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I just noticed that in the "About Me" section, I had said that I was moving to Montana, in the Spring. That would have been last Spring, and I no longer have any intention of going there. For better or worse, I'm in Illinois (probably for worse!).
@Sheepdog, you asked me if I would be interested in the long range marksmanship/sniper unit, in our militia. The answer is "yes", but understand that I am building my rifle from a 1929 "Ishie" Mosin-Nagant. It's almost done (and I can't tell you how many people have asked me, "What is this thing?" ... it looks like a thoroughly modern rifle). The most expensive part is to come ... the scope. Using Winchester-Western ammo (185-gr), I'm pretty sure that I can knock a gnat off a tit at 2000 yards. But that kind of merchandise doesn't come cheap. Also, it's got to be solid to stand the recoil of this rifle. Right now, I'm using iron sights.
I was a sniper in Vietnam. Because of the terrain, I don't think I had a longer shot than 75 yards. But I hold (or held) several records at Ft. Bragg and Ft. Campbell, on the 2000 yard range (they may have changed to meters ... I don't know).
The first thing I would advise anyone to do is to get a "dope book", to record your shots and scope settings, and bring someone along to the range to be a spotter (they should have tripod-mounted field glasses). Of course, this assumes that their rifle is already zeroed at 100 yards.
All snipers operate in a team of two, the marksman and the spotter. The spotter should be armed with a lighter, rapid-fire weapon, in case the enemy gets close. Also, I can't emphasize enough the importance of hand signals. This means that the team must be in each others' sight, at all times.
Thanks for the invite, and I hope that I can contribute something to this effort.
Normally, I would agree with you. However ...
This particular Mosin was fired ... at most ... 5 rounds at the factory. You've never seen a better bore in your life. It was part of a lot that the factory sent to the Kremlin, in 1929. The guards had rifles for practice, but those that they carried on-duty were always unloaded (although they had ammo in their pouches). It seems that Stalin didn't like too many armed men around him!
If an M21, a Model 70, or a Remington Model 700 ... all of which I used in training ... can make a 2000-yard shot, this Mosin can.
Not sure where you're getting 2000 yards at. The 308 or x 51 Is 1000 meter caliber shown with both thr m21 semi auto and m24 bolt gun.
The x54r is 600 and with match you could make maybe a ok 1000 meter as well.
2000 requires a setup in caliber 300 win mag or 338 alpha