Originally Posted by Bart B
Rick, check some on-line Mil Spec sheets for M72 and M118 match ammo then you'll see those velocities are measured at 78 feet. They're 50 to 60 fps faster at the muzzle.
An ex USMC rifle team member told me at a match in the late '90's that Hathcock's rifle shot M72 about 2580 fps and shot about 18 inches at 1000 yards. It's barrel was well worn. The unit at Quantico checked it out after Gunny Carlos retired. Carlos told me at the 1971 Interservice Matches (after he won the 1000 yard match with his magnum) that barrel was "well used."
Mr. Hathcock, I'm very certain knew what B/C's and things like that were in 1967 and 1968. But few others did. We all knew the bullet dropped a certain amount, and learned to adjust for that. I find him very facinating, and often wonder just how good he could be with today's bullets and equipment.
The rifle he was carrying when the AMTRAC ran over the mine on the road from Baldy to Ross dissappeared, and nobody knows what happened to it. Somebody in the Marine group recovered it, and kept it I'm sure. I have a photo of me standing at the fork in the road where that happened, but never knew who Hathcock was at the time. The road was not a good road to travel, and ws always mined. But there were worse roads to travel in that era of time. The Tam Key road was much worse, and even armored CAV units didn't like going down it so most guys off loaded an walked. Had Hathcock got out and walked he'd probably never been hurt.