rest of the day going on about "His great shooter. I can't claim skill on either shot. Both were just pure luck. That's why I've resigned myself to never winning the lottery. I used my luck up that day. Finished the qual with a 238, so I was happy.

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