SLX Series Short-Action Rifle
Flying H, New Mexico (December 2017) – Ritter & Stark GmbH, the makers of the recently released SLX Modular Tactical Rifle and the unique SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle teamed up with some of the most accomplished shooters in extreme long range shooting to push factory loaded .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition to the limits of its performance and beyond.
A team comprised of very talented ELR shooters outfitted several Ritter & Stark SX-1 rifles for shooting beyond the .338 Lapua Magnum’s widely accepted effective range of 1 mile by fitting a variety of special equipment tailored especially for shooting extreme distances like the TacomHQ Charlie TARAC prism units (lovingly dubbed Taco units in the field) and Nightforce Beast scopes.
Ritter & Stark also partnered with several other top-tier companies give the team of shooters the best possible chance of success when shooting well beyond normal ranges for a factory rifle that is shooting factory ammunition. The Thunderbeast Arms Cooperation provided some of their .338 Ultra suppressors for the Ritter & Stark SX-1 rifles as well as Ultra 9 and Ultra 7 suppressors for the Ritter & Stark SLX’s that were on hand for the event. The shooting team also had support from Frank Galli from The Sniper Hide, Brothers In Arms, and 5.11 Tactical for video coverage of the event, Otis provided cleaning kits for the rifles, Prime assisted with match ammunition, and Invisio brought some of their hearing protection for the shooter/spotter teams.
The shooters started by zeroing their rifle setups and gathering data by shooting at the target placed 4,000 yards away on them to figure out exactly what the bullet would be doing when travelling down range. Since there was no way to measure wind in the path of the bullet that would take it over 1300’ above the ground this data was invaluable in getting consistent hits at much shorter ranges.
On the second day, the shooter/spotter teams set up at the 4,000-yard line to verify their data from the previous day then moved to a firing position with both a 2,000-yard target and a 3,200-yard target. Due to the position of the sun, it was near impossible to spot the impacts of the bullets at either the 2,000 or 3,000-yard targets until just before sundown. Two hits were scored on the 2,000 by one of the CGS Group shooters and Charlie Melton, the reigning extreme long range record holder, of Charlie Mike Precision had a nice group at the base of the 3,200-yard target but was unable to continue shooting sue to the setting sun.
Day three for the shooters put them in front of a 40” by 40” steel target placed at 2,600 yards, roughly 1,000 yards beyond the effective range of the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. Armed with all of the data gathered on previous days, the shooters made adjustments to their SX-1 MTR rifles and started gathering data for the attempts at 2,600 yards. Just after lunchtime Frank Galli from Sniper’s Hide landed two hits out of 5 shots taken followed by Ray with Thunderbeast Arms Company landing 4 hits out of 5 shots taken. Frank took one more turn on the gun before going down to check the target and also landed 4 out of 5 hits at the 2,600-yard target.
Now that the conditions were perfect and the rifles were dialed in every shooter landed at least one hit on the 2,600 yard target. Without the consistency of the Ritter & Stark SX-1 the ability to hit the target at that distance would be far less likely.
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SLX Series Short-Action Rifle