sscoyote, you have an EXCELLENT eye for detail. Shepherd wanted to use our video for advertising. So in the film we just talked about the circles etc. How ever, how I ranged the deer was off of the MOA marks that go down the right side of the sight picture. You can't see them in the vid because when I attached the camera to the scope it loses alot of the sight picture. There is proabably a way show it all but not with my el cheap-o video stuff.
Also what you don't see is there were about 30 deer milling around together but this one finally walked off far enough to prevent hitting something by mistake and with all that wind or even a 1/4 MOA visual error, a mistake could have happened. Plus the range and wind flags were a great asset. As you well know, it is very good to know as much as possible about your ground and your target.
A local doe will go about 16 inches so we knew this this deer was a yearling by comparing it to the does it stood with earlier. I'm a deputy sheriff and my experience of measuring dead deer from car accidents tells me this deer is probably about 13" (which it was). I am not required to measure dead deer but I do because I like to shoot long range and since my job exposes me to a lot of deer, why not gather the data. The animal looked to be 1.25 moa thick. I did quick math in my head and divided 13 by 1.25 and got an estimate of 10.3. ( actual number should have been 10.4 but as I said it was was a quick in "my not so brillaint" head estmate) The MOA method of dividing the target size by the MOA gives an answer in 100's of yards so 10.3 = 1030 yards. That's how I did it and luck helped too because my mental error turned out closer to correct amyway. BUT, try to explain that to the "average" shooter and their eyes glaze over as soon as I say MOA. The circle method is very good to about 600, beyond that I use the MOA. It is MUCH easier and more precise to divide the MOA into halves or quarters than to divide a MIL into eights or tenths.
You are very observant, I'm impressed. But then, when I stumbled onto longrangehunting.com, I figured I'd be in a group of like minded people. So far I have been pleased with the folks I have found here.