posted on Jul, 19 2012 @ 01:13 AM
How far can a sniper rifle shoot?.50 Cal rifle
This qusetion is hard to answer but the average sniper rifle in the .300-.308 caliber can shoot any where from 100 yards to about 800 yards. A .50
caliber can be effective at about 2 and 1/2
The longest kill recorded in the Vietnam War was at a range well over a mile; a Marine Corps sniper armed with an M2 .50-caliber machinegun (they'll
fire singles if you use one thumb on the trigger) made the shot.
*The longest confirmed recorded kill by a military sniper is 2430m (about 1.5 miles), set during Operation Anaconda (Afghanistan, 2002) by a Canadian
soldier, Rob Furlong. The previous record was indeed set in Vietnam, 1962, by Carlos Hathcock at a distance of 4576m (about 2.6 miles).
40km shot does not seem possible
.338 Lapua Magnum
The effective range of this cartridge is over 1 mile (1609 meters) in the right shooting conditions as has been demonstrated in recent conflicts with
confirmed kills in excess of 2000 meters. Realistically, 1500 meters is within the range of a trained sniper.
Hathcock generally used the standard sniper rifle: the Winchester Model 70 .30-06 caliber rifle with the standard 8-power Unertl scope.
Hathcock is a personal favorite of mine.