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Old 03-19-2017, 10:32 PM
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So I had some range time today...

First trip out to shoot a few groups onto my Caldwell gong.

My new gun, pretty basic, a Shooting USA.


A typical 25 yard group. Zero JHP handloads.


What really impressed me was being able to do this. This is a 7 shot group at 42 yards with a 16mph full value cross wind. I'm sitting with my back up against a Hackberry tree resting off my knee. The tree is 17 yards behind my bench. Please disregard the 22 LR shots above and to the right.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:03 PM
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Good shooting, sir!


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Old 03-19-2017, 11:13 PM
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Nice! How did the Specialist shoot compared to this? Not exactly apples to apples with target sights on this one but I am just curious.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:04 AM
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Nice
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:51 AM
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Nice gun, nice groups, congrats.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:06 AM
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Very nice. Congrats on the new Baer!
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:36 AM
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Nice! How did the Specialist shoot compared to this? Not exactly apples to apples with target sights on this one but I am just curious.
Some combinations in the DW will shoot 2" or slightly better at 75'. Around the 50 yard mark, the Baer almost seems to shoot itself. Both guns are very nice, the Baer is definitely tighter and would be my pick for similar money.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:22 PM
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Very impressive !!
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:58 PM
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Chris, similar experiences here with the PII I just acquired and the Specialist I already own. Both are good shooters but the PII seems to group more uniformly even when overall group sizes are the same.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:22 PM
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Nice firearm and nice group!
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:22 PM
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Thanks all!

Groups are really starting to tighten up. I think I'm getting more used to the sights.

That's 5 into about an inch at 75'. 185 Zero JHP & 4.0g Bullseye @ 1.195" OAL.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:32 PM
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Buy some more paint....... Don't ya just love that "CLANG" sound? That is a very nice Les Baer you have.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:07 AM
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Thanks!
Shooting steel is so much fun! I'm hoping to add a few permanent steel targets to my range at the family farm this year and I just joined another local gun club because they have a decent assortment of steel targets on the pistol range. They have two plate racks for dueling, 10 8" plates each. They will also let you bring your own steel targets.
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:54 AM
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Nothing more fun than bangin' and clangin'. A plate rack will show you very quickly how good your sighting skills are (or ain't). One warning - make sure you know where any ricochets are going. You cannot guess - you must know. We always set steel up so the bullets either hit it straight on and the plate leaning slightly forward and down or at a slight angle where we know any of the bullets will go into a berm or straight into the ground in front of the plate. EVERYONE in the area needs good eye protection and you should never shoot steel at close range. I also angle my plates that are situated straight on leaning sightly down and all of my bullets will be found laying on the ground just below the plate. Any plates that develop craters should not be used unless they are very far away from the shooter. Bullets can go into a crater, turn themselves inside out and come straight back to you. I didn't believe that until I saw it a few times. If you have any swinging plates hit them once and wait for them to almost stop swinging before you shoot it again. DO NOT keep shooting at it while it is swinging. I once saw a guy next to me who was banging rapidly away on a heavy swinging plate and it batted a .44 slug straight back and hit him right between the eyes. He survived but it was a hard lesson. Always play the "what if" game. Have fun but be safe. Watch everyone on the line, shooters AND spectators, and make sure they don't wander into a dangerous place or get too close.

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Old 03-22-2017, 12:44 PM
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Nothing more fun than bangin' and clangin'. A plate rack will show you very quickly how good your sighting skills are (or ain't). One warning - make sure you know where any ricochets are going. You cannot guess - you must know. We always set steel up so the bullets either hit it straight on and the plate leaning slightly forward and down or at a slight angle where we know any of the bullets will go into a berm or straight into the ground in front of the plate. EVERYONE in the area needs good eye protection and you should never shoot steel at close range. I also angle my plates that are situated straight on leaning sightly down and all of my bullets will be found laying on the ground just below the plate. Any plates that develop craters should not be used unless they are very far away from the shooter. Bullets can go into a crater, turn themselves inside out and come straight back to you. I didn't believe that until I saw it a few times. If you have any swinging plates hit them once and wait for them to almost stop swinging before you shoot it again. DO NOT keep shooting at it while it is swinging. I once saw a guy next to me who was banging rapidly away on a heavy swinging plate and it batted a .44 slug straight back and hit him right between the eyes. He survived but it was a hard lesson. Always play the "what if" game. Have fun but be safe. Watch everyone on the line, shooters AND spectators, and make sure they don't wander into a dangerous place or get too close.


Excellent advice regarding steel targets that I have never read before. The steel target companies that market their targets certainly don't mention any of this cautionary info (At least not that I have seen).


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