2,240 Yards with IRON Sights!

Using an off the shelf K31 Swiss rifle (albeit, with hand-loads), Ernie Jimenez reaches out and touches a pink bison target at 2240 yards. Now, there was only four hits in over 80 shots, but the fact that most shots were very near the target is a testament to the marksman.

Arguably, he was on-target for most of them and the natural dispersion of the rifle made him miss, especially when the rounds go trans-sonic.

My hat is off to Mr. Jimenez.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Jeff Smith

    1.) That’s absolutely amazing.

    2.) I immediately need a K31.

    • Vitsaus

      They are fine rifles, interesting design, and the 7.5 swiss is well thought out. Additionally you can reload it using .308 bullets without loss of accuracy.

    • Yallan

      That level of accuracy explains why Germany didn’t invade in WW2.

  • M.M.D.C.

    Nice shooting, but I’d like to see him try the banana rest.

    Seriously, though, “the second time I broke my neck!?!?” Dude! What have you been doing?

    • Grindstone50k

      Apparently breaking your neck gives you eagle vision.

  • Jstepp

    Jerry miculek will now accept this challenge and do it with a handgun.

    • Jeff

      Standing up in a canoe!

    • Grindstone50k

      Followed by 22Plinkster. Yes, a 2240 yard shot with a .22.

      • 22 eargesplitten loudenboomer!

        • 1leggeddog

          Oh itll go boom alright!

          With you along with it!

        • smartacus

          Don’t they make a .17 eargesplitten loudenboomer? for squirrels?

  • Will

    Well it IS made to shoot from mountain top to mountain top.

  • Paul White

    1: I need a K31

    2: I’ve done some stuff, but I’ve not broken my neck 1x, let alone 2x.

    3: how do you even SEE the target at 2200 yards? Unless it’s the size of a whale.

  • aweds1

    Even with a buffalo target painted pink, how do you see anything at that range over open sights?

    • ThomasD

      He doesn’t need to see the actual target, he only needs a fixed point that he can see, and then he references all subsequent shots off that point. The spotters effectively walk him onto the target while he adjust his aim based upon their calls, and his interpretation of the wind.

      I can reliably hit a 18″ gong at 300 yards with a Model 95 in .45 colt with an AO ghost ring sight by lowering the bead to just below the bottom of the apeture and then choosing a point of aim above the gong. The gong isn’t even visible when I pull the trigger but the long flight time allows me to watch for point of impact and adjust accordingly. Once I hear a hit subsequent hits come fairly reliably. After that I can even stand and go offhand and still get hits.

      It’s entertaining, but more like artillery practice than target shooting.

      Of course, what he is doing in terms of doping the atmospheric conditions is in another league entirely, but the fundamentals still apply.

  • MrEllis

    I couldn’t even see that without Google Maps.

  • ThomasD

    I’d like to see him shoot for group at that range. Probably need a sheet or two of painted plywood, and I suspect the group would still be bigger than that buffalo.

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    This is a stupid question, but why can we hear the report before impact? Is it because they’ve been subsonic so long that sound has caught back up?

  • smartacus

    oh i did that once. But nobody saw me, so it didn’t happen. (actually; i didn’t see it either, but that doesn’t mean anything)

  • Jeff

    I guess anybody could hit it 4/83 of the time. (different Jeff than below)