Originally Posted by Cory2
To follow the thread, I love older sniper systems, and accurate bolt guns in general. This new idea of shooting people from over a mile away is just ridiculous to me, there is very rarely a reason to do that. Inside of 1000 yards, the older bolt guns can take targets just as effectively as the new super cracked out rounds. ....
You make a valid point that really is the basis for why these threads always heat up with "this guy did this - so it's the best".
I don't have a range within 6 hours of me that would let me shoot beyond 1,000 yards. We just don't have those types of ranges here and the two that have "long range" competitions hold them at 600, 800 and 1,000 for benchrest.
For me personally? Shooting a sub moa group at 1,000 yards was one of the hardest, if not the most mind f*cking thing I have ever done. It took a lot of practice, and if anyone knows me, I don't have cheap kit, so it was DEFINITELY the shooter and not the gear.
There is next to zero reasons, even in a SHTF scenario that the "average" person would need to engage a target at 1,000 yards. What are you going to do? Shoot one guy and retreat into the woods? Achieving??? What exactly?
Sure, it could happen.
You could also win the lottery and discover the Fountain of Youth on your world travel getaway.
I mean come on, Carlos did it on a suicide mission in North Vietnam and to his last day he claimed it was a really
great shot and a little luck.
In a battlefield condition anyone creating THAT kind of damage, at those kinds of ranges, is going to very quickly get you on the business end of the really big guns. Like artillery and mortars and skies filled so black with bombs you are going to WISH you had time to pray.
Even if you have an expansive farm, or multiple neighbors with 6 adjoining farms covering the state of Utah - Are you going to sit on the roof with your $5000 Custom Built Rig & your $3000 Nightforce Optics glassing every inch of territory hoping for a shot to present itself?
Get a good rifle that will allow you to stretch your limits and worry less about what one guy here or there can do with Model A and Cartridge X.
Just food for thought -