MemberMay 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm105 Bullseyes
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Me and few buddies played around with a similar project a few years ago. We didn't have a mill available so we used the widest (3 screw) scope ring we could find… then we cut / grinded down (removed the seat / channel) where the scope would sit) and then tig welded a flat bracket to it. All this fit snuggly underneath a scope using medium to high rings. After some sanding and painting it looked great. Then we used a case similar to an Outer box setup that screw mounted directly to a vertical bracket we made….recoil wasn't an issue but you would jump off the target and have to re-aquire it again with larger calibers.
The biggest disadvantage we found in trying to work with a side mount aiming camera was the constant “extreme” adjustment needed at different ranges, using it as a camera to “view” the target and using it as an “aiming” device are two completely different scenarios …even a few yards difference would make the POA shift alot, the 4-6″ side offset from the bore made adjusts at different ranges really difficult as opposed to normal scope elevation adjustments…in the end that ultimately killed the project for us. Later on we went to the in line scope mounting solutions where there are no camera adjustments, only scope adjustments like any other day at the range.
The side setup worked great for a target cam though….basically we made exactly what you see in the 2 attached photos….you can now buy everything we made in our garage years ago.