A 50 Cal. 2,000 Yard Ricochet... LUCKY MAN

Video of a 2,000 Yard Ricochet

This guy is shooting a Barrett 50 caliber sniper rifle. Watch the dust when he fires.

The target is a steel plate, 1,000 yards (.57 miles, 10 football fields) one-way distance away. You can hear the ping of the hit on the target and then hear the bullet coming back. It hits the ground just in front of him (look at the dust cloud at 20-seconds)

The 50 caliber bullet then bounces up and hits his earmuffs, knocking them off of his head.

The footage is amazing. If you haven’t heard a ricochet before, you can hear the bullet as it tumbles through the air on its course back toward the shooter.

Fortunately the tumble, or the angle of the plate he was shooting at, changed the return course of the bullet by 6 inches “left” over 1.14 miles worth of total travel distance. Otherwise it would have been a “return one hop head shot”, instead of an earphone shot.

The Barrett 50 caliber sniper rifle is one impressive weapon!

This guy immediately went out and bought himself a lottery ticket …THEN he went to Church !

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That last part is a nice touch! :grinning:

That wasn’t a 2,000 yds richochet, the target is only about 100-200 yds out.

This video has been around a long time, someone has copied and mislabeled it.

The guy was just zeroing his rifle.

The flight time for a straight line 2,000 yd shot is about 4x or more the amount of time elapsed between the shot and the ricochet striking him.

From another forum.

Oehler’s Ballistic Explorer lists only one .50BMG, a PMC 660 grain bullet with a 0.427 B.C. and 3080 fps muzzle velocity. Time of flight to 2500 yards, the greatest range processed by the software, is 6.74687 seconds. Retained velocity is 691 fps. Resetting muzzle velocity to 691 and looking at time of flight to 1020 yards adds 5.16739 seconds. Estimated time of flight to two miles is 11.91426 seconds. I have not the foggiest notion whether that two part calculation is valid 'though I know of no reason why it should not be. Yes, if you see the shot launched, ducking is not required, just amble a few yards to one side…

Here ya go; and with iron sights: At dawn on the morning of June 27th, 1874 several hundred Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne warriors led by led by Quanah Parker and Lone Wolf attacked a semi-permanent hunting camp occupied by 28 men and one woman. Among the buffalo hunters in the group was 20-year-old Bat Masterson and a marksman of some renown named Billy Dixon.
Although outnumbered the hunters were packing high-powered Sharps .50 caliber rifles and the thick adobe walls were impervious to the arrows and lower.
On the second day of the battle a group of more than a dozen warriors gathered on a high mesa about a mile from the post. That’s when Billy Dixon had his named carved forever in western history. From inside the stockade he fired off a round with his “Big Fifty” Sharps that knocked a warrior off his horse nearly a mile away. It was later measured at 1,538 yards. Dixon said it may have been luck; but the other Indians did not stay around to see just how lucky he was.