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I bought a .44 mag 7 1/2" SRH about 6 months ago. I've pumped about 1000 rounds through it since then, and still can't get it on paper with open sights, and I'm all over the paper with my scope. I'm not really sure what the proper technique is to shooting this gun... the recoil doesn't bother me at all (I actually enjoy it) and I don't feel the gun is uncontrollable for me. I'm just lacking in technique and I'm not sure how to correct it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I love the gun and it sucks that I'm such a bad shot with it.

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Hi ophidia,
WE really could use a little more info on your shooting positions ,range ,loads,etc.
First I don't know if your a big guy or a little fellow like me, but your holding roughly 3 and a half pounds out in front of you. If your shooting magnum loads then drop down to some nice light 44 sp. loads. Next I would rest the gun on sand
bags and fire a few rounds at close distance ,maybe 7 yards up to 50 ft. You should start getting some groups more to your liking. Then make what ever adjustments needed to hit the point of aim. This should show you what the gun is capable of and the rest is up to you. Good luck
 

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I think that the first row 'o tires at the range I go to is 25 yds. I think the initial part of my problem was that I was loading up all sorts of different loads with different recoil and bullet weights. It occurred to me a couple of weeks ago that being accurate with it wouldn't happen if I kept doing that.

I've settled on 240 g XTP's with 20.7 grains of H110.

I have been shooting from a bench with the frame just under the cylinder braced on a sandbag type shooting rest (cheap green Caldwell shooting bag). When I shoot freehand I hold the gun firmly with my right hand and wrap my left hand over my right, around the grip. My right shoulder is braced behind my arm and the arm is extended almost fully.

I replaced the stock grip with a Hogue Mono-Grip. It's much more comfortable.

Is this enough description to give you an idea? It's hard to describe my shooting posture w/o you being able to see it.
 

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It's actually my second one. My first was a GP100 .357 with a spurless hammer (DAO).

I also have a 9mm-- just got that. I haven't shot it much yet.
 

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You probably got a bummer Redhawk like the .44 Blackhawk I got a couple of years back. If you want to read a nightmare story email me and I will fwd you an auction letter I have prepared should my latest firelapping venture not give me the accuracy I should get. From a few owners I have run into at the range the general opinion is that Ruger now since the passing of Bill has changed their philosophy to "throw enough crap against the wall and some of it is bound to stick'. If your accuracy is that bad it probably isn't you and if it isn't too late I'd send it back where it came from. [email protected]
 

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Re: re: Can't hit a damn thing with my Super Redhawk

ophidia said:
.........I have been shooting from a bench with the frame just under the cylinder braced on a sandbag type shooting rest (cheap green Caldwell shooting bag). When I shoot freehand I hold the gun firmly with my right hand and wrap my left hand over my right, around the grip.......
It may be the revolver with the problem..... but I'd be more than willing to bet it's you. Shooting a handgun well is not a simple task..... your technique must be correct and repeatable, and the only way to do it is to put thousands of rounds downrange.

First off, your point of impact is going to be different if you rest the gun on the bag than it is if the gun is held in your hands. Shooting from a bench, you should be resting your forearm on the bag, not the gun. That way, the recoil characteristics will be the same, and the point of impact will be the same.

Without watching you shoot, I can't tell what you're doing, but go to this website:

http://www.bullseyepistol.com/chapterf.htm

print it out, and study it carefully.

Also, I'd suggest getting a decent .22 pistol..... wheelgun or autoloader... doesn't matter which. Then, spend a lot of time at the range, but rather than just blasting, take 5-shot groups and analyze group size, group shape, and point of impact vs point of aim.

If you know anyone who shoots competitively, have them help you. Joining a combat pistol league, bullseye leage, IDPA, or some similar such would be a great help as well..... there will be a bunch of guys willing to help you.
 

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instead of reloads try a box of factory ammo.
use a rest to shoot from,sandbags will do.
try to hold the same way and squeeze off each round the same, also shoot from single action and see what you get.
my SRH 9 1/2 like 240 grain noslers with 20 grains of h110, anything else goes aray real fast. factory ammo, remington 44's shoot well, winchester ,I chase the paper, federals ..ok not to brag about..... hornady , I get almost as good as with remington at 2 times the cost.

My loads I worked up over a 6 mth time. started with 18 grains and worked up to where I got flyers then dropped back a grain.
cleaned after every 6 rounds during break in, after that cleaned after each range/hunting trip

here is my 44

 
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