Couldn't resist going up there this morning in spite of the yuky weather. Turned out the difference between 4450' and 6600' was quite pleasant.
Wind 8 - 16 mph from the south. Was shooting almost into it. Shooter called for 0.7 MOA windage
Lat = 43.103
Azimuth - I was shooting almost due south so I entered 180. Have no idea if this is correct or not?
2* up shooting angle.
The wind was very erratic throughout the canyon. I'm lucky that the shot wasn't more off windage wise than it was. That place is gonna provide a windage education.
It took about 30 min to hike to the spot and get things laid out. Snow was soft to the ground. About 4" of the stuff. More in places.
This is my first attempt from this spot at this distance and was a test of the complete system.
The system includes: The 375 AM, Shooter set up, range finder, spotter, tripod, camera attachment and camera. Oh and me and my feeble mind.
First comment is that the Leica 1600 failed the test. The sun was just coming over the top directly inline with the gong. Camera exposure was pretty poor as can be seen. It wasn't until the sun moved a good bit to the right of the line of fire before the 1600 began, and only began, to give readings. From the day before I knew that the gong was 1 mile from somewhere on the flat spot I was shooting from. How may yards either way? I don't know.
Bit no more than 15 or 20 yards.
The next failure was the inexpensive camera tripod. After precisely setting it up then adding the camera and attachment, the weight of the camera lifted the field of view above the gong. I fiddled with this for 4 shots. Then said some words and did it right for the 5th and final shot.
Thus I only recorded 1 shot. Nearly wasted as much in ammo as I spent in gas.
A comment was made regarding the terrain making it difficult to spot the shot. Very true except with a digiscope setup. The muzzle brake threw snow all over the place between the muzzle brake and where my elbows were on the shooting mat. I finally tromped all snow firmly.
There is better than a foot of snow on that side hill with the gong hangs. I was all smiles when I watched the video on the computer, camera view screen is useless (another failure), and saw the impact.
I was also again impressed with the short time of flight to that distance. I'm lovin' this rig.
In the video watch about 7 MOA low and 2 MOA right. There is a tall broken off lodge pole just to the left of a tall pine tree that is waving in the wind. You'll see the impact. The 350 SMK must tear some stuff up.
The next and to be expected failure was my feeble mind.
After watching the video it is obvious, after the fact that I didn't/neglected/forgot to reset the turret after that last 300 yard zero check. Maybe Santa or even Obama will give me a zero stop later this month.
'nother failure - Photobucket dimmed things down enough that ya have ta look very hard to see the impact. Plus I can't figure out how to load videos here directly from my 'outer. . . .
First Mile Shot video by royinidaho | Photobucket