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In reality you're shooting at a guy that looks like a speck of dirt in your scope at that range. I think 600 meters with my .308 is a long shot, couldn't even imagine that one. Props for them showing the Night Force scope on that Mcmillan.
@Tango9 @ArcticWarrior -AW is very close (sorry Tango9) if not correct. I did all the calculations based on very rough estimates on environmental factors that would have been present in Afghanistan during that time of year. Time of flight for the .50 BMG shot is going to be close to 5.56 sec. with roughly 800fps and 900ft/lbs of energy on impact. For the .338 shot, the time of flight is around 4.7 sec. with just over 900fps and around 550ft/lbs of energy left over on impact. Again, these are rough estimates but should be very close to the actual performance of the rounds on those days. Hope that cleared it up for you guys.
And check the spotter's face at the 9:28 mark...he's looking at the shooter like he doesn't know whether to continue with his job or to simply keep staring at him in awe of what he just did.
I remember watching that on History when it first aired...that's incredible. Taking out a VEHICLE 20 football fields away? Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's over a mile away. Crazy awesome. I wonder what his Taliban buddies were thinking after he dropped from that round. I think the bullet would have beat the sound traveling, and at 1.5 miles away and concealed, there's no way they knew where that came from.
@Tango9 Just a guest here, but I think you're presuming that the bullet keeps its velocity the entire flight..? I shoot SAKO TRG 42/338 LAPUA Mag for a living (Danish Sniper). I'm not saying that we're the best, but we're pretty descent at what we do, and 1500m is the max for our rifle/ammo.