Last Saturday at Mel Harris’s score match in Roseburg OR I set a personal record, maybe even a national record by shooting a score of -1 on the first 200 yard score target. My local range is limited to 100 yards so I didn’t have a good 200 yard zero for the new load I was using. I knew approximately how much to change from my 100 yard zero but that wasn’t quite good enough to get into the outside scoring ring without a sight adjustment. There was a mirage running and I simply couldn’t see my 22 caliber bullet holes to make the asjustment. Everybody else was shooting 30 or 32 caliber rifles and although they said it was difficult, they could make out where the shots are going. My -1 score resulted from five misses and two of the missis were in the territory of the same bull thus the -1 point penalty.
I have had difficulty before in seeing 22 holes at 200 when conditions were bad, but this was the first time for a complete wipe out. A high-quality spotting scope isn’t the answer. Excellent optics can’t see through mirage any better than good optics. Baring a radar rifle sight, the obvious solution is one of the new target cameras now on the market that transmits the target image back to the firing line.
The CBA Board of Directors has discussed the use of such devices and ruled that they should be allowed. Saturday’s experience has pushed me over the edge and such a camera should solve the problem, at least until I can no longer walk 400 yards to set it up. So I am in the market for such a device. I would like to hear advice on selecting and using such a camera from anyone who has used one or who has only an opinion. Which one is best, easiest to set up by by a guy that used to do calculations with a slide rule, etc.