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Offline Rob DiStefano

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Caldwell Ballistic Precision LR 1 Mile Target Camera
« on: September 16, 2019, 06:15:56 AM »
For all you BPCR and Gibbs percussion long range shooters and hunters.

After using the Caldwell Target Camera 1 Mile System a number of times at distances to over 400 yards, here's my review.

For the Midway sale price + shipping, you get a camera system that works extremely well for its intended purpose - getting a clear, large image on your cellphone or tablet of a target face at distances that would strain even the best spotting scope. Using just the transmitter (TX) and not the receiver (RX) it allowed perfect target images at 448 yards on my cellphone. The images are bright, clear and in focus. It's rated to a mile, which I have doubts about, but I do know it will easily do 1000 yards by using the supplied RX.

OK, what's not to like? The camera app software is VERY basic and will not blink the last shot fired result. You've got to keep track of bullet holes in target faces. It does allow taking a continuous video, but I suspect that might be a burden on the TX/camera battery. The way around that is to use the app to take an image of each shot, then review the image sequence to look for target face holes.

Here's a link to a target face I shot at 200 yards with a Sharps .45-70, iron sights, using paper patched bullets, real black powder (Swiss), shooting off cross sticks and sitting. It's an animated GIF compile of each shot taken, 20 in all. Starline brass, 78 grains of Swiss 1-1/2f, a single .060" LDPE wad, 1/32" powder/wad compression, 9# Fidelity dry paper patching on all 16:1 alloy cast slicks.  The first 10 rounds are up in the face and target backing with 403 grain slicks, the next 10 rounds are all in the center black (the moving "hole" is a fly on the target face!) using 523 grain slicks (adjust your screen view angle to better see the center black holes) ...


Holes in black targets are a little hard to see because the target camera needs to be angled well off the target, but you can see them in the animated GIF image. The camera is 720P but it would be better if it was 1080P (it should not be hard to find and adapt one for under $50, but this is NOT required). I ran the camera system for well over four hours and no battery issues.

A good feature of the Caldwell system is that the TX and RX have supplied tripods.  This is something that's needed if your range isn't flat land and the camera needs to be elevated for line of sight, or if you're dealing with a target pit.  Here's my TX and camera setup at my club range 200/300 yard target pit. This is the beginning of the pit which extends for a total of 30 elevated targets.  Notice the ladder, it's there to escape the pit if a black bear enters the other open pit end (and yes it's happened!) ...

For the Midway sale price, this camera system is well worth buying.

Note:  The Midway price for this long range camera system has dropped to $244.42 as of 9/15/2019.
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Offline doc nock

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Re: Caldwell Ballistic Precision LR 1 Mile Target Camera
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2019, 05:24:29 PM »
That should save a lot  (whole lot) of shoe leather or boot leather walking back & forth or worse...guessing when it's all over and done...

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Re: Caldwell Ballistic Precision LR 1 Mile Target Camera
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2019, 09:16:04 PM »
Ah, technology!!!!!!  Love it or hate it,  we got It!