In January, extreme long-range shooter and reigning NRA ELR National Champion Paul Phillips successfully hit a steel target at a distance of 3.4 miles, with the help of his Team Global Precision Group teammates. Watch the video above.
Paul Phillips after successfully hitting the steel target 3.4 miles away.
Gear for the 3.4-mile shot includes Phillips' rifle, which is chambered in .416 Barrett. The cartridges are a marriage of Vihtavuori 20N29 powder and 550-grain Cutting Edge laser bullets. This particularly potent combination of components provides the 3000-fps velocity needed for extreme long-range shooting.
Additionally, for comfort and added stability, Phillips was using the Crosstac Precision Long Range shooting mat. The mat is lightweight, carries bipod accessories and is easy to fold up for storage. It's also wider than most options, and in the words of Phillips himself the Crosstac mat is "very comfortable."
The 3.4-mile shot took 17 seconds to report, and required 625 MOA of elevation (10 degrees) from a 100-yard zero. The steel target measured 32″ x 48″. You can see the impact point of Phillips' successful hit in the photo above, it is at the very top of the plate, slightly left of center.