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Ruger P90 50 yd grouping

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by devildave31, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. devildave31

    devildave31 Well-Known Member

    What would you consider a decent grouping for a Ruger P90 at 50 yds. I used to have one, (wish I still did) and the first time I shot it, the only range available was 50 yds. I had never shot a .45 at the time, let alone a P90. On the first couple of Mags, I was able to keep all of my shots within an 11x14 piece of paper (long side up and down). I have always thought that would have been fairly impressive for 50 yds since that fits easily inside the width of a man's chest. Is that very good for that particular gun?
  2. Roughneck08

    Roughneck08 Well-Known Member

    At 50 yards that is respectable. I am by no means claim to be a professional shooter though. I would much rather have my carbine for a 50 yard shot especially if the adrenaline is going. You betcha that will still do the ticket though.
  3. devildave31

    devildave31 Well-Known Member

    Well at the time I was not a very experienced pistol shooter, and 50 yds was not by choice. I only mention it because I think it is a good testament to the accuracy of the particular firearm.
  4. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    50 yards for a newbie with a handgun is more of a waste of time, typically. But it sounds like you did pretty good. However, you need to find a better handgun range and practice at 3,7 and 15 yards... Then maybe out to 25 yards max. But, for fun, I have read that some guys mess around and shoot at 50-100 yards just to try it.
  5. devildave31

    devildave31 Well-Known Member

    Normally i use the 25 yd range, however even then, there is usually someone else at the 50 or 100 bench, so moving forward is a no-go. Now that I have a little more experience unde rmy belt I'm pretty confident at 25 yds. It's a good range to keep you challenged in my opinion. I would really like to be able to go to a more professional range one day and do some multiple shot multiple target practice at closer ranges. I live out in a pretty rural area and I am confident in shooting .22 in my own backyard, in the right direction. One day I would love to have a .22 conversion for my 1911 to practice that kind of shooting.
  6. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I just recently bought a P90.

    One of my favorite shooting exercises is shooting small and compact handguns at 50 yards, standing, two hands.

    My favorite target is a 2x2 foot steel plate with a 18 inch silhouette painted on it. Shooting compact guns I figure getting all shots in the silhouette is OK. For little guns, like the Micro Desert Eagle, I figure keeping all the shots on the steel is OK.


    As of yet I haven't shot the P90 at 50 yards but I will be satisfied to get all shots in the silhouette.
  7. devildave31

    devildave31 Well-Known Member

    Let us know how it does when you do.
  8. devildave31

    devildave31 Well-Known Member

    btw, is that a range on your own property? If so it must be nice.
  9. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    The Ruger P90 was an excellent gun and would be my choice in the Ruger line of CF semi-autos from that time. did you know that it was originally intended to be chambered in 10mm...the introduction of the .40 caused it to only be introduced in .45ACP.

    For a new shooter and from a standing position, I'd be pretty impressed with a group of that size. From a rollover prone or bench, most P90s will put their rounds inside 4" at 50 yards if the shooter has good trigger control
  10. jon_in_wv

    jon_in_wv Well-Known Member

    On Youtube I found myself under attack by a groups of wannabe snipers who claimed to know EVERYTHING about shooting EVERYTHING. One of their videos he was shooting his Kimber Desert Warrior and 50 yards and was shooting groups easily 2 1/2-3 feet around. He woudn't accept the fact that just wasn't that impressive. You show yourself that good 50 yard accuracy is perfectly achievable. Recently in a moment of cockiness I bet a coworker I could hit a pie plate with my 9mm at 200yards in 10 shots or less (prone of coarse NOT offhand). I shoot a steel plate about 2'x2' at that distance with some luck but we'll see. Hopefully I'll get lucky!

    BTW, from what I've read from many P90 owners the P90s are very accurate and reliable. Many swear by them.
  11. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    I get 4" 7 shot groups @40(haven't shot at 50 yet) rested with 230 gr.Sellier and Bellot fmj. and 230 gr Remington Golden Sabers. Not as good with Winchester 180 gr.silver tips.
  12. Damon555

    Damon555 Well-Known Member

    I would say hitting a sheet of paper every time @ 50 yards with a .45 ACP is pretty good shooting.

    For comparison here is what my Kimber Eclipse can do @ 50. This was just some informal shooting because in general 50 yards is an unrealistic range in my opinion.

  13. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    The picture is of the bottom 50 yards of a 110 yard range. It's about 300 yards from the house.
    The girl is my friends daughter shooting at the 1 foot square (white) target and seldom missing.

    I've got a 50 yard pistol/22 range in the back yard.

    Yes it's nice to just grab a gun and start shooting most anytime I want. Sometimes a couple times a day.:)

    Once in a while I teach someone basic shooting. What I like is I can quickly have the person shooting rapid fire, on the move, etc. The kinds of things they can't normally do at a public range.
    Within about an hour this girl went from standing still with the Ruger 22/45, to shooting while moving with the S&W J Frame and she was doing very well.

    Speaking of the P90. Right after I got mine my young friend here was shooting the Ruger very. I didn't have the camera that day.
    Notice his concentration shooting at 30 yards with the GI 1911, with 22 conversion.:)
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2010
  14. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    From a machine rest with ammo it "likes," I would expect it to shoot into about 4-5 inches at 50 yards. Your grouping, from (I presume) a two-handed upright stance, while it won't win you any bullseye matches (which that gun was not designed for) is not bad for a new shooter. Fifty yards is much further than it is likely to be used "for real."
  15. devildave31

    devildave31 Well-Known Member

    Due to the layout of my property I am lucky enough to be able to shoot .22 in my back yard as well. It is nice to be able to take on of the little ones "down the hill" with a the .22 bolt action and have some quality father/son time. I'd like to get a 1911 conversion for the same reason.
  16. 9mmforMe

    9mmforMe Well-Known Member

    M2 Carbine,

    That's a real nice set up you have there. Kudos to you for introducing the shooting sports to the younger generation. I would have loved to have been exposed to a similar set up when I was 10.
  17. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    Don't know why everyone is hung up on 50 yds as being so hard. Its the standard distance of a slow fire Bullseye target though if you only have a 25 yd range there's a reduced size 25 yd slow fire. The 50 yd BE target is the same size as the 25 yd timed and rapid fire with a larger black aiming area for equivalent aiming at the longer distance.

    If you can put them all into the black at that distance you're doing pretty good for an average BE shooter. If you can put 10 round all in or touching the aprox. 3" 10 ring then you're a very good shot and if they're all touching the 1-1/2" X ring then you're at an expert level. One handed unsupported hold only for BE shooting though.

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