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The 7 Best Long-Range Shots From Hollywood

The 7 Best Long-Range Shots From Hollywood

Long-range shooting is usually laughable on the Silver Screen, but every now and then a director gets it right.
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from Elias johnston wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

If you can get a bullet throe a scope you will have a lot of racks.

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from CaptKent wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

NOTE ON RECOIL IN MOVIES: Tc505 commented on this saying that he never saw a movie gun recoil until Clint Eastwood did it in "Joe Kidd".

That's always been an issue with me and my wife of 42 years always says in disgust, "it's just a movie."

I know I'm not the only old veteran who knit-picks all the movie flubs in military films/TV.

Back to recoil; when I was enlisted I wore a Colt 1911 .45 to work each day. My first shot with it at the range, my gun hand almost went straight up. And I couldn't hear for two weeks. Long before OSHA and ear protection.

Oh, to have good eyesight and steady hands again, but I still love to squeeze that trigger.

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from Mike Kuhl wrote 2 years 1 week ago

I liked that they made him left handed. Right handed rifles were standard issue - it just shows that he had to adapt. Nice subtle touch Mr. Spielberg!

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from Tc505 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

one other thing, myth busters it seems uses mostly lead core bullets--NOT military ball ammo steel core in any of their tests.

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from Tc505 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

barry pepper firing left handed and reaching across to eject with his left hand just made no sense to me at all. myth busters I quit watching when they were firing from 3' into the swimming pool and shredding every bullet but the lowly .22 while trying to prove that there is a depth at which you can swim without getting hit. they never allowed for the ballistics of the bullet slowing down, although later there was a test by someone else that showed the mg43 bullet hitting the water and slowing down quickly so that if you were 3' from where the bullet hit you would not be wounded and they were firing at 6' from the water. as with all make believe those who have no idea of what goes on are making the movies. the first time I ever saw recoil was with clint eastwood in joe kidd. before that there was none at all.

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from Ryan Abrahim wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

How can you not list the Warriors Way?

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from jmcginty15 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

The line from Saving Private Ryan is "Let not my enemies triumph over me," not "Let not my enemies try and fool me." It's from Psalm 25.

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from Tony Ferralli wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Mythbusters was finally able to do it using the correct type of russian scope and AP ammo. Which is probably what Hathcock was shooting. Some of the old steel core 30-06 ammunition was more accurate than the standard ball.

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from Thomas Yanity wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

The mythbusters episode was not about this shot. They were trying to copy Gunnery Sgt Carlos Hathcock sniper shot against a another sniper in Vietnam.

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from jalander wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

You didn't comment on whether you thought the shots were doable. Memorable they are, but could they have been done in real time.

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from saukdeerslayer wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

There was a scene in the mini series "Lonesome Dove" where the character played by Robert Duvall, had to do some long range shooting at some outlaws. The scene demonstrated the limitations of his weapon, and the value of sight elevation.

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from jimyoumook wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

the mythbusters were unsuccessful but still wondering why Tom Berengers work in the origonal sniper movie didnt make it onto the list

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from Josey wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

What about these?
1. Shot that took out the dirty cop in Legends of the Fall. I think it was a Sharps rifle.

2. Mel Gibson's shots on drug dealers in the first Lethal Weapon.

3. Rambo 2007----the mercenary with the semi-auto .50

4. Last of the Mohicans---Flintlock distance at target running straight away.

5. There was also the movie about the sad situation in Czech Republic when two long range shooting Olympians become on separate sides of the civil war.

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from A Wild Beast at... wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Valdez is great, specially as he is handloading is ammo while he shoots, but I would also add James Coburn shooting a Mexican bandido at long range with a Peacemaker in "The Magnificient Seven" and then saying that he was aiming for the horse.

And what about Sergeant York when he is shooting an old muzzle loader for beef?

Please , read my blog at http://awildbeastatheart.blogspot.com

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from James Degges wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

These are all good but they need to add "Bob Valdez" played by Burt Lancaster in "Valdez is Coming" for his 1,000 yard shots with his Sharps.

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from officerdom1987 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I can't believe Jaws didn't make the list when he shoots the barrel in the shark's mouth to explode it!

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from Terry Moberg wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

In the episode of myth busters, they said it was possible but the big factor was the construction of the victims scope. I believe they said most modern scopes would not allow a clean shot thru the scope there are to many obstacles from one end of scope to the other to allow for the bullet to cleanly pass thru.

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from T.j. Panique wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

All very good Hollywood references, but what about from the 1989 movie "Lonesome Dove" where Robert Duvall as Cpt Augustus McCrae makes his incredible shot?

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from Clay Walker wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Matt Damon?? The Hollywood Liberal, The animal rights activist that apologized to PETA for attending a bull fight. There's an Icon for you

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from captjim wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

They tried to recreate this famous (bullet through the scope shot) on Myth Busters but I can't remember if they were successful or not. I remember they were having a hard time doing it. Did anyone else see that episode?

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from T.j. Panique wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

All very good Hollywood references, but what about from the 1989 movie "Lonesome Dove" where Robert Duvall as Cpt Augustus McCrae makes his incredible shot?

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from James Degges wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

These are all good but they need to add "Bob Valdez" played by Burt Lancaster in "Valdez is Coming" for his 1,000 yard shots with his Sharps.

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from saukdeerslayer wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

There was a scene in the mini series "Lonesome Dove" where the character played by Robert Duvall, had to do some long range shooting at some outlaws. The scene demonstrated the limitations of his weapon, and the value of sight elevation.

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from jmcginty15 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

The line from Saving Private Ryan is "Let not my enemies triumph over me," not "Let not my enemies try and fool me." It's from Psalm 25.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

They tried to recreate this famous (bullet through the scope shot) on Myth Busters but I can't remember if they were successful or not. I remember they were having a hard time doing it. Did anyone else see that episode?

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from Clay Walker wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Matt Damon?? The Hollywood Liberal, The animal rights activist that apologized to PETA for attending a bull fight. There's an Icon for you

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from Terry Moberg wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

In the episode of myth busters, they said it was possible but the big factor was the construction of the victims scope. I believe they said most modern scopes would not allow a clean shot thru the scope there are to many obstacles from one end of scope to the other to allow for the bullet to cleanly pass thru.

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from officerdom1987 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I can't believe Jaws didn't make the list when he shoots the barrel in the shark's mouth to explode it!

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from jalander wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

You didn't comment on whether you thought the shots were doable. Memorable they are, but could they have been done in real time.

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from Tony Ferralli wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Mythbusters was finally able to do it using the correct type of russian scope and AP ammo. Which is probably what Hathcock was shooting. Some of the old steel core 30-06 ammunition was more accurate than the standard ball.

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from Tc505 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

barry pepper firing left handed and reaching across to eject with his left hand just made no sense to me at all. myth busters I quit watching when they were firing from 3' into the swimming pool and shredding every bullet but the lowly .22 while trying to prove that there is a depth at which you can swim without getting hit. they never allowed for the ballistics of the bullet slowing down, although later there was a test by someone else that showed the mg43 bullet hitting the water and slowing down quickly so that if you were 3' from where the bullet hit you would not be wounded and they were firing at 6' from the water. as with all make believe those who have no idea of what goes on are making the movies. the first time I ever saw recoil was with clint eastwood in joe kidd. before that there was none at all.

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from A Wild Beast at... wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Valdez is great, specially as he is handloading is ammo while he shoots, but I would also add James Coburn shooting a Mexican bandido at long range with a Peacemaker in "The Magnificient Seven" and then saying that he was aiming for the horse.

And what about Sergeant York when he is shooting an old muzzle loader for beef?

Please , read my blog at http://awildbeastatheart.blogspot.com

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from jimyoumook wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

the mythbusters were unsuccessful but still wondering why Tom Berengers work in the origonal sniper movie didnt make it onto the list

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from Ryan Abrahim wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

How can you not list the Warriors Way?

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from Tc505 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

one other thing, myth busters it seems uses mostly lead core bullets--NOT military ball ammo steel core in any of their tests.

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from Mike Kuhl wrote 2 years 1 week ago

I liked that they made him left handed. Right handed rifles were standard issue - it just shows that he had to adapt. Nice subtle touch Mr. Spielberg!

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from CaptKent wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

NOTE ON RECOIL IN MOVIES: Tc505 commented on this saying that he never saw a movie gun recoil until Clint Eastwood did it in "Joe Kidd".

That's always been an issue with me and my wife of 42 years always says in disgust, "it's just a movie."

I know I'm not the only old veteran who knit-picks all the movie flubs in military films/TV.

Back to recoil; when I was enlisted I wore a Colt 1911 .45 to work each day. My first shot with it at the range, my gun hand almost went straight up. And I couldn't hear for two weeks. Long before OSHA and ear protection.

Oh, to have good eyesight and steady hands again, but I still love to squeeze that trigger.

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from Elias johnston wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

If you can get a bullet throe a scope you will have a lot of racks.

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from Josey wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

What about these?
1. Shot that took out the dirty cop in Legends of the Fall. I think it was a Sharps rifle.

2. Mel Gibson's shots on drug dealers in the first Lethal Weapon.

3. Rambo 2007----the mercenary with the semi-auto .50

4. Last of the Mohicans---Flintlock distance at target running straight away.

5. There was also the movie about the sad situation in Czech Republic when two long range shooting Olympians become on separate sides of the civil war.

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from Thomas Yanity wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

The mythbusters episode was not about this shot. They were trying to copy Gunnery Sgt Carlos Hathcock sniper shot against a another sniper in Vietnam.

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