As I remember, Mythbusters called that "busted" until the viewers raised heck about them using the wrong scope at the target: they were using a modern scope too... They used it in one of their "revisit" shows, and it went right through a 2-element scope of the "correct" vintage....Myth Busters did an actual test, same scope and yardage, of were Carlos Hathcock shot the enemy through his own scope and into his head. Myth Busters were succesful. I'm surprised History channel only tested at 30 yards and a newer scope.
X3If you haven't read the book, "Marine Sniper" is a really quick and interesting read about Carlos Hathcock in Vietnam and some of his more infamous kills.
It was just showing how difficult the shots were since there was no taped footage for us viewers to see...I for one wish they'd dispense with the "back in the US, we try to duplicate the shot". Useless, utterly useless: it's a confirmed kill, what's that prove except that you don't have enough material for a two hour show?
.408 Chey Tac, the closest to a ballistically perfect round we have at this time.Did anyone see the modern weapons when they were shooting that new sniper rifle out in Idaho and the "guest shooter" supposedly had an unconfirmed kill at some crazy distance.