Long Range Shooting at 2300 Yards

Forum member Mark Dalzell (aka “MDSlammer”) is an avid long-range shooter and talented movie-maker. Some months ago, he produced a great video about shooting his Savage 110 BA at 1200 yards. That video was a hit with readers, and now Mark has come up with a new video, with the range pushed out to 2300 yards (that’s 1.3 miles!). Mark and his compatriots Dale Jorgensen and Gio Valdez headed out to their “secret spot” in the high desert, near Jean, Nevada, armed with a pair of 7mm RSAUMs and Mark’s .338 Lapua Magnum Savage 110 BA. Given the degree of difficulty, it’s not surprising that Mark’s gang had more misses than hits this time out, but they did produce an entertaining video that shows the challenges of shooting at Extreme Long Range.

Watch HD Video — Extreme Long-Range Shooting at 2300 Yards

Shooting 2300 Yards with the 7mm RSAUM and .338 Lapua Magnum
Target Cam Spotter: Wally Krusee
Film By Mark Dalzell – Sin City Productions / All Rights Reserved, Copyright 2012

Dalzell Target Cam 2300 yards

Dalzell Target Cam 2300 yardsMark was shooting a Savage 110 BA .338 Lapua Magnum, the same gun he used for his previous 1200-yard high desert shooting safari. The elevation required to get on target at 2300 yards was mind-boggling. Elevation for Mark’s .338 LM was 96.5 MOA (on top of a +40MOA rail). Mark’s buddy Dale was running a full 30.5 MILs of elevation with his 7mm RSAUM with milrad optic.

Mark set up a wireless remote camera near the target, so you can see where the shots impacted. A second camera was behind the trigger-pullers, giving a “shooters’-eye view”. The target was a full-sized steel silhouette with an orange square painted in the middle.

Dalzell Target Cam 2300 yards

Mark reports: “I was out this past Monday with a couple of buddies. We tried our luck shooting at 2300 yards. I had one hit out of 30. Very poor marksmanship. But I did learn a few things about shooting at this distance for the next time. I have nothing but admiration for those shooters who are consistent at this distance. [It was] pretty amazing.”


Equipment List and Load Specifications

Mark Dalzell Dale Jorgensen Gio Valdez
Savage BA110 .338 Lapua Magnum
Murphy +40MOA Titanium Rail
Harris bipod
Nightforce 5.5-22x50mm NXS Speed Turret
7mm RSAUM
Krieger 30″, 1:8.75″ twist Barrel with Ross Brake
McRees Folder Chassis
Harris Bipod
Bushnell HDMR Scope
7mm RSAUM
Krieger 28″, 1:9″ twist 5R Barrel with Ross Brake
McRees Folder Chassis
GG&G Bipod
Bushnell H2DMR Scope
Berger 300gr OTM Hybrid
Lapua Brass
92grains H-1000
.010″ Off Lands
Berger 180gr VLD
Nosler Brass
62.6 grains H-1000
0.020″ Off Lands
Berger 180gr Hybrid
Remington Brass
64.5 grains H-1000
.005″ Off Lands

Dalzell Target Cam 2300 yards


Shooting at One Mile (1760 Yards)

During our 2300-yard shooting adventure, I had just one hit out of 30 rounds fired. I was rather disappointed with my performance. To get my confidence back, I decided to move the target in a bit closer — to one mile (1760 yards). Shooting a mile for me is still a challenge each and every time. But it’s 1760 yards vs. 2300 yards. At one mile, the variables are slightly less critical — but not by much. But this time I had much better success, scoring 8 hits out of 30 rounds.

The weather was almost perfect for shooting a mile: extremely clear with only 1-2 mph wind and cool temps. Location was the same — the Dry Lakes near Jean, Nevada. But this time I was all by myself. For me, it was very calming, almost spiritual, despite the .338 Lapua screaming after every round.

Watch Mark Dalzell Shoot at One Mile (1760 Yards)

8 Out Of 30 At A Mile
Shooting One Mile With Savage 110 BA, .338 Lapua Magnum
Film By Mark Dalzell – Sin City Productions / All Rights Reserved, Copyright 2012

Shooting 30 rounds and getting 8 hits at a mile was good enough to restore my confidence if only for that day. There’s always the next time to improve upon. I did find that the Berger 300gr Match Hybrid OTM Tactical bullets are a bit more accurate than the lighter loads I was using before. I ran these rounds last week through my chronograph. They were averaging 2840 fps. I’m using Hodgdon H-1000 with Lapua Brass and Federal 215m primers.

Shoot Straight & Be Safe — Mark Dalzell


Putting Together a Target-Cam System

Mark Dalzell’s videos feature live target images captured from long range. In order to see both hits and misses at that extreme range, Mark assembled a target-cam system that broadcasts multiple video cam feeds wirelessly to a receiver on the firing line. Down-range, Mark positioned a high-gain antenna. This was key — without the antenna the system’s useful range was less than 1000 yards. But with the hi-gain antenna Mark gets very clear signals from 2300 yards.

Mark’s video was very popular with our readers. Quite a few guys asked for technical details so they could start assembling a similar system. To explain the components and set-up of his 2300-yard target cam system, Mark has made a 10-minute video that shows the equipment and explains how all the gear is hooked up. Mark system uses a KW7305 2.4 Ghz, 8-channel A/V transmitter/receiver kit ($269.00), powered by Li-Ion batteries ($125.00 with charger) that offer about 3 hours of run-time. The video camera was a Panasonic HDC SD-60 with 35X zoom ($350.00). The antenna is a 2.4 Ghz 24 DBI Grid unit (model # HG2424EG-NG), that cost just $45.00 plus another $29.00 for cabling. To see how this all functions at long range, watch the video below.

Watch This 10-Minute Video to See Components of 2300-yard Target-Cam System

While Mark positioned his hi-gain antenna downrange near the target, you can, alternatively, set the hi-gain antenna at the firing line and point it downrange at the transmitter. Mark says that either configuration will work, as long as the hi-gain antenna is aimed carefully. You also need to elevate both Transmitter and Receiver antennas. Mark mounted his receiver on top of a 10-foot-tall Century C-Stand near the shooting station. From there he could watch bullet impacts on his 7″ Marshall color monitor placed on a portable bench.

Mark Dalzell Long Range video target camera

Mark Dalzell Long Range video target camera

Mark Dalzell Long Range video target camera

Mark tells us the whole system was affordable (under $1100.00 for everything including monitor and antenna), and it was easy to set up. Mark encourages readers who’ve been thinking about building a similar system for their long range shooting sessions: “The hardware is not difficult to configure… if I can do it, anyone certainly can.”

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