Many of us have heard about the astounding, and almost mythical, one mile shot accomplished by only a select few of the world’s best rifleists, but recently recorded was a shot made at 150 times that difference – and he got it on camera.
As technology continues to advance giving shooters more pinpoint accurate information when dealing with targets (i.e. distance, air speed, rate of travel) shots are more easily made albeit minimally. Don’t be fooled however as these shots still take an extremely amount of know-how, precision and experience to pull off.
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Showing the amount of skill it takes to pull of such a shot was LiveLeak user, Grizzman, who set out to record his near 1.5 mile shot. Taking aim at a metal target with his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle, Grizzman was able to take on the shot that even many military snipers would appreciate.
Explaining the logistics of such a feat, the shooter shared, “A few days ago I took out the 338 Lapua and attempted the 2,500-yard shot. So I placed the target at 2,530 yards or 1.43 miles away, at that distance the bullet flight time is almost 4.5 seconds!”
Of course, the shot wasn’t quite as simple as putting his sites on the target and pulling the trigger. Expressing the different matters taken into account, Grizzman writes, “went out early in the morning to beat the mirage, luckly [sic] there was very little wind around 3-4 mph coming from the left, I dialed 2.6 mils Left. I had to dialed the maximum elevation my scope (Nightforce NXS 5.5-22×56 MIL/MIL) had at 27.4 mils then held over 2.5 mils on the reticle to get me to 29.9 mils.”
After hitting the target twice out of the three shots he took on camera, he went down to inspect his handwork. Surprisingly, he was even able to find many of the rounds in the surrounding area and compiled a group of hits, and missed projectiles.
It seems that one of the rounds actually came in sideways as the travel time allowed the projectile to destabilize.
Take a peek at the video above and let us know what you think – amazing or just lucky?