Hitting a target more than 2,500 meters away proved to be no sweat for this long-range shooter, even though the bullet had to travel for almost a full five seconds in the air.
The shooter’s .338 Lapua Magnum lined up for the long shot. (Image source: LiveLeak)
LiveLeak user Grizzman uploaded a video showing viewers his set up and successful near-1.5 mile shot with a .338 Lapua Magnum rifle and a metal target.
“A few days ago I took out the 338 Lapua and attempted the 2,500-yard shot,” Grizzman said. “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!”
Grizzman lined up his target more than 2500 meters away (Image source: LiveLeak).
Long-range rifle shots are ridiculously hard to execute, which is why military snipers are a rare breed with a carefully honed skill set.
But as sights and gadgets for measuring wind and distance have improved, odds of hitting far-off targets have increased as well.
“I 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,” the shooter explained on LiveLeak. “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 the successful shot, Grizzman found what was left of the projectile and got a close-up of the damage it did to his metal target. (Image source: LiveLeak).