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My take on previously read threads about tight groups at longish distances out of handguns would be skeptical at best. Not any longer.
My prior experience with handguns started many years ago with a service revolver and firearms training that was provided by the department I worked for. After that I grew fond of M1911's and have accrued several. With that said my experience was limited to close quarter / point shooting / defensive handgun stuff.
For whatever reason I thought hunting deer with a handgun might be a new and exciting twist this year so enter a used but well cared for Ruger NM Super Blackhawk .44mag sporting a Bushnell 2x6 handgun scope (my first scoped handgun). It came with a box of brass. Bought a box of cartridges, Lee dies (carbide), Hornady 240XTP's, and some H110 and Lil-Gun powder and went to work.
Learned right away to check the screws, LOL. These bad boys like to shake them loose. The revolver felt well balanced and was hefty enough to handle magnum loads comfortably. I'm about 80 rounds into it right now and as of yesterday from 47 yards (lazered after the fact) my groups are inside a baseball sized area using a sandbag to rest only my grip's butt on. I'm impressed to say the least and have been converted.
My initial expectation before I got the revolver was hunting deer out to no farther than 25 yards now I'm not sure how far I may end up being comfortable taking them from provided I'm able to set-up with some sort of rest to help me hold steady. I am amazed how well the gun shoots and how good the trigger is. Now I see what I've been missing out on due to my skepticism.
 

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With those good handloads you've worked up and some practice, there isn't a reason in the world to limit yourself to anything less than 100 yard shots, using that rig. Welcome to the world of handgun hunting! :)
 

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Join the club of shooting ridiculously small chunks of lead at ridiculously small targets at ridiculously long ranges. Your gun is good for 100 yards and after some trigger time and confidence building you will be too.

Every hand gun but one that I own is good for minute of 5 gallon milk bucket at 200 yards and my hunting shots are at 100 yards or less, preferably within 60 yards. It isn't magic, just keep in mind that shooting is about 3% physical skill and the rest of it is between your ears. Now you know the gun is good for it you just need to convince yourself and it looks like you are well on your way.
 

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My NMSBH is also the most accurate revolver I own. I haven't papered it that far, but at 25 yards it'll put them all in one big hole. I mainly shoot steel silhouettes with it, out to 200 yards.
 

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Join the club of shooting ridiculously small chunks of lead at ridiculously small targets at ridiculously long ranges. Your gun is good for 100 yards and after some trigger time and confidence building you will be too.

Every hand gun but one that I own is good for minute of 5 gallon milk bucket at 200 yards and my hunting shots are at 100 yards or less, preferably within 60 yards. It isn't magic, just keep in mind that shooting is about 3% physical skill and the rest of it is between your ears. Now you know the gun is good for it you just need to convince yourself and it looks like you are well on your way.
Well said! Of course the problem has always been with what's between my ears!!! Anyway, once you convince yourself that 200 yards is a reasonable distance for handgun shooting, you are on your way to some simply amazing shots. Yeah, you gotta do everything just right but when you do, that milk bucket at 200 yards is in mortal danger. Then your 100 yard shots on deer are very doable. Enjoy the journey.
 

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Well said! Of course the problem has always been with what's between my ears!!! Anyway, once you convince yourself that 200 yards is a reasonable distance for handgun shooting, you are on your way to some simply amazing shots. Yeah, you gotta do everything just right but when you do, that milk bucket at 200 yards is in mortal danger. Then your 100 yard shots on deer are very doable. Enjoy the journey.


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