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NewtonLewisTeslaLutherAugustus Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:10am
Sniper rifle accuracy
Recently I started getting the hang of using the sniper rifle class, but I noticed something odd.

When I have the crosshairs on a long distance target and shoot, I end up very rarely actually doing damage or killing my target, even with what would be headshots. At the same time, I can use a regular rifle -- and sometimes even a pistol -- and get kills at the same distance with perfect accuracy (as far as I can tell).

Does anyone know why the sniper rifle seems to miss for no apparent reason?

I should also add that I don't seem get hit markers very often on what should/would be a hit with the sniper.
Last edited by NewtonLewisTeslaLutherAugustus; Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:12am
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Jon Syrus Jan 26, 2014 @ 12:56pm 
I also notice that the sniper will occasinally shoot 'air' instead of bullets. Even when the cross hairs are right on the chest of a standing and staionary target.
Collom Jan 26, 2014 @ 12:59pm 
could be lag of some kind..
Collom Jan 26, 2014 @ 1:00pm 
VerdunGame  [developer] Jan 26, 2014 @ 1:11pm 
Interesting, lag has nothing to do with this as you describe it. It might have just been inaccuracy from sniper scope crosshair (another feedback came in that the lines are too thick). Hitting somebody in the head is lethal always so that cannot be it.
Collom Jan 26, 2014 @ 2:10pm 
I was able to hit stuff - And to me it worked fine.
Had to adjust for own movements - ..Works fine for me.

And I really like the way you sink into the sandbags - and that I cannot lay in same position all the time. Because I sink into the mud.
Cc Jan 27, 2014 @ 6:29am 
Same deal for me. I have tried to use sniper class a few times but it seems a lot harder than just using a normal rifle. many times hits do not register. still i really like how the scope looks, seems a refreshing change the way it has been done.
FRÓÐØ Swaggins Feb 2, 2014 @ 12:11pm 
I also have this problem. Seems long distance shot will not register, vs a rifle shot where I can see a spec and he dies instantly. I would like to say it is because the rifle doesnt shake as much.
Jon Syrus Feb 2, 2014 @ 12:33pm 
I have always held the belief that the Lebel without the scope is best for sniping. The actual sniper rifle just doesn't cut it.
Sigma957 Feb 4, 2014 @ 1:31am 
Bullet drop. Aim higher.
Carbohydrates Feb 4, 2014 @ 1:34am 
To all my knowledge (which is a lot for someone who played this for half a year) there is no bullet drop in this game. It's probably that the crosshair is slightly off or the hands wobbling too much when not holding breath.
Crow's Eye Feb 4, 2014 @ 9:10am 
Originally posted by Sigma957:
Bullet drop. Aim higher.
There is no bullet drop, nor is there time until the round hits the target. A target could be sprinting on the opposite side of the map, you put the sights directly on the target and pull the trigger.

To be fair, the greatest distance you're shooting at on some of these maps is probably only around 200 meters, but let's measure both 200 and 300 meters, for the sake of science.

According to's ballistics chart, the 8mm Mauser round has a velocity of roughly 665-710 meters per second (depending on powder load) while the 8x50R round (Lebel and Berthier) has a velocity of 700 m/s.

Looking at (which only has info on the 8mm Mauser, unfortunately) a Mauser round, sighted to 100 yards, with no cross winds, will hit a target 200 yards away 7.5 inches below target ("bullseye"). Meanwhile, hitting a target at 300 yards, while sighted for 100 yards, hits 28.5 inches below target.

That said, the travel time of a 8mm round to a target 300 meters away is less than half a second. The bullet drop is ~2 feet, which will still hit a target whose chest was the center target in the hip or thigh, which would still maim a soldier enough to take him out of the fight.
Last edited by Crow's Eye; Feb 4, 2014 @ 9:14am
Jon Syrus Feb 4, 2014 @ 10:49am 
Science is so COOL!
-EL ARAGONÉS- Feb 4, 2014 @ 11:48am 
hay caida de bala??
NewtonLewisTeslaLutherAugustus Feb 4, 2014 @ 2:10pm 
So even in real life, I should still hit my targets! :P
-EL ARAGONÉS- Feb 5, 2014 @ 2:37am 
hahahaha, but in battlefield 3 there are ``fall of bullet´´ (caida de bala) and i kill someone ;)
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Date Posted: Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:10am
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