I went Scouting yesterday.
A while back I posted a "need a place to shoot" request on the Oklahoma Shooters Association board. https://www.okshooters.com/
. I got a response from Dennis, a farmer up in far northern Ponca City, Ok. Dennis said he has some farm land that might be usable for shooting bowling balls on, between crops. I drove up yesterday and met Dennis. After coffee, We drove out and looked at his property. Dennis is a super nice guy, he could be one of us real easy, all we have to do is find him a cannon or mortar.
We are facilitators I am sure we can help him overcome his disability.
He is Army Vet and indicated some experience with Mortar. I think he is about my age, not as old as Tracy, maybe as young Mike, but definitely not as young as Zulu.
Here is a Google earth view of the piece of ground Dennis offering.
The red line is the One mile line from the perspective firing point. The yellow line is distance from Firing point to middle road. Along that middle road is a power line.
Here is looking towards the south from the middle road towards the tree line that would be the firing point.
Here is looking north towards "mile impact zone" off to the left of that tall tree.
And, here is a video swinging through about 190 degrees. My apologies for not turning the camera sideways for video mode.
As you may recall the last verified distance I recorded in Montana was 656 yards with 8 oz of FA.
Dennis currently has a tentative open window -between crops in mid to late June. The hour and fifteen minute drive back to Edmond gave me plenty of time to think.
There is a mile here. A very tight mile. I am hesitant to shoot the mile on Dennis' Land. What I can do here is shoot and get a range table and work very close to that mile. I would just approach the mile mark very carefully and come just short. Maybe even sneak up and just get the mile. At least then I would have enough info to hit the mile at another location.
Here is the plan I came up with yesterday driving home.
Two days of shooting. First day reshoot the 8 oz shot to verify the distance and record any change. Elevation at Dennis's firing point is right around 1100 feet. The elevation at Southpaws farm is 3470 feet.
Once that first shot is registered, increase increments say 1/4 ounce at a time creeping out the impact zone up to the road. That would the end of day one. As you can see looking at Google Earth that would right at 800 yards.
These day one stats along with those already gathered from past shooting, would most relevant for future shooting. One of the most fun things about shooting bowling balls is watching the the ball fly. Shooting out to 800 yards is about the limit for that kind of shooting. Most future shooting would probably be much shorter.
Another reason for the shorter range limit, is wear and tear on the gun. Shooting these big shots is hard on the guns. Once I have achieve the verified mile, I don't intend to shoot these distances again.
Day two I would need spotters. I would need spotters on the middle road and in the north field to watch for impact. I would increase the 800 yard load by at least an ounce to be sure I lofted over the road and more importantly the power lines. Once that load was located in the north field, I would continue building the load table with the 1/4 ounce increases and get as close to the mile as possible.
There is my plan. Dennis has said I can drive my Mule out in his field to chase the balls, but no trucks. He doesn't want the fields tore up. I get that.
Thanks again Dennis for taking me out there and consenting to letting me shoot. I am sorry you don't have a cannon, but we can fix that.
Speaking of cannons. I would not shoot a cannon out there. That ground is so flat that if you fired a cannon the balls would probably end up in Bruce's backyard in Nebraska.