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Ultimately, gravity is a constant force acting on the bullet. Just because a bullet has been fired from a gun does not mean this force is any less, and so it will hit the ground in exactly the same time, just a lot further away :)

If you could shoot the bullet fast enough, and keep it moving at that speed, then it would never hit the ground because the natural curve of the earth would leave it in perpetual fall (orbit). If you shoot the bullet even faster then it won't hit the ground and just shoot straight out into space, and will then have broken free of the force of gravity (eventually).
 

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It wouldn't, the velocity of the first bullet warps space time so it will actually hit the ground at a different time, just not enough to measure.

Why do snipers only have 36'' range? The modern Barret has an effective range of 2 km and these are suppose to be better than that so, other than balance, what gives?
Modern snipers tend to work on set-pieces or covert situation where the targets are often static. That is very different from the chaos of skirmish warfare that 40k is based on. Lots of smoke and targets moving at high speed and lots of other distractions like really big and scary monsters charging you - I don't think there is much comparison with real world war.
 
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