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What size target can you reliably hit at 30 yards?

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  1. 357-8-times

    357-8-times Member

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    Holding a hand gun (no bench rest or sandbags) and using iron sites?

    "Reliably" can be defined as at least 6 out of 8 shots.

    Please post the size and firearm AND IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE TARGET CLEARLY AT 30 YARDS?.
     
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  2. briansp82593

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    i shot a mt dew can at 110 yards with a ruger mk2 great eight, it took two shots, one to see how low the bullet would be at that distance, another to take it, and i did this unsupported standing up.
     
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    Thirty yards and iron sights with an unsupposted pistol? A grapefruit.
     
  4. rantingredneck

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    I like to play "make the can dance" on the 30 yd target berm. Toss a can on the berm back up and shoot, it'll bounce and land somewhere else on the berm, shoot again, repeat.

    Out of 10 shots I might miss one with my MkIII22/45

    With my P90/P345's I can usually hold 4-5" 8 shot groups two hand unsupported at that distance. Stray flier aside I can keep them all on a paper plate without sweating too hard.
     
  5. papajohn

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    At our club range our standard drill is shooting at clay pigeons on the berm 50 yards away. On good days they don't last long, on crummy days we hit one about every ten shots. This is two-handed standing, most of my guns have fixed sights, my fellow shooters use a variety of guns, with varying sights. Each of us has gone six-for-six on clays at that range but that's not the norm. But if the range was reduced to thirty yards, I'd call it a fair bet we could do it more often than not. We are all experienced handgunners, all over 50, and have each been shooting for 25 years or more, and most of us have shot in competition at one time or another.

    What's a clay pigeon, 4 inches across? I can hit a clay pigeon at 30 yards five out of six from my hind legs, assuming good ammo and fair light. That's on an average day. On a bad day, well, I've got a few excuses saved up! :p

    Papajohn
     
  6. dmftoy1

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    5.5 inch Shoot-n-See's are no problem with any pistol in my safe at that range. (Unless I try to do double taps or hurry my shot) I still for the life of me can't figure out how Rob Leatham can put two shots downrange that fast and hit what he's shooting at . . . .I've been trying for 25 years and while I've gotten better I'm not even half as fast . . . :(
     
  7. SaxonPig

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    A barn...

    Assuming I am standing inside of it.
     
  8. Hypnogator

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    All shots on a salad-sized paper plate with Taurus PT-145 Millennium Pro firing 230-gr Hydra-Shoks.
     
  9. bensdad

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    30 yds? Irons? Free-hand? Wings off a fly.








    Provided there's a dead possum with about a gazillion flies on it at the 30 yd. mark.
     
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    Yeah, paper plate here too.
     
  11. cavman

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    B-8 Targets: 10-ring 3.36"
    9-ring 5.54"
    8-ring 8"

    from:http://bullseyepistol.com/rulebook4.htm


    .22 M41 9/10 ring all day long at 25 yards

    .45 probably most in the 9/10-rings with some in the 8-ring


    one handed
     
  12. Harley Quinn

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    Depends on the weapon I am shooting, some of them just are not as accurate as others.

    If it is a Glock and slow fire hand held the 6" circle is about right but the 8" dinner plate is a good one for most days. I have done better and worse, the range I shoot at is a 25yder max:)

    I believe is a waste of time to practice at that yardage unless you are just shooting slow fire, and want to see for fun. If you are a hunter than you need to shoot the 25 yd, 50 yd, 75 yd and 100 yd:uhoh:

    I'll add:
    The best thing to practice at is the 5,7, and 10 yd for a hand gun, do some slow fire, right, and left handed single, and then both hands on the weapon.

    Semi rapid fire is the fastest they allow at the location I shoot, it is good because in a real shoot out you are going to be under anxiety and are going to be shooting faster than normal, so you need to practice slower and hitting what you are aiming at.

    Sorry not asked but thought it was a good thing to mention.

    ;)
     
  13. Ala Dan

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    When back in MY thirties (oh NO, many years ago~!), I could hit a
    beer can sitting on a picket fence post at 100 yards, everytime with
    a Smith & Wesson 6" model 19-2 .357 magnum; and using my own
    handloads. ;)

    Also, I made a one-time head shot on a humingbird that decided to
    rest on my target stand a mere 80 yards away; with a Smith & Wesson
    4" barrel model 18-3 .22LR. ;) :D
     
  14. CBS220

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    Consistent on a can. Anything smaller it depends on how well I'm doing that day.
     
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    Well, I'm not much of a pistol shot...but I can reliably hit an 8 by 11 piece of paper at 30 yds with my father's Kimber.
     
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    As far as I'm concerned, that would keep me away from you provided I was of a criminal bent.
     
  17. JWarren

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    Depends on the handgun.

    With my father's Ruger Security Six .357 magnum with 6" barrel, I can hit a cottonmouth in the head at 30 yards.

    With my Glock 19, I could hit a bus in the side at 30 yards.

    With my 1911, I could hit a garbage can Center of Mass at 30 yards.


    But I shoot revolvers a LOT better than semi-autos.


    -- John
     
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    I can hit a man-sized target reliably at 30 yds, unsupported with, well sights don't matter, I can't see them fixed or adjustable. Joe
     
  19. 357-8-times

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    I updated the original post adding an extra question:

    CAN YOU ACTUALLY SEE THE TARGET CLEARLY AT 30 YARDS?
     
  20. papajohn

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    Absolutely! (Provided of course, it's Day-Glo orange, on a contrasting background......:cool:)

    PJ
     
  21. fearless leader

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    A coffee cup.
     
  22. Japle

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    I’ve been shooting for 49 years. My early training was in the Jr. NRA program shooting .22 target rifles. I learned trigger control and follow-through right from the beginning. There’s a Jr. NRA Distinguished award somewhere in my files.

    Much later, I was an IHMSA International class shooter in all four centerfire classes we had back then.

    I know how to shoot groups.

    Currently, I have a few centerfire pistols that’ll shoot groups under 2” at 30 yds.
    My Ruger .22/45 will do better than that, probably under an inch. My best 10 shot 25 yd groups with that gun run 1 1/16” to 1 3/8”.
    My BHP and Witness .38 Super will both group 5 rounds under 1 ½” at 25 yds.

    I never shoot these pistols off sandbags. The groups above were all fired two-handed, standing.

    John
    Cape Canaveral
     
  23. SoCalShooter

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    That's for me to know and not you!
    Consistently I can put 8 out of 10 shots inside a 2 inch diameter. With my MKIII 22.LR with my Colt I can do about a 4 inch diameter. With my les baer I will let you know.
     
  24. .cheese.

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    reliably? A brick wall 1 mile x 1 mile.

    I can personally guarantee that I'll hit it every time.

    ETA: darn... SaxonPig beat me to it.
     
  25. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    30 yards, 3 out of 4 consistently, offhand, with handgun? I gotta go with 5-6", and only with a CZ-75, not any other handgun I own; most likely would need 6", and only after about 5 practice shots to "get in the groove". At 25 yards, I might have said 4.5-5". Might be able to do better with a rimfire, but for centerfires, that's what we've got.

    As for some of the claims made here, I'll just say "I'd sure like to see it!". Wooo-doggy, gotta love the internet. :) :uhoh:
     
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