Long Range Accuracy

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  1. Poppypaul

    Poppypaul Member

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    Received this in an email. If true (and I believe it) that is some weapon.


    New Long Distance Kill Shot Record (8,120 Feet / 2,706.67 Yards)
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    > Here is something that has been in the news the last few days. A British Army soldier by the name of Corporal Craig Harrison, of the Household Cavalry, set a new record for the longest shot in combat. Twice. Cpl. Harrison fired two shots at Taliban machine gunners in Afghanistan . They were confirmed via GPS to be 8,120 feet from Cpl. Harrison's position. That is 1.54 miles. More than a mile and a half. To make it even more astounding, the range was almost 3,000 feet beyond what is considered the effective range of the weapon. At that range the bullet takes around 3 seconds to reach the target.
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    > The previous record was set in 2002 for a sniper kill at 7,972ft. That shot was made by Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong, of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, who was using a .50BMG McMillan TAC-50 rifle.
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    > Harrison accomplished this feat with the above pictured weapon, a L115A3 rifle. The weapon is manufactured by Accuracy International in Britain and is chambered in the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. This is significant because the previous two shots that held the world record were with weapons chambered for the .50BMG. The .338 is a cartridge designed for accuracy and power beyond the range of the older 7.62mm rifles. It has a much flatter trajectory, which makes the complex trigonometry problem of finding the right arc to lob the bullet onto the target much easier. It is one of several other "lighter" rifle rounds like the .300 Win Mag., .416 Barrett, and .408 CheyTac that have been designed with extreme long range shooting in mind. Of especial importance is the velocity past 1000 meters, the shape of its trajectory and how long the cartridges stay supersonic.
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    > The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare .338 is a bolt action, detachable magazine-fed, precision rifle. The rifle is about 15 pounds, unloaded and without optics. It can mount a variety of telescopic sights, laser designators, and night vision or thermal sights. In British service, it usually mounts a S&B 5-25x56mm day scope. The extra-large objective lens size of 56mm gathers a lot of light, making shots possible in the dawn, dusk, or into the shadows. The L115A3 can also mount a suppressor, helping to reduce the report flash and dust from the powerful rifle. The barrel is free floated for increased accuracy and is fluted for strength and cooling without excessive weight.
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    > You don't get all that performance cheap though. News reports put the rifle at around $25,000. But if you put it in the right hands and it can hit a sized target from 4500 feet. More importantly, even at extreme range, the bullet retains its power, hitting with more force than a .44 Magnum at 25 feet.
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    > It was just unlucky for the Taliban that conditions were so good and we could see them so clearly. We saw two insurgents running through its courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, and one in green. They came forward carrying a PKM machine gun, set it up and opened fire on the commanders wagon. The first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach and killed him outright. He went straight down and didn't move. The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too. They were both dead."
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    > Cpl. Harrison had a memorable tour of duty, making the two impossible shots, having a bullet deflect off his helmet, and surviving an IED blast that broke both of his arms. He is reportedly healing well, and has returned to duty.
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    > CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR CORPORAL HARRISON AND THE BRITS!!!
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  2. Grizz

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    here's a short video Longest shot

    I just picked up a savage 110ba .338 lapua, can't wait to take it to 2000 yards and beyond!
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  3. aa1911

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    death from afar.... just got a little bit farther! Pretty impressive if it's true
  4. lonewolf204

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    Very impressive!
  5. hardluk1

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    Wasn't craig harrisons shot back in 2009?? Great skill and a hell of a shooter but some luck also involed.
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    Yes it was in 2009, a lot of skill and luck. especially under pressure. I saw an old article the other day with some guys out here shooting prairie dogs at over 3500 yards. There guns were aimed up like artillery cannons. Distance can be done, but under pressure is a whole other story.
  7. Sgt 45

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    I thought this was an old article. I saw something about this on the Military Channel. IIRC it took more than two shots (maybe four) but at that distance - prolly a little better than I could do and I run out of adjustment around 1750 yards - depending on altitude.
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