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    Elmer Keiths 600 yard pistol shot

    Anything Ol' Elmer said is the gospel with me Here he is pulling the trigger on a .44 at longer than normal range .DT

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    Re: Elmer Keiths 600 yard pistol shot

    DT I've read a couple of Elmer's books and I've spoken at length with at least one man that knew him personally. The long shots that Elmer laid claim to are not only possible but the man I mentioned above has practiced long range pistol shooting for much of his 70 plus years. I've noticed that many people are somewhat skeptical of claims of long range pistol marksmanship but I've seen too much evidence that it can be done to discount it. That being said, I'm certainly not one capable of it myself...smile.

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    Re: Elmer Keiths 600 yard pistol shot

    I read Elmer's stuff when I lived in Maine. Had no concept for the long range stuff. Only place we could see that far was across the lake, and Dad didn't allow that kind of shooting!

    THEN, I moved to Wyoming - what an eye opener to see a place where you could actually shoot that far intentionally. I was educated.

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    I have read his books, and I believe he did what he say's. I had a brother inlaw and I personally saw him shoot jackrabbits at a honest 200 yards. The first time I saw him do this I said he could never do it again, well he did it! again and again. He was not using a 44 magnum at that time but a 41 magnum. I also saw him do this with his 44 magnum many times at and beyond 200 yards.
    I now own his 41 magnum and I do shoot it well, but I have never tried it over 100 yards but I can hit a pie plate from a rest.
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    Re: Elmer Keiths 600 yard pistol shot

    Joe, you must have read of my 200m Ram shots shooting steel as well as 187 yard antelope shot - all with open sighted Ruger Blackhawk 41mag. It's a dynomite combination - by that time I was shooting all cast bullets, mainly 220gr keith's over Hercules 2400.

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    Re: Elmer Keiths 600 yard pistol shot



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    Elmer Keith is my master,
    I shall not flinch.
    He leadeth me to larger calibers,
    He suggesteth hotter handloads.
    Yea, though I load with 2400,
    I fear not failure,
    For my Smith & Wesson is with me.
    Recessed chambers comfort me.
    I hunt chipmunks with my .458,
    Verily, I slay cans with my .44 Magnum.
    Yea, though I load maximum,
    With a pinch for good luck,
    Yea, though I implore Lyman
    To design a heavier bullet,
    I shall not be satisfied.
    Surely someone will bring forth
    A hotter magnum,
    Then shall my heart be gladdened,
    And powder smoke shall surround me
    All the days of my life.
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    Amen! Praise the Load and pass the ammunition!
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    Re: Elmer Keiths 600 yard pistol shot

    I recall reading a lengthy article/interview about/with Mr. Keith many years ago. I recall in that article they did part of the interview outside and Elmer had a six inch (if I remember right) S&W .44Spl with custom front sight he had made. He'd notch it along the sight and painted each notch a different color. This was his range finder. The writer said, and had picks of, old Elmer laying back, knee cocked up with his pistol against it for a rest hitting an old outhouse at ~600yrds over and over and over...

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    Re: Elmer Keiths 600 yard pistol shot

    L)L! Elmer and I have one thing in common...we can both shoot 600 yards. Other than that results clearly differ! Dennis

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    Re: Elmer Keiths 600 yard pistol shot

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetwater
    Joe, you must have read of my 200m Ram shots shooting steel as well as 187 yard antelope shot - all with open sighted Ruger Blackhawk 41mag. It's a dynomite combination - by that time I was shooting all cast bullets, mainly 220gr keith's over Hercules 2400.

    Shooting in the West is so different from shooting in the East - totally different perspective.

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    No I did not see 200m Ram shots, but will look it up.

    Shooting out here compared to the East can be like day and night. Hunting in the East in most cases is more up close and personal. I'm sure in some areas an Eastern hunter might get a long shot, where as out here long shots are the normal.

    I just mounted my shepherd scope back on my Stainless Stalker 338 an will sight it in either today or tomorow and then check how it hits out to 600 yards and beyond.


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