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How far out are shooting your .357?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Waterboy3313, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Waterboy3313

    Waterboy3313 Member

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    How do you shoot with all of those trees in the way?:what:
     
  2. xphunter

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    If you are on the target, you won't hit anything else...My guess
     
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    When I lived out on the farm we had a 200yd pistol range that got used quite a bit. Moved into town and joined a gunclub with a 100yd range. Anymore the longest distance I shoot a 357 is 50yds. I use a contender with a 357 bbl
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    I use that contender/357 bbl pictured above to practice 50m free pistol. The extra weight of the contender is good for the wrist & grip. The recoil is excellent for follow thru & the extremely heavy 14OZ trigger is god for correcting trigger pull issues.
     
  4. Catpop

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    Walkalong,
    Great looking home range and permanent shooting bench! :thumbup: I love those hill and valley ranges. They have their own natural backstop!
    I have to use a raised dirt mound back stop here in eastern NC to be safe. But then I also have the advantage of recycling my boolits! :)
    Shoot on friend!
     
  5. desmobob

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    I normally shoot at 7 and 10 yards offhand, weak hand, rapid fire, etc. Handloads get tested from a rest at 25 yards. A day of shooting always ends up with a bunch of shooting at 100 yards! The Thompson/Center Contender always gets shot at 50 yards and beyond.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    That's right!
     
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    Lately I've been pushing my 4.2 sp101 to 40-50 yds, once I'm consistently pleased I plan on stretching to 100, best group at 50 yds has been just under 4 inches but average around 6" from field positions, when 4 becomes average I'll stretch to 75 and then 100.
     
  8. WiTom

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    My backstop is setup at 50 yards from my deck, but I have a 12" steel gong, set at 175 yards, on the back hillside. My routine, with each revolver and handgun, is to start at 10 yards, then 20, and then the 50 yard. I will shoot out to the 175, with my BFR's, in 30/30, 44 mag, and 500 S+W, and also shoot the scoped SuperRedhawk 44 mag, but I don't make it a practice, to shoot the 357's beyond 50 yards. I don't have either 357's scoped, and that is probably the main factor.
     
  9. Dibbs

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    That said, 50 yards is reasonably accurate, for me, and 75 yards is attempted often, for the reasons stated above.
     
  10. Corpral_Agarn

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    Can I get some details on that bench, please?

    I need to build one for my "back porch" home range.

    last time I shot at 'distance' was only 60 yrds.

    Wife was really ringing that 10x12 steel:
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  11. fastbolt

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    Handgunning ... is handgunning. The accurate shooting of revolvers at distance is limited more by the shooter's skillset and abilities than the revolver.

    When I shoot my J-frames on an outdoor LE range that has steel 'silhouettes', I like to take my J's out to 40-50yds and ring steel using them in DA/DAO. It helps me periodically assess my DA trigger skills at distances further than the usual 10-25yd maximum distances required in most of the common qualification courses-of-fire.

    FWIW, there were 50yd silhouette targets in the older revolver courses-of-fire for firearms instructor classes, and when I did a LE instructor recert before I retired (using a compact 3.5" pistol) there was still a 50yd target for the scored course. This time it was scored with open sights, and then again with front & rear sights taped over. Shooter skill and familiarity with the weapon being used.

    If someone can accurately use their revolver at distances further out than 25yds, then getting solid hits in closer distances ought not overly tax their abilities. ;)

    Then again, I grew up with my dad being a strong believer in Long Distance Handgunning as promoted by Elmer Keith. We used to go 4-wheeling in the mountains and set up long range targets for Magnum revolvers. He later taught me to consider consistently hitting gallon jugs at 125yds, shooting 2-handed, unsupported, using my .44MAG Ruger loaded with handloaded Magnum loads, to be a common practice drill. Expectation of achieving the desired results and a justified confidence in shooting skills can help.
     
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  12. Walkalong

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    Some sort of high tech material that was leftover from a project at work. It was part of a new entrance, was supposed to look like a waterfall. Ridged on one side, flat on the other. Cut two corners off and made the bench with it. The piece in the lobby is made from three pieces twice that size and cost us about 5 grand.
     
  13. Corpral_Agarn

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    I guess painted 2x4's will have to do then LOL
     
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  14. Waterboy3313

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    Weather permitting I am planning another trip to the range Sunday. I haven't had a chance to buy or make a gong yet. I'm actually behind on my reloading from last weekend as well. My plan was to set up something like a 12"X12" plate target and start at 25 yards and maybe move out at 5-10 yard increments as I see fit.

    I'm guessing most of my close distance reloads are going to get me doing a whole new work up.
     
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  16. Waterboy3313

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    I ordered a 12 inch round AR 500 steel gong target tonight. I figured that would be a good start. I can set it up and move out as I see improvement. I didn't want to go too small as I'm not that good and I don't have any plans on adding optics. I have a cheap set of HF folding saw horses I might try chaining it up the the bottom of one of those for now or when it actually shows up. I guess I can build or buy a better set up as I see the need. I figured why not use what I have and decide what works or what doesn't before I get too involved.
     
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