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Old 05-28-2012, 21:43   #1
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We had a Memorial Day get together today. Good food, great friends, and a bunch of shooting. We had a 6" gong hanging at 400 yards for some long range rifle plinking. I'm not much of a rifle guy so I always shoot at it with handguns. It took me 7 shots, but I hit it with a friends SVI open gun in 9Major. That is my furthest pistol shot to date. Last year we had it at 370 and I hit it with a different guys Vaquero in 45LC.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday and got some shooting in.
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Old 05-28-2012, 22:12   #2
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Sounds like a great day. That is a pretty fair distance for a handgun. I used to like reading the old Elmer Keith stories about long range handgunning. We used to smoke rocks at incredible distances with S&W model 15's on the machinegun range. I don;t think most people realize how far you can shoot a hand gun with some practice and Kentucky windage.
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Old 05-28-2012, 22:22   #3
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Holding consistently enough to adjust and walk it in is the key. We had a nice dusty field so my misses were easy to see. I'd adjust holdover and windage as best I could guess and just try to do the fundamentals as cleanly as possible to keep my "release" as consistent as I could. You'd think the open gun would be a ton easier than the Vaquero, but a 12moa dot isn't much more precise than fixed revolver sights at that distance.
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Holding consistently enough to adjust and walk it in is the key. We had a nice dusty field so my misses were easy to see. I'd adjust holdover and windage as best I could guess and just try to do the fundamentals as cleanly as possible to keep my "release" as consistent as I could. You'd think the open gun would be a ton easier than the Vaquero, but a 12moa dot isn't much more precise than fixed revolver sights at that distance.
12 MOA would make the dot what, about 48" at 400 yards?


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That is impressive! Congrats.
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Very cool

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Glad you had a good time. I had a blast this past weekend also, shooting a bunch of 9mm carry guns against the G26, maybe I should do a review







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How were you visually aligning the sights for the hold over?
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How were you visually aligning the sights for the hold over?
I'd line the sights(or dot) up on the target as best I could. Obviously they obscured the target at that distance, but I'd get them as close as I could. Then I'd raise the gun slowly, trying to keep everything straight. Once I saw my hits I would adjust accordingly. I'd estimate a 30' holdover or so.
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Didn't get any shooting in but I did have a good time with my daughter. We went to a friends house who has their pool open. BBQ swimming and so on.
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Didn't get any shooting in but I did have a good time with my daughter. We went to a friends house who has their pool open. BBQ swimming and so on.
Still sounds like a good time.
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Haha. Makes me feel like such a terrible shooter! Last time I went shooting I was practicing shooting 10x12" steel targets at 25 and 30 yards... And I missed the plates altogether a fair amount! I could tell it was helping me improve though. I got to where I could tell if I was going to hit the steel or not right before the trigger broke.
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Old 05-29-2012, 20:49   #13
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400 with a 9 millie.....not bad.
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It's definitely fun to screw around with. Depending on the gun, you can sometimes get away with lining up the rear sight with the base of the front sight, or even the front of the ejection port.
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I'd line the sights(or dot) up on the target as best I could. Obviously they obscured the target at that distance, but I'd get them as close as I could. Then I'd raise the gun slowly, trying to keep everything straight. Once I saw my hits I would adjust accordingly. I'd estimate a 30' holdover or so.
Its cool that you hit something with that much holdover.

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We had a Memorial Day get together today. Good food, great friends, and a bunch of shooting. We had a 6" gong hanging at 400 yards for some long range rifle plinking. I'm not much of a rifle guy so I always shoot at it with handguns. It took me 7 shots, but I hit it with a friends SVI open gun in 9Major. That is my furthest pistol shot to date. Last year we had it at 370 and I hit it with a different guys Vaquero in 45LC.

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6" or 6' gong?

Either way, very nice shooting. I don't think I could hit a water tower with any of my pistols from 400yds.
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Damn! When I went through the basic prisoner transport course for work, we shot Beretta 92D Vertecs at 50 on a popper to help lower the amount of pushups owed for somebody's screwups. We each had 4 shots, offhand; only three of us even hit it once. I have hit a 3'-4' plate at 100 yards with a Glock 23 before, but that was shooting off a bench.
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6" or 6' gong?

Either way, very nice shooting. I don't think I could hit a water tower with any of my pistols from 400yds.
It was inches. The target was meant for the rifle guys.
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Nice shooting!!!!

The longest distance I've shot with a handgun was 200 yards, at a 24" 'gong', or at 'clay pigeons', on the berm at 200 yards (about 210 yards, actual).

The 24" 'gong' wasn't too bad, from the 'creedmore' position.
The clay pigeons isn't bad, with a Contender in 7mm TC/u.

Watching Chris Edwards (from GSSF) shooting that same 'gong' with a G21 and CCI Blazers, from a standing, Weaver Stance at 200 yards, is very impressive!!
He shot at it 10 times. He shot once (missed), got his elevation, and hit the gong 9 times.
This was 1994, right after a GSSF match, at my club.
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