Originally Posted by RBetts
The Canadian shot sequence is not nearly as impressive as Hathcocks shot at 2500yds. He called the first shot and dumped the bicycle. When the person got up to fight it made his answer justified and he dumped him with the second shot. That was with a ma duece and a butterfly trigger. The Canadien had a benchrest quality barrel (Lija) trued action of inherent accuracy and some really dumb targets.
The rest of the show was what has been stated by the guys that have been there done that. They used their training and the equipment to adjust to parameters that were beyond realm of training or equipments capability and met the challenges they faced. 1600 meters with a 308 is through the window. Meaning that the bullet went through the sound barrier and stayed on target. The only luck involved was that the bullet was a good one and did not destabilize and come off course. Regardless that rifle was at that time most likely a MOA rifle. Not some .1 smoke stick you see on a bench.
I'll certainly agree about Hatchcocks shot, although he did have experience on that particular MaDeuce and at that particular distance. They had worked out the ranges from the gun to the various spots where they might make shots.
The fact he did it with a "weapon totally unsuited to the task" to paraphrase Mark Twain, makes it all the more impressive.