Exactly! If they could set up and hit the gong in 10 shots or so, THAT would be quite the feat. But to just keep launching bullets until one hits...not exactly earth shattering.69 shots to hit a target the size of a barn door.
It's like a million monkeys sitting at a million typewriters til one of them writes like Shakespeare.....
Definitely. The more mass the projectile has, the less effect the wind would have on it. At just 50 yards, the wind blows our little Eley 40 grain bullets (.22 benchrest matches) where ever it wants to. Over the 7,744 yard distance, the wind could have lots of effect on a rifle round.It would be straightforward to radio sonde with ballon to get the physics of the air. Plug that into a ballistics program to get the point. Is it all that different than a howitzer except for scale?
Food for thought: Or at least Oreos For Thought as this is more Junk Food than nutrition.
My wife & I were flying in a hot air balloon. The "pilot" said that air currents went in various directions. That we were flying through a layer cake of different speeds and directions of breeze. So that to attempt steer a balloon the method was to descend, to the altitude where the wind was moving in the desired direction.
So he spit.
The spit-blob would fall and ------and as we watched, it would zig right, then left, as it fell. He would then lower us to where the wind seemed to be heading the correct way. Thus he was able to "steer" us directly to one of their landing sites. The guy was very good at this. Had I been running that rig I'd end up in Bolivia.
The point is that this .50 Cal Long Shot, as it traveled it's long & tall arc, likely had to traverse many layers of air, that were moving in several different directions.
With literally no way to see, thus account for, that effect.
you are so right! give it a try! not to be a jack ass, but some of ya all seem to think this is easy, doesn't matter, or who cares. stop and think about this. it is a world record, it moved the goal by a full 10%, and as the write up states, this work will be studied for some years to come. will effect how training is done in sniper schools. how equipment is designed. and yes this shot also had to take into account rotation of the earth.Hitting that target 3 times in a row would be skill.
Yes, but at that distance, you have to be pretty damn good just to be in the right county. Its not just lobbing lead, its hitting a sheet of plywood from 4+ miles. Evidently, it is earth shattering since its a record!!!Exactly! If they could set up and hit the gong in 10 shots or so, THAT would be quite the feat. But to just keep launching bullets until one hits...not exactly earth shattering.
Not a sheet of plywood.Yes, but at that distance, you have to be pretty damn good just to be in the right county. Its not just lobbing lead, its hitting a sheet of plywood from 4+ miles. Evidently, it is earth shattering since its a record!!!