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Old February 13, 2019, 05:55 PM   #1
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Science this 200 Yard Shot Anomaly

Competitive long range spotters have probably seen this. But cool to catch it on video.
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Old February 15, 2019, 12:10 PM   #2
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I don't think it is all that odd to see a bullet in flight. The range where I shoot faces due west. In early morning with the sun rising directly behind the shooting stations I see bullets in flight quite often.
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Old February 15, 2019, 12:29 PM   #3
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I'm with jmr40. In the video above, the sun is +/- directly behind the shooter and the glint of sun off the bullet like the glint off a car rear window you're following on a sunny day.

I've watched others shoot on a sunny day on a 1,000 yard range. The targets were north, and it was possible to see some of the bullets travel downrange with your naked eye, much like in the video above. But typically you could only see the bullet for about the first 300 yards.
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Old February 15, 2019, 02:04 PM   #4
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Certainly isn't odd to see a bullet in flight on film. The science is a bullet of unknown calibre hitting water. If it's a cf, a varmint bullet will disintegrate hitting water. So will a .22 LR.
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Old February 15, 2019, 02:08 PM   #5
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As a kid who bought .22 Shorts due to money (poverty) issues, instead of .22 Long Rifle ammo, I can attest that it was common to see the back end of a .22 Short heading down range...the Long Rifle bullets were too fast to see. Also, we found that when we fired a shotgun from the hip into sand dunes, we could see the shot cloud going though the air just like it was a swarm of bees.
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Old February 15, 2019, 07:00 PM   #6
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It looks like a phenomenon called trace. It is what a spotter reads and is seen by setting up the focal point of the spotter scope to a specific point along the max ord of the round forward of the Target. You then can see the disturbance in the air similar to mirage caused by the flight of the bullet and under certain conditions can catch the sun glinting off the copper jacket.
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Old February 15, 2019, 08:29 PM   #7
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I see what looks like the shockwave picking up water prior to the strike and the bullet.

I’ve seen the bullet lensing/bullet track (or whatever the technical term is) effect with a fellow coyote hunter using .243AI that was pretty impressive.
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