4210 yards, to be exact.
That’s how far Jim Spinella was away from the steel 36″ plate target he hit using a HCR 375 CheyTac. Put on by the guys over at Hill Country Rifles (HCR), this challenge was brought on after years and years of long-range target shooting. Spinella, a friend and customer of Hill Country had already hit a 36″ plate from 3600 yards and 3800 yards before attempting this shot.
Each and every time they moved the target farther down-range, HCR designed a new rig for Spinella to fire, using the lessons they learned along the way to perfect the design.
Weather was obviously of chief concern to the team who paid diligent attention to temperatures and prevailing winds before planning their trip to FTW Ranch.
“We checked the weather forecast daily a week ahead of the trip to FTW Ranch. Things looked pretty good,” HCR’s GM, Matt Bettersworth said, according to HCR’s YouTube Channel.
On the weekend of the shoot, the wind was blowing between 15 to 35 mph for most of the day on the Saturday, causing the team to decide to pick up where they left off the following day.
It wasn’t until the sun was about to set that the conditions became perfect. Doug Prichard, a military vet who had been making the wind calls, predicted the air would go flat just before they ran out of shooting light.
Just as Prichard had predicted, the air sat still and Spinella honed in on his target. Just as the sun was about to set, the hit was made by making calculated adjustment s to the previous impact calls after the final two magazines provided the team with consistent results.
“This would never have been possible without a customer and friend like Jim and the amazing people and facilities at FTW ranch,” said Bettersworth. We are blessed to have the unique combination of a shop to build the rifle in, a customer to build it for, and a place to shoot these extreme distances.”
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