Kinda like shooting big gophers
I am also a sceptic as to these types of video as I wonder if they are played with. Seems a bit excessive of a hit, but I know nothing about a 50 cal. http://www.mkki.org/meds
I seriously doubt the shots were taken from two miles. Most likely they were within 1000 yards.
As far as effects downrange go, consider that a military .50 BMG fires either a 668 grain or 750 grain bullet at a little over 2,900 fps and has over 12,500 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle. It also has a ballistic coefficient greater than 1.0 -- probably double anything commonly available for big game rounds.
Awesome shooting, considering the angle, distance, target size, and the fact that the wind always blows in Afghanistan.
Thats kinda what I thought it was going to turn out to be. In the last clip you can kinda see it looks like a little rodent runs up on a rock then gets blasted. Still pretty impressive camera work if thats the case.
Whatever it is, it ain't no more. I've seen that video before as well -- and always the same story. I thought the chunks didn't look quite right, but it kept coming back with the same story. Now that you mention it, it's pretty obvious, especially on the third shot. I've looked at that thing goodness knows how many times and saw a guy in a headscarf behind the rock each time; funny how your eyes play tricks on you and you see what you're expecting to see. But when you're looking for a rodent, there it is..
Dang! That's 3 more Taliban I have to worry about now!
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...