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What's your "sniper" rating
Jan 20th, 2015 at 6:44am
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The talk of snipers on another thread got me to wondering - how good a shot are you?

While not a sniper by training - I have had far more exposure to long range shooting than most people. I grew up in an era when it was common for a kid to get a .22 for his 11th birthday or so and a shotgun by the time he was 13. We were given ammo for our birthdays and learned how far we could hit a certain sized target.

Surprisingly - the longest "dry spell" in my life where I did the LEAST shooting was the 7 years I was in the service. I was lucky to get out twice a year.

After getting out of the service - I came back home and resumed shooting more - especially after I invested in reloading equipment and lowered my costs. Over time I got my machine shop built and even started building guns, like I've always wanted to.

After retiring, I got a job in a gun shop - and increased my exposure even more - to different style of weapons and different approaches to shooting.

I live in the lower part of Michigan - where you are not allowed to use real rifles to hunt deer - only shotguns and (recently) rifles using pistol cartridges.

The property that I hunt is open fields - planted in either soybean or corn. I hunt from an elevated blind (heated of course) and it's rare to have deer come closer than 75 yards. So, I built a special use shotgun for long range shooting.

I used a Mossburg bolt action receiver and mated it to an H+R SB-1 barrel - a 10 gauge barrel blank, bored and rifled for 12 gauge. I removed the first 1/4 inch of the chamber end of the barrel, re-cut the base shoulder and threaded the barrel to fit the Mossburg action. This made the gun a 2 3/4 inch shell only. Which worked out excellent as it boosts the pressure slightly over a 3 inch chamber and removes the free space jump.

I had planned on - and do use the Hornady SST shells - which put a saboted 300 grain boat tail spire pointed .50 caliber bullet out the barrel at 2100 fps. It will group - consistently 2 1-2 inches at 200 yard off a rest.

This all leads to the question - how good a shot are you?

I routinely take deer down - usually with a heart/lung shot at 200 yards. Head shots at 100. My record - so far - is a measured 279 yards for a heart/lung where the deer ran less than 50 yards. With a shotgun.
  
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Re: What's your "sniper" rating
Reply #1 - Jan 23rd, 2015 at 4:31pm
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279 with a shotgun. Impressive.

My only exposure to long range shooting was last weekend. We were shooting a 3" square bag of tannernite. I hit it on my second shot with my AR-15 sporting a 0 mag red dot scope.

I'm currently refurbishing a gifted Woodmaster 742 30-06. I just received an ordered 4x16x44 scope to mount on it. I'm looking forward to doing some long range shooting.
  

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We were shooting 200 yards. I used to think that was a long shot. I would like to confidently shoot out to 500 yards. Not easy finding a place to do this.
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 20th, 2015 at 2:07am
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How good a shot am I?  See my signature...enough said.
  


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Re: What's your "sniper" rating
Reply #4 - May 14th, 2015 at 10:53pm
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onlinebiker wrote on Jan 20th, 2015 at 6:44am:
The talk of snipers on another thread got me to wondering - how good a shot are you?

While not a sniper by training - I have had far more exposure to long range shooting than most people. I grew up in an era when it was common for a kid to get a .22 for his 11th birthday or so and a shotgun by the time he was 13. We were given ammo for our birthdays and learned how far we could hit a certain sized target.

Surprisingly - the longest "dry spell" in my life where I did the LEAST shooting was the 7 years I was in the service. I was lucky to get out twice a year.

After getting out of the service - I came back home and resumed shooting more - especially after I invested in reloading equipment and lowered my costs. Over time I got my machine shop built and even started building guns, like I've always wanted to.

After retiring, I got a job in a gun shop - and increased my exposure even more - to different style of weapons and different approaches to shooting.

I live in the lower part of Michigan - where you are not allowed to use real rifles to hunt deer - only shotguns and (recently) rifles using pistol cartridges.

The property that I hunt is open fields - planted in either soybean or corn. I hunt from an elevated blind (heated of course) and it's rare to have deer come closer than 75 yards. So, I built a special use shotgun for long range shooting.

I used a Mossburg bolt action receiver and mated it to an H+R SB-1 barrel - a 10 gauge barrel blank, bored and rifled for 12 gauge. I removed the first 1/4 inch of the chamber end of the barrel, re-cut the base shoulder and threaded the barrel to fit the Mossburg action. This made the gun a 2 3/4 inch shell only. Which worked out excellent as it boosts the pressure slightly over a 3 inch chamber and removes the free space jump.

I had planned on - and do use the Hornady SST shells - which put a saboted 300 grain boat tail spire pointed .50 caliber bullet out the barrel at 2100 fps. It will group - consistently 2 1-2 inches at 200 yard off a rest.

This all leads to the question - how good a shot are you?

I routinely take deer down - usually with a heart/lung shot at 200 yards. Head shots at 100. My record - so far - is a measured 279 yards for a heart/lung where the deer ran less than 50 yards. With a shotgun.


Killing deer or any animal is not proving how well you can shoot. I can knock metal goat targets over at 200 meters with a S&W 44 magnum revolver. Big deal. Get a good rifle and see how small a group you can hit at 2,3,4,5 hundred yards. Compete against other shooters, and yes some women are damn good at it too. I know quite a few guys that can shoot a 3 inch ten shot group at 50 yards, with a pistol. Leave the animals alone. And I am a machinist and tool maker by trade. I repair my own guns. I did make myself one bolt action rifle. The only parts purchased were the barrel and muzzle break. It was a single shot 50 cal. BMG. The club that I belong to here in Florida has a 600 yard rifle range, also 50, 100, and 200 yard rifle ranges. Years ago I was on a rifle team. Our targets had five separate targets on each sheet. You fired one bullet at each target. They had to be that way because the group would be too tight to count the shots. I used a Winchester rifle with a 20 power scope at that time. Long time ago. Leave the animals alone. You might like competition shooting a lot better. If you like shot guns, try shooting trap or skeet. Then you will know how good you are.
The first real gun I was given was a 12Ga. Single barrel Stevens shotgun. I was 12. My safety instructions from my grandmother that gave me the gun were,” and don’t point that at anyone”. It sure was a lot different than my BB gun.
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Re: What's your "sniper" rating
Reply #5 - May 15th, 2015 at 11:23pm
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I have the old style model 41. It shoots better than I can hold it. I am happy with 2 or 2 ½ inch groups at 50 feet.

Is The Smith & Wesson Model 41 Target Pistol Overrated and ...Feb 20, 2012 ... The Smith & Wesson .22 target pistol has been around since 1957.....is it time to
retire this dinosaur. Does it still win matches at the range?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlbzkuSQAUA

I didn’t pay that much for mine. I bought it from a close friend, Larry. He was one of the good shooters on the Watertown team. I was on the Chase team, but we both were motorcycle riders and RPMC members .My daughter Sandra has a model 41 also. Just like mine.

Product: Model 41 - Smith & WessonUser Adjustable Trigger Stop The Smith & Wesson Model 41 is the top of the line
in rimfire pistols. Used by national level competitors for acute precision in ...http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_764...
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Reply #6 - May 17th, 2015 at 2:06pm
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Long range shooting revolver shooting 101:

Mine is stainless with the 8 3/8 barrel. 44 magnum. Hits most goat targets at 200 meters (over 200 yards).

Also very good out to 100 yards is my .357 S&W revolver. 6 ½ inch barrel.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFinish options available included a highly polished blued or nickel-plated ...
S&W's production of a large N-frame revolver in .44 Magnum began in 1955; the
...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_29

Product: Model 27 - S&W Classics - 6 1/2" - Blue - Smith & WessonEach is based on a model known for legendary performance then enhanced with
modern ... GOVERNOR (Z) • Small Frame (J) • Med. .... Model: 27. Caliber: .357
Magnum® .38 S&W Special +P. Capacity: 6 Rounds. Barrel Length: 6.5" / 16.5
cm ... for you to own a piece of history-in-the-making with these Classic revolvers.http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_765...

You guys don’t know what you are missing. Join a club and compete.
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Reply #7 - May 17th, 2015 at 2:57pm
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.44 Magnum at Long Range (230 yards) - YouTubeApr 21, 2009 ... Shooting a Model 29 Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum at 230 yards. ... You need
Adobe Flash Player to watch this video. Download it from .... That was when I was
in my 20's - I'd likely not even find that small of a target at 56... LOL! ... A really
beautiful and accurate gun that I love to shoot with .44 specials.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6EUCSiJRg

S&W Model 29 44 MAG @ 150 YARDS! LONG RANGE PISTOL ...Apr 9, 2012 ... My buddy let me borrow his Smith & Wesson Model 29 to see if I can make steel
ring at ... You need Adobe Flash Player to watch this video. .... what size is the
target? full size human torso? ... I really enjpy attempting the long range handgun
shots. .... Krysta Blade Shooting a 44 Magnum for the First Time!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtgA6IqTCOI


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Re: What's your "sniper" rating
Reply #8 - Jul 15th, 2015 at 3:57pm
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Sniping with .45 ACP:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Lisle_carbine

I've handled, but not fired, one.

Interesting weapon.
  

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