Gear Test: The Bullseye Camera System
When sighting in your rifle, you generally will be doing quite a bit of walking to and from the target...
When sighting in your rifle, you generally will be doing quite a bit of walking to and from the target board. If you’re stretching the distance out to 200 or 300 yards, you’ll be doing a whole lot of walking. Sure, a spotting scope will let you see the target from afar, but for marking off shots and taking precise measurements, you’re hoofing it.
Bullseye Camera Systems is attempting to make the hundred-yard-shuffle a thing of the past with a weatherproof camera on a tripod that sits about 10 feet from your target. It uses a wireless transmitter to communicate with your Windows-based laptop computer, Android device, iPad, or iPhone. Simply select the Bullseye Camera System as a Wi-Fi connection on your device and you’re set. A red laser-aiming device keeps the camera on the target. The provided toolbox, which houses all the system’s components, also has a quick set-up guide printed on a waterproof card to make sure you assemble the system properly. Set-up time is minimal, and well worth it when you consider how much time is saved while assessing your shooting remotely instead of wearing out a pair of shoes walking back and forth from the target.
The camera displays an image of the target, and the program for the system allows the user to choose several different modes, including one that will flash the location of the last three shots, regardless of how many bullet holes are in the target. You may store the image of your chosen group, and record all the data of the load, rifle, session, and so on.
I’m not exactly a computer whiz, but in spite of that, I found the Bullseye Camera computer program to be very user-friendly. I had things set up and running quickly.
The particular model I have—the Long Range Tripod Edition ($549)—will work well out to 500 yards, depending on conditions, but there are models available with a boosted transmitter that will work out past 1,000 yards.
The batteries are rechargeable and last through many shooting sessions. A smaller model, the AmmoCam ($349), is shaped like an ammunition can and has its camera lens built into the side of the plastic box.
I like the Bullseye Camera System for a few important reasons. I can keep a visual record of my targets without having to save the physical targets. I use less targets, because the computer will record the last string of shots no matter how many holes are in the target. And most importantly, when I’m doing load development work I can keep my heart-rate down to shoot better by avoiding that walk to the target, especially when the distances get out to 300 yards and beyond.
See the camera system in action: