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Old January 10th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #1
 
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How accurate is the 22/45 4.5 inch?

How accurate is the 22/45 4.5 inch slabsided at 25 yards? I am having trouble getting any grouping at all or at times even hitting the target.

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Old January 10th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #2
 
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Let's start with the basics, are you eyes open?
Seriously though, how experienced are you with handguns? Do you shoot revolvers more than semi autos? I have found that each type of handgun has its own quirks.
25 yards is a pretty good distance for a handgun, how are the groups at 10 yards? Have anyone else shot it? If so, how did they do?
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Old January 10th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #3
 
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Good questions posted above... Also, are you using a rest or shooting off hand?
25 yards is a pretty long shot, but the 22/45 should be able to group pretty well at that range.
My wife has a Mark 1 with a 5" bull barrel which is pretty much the same gun.
From a rest I have been able to consistently hit soda cans at 50 yards and a while back I was even able to pick one off at 75 yards on the third shot, again from a rest. So, I would guess the gun is not the fault, unless there's something physically wrong with it.
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Up until a few years ago 25ys was considered the standar istance for testing handgun accuracy, but that was for the gun in experience hands. Not knowing about the OP I can only assume there may be an issue here. It is also important to unerstan that .22s can be very particular about ammo as well. Two guns coming off the same line in the same week may have different tastes. I really suggest what I do when I have reason to not be confient with a particular gun. Laugh if you will but I bench rest it at 10 yds until I can get "rat holes" in the target. I have to know that the pistol IS capable of it if I don't have full confience. try it from a bench with different ammo at that distance. Also, if you are relatively new to the sport, seek out a good coach
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Accuracy

Very accurate. I have a 6" standard and my wife has a 22/45 4.5 slab. At 50' off a rest they are virtually identical in grouping. They both have VQ sears and adjustable triggers along with Sam's bushings and Millet red dots.
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Extremely accurate. I put the Ruger heavy barrel pistols (skinny barrels, too, for that matter) into a group of precision shooters that can out perform 98% of the shooters that pick them up. If you are having trouble, my first instict would be to evaluate your practices in evaluating the accuracy of your gun. In simple terms, what steps have you taken to replicate a machine rest in your execution?
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They're accurate enough that a box-stock one used by a relatively-inexperienced shooter (me) can get a 4" group at 25 yards.
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All of the above !
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this is the MKIII i own and yours should be accurate enough you should have no problem hitting a target at 25yds.



This target was at 20yds and i shot 50 shots at a pretty steady pace and put all 50 on the 6" target. So as others have said try it from a bench rest at 10yds and make sure your sight are set right and then try it at 25 again.
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BBQBOB & others who have made suggestions.

Thank you for the responses. I've been shooting for about 2 years. I usually shot revolvers at the range where I shoot.

A good friend who used to shoot competition did very poorly with the 22/45, which surprised me

I'll take a rest with me and will shoot at a closer target. (I have already checked the sights with a bore site.)

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The 4.5" is more than plenty accurate. if it does not shoot well for a decent shooter, it's the ammo.
25yards should be 1.5" or less when rested.
I have shot my friend's 4.5" 22/45 at up to 200 yard steel and it hits fine if I don't ruin it.
I once shot a 70-round 100 yard "group" coming in at 8" x 12" offhand. A better shooter can of course improve on this considerably. Best ammo I've found is Federal Bulk 36 grain Wally World ammo, my .22 go to. Accurate, reliable, CHEAP.
Long story short: 22/45 is an outstanding gun, maybe a little too small.
Federal .22 bulk will work great. If you really have an itch for accuracy, get some Eley match ammo.
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I shoot 3 1/2 inch groups weekly with my sig p229 40s/w at 25 yards and 2 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards with my smith AR15/22 M/P. I'm all over the place with my 22/45 slab side standard with fixed sights, so your not alone. As with any gun, i will figure out what is wrong and correct, good luck with yours.
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