Long Range Handgun Anyone?

GunsNgeeks

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Hello all,

I was just wondering if anyone has done any serious long range work with standard pistol cartridges such as 9mm, 45acp, etc.?

I’d be curious to see the data if anyone has it.

Thanks,
Dan
 

Ernie

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Hello all,

I was just wondering if anyone has done any serious long range work with standard pistol cartridges such as 9mm, 45acp, etc.?

I’d be curious to see the data if anyone has it.

Thanks,
Dan
Check out this link about the first season I hunted with my 357 magnum Franken-Ruger:
 

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Hunting with a handgun at Long range is very possible, but the cartridge and bullet choice will dictate just How far is possible to hunt with it. The idea of hunting is hitting where you want to with enough energy and bullet performance.

Pistol cartridges are limited by energy and trajectory. Also the ballistic coefficient in most pistol cartridges like you mention have very poor BC's and at some range become unstable and even tumbull. They can /will still hit a target, but will be inaccurate and not perform consistently on game.

The only real way to find out is to shoot your favorite pistol, starting at 25 yards to get a group and moving out 25 yards at a time until you feel accuracy is not good enough to hunt with and also run the energy numbers at that distance to see if they are still enough to do the job.

I recommend Having a comfortable distance for each handgun you have and sticking with those limits while hunting. The type of pistol also makes a huge difference in the shooters capability and the pistols itself.

Most people that hunt long distances (400 yards +) rely on bolt action pistols. Revolvers are/can be used to 300 yards in the hands of a good shooter. The Semi Auto's are normally held to 200 yards maximum for hunting. All pistols can hit a target well beyond their effective hunting range. I have seen videos of people hitting targets @ 1000 yards with big revolvers, but you wouldn't want to hunt anywhere near that distance.

I consider 500 yards a long shot for a bolt action pistol, some (Better shots than I am) have extended this to 600+ with the right cartridge pistol combination.

It is a good question, but lots of thought of what pistol to use, and practice are necessary to shoot at the limit of a handgun in my opinion.

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Wow guys!!! Some of you are shooting 500+ yards with .357 revolvers, that’s amazing work!!! I love shooting my 45acp wheel gun and getting 3 to 4 moa groups consistently.

JE Custom, I like the idea of moving out 35 a pop until I find my limit of effective engagement. This is the same method I used for rifles for years before I started doing computation.

I saw Jerry Miculek shoot his 9mm revolver 1000 yards and pop a balloon and while an amazing feat, I don’t imagine the round carries much energy at that range. I wonder if it would still penetrate soft-skinned targets?
 

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Wow guys!!! Some of you are shooting 500+ yards with .357 revolvers, that’s amazing work!!! I love shooting my 45acp wheel gun and getting 3 to 4 moa groups consistently.
It's fun. And I have taken big game with it from just under 200 yards down to about 35 yards in the US and in South Africa
 

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Our club has a event in our anual shoot called hand gun golf. No single shots allowed only revolvers and autos. Disks are set up at 100,150 and 200 yards. You can stand and shoot or sit and rest your arms on your knees. 3 missws at a gong and you are out. The winner usualy does it in 3 or 4 shots and it is usualy a 22lr that wins. Can't rememberif you are allowed a scope I don't think I ever saw one used. It was a lot of fun.
 

J E Custom

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I guess I should have been more specific. For me I suppose anything past 100 yards becomes challenging pretty quickly.

You underestimate yourself. The type of handgun makes a huge difference. Don't expect the Semi Auto to make 500 yard kills, but the bolt action pistols can. I have not pushed the limit much over 500 yards and have a 3 for 3 success At 500+ yards with a fine 7/08 bolt action pistol. It is capable of more but I know my limits and stick to them.

The weapon is only as good as the shooter and cant be expected to do more than It can.

J E CUSTOM
 

BrentM

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I played with a pistol conversion kit that allows better control of the pistol, similar to a rifle, and used a 9mm glock. I was shooting clay pigeons at 120 yards. I was very surprised how consistent it was. My next build project is a tc pro hunter in a 6mm or perhaps 6.5. Likely a 6mm of some sort like a br, dasher, or a creed. This will be a predator hunter and aimed toward 500ish yards.
 

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My favorite deer pistol was a Remington XP100 in 35 Remington. My longest kill was just over 300 yards. I have also hunted with T/C Contenders and Encores. Most accurate pistol was a Contender in 6.5mm Bullberry Imp. 1/2" groups were the norm at 100 yards with a Burris 3-12 pistol scope. Sorry I sold it. Hunted antelope in Wyoming with a 30 Herritt back in the 70"s. Elk hunted (cow) with a Smith 629 6" barrel open sights. Worked well when hunting timber where shots are shorter. God hunting.
 
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