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Most accurate handgun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by DontBurnMyFlag, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. DontBurnMyFlag

    DontBurnMyFlag Well-Known Member

    Just a quick query. Ive shot plenty of handguns in my life and some stick out more than others. But Ive been wondering what is the most accurate, non-rimfire handgun. Ive shot some Kimber 45's which are amazingly accurate even for a mediocre shooter like myself. Then Ive shot some older guns which no matter how well I think Im shooting, makes the target look like I shot it with buckshot.

    Now, I know ammunition has alot to do with it as well. And I know that out-of-the box guns can be suped up into race guns etc and made even more accurate. But just as a general all around question. Whats the most accurate handgun?
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    NRA once said the most accurate handgun they ever shot for a Dope Bag report was the Freedom Arms .22 lr, even more so than a single shot Free Pistol.
  3. Chad

    Chad Well-Known Member

    The one you shoot best?

    Just a thought, but is there a 'most accurate handgun'?
  4. akodo

    akodo Well-Known Member

    The sig 210 is supposed to be extremely inherently accurate, with excellent sites so the user can actually tap into that accuracy

    of course while it is a production gun, it is heavily hand fitted etc, and is basically as expensive as a S&W performance center handgun, or the bottom level of tricked out 1911s
  5. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

    TC Encore. .308 worked for me; apparently, a more "accurate" caliber will do even better.
  6. KMKeller

    KMKeller Well-Known Member

    Insofar as handguns in handgun calibers, the S&W 945 is the most accurate I've ever come across.
  7. tellico

    tellico Member

  8. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    You probably need to qualify it a little more

    Flat out "hit the littlest stuff at long ranges".....T/C Contender/Encore or Remington XP hands down. There is no common auto or revolver that's gonna be in the running

    Common type pistol. Probably a super tricked out 1911 45 acp since that's what the bullseye shooter use.
  9. sacp81170a

    sacp81170a Well-Known Member

    That's kinda like asking what's the most accurate golf club. Different tools for different applications. Use the one that suits the task at hand. If you're hunting, a scoped handgun like a TC, if you're shooting bullseye, a tricked out 1911, if you're shooting steel plates, a race gun, etc. Is a putter more accurate than an iron or a wood?
  10. Jim March

    Jim March Well-Known Member

    In revolvers, a Freedom Arms of almost any type will be unGodly accurate.

    FA revolver cylinders are made with a "line boring" process. The cylinder is mounted in the gun and a drill jig is screwed into the part of the frame where the barrel will go later. So each cylinder bore drilling is done "specific for that gun" - that frame and cylinder are forever a matched set. FA will supply more cylinders later but only if you ship your frame back to them; if you want a multi-caliber gun (357/38spl/9mm triple cylinders have been done fr'instance) it's much cheaper to order it that way from the get-go.

    Gunblast tested an FA mid-frame ('97 frame) .22 and got better than MOA out of it - genuine sub-1" groups at 100yds. Bigger-bore specimens grouping almost that well are common.

    Understand that this isn't a "target shooting only" gun. The '97 series has a transfer bar safety similar to a Ruger or whatever, while the bigger '83 series has a hammer block safety. These guns are safe for field carry or even CCW if you're so inclined.

    The bolt-action handguns like the XP100 or Striker are the only things that can keep up, or the single-shots, but those aren't anywhere near as "packable" as the SA wheelguns of Freedom Arms.

    I really doubt anything so "streetable" is as accurate.
  11. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    The most accurate single shot handgun I have ever shot was a Remington XP-100 in 6mmBR with a 7x Burris scope. 3 shots into 3/8" at 100 yards with handloads.

    The most accurate semi-auto I have ever shot was a Smith & Wesson Model 52 chambered for the flush seated .38 Wadcutter. 10 shots into 1 1/4" at 50 yards with factory Winchester ammunition.

    The most accurate revolver I have ever shot was a Freedom Arms Premier Grade .454 Casull with 4x Leupold scope. 3 shots into 1" at 100 yards. I stopped shooting after that because I did not want to spoil the group with the other two shots :).

    The sad part is that none of those guns belong to me :).

    Just my .02,
  12. .45man

    .45man Well-Known Member

    Revo: My FA Premier Grade .454 Casull Seen Here It too has a 4X Leupold EER scope. I have on a few occasions shot 5 shots into 1.5 -2.0 inches, using reloads, but all conditions must be right and I have to be having an "on day".

    Semi: My worked/tuned/overhauled/ Colt Gold Cup .45 ACP. After 5000 rounds it still shoots 185gr Nosler JHP into 3/4" inch at 25 yards (from a sandbag of course:D ) My S&W Model 52 holds a close second (seen here)

    Single Shot: My 10" bull barreled Thomson/Center Arms in .223. It has a Leupold 2.5 - 8 EER scope and I can consitantly put 5 shots into 3/4 of an inch (from 100 yards)
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2006
  13. just one question

    just one question Well-Known Member


    I'd guess one of the bolt action huntin' hand guns, or one of the various single shots out there.

    This is interesting....I am going to go do a little research.
  14. Zrex

    Zrex Well-Known Member

    +1 on the XP100
  15. 41 magnum fan

    41 magnum fan Well-Known Member

    My most accurate handguns are N frame S&W revolvers.
  16. Hutch

    Hutch Well-Known Member

    TC Contender is just spooky accurate. You disallowed rimfires in your question, but a common 10" .22LR put 3 in the same hole at 25yds for me one time. Not a cloverleaf, mind you. I thought I had somehow missed a 2x2 target backer with two of the shots until I went and looked at the "exit wound". You could barely tell that there were 3 bullets that had gone thru the cardboard target backer. This with a 2x Bushnell Phantom scope and Remington standard velocity ammo, off sandbags. The trigger on my 1st gen Contender could be adjusted to an incredible pull/letoff. Don't know if the most current versions will allow that.
  17. Will Learn

    Will Learn Well-Known Member

    Are Sig 210s still available?
  18. VARifleman

    VARifleman Well-Known Member

    I saw pictures of a (modified) ruger mkII make groups like my anschutz at 50 yds. It was set up like bench rifle though. Keep in mind, .22 LR might be the most researched cartridge to improve it's accuracy, it remains an inherrently inaccurate round because of it's design. This is coming from a 3p and prone smallbore shooter too...
  19. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Real handguns in actual pistol calibers...

    Pardini HP New
    Pardini GT 45
    S&W 52-2
    Custom-built 1911 for shooting Bullseye competitions
  20. Srigs

    Srigs Well-Known Member

    Most accurate I have shot are:

    S&W 41 in 22LR
    S&W Performance Center 952
    S&W 6" K-frames

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