A Canadian Special Operations Sniper, a member of Joint Task Force 2, recently hit a target at 3,540 meters!  That’s 3,773 yards… over 2 miles!

There’s an awful lot of math and a whole lot of skill that went in to making such a shot.  Fox News reached out to me for some help on all that was required to make such a shot.

The spotter, perhaps the the one who should be getting at least half the credit (much like Paul Revere’s horse), had to calculate the distance to properly account for gravity, the speed of the bullet, the wind speed and direction all the way to the target, atmospheric conditions such as barometric pressure, temperature and humidity, and even the spin of the Earth!  If you’d like to learn more about these variables, how to measure them, and compensate for their effect, be sure to check out my best-selling book on the topic: the Long Range Shooting Handbook.  You can learn more about the book here.

I’ve already been receiving a lot of questions about the math that went in to such a shot.  I ran a quick calculation in my ballistic software and have shared the results below.  Of course, these are approximate numbers because the actual muzzle velocity and environmental conditions would not have been the same.

With a 100 yard zero, the sniper would have had to adjust around 225 MOA for elevation in order to hit the target!

 

 

Input Parameters

.510 Hornady 750gr A-MAX

BC Bullet
Weight
Muzzle
Velocity
Zero
Range
Sight
Height
LOS
Angle
 1.050 G1 750gr 2800 100 1.5 in
Altitude Pressure Temp RH Wind
Velocity
Wind
Angle
0.0  29.92 Hg. 59.0 °F 78%
Zero
Altitude
Zero
Pressure
Zero
Temp
Zero
RH
Min.
PBR
Max.
PBR
0.0  29.92 Hg. 59.0 °F 78% 0 227

Bullet Trajectory

 Range
(yards)
Drop
(in)
Drop
(moa)
Wind.
(in)
Wind.
(moa)
 Veloc.
(fps)
Energy
(ft-lbs)
Time
(sec)
  0
-1.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 2803 13082 0.00
  100
-0.00 -0.00 0.00 0.00 2714 12264 0.11
  200 -3.22 -1.54 0.00 0.00 2627 11487 0.22
  227
-5.01 -2.10 0.00 0.00 2603 11277 0.25
  300 -11.48 -3.65 0.00 0.00 2541 10750 0.34
  400 -25.12 -6.00 0.00 0.00 2457 10051 0.46
  500 -44.52 -8.50 0.00 0.00 2375 9388 0.58
  600 -70.09 -11.16 0.00 0.00 2294 8760 0.71
  700 -102.27 -13.95 0.00 0.00 2214 8165 0.84
  800 -141.54 -16.89 0.00 0.00 2137 7601 0.98
  900 -188.42 -19.99 0.00 0.00 2060 7068 1.12
  1000 -243.50 -23.25 0.00 0.00 1986 6566 1.27
  1100 -307.39 -26.69 0.00 0.00 1913 6093 1.43
  1200 -380.79 -30.30 0.00 0.00 1842 5648 1.59
  1300 -464.44 -34.12 0.00 0.00 1772 5230 1.75
  1400 -559.17 -38.14 0.00 0.00 1705 4840 1.93
  1500 -665.87 -42.39 0.00 0.00 1640 4476 2.10
  1600 -785.52 -46.88 0.00 0.00 1576 4138 2.29
  1700 -919.17 -51.63 0.00 0.00 1516 3825 2.49
  1800 -1067.98 -56.66 0.00 0.00 1457 3536 2.69
  1900 -1233.19 -61.98 0.00 0.00 1402 3271 2.90
  2000 -1416.13 -67.62 0.00 0.00 1349 3030 3.12
  2100 -1618.23 -73.59 0.00 0.00 1299 2811 3.34
  2200 -1840.99 -79.91 0.00 0.00 1253 2614 3.58
  2300 -2085.98 -86.61 0.00 0.00 1210 2438 3.82
  2400 -2354.82 -93.70 0.00 0.00 1171 2283 4.08
  2500 -2649.16 -101.19 0.00 0.00 1136 2147 4.34
  2558 -2835.44 -105.81 0.00 0.00 1117 2076 4.49
  2600 -2970.63 -109.11 0.00 0.00 1104 2029 4.61
  2700 -3320.86 -117.45 0.00 0.00 1076 1927 4.88
  2800 -3701.41 -126.24 0.00 0.00 1051 1838 5.17
  2900 -4113.83 -135.46 0.00 0.00 1028 1759 5.46
  3000 -4559.60 -145.14 0.00 0.00 1007 1689 5.75
  3100 -5040.19 -155.26 0.00 0.00 988 1627 6.06
  3200 -5557.02 -165.83 0.00 0.00 971 1571 6.37
  3300 -6111.50 -176.85 0.00 0.00 955 1519 6.68
  3400 -6705.03 -188.32 0.00 0.00 940 1472 7.00
  3500 -7338.99 -200.23 0.00 0.00 926 1429 7.33
  3600 -8014.78 -212.60 0.00 0.00 913 1389 7.66
  3700 -8733.79 -225.41 0.00 0.00 901 1352 8.00
 Range Drop Drop Wind. Wind.  Veloc. Energy Time

 

 

 

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