How much of the "point shooting" skill is independent of the weapon used?
I realize that to develop the most skill in point shooting a particular gun one should practice most with the particular gun. However, does practicing point shooting with a ".22 analog" help hone the skill for a larger caliber gun?
I have two main carry guns - a Model 60 and a Model 642. I practice point shooting with both, and have seen some improvement since I've started. I'm all in the "pie plate" at five yards, and all in the torso at 7 yards. When I first started I had frequent misses. Anyway, nothing that will win competitions, but hopefully enough to stop a threat.
Shooting .38's as much as I would like to, however, would break the bank, so on my range trips I usually bring some .22's for bullseye and target shooting after I'm done with the real practice. Now I recently acquired a SW model 63-5, which is an 8-shot, 3" barrel .22. I have the same grips on the 63 as I do with my 60 and 642, and the trigger pull is nearly identical. The only difference is the recoil dynamics - the .22 has almost no recoil compared to the .38's. Regardless, one of the most important shots is the first, isn't it? So in addition to regular practice with the '38's, do you think additional practice with the .22 can help hone the skill on the .38's?
For that matter, how much of the acquired point shooting skill can one retain with different weapons (once one become reasonably familiar with the weapon)?
Appreciate your thought on this...