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I'm trying to be able to take long shots with a pistol,75 yards is the longest I can hit 6 out of 6 shots fairly accurately now, but I'm shooting every week to try to shoot farther.Drop-Shot
 

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For me it really depends on the pistol. You shouldn't be dissapointed at all shooting with steel or non-scope sites at 75 yards if you have nice grouping. In fact I would say that is very good.
 

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I agree with El Padrino it depends on the pistol. I can take my Son-in-laws Desert Eagle .44mag and hit a cinder block nearly every sqeeze of the trigger at 100 yards, I can only do that at about half the distance with my Hi Power or any of my wheel guns.
 

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lol wow im glad this thread was made cuz long distance shooting completly describes my hundgun shooting habits with my friends n family

one of our most favorite things to do is we have the shooter blindfolded and then all of us take some clay targets n put em all over the place and even way out beyond typical handgun range and then we time the shooter how long it takes him to find em n break em

there was this one time when we were doing that it was my turn as the shooter and as a joke they put a target so far i could barley see it but after a few shots and seeing where the bullet hit a managed to hit it

ok back to the topic at hand i shoot the best anywhere from 30-50 yards depending on caliber of the handgun
 

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I'm something of a pistol amateur but I can hit pretty well at about 25-30 yards max. I do most of my shooting at around 15 yards because I don't have a real steady hand. Does anyone have any suggestions to help with this?
 

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Fuelburns get some hand weights and hold them out,timing your self each time.Each time try to extend the time by 5 sec.I worked my way up to 20 lb weights after my back surgerys and I'm almost as good as I used to be.Drop-Shot
 

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Redscare I use iron sights now but mabe I will move up to a scope,it sure lenghtens the shooting distance.Drop-Shot
 

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Redscare I use iron sights now but mabe I will move up to a scope,it sure lenghtens the shooting distance.Drop-Shot
Yes it does. I have found like I like handgun scopes with powers no more than 4x. I recommend you shoot with different scopes before you buy one.
 

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I do most of my shooting between 5-25 yards with my .45, I shoot some IDPA stuff a few times a year, so this is good practice for that.
With my Keltec P32, and 60 S&W I shoot at 5-15 yards, beyond that they aren't very effective.
With my S&W 686 I will shoot 25-100 yards, I have used this pistol for hunting, and it is capable of 4" groups at 100 yards from a good rest.
I used to have a 7mm-08 Lone eagle that was good for 200 yards.

But the pop can bandits at about 15 yards are probably the most fun to shoot!!
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ssnell thats good shooting buddy,I getting a 75 yard group in a 10 inch circle,8-10 inches with a 44mag,iron sights.I know thats not great cause some guys at the range shoot 4 inch metal swing targets at the same 75 yard distance I shoot.They hit 4-5 out of 6 shots.Drop-Shot
 

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I do not practice longer shooting with a pistol and really couldn't say... my shots are generally never further out than 25-30 yards.
 

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I figure as long as I can hit a 6" paper plate, I'm okay.... that's "minute of whitetail" accuracy. This is given "hunting" type shots, where you ain't got all day to get the sight picture and easy squeeze time you have at the range, but not as fast as the guys shooting the race guns.

Open sights, free standing.... 30 - 35 yards
Open sights, steady rest..... 40 - 50 yards
Scoped handgun, free-standing.... 40 - 50 yards
Scoped handgun, steady rest..... 100 - 125 yards
 

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ssnell thats good shooting buddy,I getting a 75 yard group in a 10 inch circle,8-10 inches with a 44mag,iron sights.I know thats not great cause some guys at the range shoot 4 inch metal swing targets at the same 75 yard distance I shoot.They hit 4-5 out of 6 shots.Drop-Shot
If you want to improve your shooting, take a buddy to the range with you, and have him load your pistol with 4 or 5 empties, and one or two full loads, while you are facing the other way, then you take your pistol andshoot your target. you'll be amazed by the feeling when you pull the trigger and nothing happens, remember the feeling, and learn to relax and not anticipate the recoil, and work on trigger control. One of my shooting buddies and I used to do this alot, and it really tightens up the groups!! :wink:
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hey ssnell thats sorta what my dad did to me when he was teaching me how to shoot

what he would do is load up the mag with 1 live round and then the rest were dummy rounds (no powder in the cartridge) and it not only taught me not to anticipate recoil but also stopped me from flinching
 

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Fuelburns get some hand weights and hold them out,timing your self each time.Each time try to extend the time by 5 sec.I worked my way up to 20 lb weights after my back surgerys and I'm almost as good as I used to be.Drop-Shot
Thanks for the suggestion Drop-Shot. I will try the weights along with snap caps or empty cylinders for recoil training. I was starting to get really frustrated. :cry:
 

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i can do pretty good off hand out to about 50-60 ft.... has anybody here ever been to an ihmsa steel silhouette shoot? that's real eye opener the first time you see it... my best friend and i ran the state shoot here in iowa in 1990 at perry ia. 3 days of watching guys hit steel animals the size of medium size dogs with open steel sighted handguns... if you get a chance check one out or better yet compete in it... oh the rams which are the farthest out are only 200 yds out......it is amazing to see what a handgun is capable of........


LIFE IS SHORT.....
 

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Back in the 70's I started shooting at local silhouette matches,I never won but 11 years of shooting was fun anyway.We didn't have 200 yard shots with iron sights,the guys that shot the rem single shot pistols with scopes shot at 100 (chicken),200(pigs) and 300(rams) yards.All I shot was all magnum class iron sights(elvin singletary custom sights) 25 yards,50 yards 75 yards and 100 yards.Its most likely a better organization now after 30 years and super clean family fun.Drop-Shot
 
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