Myths of Long Distance Shooting | Soldier of Fortune Magazine

I agree fully, having seen the effects of lack thereof myself in shooting. If you ever have a shot further out then 700 yards, the other factors may come into play, however, from experience (hitting running jackrabbits from a small hill at 500+ yards with a mkIV enfield .303) its the wind, bullet size and load used. Nothing practice regularly wont help make second nature.

Thanks to my father, a fellow marksman from whom I learned much of my instinctive shooting from, for the article.


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2 Responses to Myths of Long Distance Shooting | Soldier of Fortune Magazine

  1. Good article.

    For longer range shooting, it is interesting observing what those that actually do it regularly and with success think is important. At 100 to 1100 yard tactical matches, we stress only a couple things, #1 wind, #2 bullet drop & #3 cant. Too many people stress about whether they can shoot a repeatable group (5 shots) at 100 yards that is .5 MOA versus 1 MOA. Those differences only translate to a 5″ versus 10″ group at 1k yards.

    My 308 is dropping over 400 inches, and a 10 MPH full value wind is moving it about 100 inches. A 3 degree cant sends it many feet off to the side. These things REALLY matter, and to worry about humidity or a half-minute gun versus a 1 minute gun, even at 1,000 yards is not putting the focus where it should be.

    Three things that 1k yard shooters should focus on improving: #1-Reading wind, #2 Reading wind & #3, yep, reading wind. 🙂

    Also, don’t be intimidated by “in town braggarts.” ITB’s will tell you how good they are, but if they refuse to meet you at the range within a week of your challenge and shoot 20 shots with a 90% matching of what they bragged about. VERY few people can consistently shoot 9 out of 10 shots on a 1 MOA target at any distance. “Show me.”

    (In October, I hit my first 1-mile shot. It happened, and I am proud of it, but it was not a first shot hit, and I can not hit it with 90% success, even without any wind. I must be sure when I brag, not to imply that I can replicate.) 🙂


    • I agree – wind wind wind-

      Im still working hard at anything surrounding 1000- my average is not quite in the 80% hit range on 12″s at 660 yards currently. (Thats the range available and physically possible at this time) hoofing the steel gets a bit wearisome.

      My rifle of choice is the k31/ 7.5×55 / which to be honest I actually prefer ballistically- dang swiss made it quite easy to range as long as I know distances.


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