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Old 06-23-17, 12:33 AM
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Wow...just Wow

Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter | Fox News

Unbelievable...I mean OMG is that a long way! Although they do make it sorta confusing as to what the previous record was.

To keep things all in the same system, previous was 2475m (8120 ft/ 2707yds), current is 3540m (11614 ft/3871yds).

Most good hunters won't take shot's much over 400yds, if that.

In the last 15 yrs, it had only crept up 100M or so at a time. This will probably stand forever until they have laser guided rifle bullets.

Some luck? Maybe, but they didn't say a one shot kill. The guy probably didn't even know he was being shot at til it hit him.
 

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I read that yesterday, hard to fathom a shot being made from that distance!
 
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The longest I've shot is 1'000 yards and at that range it seems amazing to hit anything. At 3'800+ yards I doubt if his scope had enough adjustment. He probably had to hold over 15 or 20 feet.
 
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Old 06-23-17, 05:16 AM
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Just imagine the actual trajectory of a 2+ mile shot.

I mean, lets do some math (and I'm not an expert on the ballistics). That 2.2 miles would be roughly 11,000 feet. With a muzzle velocity of 2700 feet per second (slowing down, of course, as it travels), it would take over 4 seconds to travel that distance. Gravity will drop the round about 250 feet in 4 seconds. Wow!
 
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Old 06-23-17, 07:10 AM
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I remember talking with friends about shots like this. It was just after 9/11.
Most people said these shots were impossible.
I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of an Army, Marine, or special forces sniper...

Hats off to the Canadians, their special forces are some of the best and maybe not credited enough.
 
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Old 06-23-17, 03:08 PM
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And did you notice the mention of the earths rotation? Amazing to think that at that kind of distance relatively near the Equator, they actually have to take that into account as well as Coriolis effect and all the other factors mentioned. Of course a ballistic computer does some of it, but can only calculate based on readings where it's located. Everything else is training, experience, and the occasional guess.
 
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Old 06-23-17, 04:13 PM
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I was happy when I had a perfect shot on a deer 2 years ago at 170 yards. (Longest shot for me) That is really impressive. When I heard it on the radio this morning I figured it had to be a .50 cal to shoot that distance and still have the power to be effective. Funny thing was they said on the radio "They had to take into account the curvature of the Earth" Which I knew was not correct. You know when you take into account the Coriolis effect you are going long!! Just for fun:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX7dcl_ERNs
 
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Glad I never had to shoot anything longer than 500 yds and then only had to worry about windage and angle of the sun on the target.

Just did a quick look up on the earth's rotation; roughly 460m/sec. So 4 seconds would be about a mile. Wow again!
 
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I just recently watched a video about a new weapons system. The reporter in the end takes a shot at 2530 yards and hits the target. There is a part one to this series that talks about designing a new bullet the 407 that stays supersonic for over 2000 yards and hits with more mass than a 50 caliber.

https://youtu.be/LkfWj1LapTo
 
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Well, TG, it's not quite that much since he wasn't at the equator and the bullet also is moving that fast when fired. Wind and humidity and air density will move it some as it slows from that speed, but he didn't have to aim a mile ahead of the guy...lol
 
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Old 06-25-17, 05:01 AM
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Yeah, lots of variables including whether he was shooting across the rotation (north-south) or parallel to it (east-west). All of it way more than I could handle with the iron sights on an M-14 or M-16.
 
 

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