The nay-sayer wanted to see a 5 shot group...

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by The_Rifleman, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    I was told that unless I shoot "uninterrupted video," (I'm dishonest,) of a 5 shot group, (what I do is unacceptable,) with my Howa, my marksmanship is questionable.

    Since I can't afford to waste 30-06 supplies to entertain those that haven't done what they expect me to do; and since I needed to test a summer load for the Smith & Wesson, I used the 357.

    6 Shots, 357 Mag, 300 Yards

    The second shot seems to be very close on the left side, just high of center; that will be the first shot of my 5 shot group. This load passes my test... do I pass yours?

    I await your uninterrupted 5 shot 300 yard video...

    On a lighter note, it is another personal best; today was the first time I hit at 300 yards with a pistol. Shots 3, 4 and 5 looks like about a 4 inch group. The last 5 seem to be about a 6 inch group. I'll do better next time.

    Pistol: Smith & Wesson 686, 357 Mag
    Bullet: Hornady 158gr HP-XTP
    Powder: VIHT N 110
    Primer: CCI 550 Mag
    Case: Federal

    I hope posting range reports isn't becoming a problem.

    To be clear. I don't post range reports to impress people; I post them to show what specific firearms are capable of. I post them to show what the cheapest equipment will do. I post to show the benefits of reloading. My 92 year old Eddystone has a shot out barrel but still shoots .75MOA because I have ammo tailored especially for it. My 30-30 shoots .5MOA at 300 yards, that isn't supposed to be possible.
    I don't do anything different than anyone else. Just Saturday I let someone that never shot a scoped rifle before and never shot beyond 40 feet, use the Howa to take one shot at a 1.25" target at 300 yards. With just 2 minutes of coaching, they missed by a fraction of an inch. There is nothing I do that anyone else can't do just as well or much better.
  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    dont stress about nay sayers, even when you do what they say cant be done they'll find a excuse to say its wrong

    just enjoy what you do , do it the best that you can and everything else is trivia

    i'll watch the vid's later when the net's got less traffic

    but liked all your previous stuff eh

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I dont doubt your skill rifleman. Sure anybody can hit the mark if they send enough bullets downrange at it. but you have proven to be a very efficient shooter hitting the mark with the first shot everytime. You have a snipers understanding of how bullets and firearms are supposed to work. Like our aussie friend said, dont sweat the nay sayers;)
  4. My kind of guy, good shooting by the way. My motto is shoot ridiculous small objects at ridiculous long ranges at ridiculous small targets. That is fun, everything else is just practice.
  5. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    and i thought shooting a 6 inch steel plate at 50 yards off hand with a pistol was pretty good
  6. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    I was amazed when I first shot this pistol, never seen a pistol that shot as well.

    Yep, I figure the smaller the object the better I will get.

    I don't always hit but I try to figure out why I missed when I do and correct the error.

    I try not to sweat the small stuff but sometimes I just need to set the record straight.
  7. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Rifleman, I loved that 300 yd pistol shooting! Now back up to 500 yds! It can be done. I know for a fact that the .357 is capable of hitting targets at that range, although I have never even tried it. I've read about it, and I know that the balistics are there. Just want to see it, and you are the man that can show us all how it's done. Don't worry about the nay sayers, you just keep on doing your thang! And just so you know, I'm one of those folks that think about the 2nd Amendment the same way you do. When you read the text there is no language that prohibits the ownership of firearms by any American citizen.
  8. jdon72

    jdon72 Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    I enjoy the videos..keep them coming. I like the ones in snow...that takes dedication.

  9. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    300 yards with a 357 is nothing, now 500 would have been impressive. Ok ok just kidding. That was very nice. I would have been lucky to hit that with my AR 15. I agree with the others, don't sweat it.
  10. Eddie N

    Eddie N New Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Looks like some good shooting to me. Makes me wonder if I can do that with either of my .45s.
    I also like to challenge myself.

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  11. dianalv

    dianalv New Member

    Aug 3, 2009
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    I couldn't see the target on an unscoped firearm at 300 yards. I have trouble with small targets at 100 yards. Scoped now... that might be doable with a rest. Never shot handgun with a rest before.
  12. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    I have put a weight on the target so it points up and reflects the sky instead of the grass and dirt around the target. That improves visibility a lot more than one would think. Also, I cast a shadow on my sights which does a lot more for visibility than angling the target. If I didn't do those things, with the conditions the way they were, I would have not been able to see that target well enough to be half as consistent.
    I can see a 2moa target at whatever distance pretty clear, once it gets smaller it gets pretty fuzzy.

    I'll have to try 550 sooner or later, (550 is all I the closer to 500 can get from my bench;) before yesterday I didn't think I would ever get 300, I had tried with probably 18 shots on at least 3 different occasions.
  13. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    I tried shooting at the longer distances mainly because I seen a YouTube of a guy shooting balloons at long range with a pistol much like the top one in your picture. Try it!
  14. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    a coke can sized target at 300 is a chest sized target at 800 ...

    a golf ball at 300 is a head at 900

    nuthing at all wrong with that ,

    8-9 outta 10 times?

    (add some slow moving targets ;) )

    the trick is doing it when you need to and maybe all day..

    but thats heaps good enough ..

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2010
  15. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    The same type of folks who still say the Lunar Landing was filmed in a Hollywood sound stage. Some folks just have no idea what to do with their time.

    Nice little video.

    Personally, I never question anyone's photos of their shot groups. Why bother to lie. There are no big prizes that I am aware of.
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