Got the Howitzer sighted in....sort of.

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  1. astepup

    astepup

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    I figured it's a nice day with gentle breezes so i stepped off 40 yards just to get the windage adjusted. First shot was high left, couple of clicks and second was still left. Cranked the heck out of it and of course went way too far right with the third. Two clicks back and got closer then one or two more and it was dead on.
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    I'll worry about elevation after I get a better padded glove. She's definitely got some authoritah!! In the other thread I failed to include a bill for size reference so I figured since it IS a 500 Magnum it's only proper to utilize the correct bill.
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    I think I have a long way to go for it to be sighted in for deer hunting. I'll get it set for 100 then shoot a few at 150 and 200 to check the drop. Now if only I can find the right glove. Maybe a catchers mitt?
     
  2. ronin.45

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    How useful is a gun that hurts you enough it has to be sighted in on multiple range trips?
     
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    Very cool

    Those are a lot of fun
     
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    That's a decent point. The deciding factor of me getting it was the price. I got a very good deal on it. My long term plan is to reload somewhat reduced power rounds that won't be that difficult to shoot consistently yet still be more than adequate for what I want it to do.

    I guess maybe the "sweet spot" I'm looking for is a little over halfway between the 44 mag and the 500. This things single action trigger is nothing short of amazing, and my goal is to get good enough with it to effectively and cleanly take deer.

    ETA....I might even go so far as to mount an optic of some kind although the vast majority of distances I've taken deer were short of 100 yards.
     
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    5 shots = OUCH!
     
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    Had to throw out the $5 hundy huh! I'm almost more impressed with that. Might be worth more than that pistol!!!
     
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    One word: RELOAD.
     
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    "I think I have a long way to go for it to be sighted in for deer hunting. I'll get it set for 100 then shoot a few at 150 and 200 to check the drop. Now if only I can find the right glove. Maybe a catchers mitt"

    For deer hunting you don't need a full power 500 magnum load. For elk and moose, maybe. But for deer, a Hornady 300 grain XTP or FTX loaded to 1200 fps will be perfectly adequate and will only recoil half as much as 2000 fps factory loads. And don't be worrying about bullet drop at 200 yards with a handgun unless you plan on doing a lot of practicing and those ranges.

    I know that it's distance shots that get hunters bragging rights these days but 50 years ago it was just the opposite. Hunters used to brag about how close they were able to stalk game. These days hunters probably stalk backwards to see how far away they can get.
     
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  10. ronin.45

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    obviously.
    My point is more, why have a giant, ungainly, super heavy revolver capable of almost 3,000ft/lbs of energy of you have to load it down to shoot it? A 44 or a 454 would be a much lighter, handier gun with more capacity and shootability. They can also be loaded to different power levels.
     
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    Very useful for the business it's intended for. Just not as a range toy.
     
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    The point is that the OP wasn't looking to buy a giant, ungainly, super heavy revolver capable of almost 3,000ft/lbs of energy, he just happens to get a good deal on one and now he wants to use it.

    And the best way for him to be able to use it is to create loads that he can shoot accurately but will still be usable for hunting. At the same time he can create loads for practice that are simiklar to hi shunting loads but using much less expensive projectiles. And because these will b educed loads, brass will last indefinitely.
     
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    Because sometimes, excess is just fun!
    If that weren't true. guns would all be .22s and cars would all be 4 bangers.
     
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    I normally Hunt deer with Underwood 350 hp. They will drop a deer where it gets hit. Really not a big kick. I don't use a glove to shoot with. Those 700 gr. bullets are just for big hogs and playing at the range. Your going to love that gun. You will be looking for a 460 soon.
     
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    Sometimes when I've had a challenge sighting in a big banger, I do the best that the conditions allow and come back the next day to finalize my plan.

    Frustration has subsided and you're ready to give it another go.
     
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    I used to shoot a 460Weatherby. Most practice loads were in the 45-70 Government range. When I get my MkV rebarreled in 6.5-300Weatherby, I'll probably keep it dialed mostly between the 6.5Swedish and 6.5Creedmoor.
     
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    Rented one at my local indoor range a few years back because...well... why not? Cartridges were monstrously expensive so I only bought one cylinder’s worth.

    Recoil hit me so hard I ended up double-tapping into the range ceiling.

    Great revolver for those who enjoy that type of fire power.
     
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    Picked up of these myself a couple months ago. Have not had the “pleasure” of shooting it yet, but it sounds like the outdoor range is going to open soon, can hardly wait!!
     
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    Sweet! That’s a nice piece