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« on: November 15, 2010, 12:37:10 PM »

round about 1910 -- 1915 , what would be the rifle of choice for a long-range killing shot -  perhaps from 500 metres?  both military and sports-rifles can be considered -  with or without a scope.

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 02:00:46 PM »

I don't know, TBH, but I can't help but point out 500 metres isn't a particularly long range shot, even with iron sights, so if you're hoping to portray this as something out of the ordinary, you should consider shots well over 600 as expert marksman territory.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 07:50:23 PM »

Hi there, D. I'd say it would be the Lee-Enfield - for details see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee-Enfield

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2010, 06:13:09 PM »

thanks ed and geoff --- i think the lee-enfield will do the trick -- i was looking for something more 'exotic', but i doubt the average reader will know the difference anyway.  i had a lee-enfield in the cadetts - [just for show, being rendered unservicable by its vital parts being welded] -- heavy bugger it was
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2010, 06:27:43 PM »

I was going to say Mauser, because they're generally considered to be more accurate than the old SMLEs (Smellies), but I'd guess where in the world the hit was meant to be would have a bearing, plus what, if any, organisation was behind the hit. On the American continent it would likely be a home grown make, like a Winchester, or something.
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2010, 06:33:12 PM »

it all takes place in south west africa [1st world war]-- and the victim is a cow.... and the shooter is awarded the DSO -- believe it or not!
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2010, 02:35:06 PM »

Trivia point but shouldn't the distance be in yards and not meters. As the shooter was awarded the DSO I'd guess he was a Brit.
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2010, 03:44:44 PM »

not a brit, no. rather  a soldier of the south african union forces. an officer - a leutenant, as the dso is not awarded to other ranks [though i think that maybe, in that period, the dso was only awarded to colonel and above]. the shot is gonna be a long one - to test the abilities of the lee-enfield and the shooter - and it will be in yards, of course.  shooting a cow - wins a dso? i think that with what i have in mind it will seem pretty plausable and deserving, especialy because it is the shot that set of the turn of events that drove the germans from south west africa [namibia] and gained for south africa [union and later republic] control of the worlds largest deposits of diamonds and copper.... but not really, cus its a story from afrika, and in afrika everything is possible   

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