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Practicing With My 649

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ACP230, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. ACP230

    ACP230 Well-Known Member

    I got to the range for an hour, or so, today.

    My son was sighting-in his Remington .308 and I shot a Walther (Manurhin) PP for a while, then practiced with my 649.

    I had a silhouette target up at 50 feet and worked on shooting the gun dry and then reloading using Bianchi Speed Strips. They were still "Slow Strips" when I used them, but the practice was worth it.

    I hadn't shot the 649 for a while due to having to shoot other guns for articles and sighting-in deer rifles. I shot better than I expected. Some groups were around five or six inches fired standing, two-handed, double action. I also did OK on headshots shooting single-action. I sometimes shoot the PP better than the Smith, but today they were about the same.

    I used my reloads with 158 grain LSWC and Unique powder and Winchester primers for practice ammo.
  2. Kurt

    Kurt Well-Known Member

    Yes indeed, it's nice to "re-discover" shooting the J frames.

    I carry them and keep a few around, but sadly don't practice as much as I should with them.

    Maybe the cost of Buffalo Bore loads has something to do with that. ;)
  3. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    What a coincidence; I just picked up my 649 today.

    Haven't gotten it to the range yet, but my first act was to toss a Tyler T-grip onto it. Been playing with it a bit tonight, and pretty pleased.

    I have Crimson Trace grips coming in for it (bought on impulse for $120). Not so much interested in them for carry, as for use in dry-fire exercises. Curious to see if I can learn to keep the dot on the target all the way through the trigger pull.

    I'll have to do some reading up on fine-tuning mine. The SA is good, but the DA is a little heavy. Then again, maybe that's best for a CCW gun with no manual safety.

  4. ACP230

    ACP230 Well-Known Member

    I put a Tyler T-Grip on an M49 soon after I bought it. (My older son has it now).
    Later, I added the Uncle Mike's (Butler Creek) rubber boot grips. They came already installed on the 649.

    The T-Grip made it easier to shoot the M49, but boot grips are much better for me.

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