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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by mknpwr, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. mknpwr


    Jul 18, 2011
    I have been shooting since I was 12, I'm not claiming to be an expert shot nor the next Grand Master in any shooting sport. I compete regularly in IDPA, USPSA, and Steel Challenge. Over the course of my shooting I have noticed that I shoot the .45 ACP most accurately. By this I mean in general, not the 1911 or Glock or XD, I mean no matter the platform I'm most accurate with the .45. I compete with a Glock 17 and am what I consider to be combat accurate with it yet if I shoot my buddies CZ97 or my other buddies 1911 or Glock 21 and XDM my groupings are tighter across the spectrum of guns. Ive noticed this when target shooting and when shooting competition. As a side note this is with factory 230gn ball, not with handloads. Has anyone else noticed they are inherently more accurate with one caliber than another?

  2. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I'm most accurate with the 1911 platform.

  3. I've only been shooting about 4 or 5 years, but I can always nail every clay with my old .12 gauge. Can't say the same for any of the other guns I shoot regularly.
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  4. mknpwr


    Jul 18, 2011
    Ok, but the original question was not wether you were more accurate with a particular platform.

    If you were handed a 9mm, .40, or ,.45 regardless of the platform what do you find you shoot more accuratley?
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  5. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    I'm most accurate with DA/SA pistols and DA revolvers. I find that accuracy sometimes is better from manufacture to manufacture, platform to platform, but not so much caliber. I can shoot well with just about the same accuracy regardless of the caliber.

    Once the shooter has a accurate handgun, accuracy is more on the shooter than the caliber.

    Now if your talking about putting a handgun in a Ransom rest and getting down to the nitty gritty accuracy tests, then you will see a slight difference (sometimes) between the calibers in the accuracy department.

    As long as my rounds all go where I want them to, I don't care what caliber the gun is at that point. I care that I hit the target where I intended to.

    That's what matters most.
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  6. mknpwr


    Jul 18, 2011
    Example, yesterday at the range I had my 17 and shot a buddies 30 and 36. My groups @ 12 yards with the 17 I could cover with one open hand, with the 30 and 36 I could cover it with a closed fist. This is also what I see with my 1911 and another buddies CZ97. Another friend has a Para Ordanance warthog and a XDM which I see the same results. This is standing two hands, not from a rest. Double taps, draw and fire, dosent matter the results are the same.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with my shooting, and continue to work on improving it, just something I noticed.
    Sent from my rotary dial phone
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2012
  7. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    I have eight handguns in a variety of calibers, sizes, shapes and actions.
    And have rented and/or borrowed many more.

    Forgetting the gun, if that's possible,
    I seem to shoot 357 Sig better in autos and 357 Magnum in revolvers.
    45 ACP and 44 Magnum are a very close second.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2012
  8. dnuggett

    dnuggett PRO 2A

    Feb 28, 2005
    DFW TX
    No, not by caliber. By firearm yes.
  9. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    Same for me.
  10. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Add me to the firearm not caliber list.
  11. I'm more accurate with a longer sight radius and lighter trigger. Also a red dot and standing close to the target really helps :)
  12. elde

    elde Lifetime Member

    Aug 31, 2008
    I tend to shoot .45ACP pistols with single action capability better than all others. That means 1911s, the HK45 with the external safety as well as the FNX 45 equipped in the same manner. Never have been too accurate with the .40

    Also have a liking for Smith N Frame .357's and Ruger Redhawks revolver-wise.
  13. Lior


    Jul 23, 2004
    ^^^ This. :)

    To keep the cost of an already expensive habit reasonable, I don't shoot ammo fatter than niners. 1911s and CZ75s are the way to go with this cartridge. The only .45ACP I have fired has been with single stack 1911s, and I find the gun and ammo to be more accurate than I am. I guess it's a matter of recoil recovery and "practical accuracy" more than a consistent bullet trajectory.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2012
  14. Scamp

    Scamp Geaux Tigers!

    May 10, 2009
    I am more accurate with the .45acp, but I have shot many more rounds of .45 than any other.
  15. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    I've been shooting since the mid 1950's.

    Since I have home ranges I shoot different guns, different calibers, 5-6 times a week.
    Since I get bored shooting one gun or caliber I may shoot several guns and calibers a day.

    I can't say I shoot one caliber better than another but because of the difference gun's preformance I might/do shoot different guns better.
  16. mknpwr


    Jul 18, 2011
    Now that's funny


    Sent from my rotary dial phone
  17. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    It's a mental thing. If the guns are the same(1911 in 9 and 45) you would shoot them the same unless for some reason you thought one was better. You subconsciously chose the 45 and your body is playing along.
  18. I am shooting for over 40 years. I have learned the basics in a pistol club and shot ISSF, IDPA, and a few other fun games.

    The military supplied me with free ammo for a while and I reload my own since decades.

    There are some guns that I shoot a little better than others - of course, the Hämmerli 208 and Walther GSP do better than my S&W22A but are only half the fun.

    The strange thing is, that I can shoot a P38 about as accurately as my P210-4.

    Still hold a few personal records with the P1 and a S&W K-22 and S&W M-14-2.
  19. cjcharvet


    Jun 11, 2012
    I've had a bad gun habit for years and have owned 1911s, Sigs, Rugers, Kel-tecs, Glocks, XDs, Kahrs in 9mm and 45. I shoot my G26 better than I could ever shoot my 1911s and decided to stop trying to figure out why. I've always been better with 9mm than 45s. Doesn't make since to me, but that's why I carry a 9mm.