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    I was just wondering, at what distances do you like shooting your snub nose guns at ? Sometimes I like taking shots out to 40 or so yards, with my 2 1/2 barrel 686. I can usually keep them in a paper plate at that range, when resting my hand on something. Whats your long range shooting like ? I do it just for fun !

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    I just figured id try it at that range, in case im out in the woods, and a paper plate sneaks up on me. Good to know I might survive the encounter !

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    I've only shot a snub nose 2 times and one was at 5 yards the other at 25 the first time I was using a 38 charter arms and it was grouping right in the size of a quarter, the 2nd time I was using a ruger 380 and it was grouping right inside a paper plate per mag, 3 shot groups were tighter of course, as the barrel warmed up the shots widened cause we were doing fast shooting, I noticed I held it steadier when focusing on the sights instead of looking at the laser (it had a laser grip).
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    I've never shot my DetSpc any further than 15-20yds. SA, resting my forearms I can shoot 2-3 inch 6rnd groups. Shooting off hand DA is different story. group opens up to 10-12 inches and I'm shooting low left. I can shoot my 4" 454 Redhawk DA with heavy 355gr loads much better. I think shooting snubbies DA accurately with sights takes lots of practice. I find the snubbie hard to shoot DA unless I am shooting slow and really concentrate. But, to draw and shoot in a SHTF situation, I look at the snubbie as more of a FTF belly gun. May have to see how it shoots SA with a rest at longer range just for fun though.
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    If your not Bob Mundan then as Snyd says "Lots of Practice". I thought I was good enough that when a wounded deer needed stopped I tried with a 38 snubbie... hit 4 out of five at about a hundred yards- did stop the deer-- but it wasn't pretty. Tried on paper next day at same range and got about same results- 16 to 18" pattern. I am much better with my 4" revolvers, however I do practice bunches with them as my woods carry gun(s). I can usually keep a group at 6" with controlled single action at 100 yards.
    A sheriff deputy friend of mine in Texas made a 250 yard ballon shot (about 10") on his first attempt. He shoots his "service revolver" alot. It's a four inch Smith and Wesson 357.

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    He also has gold bars across his front sight for aiming at distance.

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    Most of my shooting is at Birchwood anymore. If on their 25yard range with my snub 38s or 44 Spc I'll shoot at targets out to 10 yards. But before I leave I run one or two cylinders thru at rocks in the backstop, maybe 80-90 feet(?). I doubt (like one in a million) I'll ever be shooting seriously that far with one but I like to know what they (and me) are capable of at distance.
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    I love shooting long range with handguns...any handgun, including snubbies. Its not that hard and you can hit stuff to surprising ranges.

    My vintage "I Frame" Smith in the anemic .32S&W long with consistently hit B27s out to about the 60 yd mark but I have to concentrate and fire single action. DA in a hurry? Not in a million years.

    I had a GP100 in a 6" that I went 6 for 6 at 100yds on a 5 gallon bucket on a bet and then went 3 for 6 at 150 when he tried to win his cash back.

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    Yea I play all the time, itís amazing what a little short barrel can do. When I was in my teens I winged a 22lr from a 2-ĹĒ barreled old Colt way over 200 yards into a coffee can on a bet. Every since then I have been trying all kinds of long shots with all kinds of guns, donít always hit but I do always get close enough to shock people who think of handguns as a short range tool.

    At Ben Avery shooting range in Arizona on the rifle range I clanged a 500 yard steel with a Ruger Single Six just playing around. The guy next to me said ďIíll bet $100 you canít do that againĒ I thought I had maybe 20% chance but took the bet anyway and got me $100 . . . I then shot the rest of that box of 50 and never got within 5 feet after the first two.
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    I can keep my shots on a man target at 100yards with my Alaskan but pratice at 15yards which is five more than I plan on using it for.
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    My best friend used to carry a Smith J frame in 38 spl. I've seen him hit a 5 gallon bucket at 250 yards. We practiced a lot out to 25 yards at the range but in the field anything turned into a target. I have shot rams off a rail at 200 meters with my Officers Model 1911 45 acp pretty reliably though.
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