This week, I got a special treat. One of my former Special Forces teammates, Todd Vanlangen, stopped on his way to the King of the Two Miles event. And he brought his toys with him. Todd is now a shooter for Beretta, Tikka, Sako and Victrix. His gun of choice for this event is the Victrix Tormentum chambered in .375 Cheytac.
The King of Two Miles is a relatively new event and it’s getting popular, fast. The King of Two Miles match, or KO2M, pits teams of two to three in an extreme long-range shooting competition with targets, like the name implies, as far out as two miles.
Each round the teams have three to five rounds to make a hit, with extra points awarded for doing it fast. Failure to hit a target in time or with the allowed number of shots ends a team’s run.
The rules are simple, but the game is not. The set up for this kind of shooting is obviously a bit specialized, though the KO2M staff has done a good job of keeping it semi practical. For instance, the rifle weight limit is 45 pounds and must not exceed .50 caliber.
The idea behind KO2M is to push the limits of rifles that are actually useful, not to build game-specific space cannons. Still, your typical deer rifle isn’t going to cut the mustard.
First, you are going to need a round with reach. The 375 CheyTac excels in this department, with arguably better flight ballistics than the 50 BMG. It might not hit as hard, but that doesn’t matter much to the paint on a steel target. And oh lord will she fly.
Most past KO2M winners have used some type of .375- or .338-caliber cartridge and the CheyTac is a solid performer in this class. We were using Peterson match grade brass hand loaded with special projectiles. There is magic in the bullets, which I’m not allowed to write about at this time.
Second, you need serious glass, preferably with a lot of travel. We used a Steiner M5XI 5-25 with a Horus H-59 reticle. This provided enough clarity for shooting at extreme distances and enough travel to keep the Victrix out of the clouds. You can hold your reticle in the sky through a concept called “stacking mils” but it gets dicey for point targets. It’s much better not to use your rifle as a mortar system.
Third, you are going to need a gun, and a mean one. The Tormentum delivers on that front. Victrix Armaments is an Italian rifle company that specializes in high end precision tactical rifles. Every bit of the gun is machined incredibly well, which the price reflects.
Our Tormentum starts at $9,995, but it was money well spent. The stock looks like it belongs in lab and the bolt is smoother than butter. The trigger is easily among the best I have ever used and it’s user adjustable down to a scary light weight.
Accuracy was incredible, with one ragged hole the standard at paper target ranges. It easily shot 1/3 MOA groups. Even in high winds our 1,800 yard group was 21 inches. Not bad for a rifle still in its break in period.
At 28 pounds, this is no runway model for certain. But if you need to hike from mountaintop to mountaintop, you are going to be hard-pressed to beat this one. Stay tuned for an update next week after King of Two Miles for a status report on Todd and the Victrix.