a new years conversation


January 2, 2007, 12:40 AM
sunday i got to go out shooting with some good friends. later that night, at a new years party i was talking with a friend who didnt make it out into the hills with us earlier and he asked how the shooting trip was. i was very proud of a group i did and was talking about it. the rifle was a remington 1903a3 sporter and the group i shot was about 7 inch from what i estimate around 250-300 yards. maybe farther, some day we will get a range finder and know for sure. it was across a valley between two hills. with a good wind ripping thru that valley. anyway, i know my group wasnt that great considering what ive seen others do but i was very happy with my shooting.

but then another person at the party started talking and said that she had a friend who shot in the olympics and that he shot quarters at half a mile. i said i didnt believe it. so we spent a few minutes figuring out how far half a mile is. i dont recall how we got to the answer but we came up with 880 yards. i googled that and it is correct. so, what i said was that as far as i remember the world record for 1000 yards for .30 caliber was 3.1 somthing inches and by my calculations, if her friend is shooting quarters( the coin, not 1/4 inch) at 880 yards then he would be beating the world record. the girl still swore that he shoots quarters at half a mile.

can anyone who knows more than i do clarify this? what levels are olympic shooters performing at these days? am i mistaken on the record for 1000 yards?

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January 2, 2007, 12:49 AM
Well, I highly doubt it. A quarter sized group, using a .30cal would be 1 hole at 880 yards. Sounds like a fish story to me.

.38 Special
January 2, 2007, 01:01 AM
Well, I'd believe "shoots at quarters at a half mile". I'd even believe "...and occasionally hits them". But I won't believe "On demand". :)

January 2, 2007, 01:14 AM
I guess he served in the SF, too, and captured Saddam Hussein?

January 2, 2007, 01:15 AM
If BS was nickels a 5 shot group would be a quarter ! :D

January 2, 2007, 01:53 AM
The maximum distance in any Olympics shooting event is 50 metres from standing, kneeling and prone and done with .22 calibre rifles.

January 2, 2007, 02:33 AM
Limeyfellow nailed it. The girl was speaking from her (likely-intoxicated) arse! :)

While I don't know anyone who shot in the olympics, I can say that my grandfather was asked by the military to shoot on the US olympic team back around (iirc) 1954. My grandfather is a fantastic shot and, at 78 years old and scaring on his retina from an injury, still has better than 20/20 vision; but, just the same, he finds a 400-yard one-shot, 'instant' kill of a buck to be quite the accomplishment.

January 2, 2007, 02:41 AM
thank you to all for their replys.

i know she didnt know what she was talking about. im more interested in knowing what the record is for those distances with a .30 caliber cartridge. years ago i was looking online and saw somthing about a guy who used a rem 721 action and did a 3.1 somthing inch group at 1000 yards. the stock on it looked like a railroad tie it was so big and stable looking.

thank you for the olympics info. it makes the claim that much funnier to know that they dont shoot past 50 yards.

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