So, have you ever wondered why long range shooters like to shoot at steel so much? Yes there is something enticing about seeing your target react to your bullet, but there is a greater underlining reason. With steel, you have a way of telling that you have in fact hit the target. Now I know that there are a lot of companies out there that claim that their spotting/rifle scope can see a bullet hole at 1,000 yards. I have looked through a lot of scopes over the years, including Schmidt & Bender, Night Force and March Scopes. But I have yet to look through one that I have not had a hard time discerning exactly where the bullet hit or telling someone that they could easily do that unless they were shooting a 50 cal. Now what if I told you that there is a way you can see a bullet hole from a .243 at 1,000 yards. Not only during the day, but also see the bullet hole at NIGHT. Well, there is a way now! Mark Kuss, the developer of the Target Cam, has the solution. He has come up with a wireless camera and hand held monitor that can has a range of up to 1,000 yards. When Mark first contacted me the timing couldn’t have been better for me, I was just getting my new rifle back from my gunsmith. I had turned my Remington 300 Ultra Mag into a .338 and was going to need to develop my bullet drop all over again. Now, even though the timing was good for me, it was not good for mother nature yet as we had a slow start into spring. I guess that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. As I got chances to go out and shoot, I found it to be really handy not only at long distances but even during the load development stage. It doesn’t take long for it to be difficult to distinguish between your last shot and shots you made earlier. With the Target Cam and the dry erase pen you get, I could mark each shot on the screen and keep track of the earlier shots. It made it easier to track to your POA (Point of Aim) . I know some of you guys came here to hear about the distance stuff, so I started my first bullet drop testing at 500 yards. The setup is pretty simple, start by setting up your target and getting the camera set at the appropriate distance to the target and a bit off to one side. For obvious reasons, you don’t want your camera in front of your target and if you have to ask why, then you probably shouldn’t have a rifle anyway. Now after you get the camera setup, it’s time to setup the antenna. When I first attempted to get a signal, I had a hard time getting it to work much past 500 yards. I called Mark and he reminded me that it is a directional antenna and that it works best if you have two guys with radios or a cell phone ( one at the target and one at the FFP “field firing position” ) and adjust it to get the line of sight correct. Like anything else that sends a signal, it only works as good as the terrain/weather will allow. So keep that in mind when you are trying to setup your target in areas that have lots of brush or shrubs. So now that everything is setup, it’s time for my favorite part. Now for you guys out there that are as serious as a shooter as I am, I like to keep notes of just about everything. With a laptop you can connect your Target Cam monitor to your laptop and record your video, then take it home with you for review. So with a little help from my ballistic software to get me in the ball park, it was time to put the rubber-to-the-road and see how well the new gun and the new Target Cam were going to perform. Now in the video you’ll see my very first shot nail the bullseye which i’ll admit, there may have been some luck in that! Even if you had a scope that could see the bullet hole, there is no way you would’ve been able to see the bullet hole in the black and you would have
thought that you missed the target completely without getting closer to verify. All in all, I have to say I am pretty happy with how the gun and the Target Cam are doing. Even knowing exactly where the bullets holes went, I tried to spot them through my 24 power scope and it wasn’t going to happen. I even tried to see the bullet holes through my shooting partner Calib’s 32 power scope, no dice. So now that we’d broken the ice on the Target Cam, we wanted to see if it could get all the way out to 1,000 yards. We put up a fresh target and headed out.
Once we got out there, the signal did come in but was a bit in and out. Which is not surprising, as we did not make any adjustments to the antenna and it was very hot that day. The mirage was horrid. I am not sure if the mirage could interrupt the signal or not, but it wouldn’t surprise if it had. Now that we had done some daytime shooting it was time to see how it worked at night and it just so happens that my shooting partner has a .243 with a night vision scope on it. I have never shot at night before and it was a bit of a learning curve for me, but I did enjoy being able to shoot at 11:30 pm. The only problem we encountered was the the black circles we put on the target which disappeared through the night vision scope, so we had to do some guessing on where to hold.
So here is the true statement on the Target Cam; not only could we easily see the bullet holes from a .243, but it also allowed us to see them at night. So you hear all this and it sounds great but wait, there’s more. That monitor can handle up to 4 different cameras at once, in split screen or one at a time where you can switch through each camera. I took this out with my last class at the time of writing this. It was really nice being able to give instant and accurate corrections for students and if I had more cameras, that would just make things all that much better. Mark has 2 different models currently available for you to buy. The TC-100 which has a range up to 300 yards and the LR-1000 that has a range up to 1,000 yards. Now even though the LR-1000 is given a max range of 1,000 yards, we were able to squeeze a bit more out of it getting it out to 1,300 yards using taller pole on the antenna. You can find Mark and the Target Cam system at http://target-cam.com/ and for anyone that is serious about shooting long range, they would be very pleased with the target cam system as I am.