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Long Range Shooting Myths

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Larry of Vickers Tactical goes to Gunsite in Arizona with his friend Walt Wilkinson to do some long-range shooting and attempt to debunk some myths on the subject.

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Walt is a war veteran and a world-champion shooter, currently a gun instructor at Gunsite. In this episode of Tac TV, he becomes Larry’s spotter as they shoot from a series of distances to see how far the Accuracy International AX338 Lapua that Larry uses can go. Larry mentions at the start of the video that all accessories on the rifle were provided by Mile High accessories. Walt himself showed his preferred BMG Bolt-gun, which he used to win several competitions.

Walt, an experienced long-range shooter, says that everything changes at 1000 meters when it comes to shooting. At regular distances, quarter-inch groups are regular, but some shooters come to the range expecting the same, especially if they had previously gotten lucky and shot tight groups at long distances. Walt says it all depends on the temperature, barometric pressure, windage and a whole lot of factors to be able to even make a single shot dead-center at distances past 1000 meters, so sub-MOA accuracy is a myth.

He and Larry take the AX338 to the range and begin shooting at 882 yards, then 1082, followed by 1313 and 1470. Mirage is not an issue for the day, but wind is. Larry has little trouble hitting the targets until they get to 1470 yards, where Walt and he conclude, after a few tries, that the distance was the “end of the line,” so to speak, for the gun. When shot, bullets began tumbling and spinning out of control, meaning they have gone below the speed of sound and any further shooting would be futile.

To test, Larry put the suppressor from Mile High on the gun and using the same data as the previous rounds, they began shooting again to see if there was any discernible difference. Surprisingly, the suppressed gun hit the same targets in almost the same spots in the second round. At 1470 meters, the gun was able to hit a target, but when they tried at 1583, it had reached its end.

Larry and Walt concluded that the range was actually 1470 and the suppressor gave only about a hundred yards more, but that was the maximum.


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