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ninjatoth 07-17-2009 02:50 AM

Help ME!Snub Nose Accuracy
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I am fairly new to shooting,so I threw up a cardboard target 25-30 yards away.Put in 6 125 grain blazer .38spls in my rossi 462 snub 2",and fired slow and in single action free handed.I was hoping to do better,but maybe my results are common free handed?I highlighted my hits,I feel lucky being so new to have all 6 on paper,but I feel like I could improve alot.I hope someone can read my bullet pattern signature and translate to me what I need to do better.

ccr203 07-17-2009 03:48 AM


Some of the problem is that a 2" barrel was never designed for the distances you were at. 2" and 3" barrel weapons are designed for up close and personal defense, typically 5 to 15 feet. They really weren't designed for distance shooting.
Since you say you are fairly new to shooting, I would start by moving your target much closer and see what your results are. Try 2 to 7 yards away, usually a good starting point for a weapon with such a short barrel. Practice at those distances and see how you progress. As you improve, try increasing the distance. Remember though the weapon you have has such a short barrel, it was never ment to group tightly at 25 to 30 yards.

Hope this helps.

CA357 07-17-2009 03:57 AM

Think of it as a Doctors gun; eyes, ears, nose and throat. You'll also hear the term "Belly Gun", that's because you stick it in the attackers belly and pull the trigger.

Practice at 7 yards to maybe 15 yards. If you want to shoot longer distances accurately, buy a different handgun, one with a longer barrel.

Good luck and keep practicing. :)

Bigguns911 07-17-2009 04:59 AM

I agree with the up close and personal thing, but you can shot this gun from 25 yards with practice. You should not start out at 25 as a new shooter. The first thing I see your grip. The support thump needs to be moved up and cross the gun hand thumb. Second, pointer finger of the support hand needs to be up and against the trigger guard. The other issue most new shooters have is trigger control, squeeze no pull or yank. Press the trigger back slow and constantly. The gun should go off as a surprise to you. Also dry fire is good. Get some snap caps if you are concerned about damaging the gun. Keep you focus on the front sight and do not look to see where the round are going right after you shot. You need to look at the front sight, shot and get a second sight picture then look where the round went.

What I see in the target is you are pushing the heel of the gun. This is an anticipation issue. Dry fire should help with this.

Most of all keep working on it and don't give up. Shot slow at first and get faster as you get more trigger time. Good luck!!

masterPsmith 07-17-2009 11:19 AM

Do a lot of dry fire. As mentioned, a 2" revolver is designed to be used at combat distances. The average shooting incident will occur within 7 yards. Do most of your practice within that 7 yard distance and practice a lot, if you can find ammo. Contrary to popular belief, the 2 or 3 inch revolvers are inherently (mechanically) as accurate as a longer barreled revolver. Just more difficult to shoot due to , rudimentary sights, short sight radius and increased recoil. I have 2 and 3 inch revolvers that I can hit soda cans with out to 100 yards and will shoot ragged holes at 25 yards. Start your practice close to your target. You don't need ragged one hole groups. Combat accuracy is your goal. As you progress, your speed will also increase. What I mean by combat accuracy is placing all your shots within a 4" group in the upper body mass of your target. You want to be able to do that at any given combat range at any time and any situation. Practice, practice, practice. And, welcome to the shooting community, hope you enjoy.

I hope this helps,

JoshX3Magazine 07-17-2009 11:59 AM

I actually owned a Rossi snubby much like yours several years ago and my first few sets of groups at distance were a lot like yours. Like everyone else has said, a gun with that small a barrel was never intended to be a sniper rifle.

I would also bring up, not to criticize but to help, your grip. Let me give you a link that REALLY helped me out in the accurate pistol shooting department. It's a great article covering the basics by Massad Ayoob. Your shooting WILL improve once you've read, studied and adopted the techniques he discusses.

How to shoot a handgun accurately By Massad Ayoob

Most important: don't get discouraged. Move the target closer, clean up the grip a little, and watch the groups get tighter!


Virginian 07-17-2009 01:46 PM

I did see Bob Munden put 5 shots of 38 Spl. out of a 2" gun on a standard 25 yard pistol target... at 100 yards. Two of them were just outside the black. I think the problem is, you and me ain't Bob Munden.

ninjatoth 07-17-2009 02:57 PM

I have a 4" .22 that I can group about 6" freehanded at 25 yards,as where that snub I get more like 15" from bullseye.I never benched either gun to see if it is the gun at all,since they are cheap guns

1861 07-18-2009 01:16 AM

Get your left thumb of top of your right hand . That will cause you to throw the rounds around target .

WDB 07-18-2009 03:59 AM

Repost your target with the shots numbered, it will help with the advice given. All the same you got good advice this is a close up firearm and not a target shooter.

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