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#199975 - 06/04/19 09:56 AM Long range with a revolver
adbhowler
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Will be heading down to the Whittington Center next week for some much needed shooting practice. I expect to be focusing on my 480 and 500JRH mostly to prep for hunting season. These guns have been very accurate at 50 yards (my range is somewhat limited in, well, range) and I an looking to stretch their legs a bit. I know there are tons of factors but theoretically, from your experience, what distances do you folks prefer to hunt at with a revolver? I will be practicing mostly off hand but I also will be using sticks/rests as well.
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#199978 - 06/04/19 10:38 AM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: adbhowler]
Ernie
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With my 357 Magnum, I practice out to 200-250 yards, when I am shooting it a lot. I am not shooting it much at all right now. Typically, 200 yards would be my max practice from field shooting positions/rests. Optics, and not irons.
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#199980 - 06/04/19 02:03 PM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: Ernie]
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What method do the handgun experts here use for extended range. My SBHH has noticable drop even at 100 yards. Do you zero at 50 or 100 and then keep a card for the drop?/rise? before and after your zero yardage or is it insignificant to you? My drop seem significant and I am shooting near max loads.
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#199981 - 06/04/19 03:06 PM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: short30]
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With my revolvers, I have a scoped Super Redhawk in .44 Magnum that I have sighted to be dead on at 100 yards. I might stretch is a bit to 125 or so, if I have a rock steady rest. But, for me 100 yards would be my comfortable range. I've taken deer out to 75 yards with this gun.

I have a non-scoped Super Blackhawk also in .44 Magnum but it wears a Burris Fastfire 3 red dot mounted on it. This is my short range handgun and I have it set to be dead on at 50 yards. I have and will stretch this out to 100 yards, again from a nice, solid rest.

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#199982 - 06/04/19 04:47 PM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: Steve in PA]
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THE OBJECT IS TO KILL 'EM AND JUST NOT HIT 'EM. PLAYING AROUND WITH TARGETS IS ONE THING, SHOOTING TO KILL IS ANOTHER. WITH OPEN SIGHT REVOLVERS I BELIEVE 60 YARDS IS THE MAX YOU SHOULD CONSIDER. WITH SCOPED 454's I LIKE TO ZERO IN ABOUT AN INCH HIGH @ 100 YARDS SO I CAN STRETCH MY DISTANCE A LITTLE IF I HAVE TO, BUT I LOOK FOR STANDS AND SITUATIONS WHERE MY MAX SHOT WILL BE AT 100 YARDS. IF IT IS OK TO MISS OR DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU MAKE A GOOD SHOT (MAYBE LIKE IF YOU ARE SHOOTING AT HOGS OR COYOTES), THEN, WHAT THE HECK, GO AHEAD AND STRETCH THE DISTANCES. IF YOU WANT TO BE A LONG RANGER HANDGUN HUNTER LOOK FOR ANOTHER HANDGUN, e.g. AN ENCORE, OR A BOLT GUN, REVOLVERS ARE ABOUT GETTING CLOSE.
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#199983 - 06/04/19 05:13 PM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: 45MAN]
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 Originally Posted By: 45MAN
THE OBJECT IS TO KILL 'EM AND JUST NOT HIT 'EM. PLAYING AROUND WITH TARGETS IS ONE THING, SHOOTING TO KILL IS ANOTHER. WITH OPEN SIGHT REVOLVERS I BELIEVE 60 YARDS IS THE MAX YOU SHOULD CONSIDER. WITH SCOPED 454's I LIKE TO ZERO IN ABOUT AN INCH HIGH @ 100 YARDS SO I CAN STRETCH MY DISTANCE A LITTLE IF I HAVE TO, BUT I LOOK FOR STANDS AND SITUATIONS WHERE MY MAX SHOT WILL BE AT 100 YARDS. IF IT IS OK TO MISS OR DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU MAKE A GOOD SHOT (MAYBE LIKE IF YOU ARE SHOOTING AT HOGS OR COYOTES), THEN, WHAT THE HECK, GO AHEAD AND STRETCH THE DISTANCES. IF YOU WANT TO BE A LONG RANGER HANDGUN HUNTER LOOK FOR ANOTHER HANDGUN, e.g. AN ENCORE, OR A BOLT GUN, REVOLVERS ARE ABOUT GETTING CLOSE.


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#199985 - 06/04/19 05:20 PM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: Russell]
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I have shot my 44 wheel gun out to 250 yards. Quite a bit of drop at that range. I had no issues hitting IHMSA Rams at that distance. Mine had a 2X scope. Hold over is about 4 feet if I recall at 250
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#199989 - 06/04/19 10:31 PM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: H2OBUG]
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I've shot my 460 S&W revolver to 100 yards, and coincidently that's the exact range I killed a doe at this past season. Assuming I'm shooting off my benchrest or a big hay bale, I wouldn't pass a 200 yard shot if conditions were right.
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#199995 - 06/05/19 07:08 AM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: Chance Weldon]
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I practice at around 100-150 yards. Only tried while training, I never really used my revolver for hunting.
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#199997 - 06/05/19 09:20 AM Re: Long range with a revolver [Re: BambyHunt]
adbhowler
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Thanks for the inputs. I'm all about getting close which is why I wanted to get into handgun hunting in the first place. I have taken my share of game at much longer distances with rifles but it felt more like just shooting as opposed to hunting. My 480 is open sights and the 500JRH has an ultradot. I don't intend on attempting any "hunting" shot over 100 yards with either gun but will attempt to get comfortable out to 125 or so.

Thanks again folks
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