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Realistic range of a Snub nose .38 or .357

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by manakiah, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    What do you think a realistic range is for a S&W 642 or something similar. I wondering how good it would be in a self defense atomsphere were you have to be dead on with your shots! Thanks Jason
     
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    KENOC Portland area Member

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    Depends on how good of a shot you are. I carry a S&W Chief's Special 2" snubbie, and feel fairly confident i could make a real accurate torso shot with it at 10 yards. I would say i am an average shooter. Your mileage may vary and the range will of course extend if you have longer barrel.
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    That's a crazy Video!! I find it hard to believe
     
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    Box13 Beavercreek Member

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    I have a colt detective special I shoot quite a bit.I took it out this week and shot it along with my python and my S&W 41 mag.I was hitting water bottles at 45 yrds. about every other shot.You just need to practice...Robin
     
  6. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    Damn That's impressive!!
     
  7. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    That is. I always assume though that my target will not be stationary in a self defense situation...so 10 yards with a snubbie at a moving target would be as far as i would want to be tested.
     
  8. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    At 10 paces, aprox 10 yards, I can keep it on a paper plate, with my SP101, with .38 spec. I favor a .38 snubby, for carry. I would think if you needed to pull it, it is going to be up close, and moving, and closer than 10 yards.
     
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    Box13 Beavercreek Member

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    I live out past beavercreek and have a small range on my property.That along with reloading enables me to shoot quite regularly.Because of the practice I wouldnt hesitate defending myself using a snubnose revolver out to 35 yrds if I had to.Heres a couple of pics of the range...Robin
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  10. varmiter

    varmiter orchards wa. Member

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    I shoot a sp100 and we shoot at a maniquin torso and I know by the holes left with lots of knowing your gun and your loads you can hit at 75 but on a quick pull and shoot 40 yrds. is my max.
     
  11. Deavis

    Deavis Mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I have owned 2 SP101s..... At ten yards they can shoot easilly, off hand the size of a softball, not a paper plate.....double action... and I'm no revolver shooter.

    I currently have a J frame that, prone and single action, have no problem at 25, keeping them all in the A zone of an IPSC target. that is with the early teeny tiny sights. The new sights are much nicer.
     
  12. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    My wife tells stories about a guy that would shoot big bore IHMSA down at Douglas Ridge with a 2" snubby. She was the range safty officer and swore he was going to put a hole in his leg shooting creedmore.

    For those that don't know IHMSA goes out to 200M.
     
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    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    I don't shoot softballs any more. Paper plates are way cheaper.

    Anyway, I take a black marker and put a little X in the center of the plate. It groups under the size of a softball, with an occasional flinch, or flier. SP101 are real nice. Soaks up the recoil a lot better than my Taurus ultralight .38.
     
  15. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    It's amazing to see people who perfect there craft! Pratice is the key. I wish it didn't cost so much to shoot!!!
     
  16. Intelguy01

    Intelguy01 Hillsboro Member

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    One of my wife shooting a Glock 17 at an unknown range....I think it was 60 yards or so...anyway, see the dust behind the target? She was popping it good. :D
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    And another one with an AR. ;)

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    You are welcome. :D
     
  17. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    Nice!! Looks like fun!
     
  18. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Fire arms are inherently accurate, it's the operator that's the fly in the ointment.
     
  19. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    for sure!