Hi all, I was lucky enough to be allowed to own a sidearm in the U.K for use while hunting and culling farm animals. I bought a S & W 327PD 4" in .357 mag ( I wanted a .44 mag but had to settle for a .357 mag or nothing )
What accuracy should I be looking to gain and at what range? I have been using 180gr nosler partition HG with13.5 gr of H110.
Most of my shots are at close range but I want to become an good shot in case I need to be one day.
I'm a newbie, but I wouldn't trust anything from myself past 10 yards "off hand". I don't think you'd have enough energy past 50 yards, but there are plenty of guys who hunt with handguns....
are you looking to mount a scope to that Smith?
I was at the range last Friday and was fooling around with some alternative targets. I was able to hit a golf ball at 25 feet and a soda can at 75 feet. That was with my 1970's vintage S&W Model 10 with fixed iron sights. The ammo was 38 special - 158 grain lead cast round-nose bullet over 3.6 grains of Bullseye powder.
...and I'm not a particularly good shot. With some practice and the better sights on the 327, you shouldn't have any problem hitting your target at 25+ yards.
1. There is a measure of accuracy related to where your sights point vs. where the bullet hits. That is adjustable by various means.
2. Another measure is how consistent the point of impact is when shooting a given powder-bullet combination. Usually referred to as Group Size at a given distance.
Your 4 inch S&W should be on par with my Ruger GP100 4 inch.
My GP100 has adjustable sights so POA vs. POI can be easily adjusted to suit me.
I typicaly set my pistols to impact 1 inch above the the top of my sights (when the top of front and rear are on a single plane) at a distance of 15 yards.
The true accuracy of the gun can only be determined if it is held in a mechanical device such that affects of recoil are consistant.
As a practical matter we often times end up being the most significant error factor although ammo is many times the real culprit.
Practical accuracy of my GP100 at 15 yards with cartridges tuned to the gun is 1/4 inch center to center for multiple 5 shot groups. This was shot using several sandbags to aid in holding the gun steady.
My best load, to be tested on Elk next week, used Hornady 180 Grain XTP bullets in Winchester cases with Winchester Small Pistol Magnum Primer and 13 Grains of Accurate #9. Average velocity at 10 feet = 1176 Fps.
Your Smith should be just as capable.
There are a lot of variables that come into play, but just to give you an idea, I consider myself to be a pretty average marksman and I shoot 3" groups at 25 yards with my 4" DAO Ruger GP-100. This is from a rested position, double-action, and using my favorite 158 grain handloads, which are pretty hot loads. This is a handgun with a very nice trigger that can be 'staged' at the break-point well enough that it is approximately equal to firing in single-action mode.
Take the sandbags away, and my groups double in size. I generally assume that a person who can shoot all their rounds into a pie plate at 25 yards, freehand, with a 4" or less barrel, is a slightly better than average marksman...but that's just my opinion, based on what I have personally seen a lot of shooters do.
Just open sights for me. Because its backup for a bow or a rifle I want to keep it light and simple.
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