Watch American Rifleman staff on the range with a centerfire rifle built on the famed Browning X-Bolt action and loaded with cutting-edge features for hunters and enthusiasts who shoot at longer-than-usual distances.
A new long-distance shooting record of 4.4 miles was set September 13 in western Wyoming by a shooter who requested anonymity. Scott Austin and Shepard Humphries, managers at Nomad Rifleman, near Jackson Hole, Wyo., coordinated the massive undertaking that included a support team at the firing line and multiple spotters downrange to call impacts and document/verify the shot.
Springfield Armory’s SOCOM 16—a radically cut-down version of its flagship M1A—breathed new life into the best civilian M14-type rifle and advanced the scout rifle concept to its most potent level. The SOCOM II elevates that successful blend of battle-tested, practical engineering even higher, making it a modern, modular, close-quarters combat arm that is powerful and easy to shoot.
Although frequently used in 1,000-yard engagements, the .308 Winchester is often regarded as a “900-yard cartridge.” It gets this reputation because most bullets fired from .308 Win. rifles fall below the speed of sound slightly before they reach 1,000 yards.