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Old May 7, 2000, 10:20 AM   #1
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I'm going to be shooting competitivley, indoor, 50 feet, one hand using B2 and B3 targets (about 5" diameter) I want to get a new handgun for this purpose only. I'm thinking 40 S&W or 45 ACP. I reload so hopefully I can work up a good charge. Any ideas on what would be a good gun for this?
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Old May 7, 2000, 10:47 AM   #2
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You did not give a price range, but your requirements scream 1911 in .45 ACP from a QUALITY maker. I think a gun like my Kimber Gold Match would fit well in this application, but you can't have mine.
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Old May 7, 2000, 10:57 AM   #3
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I shoot the same type bullseye pistol sports you are talking about except I use a .22. Last week I was able to borrow an older model Colt .45 that had been customized for this type of shooting. I have never shot a smoother .45. What a jewel this gun was. I could see why it has won the owner many tournaments.

I’ll be interested in seeing the responses to this post because I want to make my next purchase a target .45. Have you been to these sites yet? The author recommends having your target pistols custom-made. Bullseye I really have enjoyed this web site and have learned so much by reading there.

In case you need a site for gun customizing, this one is one of the best:
Clark Custom Guns

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Old May 7, 2000, 11:10 AM   #4
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P.S. Welcome to The Firing Line. I just realized this is your first post.

Will they let you shoot other calibers at your club? We are only allowed .22's or .45's and they are strict about the ammo that is used in the .45's due to the back stop.


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Old May 7, 2000, 05:25 PM   #5
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Have you considered a .38 Super? I prefer my super over my .45's for bullseye shooting. Either way, definitely go with a 1911 style.

Currently, I use an Ed Brown .38 Super and a Model 41 (.22) for bullseye. Regardless of what you decide to purchase, bullseye shooting is fun.

Now if you want to shoot IDPA or ISPC, that's a different story. You'll need different tools but still, 1911's are the way to go.

I'll add another top notch gunsmith along with Jessica's recommendation, Steve Clark Custom. He is, in my opinion, the best 1911 pistolsmith. Currently, he's building me a custom carry gun and also has my Les Baer, Ed Brown, and Kahr MK9.

Good luck!

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Old May 7, 2000, 05:36 PM   #6
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How about .38SPL wad cutter? That is an accurate caliber that is very easy to load for.
Just a thought.

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Old May 7, 2000, 06:23 PM   #7
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I shoot a similar match with a .32 Smith & Wesson H&R Magnum (Model 16)--many others use.32 cal of one sort or another.With light projectiles (85gr)BNWC the results are good.
I reload on a Dillon Square Deal press for this cal.and have no problems.
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Old May 7, 2000, 07:54 PM   #8
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At the club I shoot at we have to use lead ammo no faster then 1100 feet per Second.
I use the ruger Mark II kmk.
Rule are the same as your's 50', one handed
no hollow points.

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Old May 7, 2000, 08:04 PM   #9
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Our pistol club back in my hometown is pretty much dominated by the 1911 45's and various makes of 22 pistols. I shot a S&W K22 for several years their in competiton (I got pretty good cocking it in rapid fire) and when I shot centerfire I used a S&W K38. My fathers ballgame involved a custom Clark 1911. I've never cared for the recoil of the 45's in target shooting, though I've shot them in competition. Once you get used to them you can shoot them very well; however, I think the 32's have a lot of advantages over them. When I get done with school and get back into the game I think I'll look at the 32's pretty seriously.
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Old May 8, 2000, 07:47 AM   #10
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Rounder, is there some reason why you don't want to use a .22 LR? Unless the match rules require a centerfire handgun, I think a .22 would be the obvious choice.
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Old May 8, 2000, 10:11 AM   #11
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definatly .22 with a nice holo-scope !

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