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Example on self-spotting with camera and spotting scope

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Unread 05-14-2010, 06:18 AM
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Example on self-spotting with camera and spotting scope

I often shoot alone at the shooting range in the morning before I go to work. When shooting at steel at long ranges it is hard to find out where you shoot if you start to miss the target.

I now have a solution to this problem. I have attached my Pentax DSLR to my Nikon Fieldscope ED50 with a 27x Wide occular. I can now watch the bullet trace and and where I hit by filming each shot. Here are some samples I shot this morning: (Look at the clips in HD (720p) to get more details)

6.5x55 @ 640 yards
YouTube - Hitting steel with 6.5x55 @585 meter part 1
YouTube - Hitting steel with 6.5x55 @585 meter part 2

308win @ 557 yards
YouTube - shooting steel with 308win @510 meter

It works better than I had expected.

Last edited by JonnyVang; 05-14-2010 at 12:54 PM. Reason: minor change on subject
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    Re: Self-spotting with camera and spotting scope

    That is pretty cool. Thanks for the idea. How do you like that 6.5x55 and what is your load, rifle? Give us the skinny on the set up! Inquiring minds want to know!

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    Re: Self-spotting with camera and spotting scope

    The 6.5x55 setup is:

    Sauer STR200 (Scandinavian Target Rifle) with 70cm Sauer barrel. The STR is basically the same rifle as the Sig-Sauer SSG 3000 but with a wooden laminate stock. Falcon Menace 4-14x44 FFP rifle scope.


    The load is Norma brass with CCI-200, Berger 140 grs seated 1 mm from the rifling and 48.5 grs of Norma 15 lot 85036. This powder can change quite much between the lots but it is often similar to the Norma MRP in burning rate. Vo=840 m/s

    The 308win setup is:

    Browning A-bolt composite stalker with 19.3" left of factory barrel and a norwegian made A-tec TMM5 supressor. It has a Nikon Monarch 3-9x40 scope.

    The load is Norma brass with CCI-200, Berger 155 grs and 47 grs of vith. n150. Total cartrigde length is 70.5 mm. Vo=830 m/s
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    The 6.5x55 setup is:

    Sauer STR200 (Scandinavian Target Rifle) with 70cm Sauer barrel. The STR is basically the same rifle as the Sig-Sauer SSG 3000 but with a wooden laminate stock. Falcon Menace 4-14x44 FFP rifle scope.


    The load is Norma brass with CCI-200, Berger 140 grs seated 1 mm from the rifling and 48.5 grs of Norma 15 lot 85036. This powder can change quite much between the lots but it is often similar to the Norma MRP in burning rate. Vo=840 m/s

    The 308win setup is:

    Browning A-bolt composite stalker with 19.3" left of factory barrel and a Norwegian made A-tec TMM5 suppressor. It has a Nikon Monarch 3-9x40 scope.

    The load is Norma brass with CCI-200, Berger 155 grs and 47 grs of vith. n150. Total cartridge length is 70.5 mm. Vo=830 m/s
    That is a good looking rifle. Think you might be able to translate the metric to English? I saw that same rifle in a .308 at a gun shop close to where I live. I always wondered how they shot. They seem to be a pretty sturdy rifle.

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    Re: Self-spotting with camera and spotting scope

    Some translations
    70 centimeters = 27.6 inches
    1 millimeter = 0.0393700787 inches
    70.5 millimeters = 2.7756 inches
    840 m/s = 2 756 feet/s
    830 m/s = 2 723 feet/s

    I have also attached a video showing where this video setup really shines. When I missed the target with .308win at 557 yards :

    YouTube - Missed the steel target with 308win @510 meter
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    Re: Self-spotting with camera and spotting scope

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JonnyVang View Post
    Some translations
    70 centimeters = 27.6 inches
    1 millimeter = 0.0393700787 inches
    70.5 millimeters = 2.7756 inches
    840 m/s = 2 756 feet/s
    830 m/s = 2 723 feet/s

    I have also attached a video showing where this video setup really shines. When I missed the target with .308win at 557 yards :

    YouTube - Missed the steel target with 308win @510 meter

    Thanks!

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    That's some pretty clear video. I've seen some that are so pixilated because of zooming past optical power and into digital it distorts the picture. I use a Kowa TSN 822 and Kowa TSN-VA1 digital video adapter along with a cannon DC-50. The camera itself has 10X optical but shooting through the video adapter it gets optically magnified x8.9, so in essence I'm looking at about 90X. Not to hi-jack your thread, but here's a link to what my video looks like. The deers a little hard to see as it's laying down looking away from us and there's only a small hole to thread the needle.

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