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#186116 - 11/07/17 09:22 PM The Standard For Accuracy
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What is a reasonable expectation for accuracy of a standard factory revolver.

There are many variables so to simplify it, lets take a NIB Ruger in .44 magnum. I know Freedom Arms is not technically a custom firearm but it seems to be in a class of its own.

Lets assume it is for hunting purposes so lets say one is shooting close to maximum loads of hunting weight bullets and hunting type bullets and shooting from a ransom rest to remove shooter error.

What is a reasonable 5 shot group at 50 yards, and at 100 yards?

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#186117 - 11/07/17 10:07 PM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: spinsail]
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I haven't shot a lot of revolvers and the ones I've owned have been rugers and they were both extremely accurate but id say 2 inches and 4 inches should be reasonable and if the ruger is like mine id say half that or less...


Edited by BushytailBasher (11/07/17 10:08 PM)

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#186118 - 11/07/17 10:10 PM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: BushytailBasher]
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You got to think you have 6 different chambers... My dad a a SBH in 44 mag and it would shoot 1 inch or less at 50 if you eliminated the one flyer it always sent...

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#186119 - 11/07/17 10:58 PM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: BushytailBasher]
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To consider accuracy. U need to eliminate as many variables as possible so a scope is necessary. I feel anything i consider accurate should have the ability to find a load that will hit 1? or less at 50 from a rest.

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#186128 - 11/08/17 05:30 AM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: tradmark]
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My personal standards for accuracy would be under 2" @ 50 yds and under 4" @ 100 yds. I say this using my hunting set ups. Actually that is how I determine what I will use at what distances. With good loads I have shot better groups with the same guns but not every time. The loads I am using are all minute of deer. So, what I choose is the one I have the most confidence in for that application.

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#186129 - 11/08/17 06:12 AM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: dhom]
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This is gonna get interesting.

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#186130 - 11/08/17 07:34 AM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: Subsciber]
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Yeah, I hope so.

If you only sought accuracy you could modify the revolver and the sighting system and the load in a way that would not be practical for hunting. Look at the various shooting competitions where that occurs. But for a practical, stock revolver and load, I am curious what the experienced hands here think.

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#186131 - 11/08/17 07:54 AM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: Subsciber]
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 Originally Posted By: Subsciber
This is gonna get interesting.


I really hope some good shooter show their groups. I'm fairly new to shooting revolvers, started again after many years away from them. I find that I can shoot better than 2" groups at 50 yards with a S&W 617 .22 and a S&W 686 .357 both with 6" barrels and 3 mil dot red dot sights. I'm sure these guns can do better, I remember reading in the past that some hand gunners considered the .44 Magnum to be one of the most accurate of the big bores.

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#186132 - 11/08/17 08:47 AM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: Teep]
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For me I want to see 1-inch or less at 50 yards. That is my expectation. I have had many revolvers that will do that from a variety of manufacturers. I usually use a red dot sight to achieve these goals, and if a revolver won't get there, I will typically send it down the road. The most consistently accurate revolvers I have seen of late are the BFRs.
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#186133 - 11/08/17 08:57 AM Re: The Standard For Accuracy [Re: Whitworth]
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Whitworth, I've read your book so I know you generally don't hunt with a scope on your revolver but those that will do 1" at 50 with a red dot, do you know what they can do with a scope?

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