So I finally got my new blackhawk out to the range. I took it and my ruger .22 out today with enough ammunition for both to keep me happy and making noise all afternoon.
I picked up the blackhawk last week. It's a stainless .357 with a 4 5/8 inch barrel. It shoots great. I don't know what the previous owner did with it but it was shooting about 8 inch high and left at 10 yards when I started so there was some sighting-in to do. Once that was done, I shot at 10, 15, and 25 yards.
Here's a couple targets as well as the happy, dirty gun. The left target is 24 rounds at 25 yards from a rest. The right target is 12 rounds at 15 yards from a rest. Yes, it'll be cleaned by the time I go to bed tonight.
There are more targets but they're not as pretty. I'll call them sighting-in targets.
After I shot paper some, I shot quite a bit at a steel gallery my range has. There are targets from 25-100 yards of all shapes and sizes. I got to where I could pretty reliably ding the rams at 100 yards with it.
While I was there, I got to talking with an older guy and his 16ish-year-old granddaughter. They were both very nice and were shooting a good variety of stuff, a .22 lever gun, a 12 guage pump shotgun, a well-loved colt 1911, and a smith .44 magnum. I shot his .44 and it was a lot of fun. The recoil is there but it was more comfortable than I expected, given its "hand cannon" reputation. The girl shot both of my guns and really seemed to like my scoped 22/77. It's quite the naildriver at any range under 100 yards or so. I don't know if I've ever shot it past that or not.