Mike Beaman shared this photo.

When you accidentally hit your target stand with 308 from 400 yards

He was using his Remington 700 Tactical Chassis. He was given incorrect corrections by a spotter and made this unbelievable shot. He was shooting factory Hornady Superformance 165gr GMX rounds. And that target stand rebar caught one.


  • SJB

    The normal procedure is to hit the target 🙂

  • Phillip Cooper

    That’s a heck of a lot of energy to bend rebar without support.

    • Johnsmyname

      Yeah, it’s 1,464 ft/lbs. 🙂

      • Phillip Cooper

        I knew someone would dig out their ballistics table. ;P

      • El BAnDit0

        Good job Johnny! Did you get the altitude right also?

        • Johnsmyname

          Average DA was factored in for the operators AO and probable FFP.

          • El BAnDit0

            Cute / You are noted. In the space galactac group

          • El BAnDit0

            FPS doe.

  • Giolli Joker


    • ePoch 270

      Damnit you beat me to it!

  • Drew Coleman

    It would be a lot more incredible if it was on purpose. An accidental hit is just that, accidental…

    • Just Say’n


      Could’ve happened with any gun/round/shooter/optic. Just a really cool accident is all.

      • Dan

        That was everytime i took my ex girlfriend shooting. Couldn’t hit the target but ruined everything that held it in place.

    • Phillip Cooper

      You want to hold it next time? 🙂

    • Xtorin O’hern

      i dunno i seem to be the king of accidently hitting target stands…..

    • Nicks87

      Exactly. Why is this incredible? If you put enough rounds down a range its bound to happen eventually. Ever been to a military or police range? Everything in front of the firing points has been peppered with bullets. Target stands usually only last a few months.

  • MrBrassporkchop

    How many water jugs is that equivalent to?

    • Phillip Cooper

      ALL of them.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    ACCURATE HEADLINE: “I Meant To Do That (?)”

  • Realist

    Good PR for Remington, Hornady and the optic maker…we’ll just have to wait for the dust to settle before we can see who ends up taking ownership of this accuracy.

    Could end up being the proverbial…”What came first, the chicken or the egg.”.

    • FarmerB

      No accuracy needed. A quick visit to any long distance range will show target supports with neat holes in them, and others still have bullets lodged in them like this, and all sorts of craziness. Shoulda realized it was a thing and snapped a photo of some of them.

  • El BAnDit0
  • Swarf
    • J-

      Then you have to walk 400 yards out to fix the target and 400 yards back. That’s like half a mile. If I wanted to exercise, I’d go to the gym and use the treadmill, not shoot my target stand.

      • Gun-Toting Racist

        The challenge is turning the stand around and trying to fix the bend with a strategically placed follow-up shot.

  • Rnasser Rnasser

    …a bullet has to land/hit somewhere eventually.

  • Tim

    Remington. Is there anything they *can’t* do?

    • Dakota Raduenz

      Make a bolt action that only fires intentionally?

    • Swarf

      Make a pump action shotgun?

      Make a semiauto pisto without a recall?

    • JamesDrouin

      Institute good quality assurance manufacturing practices???

  • Kelly Jackson

    Story #1: Steel can’t stop rifle bullets
    Story #2 Random rebar stops rifle bullet

    • iksnilol

      Rebar armor is the future!

    • Palmier

      Interesting fact, rebar is a high carbon steel, and at 400 yards rifle bullets lose lots of their energy.

      • JamesDrouin

        Actually, that’s incorrect … most rebar is at the lower end of the range in terms of carbon content.

    • LGonDISQUS

      Sounds like you need more jet fuel in both stories.

  • Karmen

    Assuming the shot was with a verified zero, how the hell do you miss that bad at 400 with this equipment? Shooter error or 20 mph winds are all I can come up with.

  • El BAnDit0

    It’s like he didn’t even mean to do it??

  • 22winmag

    Nice try.

    My 50 yard indirect fire (roughly 30 degree elevation) BB gun shot at a beer can when I was 12 beats this hands down.

    • .45

      I used to ding a road sign from atop a hill some 75+ yards regularly with a red Ryder as a kid. I had to aim up into the trees, but as long as I aimed at the right spot I could hit it over and over. I blame said Red Ryder for my above average off hand scores on Appleseed AQTs. Shot a lot of BBs through it, most of them offhand.

      • tarnishedcopper

        Same here….

  • Cymond

    Weird things happen.
    I once crushed an empty Pepsi can with a round of 45ACP. It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever witnessed, and I kept the can for years.

    • Swarf

      I don’t understand. Crushed how? Like, did it look like a foot stomped it?

      • Cymond

        Yeah, like it was stomped.
        Well, half stomped. It only crushed half way.
        And like the stomper was wearing high heels, because there was a clear impact point the size of a nickel.
        But yeah, the can was a couple inches shorter from the crushing. The impact was on the bottom ridge. You might be able to get a similar look if you hit the bottom of a can with a hammer.

  • Paul Hurst

    I got lots of targets like that, and I only walked 100 yards downrange to set them up.

  • Ben Warren

    I am reminded of that Red VS Blue episode where Church, a notoriously lousy shot, picks up a sniper rifle and shoots at a fleeing enemy. And misses. And ricochets a dozen times before bouncing back and nicking the enemy in the leg.

    Cue Church bragging about the impossible shot, and a teammate claiming it only counts if you call it first.

    • Dakota Raduenz

      Oh what a show. I make references all the time but it’s inappropriate and old enough most don’t know, “Why are we here?” Or who Sheila is…

  • Avid Fan

    Guy claims he actually did it on purpose and sells the rifle to Patrick for $10k.

    • Da

      And Patrick instead pays $10,500 then makes a video where the first 4 minutes is him shooting.

  • alex archuleta

    This reminded me of a shot I pulled directly out of my derrière.
    I was at the range w/a group of buddies & had a 7shot Taurus.357 snubbie but loaded it w/.38’s.
    We were standing around when I picked up a rock the size of a baseball and said:
    “check this out!”
    I threw the rock up in the air, cocked the hammer, took aim with one arm….BOOM!
    I actually hit it out of the air and pulverized it!
    Everyone thought I did it on purpose but I think I was more shocked than anyone else that I hit it. Anyone else have any cool/crazy shots they’d like to share?
    Lol needless to say I’ve tried that shot several times but haven’t been able to repeat it!

    • Stephen Paraski

      A crow flying about 125′ high with a Beeman .177 pellet rifle.

      • alex archuleta

        Damn that’s a good shot! Crows are weird, it’s like they know that you’ve got a bead on them and take off right as I’m taking up slack on the trigger.
        Lol so if you woulda just said you shot a crow (or Navajo Air Force as way say around here) I woulda still been amazed.
        So that Beeman had enough power to knock it down?

    • Deplorable Richard Lee

      In about 1958. My cousin and I were standing beside a dirt road, in Junction Texas, when an Eagle flew down and landed on top of a fence post, about 60 yards away..
      My cousin reached down and picked up a flat rock, and Frisbeed it down towards the Eagle. Right in the head.. The Eagle fell dead instantly..
      We were both totally shocked! He had intended to scare the bird..

    • David Jenkins

      Skeet shooting with a 1911 is pretty fun.

  • Saint Stephen the Obvious

    “He was given incorrect corrections by a spotter and made this unbelievable shot.”

    …said Oxi Moron


  • Jeff

    No news here. Happens all the time.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Must be nice to HAVE a 400 yard location to shoot. However a miss is not a “shot of all shots”, it is a miss. Neat in appearance though, but still a miss.

    I miss living and hunting in Alaska where long range shooting filled the freezer.

  • mazkact

    Maybe it’s just me. I think the whole point is that with “incorrection” it hit dead center of the re-bar and the re-bar caught it. Kind of neat. My haven’t We been a snarky bunch lately ( insert sarcasm emoji here 😉

    • Mark Walker

      😱, there. I totally agree. We all get the probability concept (e g., enough random monkies beating on enough typewriters would eventually produce “War and Peace”; or much sooner, many blog stories), but dead on and captured, wow. In this age of the internet, it takes The Second Coming, or some Hollywood twit getting arrested or awarded to make headlines. Personally I found it pretty cool👍! PS: Down with snarkiness!

  • Despicable REM1875 ✓certified

    That’s how a lot of people who visit my range shoot it seems……..

  • nonobaddog

    Big frickin deal. The guy missed and hit the stand. There is absolutely no story here at all.

  • jeff

    The bullet missed the intended point of impact. Maggies drawers.