Best thermal scope for night hunting?

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jorge saca
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Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by jorge saca » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:50 pm

Hello guys. Any of you has experience with night hunting for boars using thermal scope?
Im looking to get one but dont hsve much experience on this. Im looking at the flir rs24, rs32, and rs64 but im not sure what to get. Any input on this?



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Re: Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by Perdizhunter » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:52 pm

Pulsar XP50 Trail is a good choice .

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Re: Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by jorge saca » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:22 pm

Thank you very much.
Nobody has had experience with the Flir?

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Re: Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by Scotch_egg » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:05 am

You need to look up lonestarboars on instagram. Honestly the best value thirmal at the minute are pulsar.

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Re: Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by RexMundi » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:15 pm

I have the Pulsar Core and it works great. Can be used as a handheld or a clip-on.

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Re: Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by Af300e » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:04 pm

I’m after something that can ID and target a fox at 300m
Any recommendations?

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Re: Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by Gun Barrel Ecologist » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:24 pm

Af300e wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:04 pm
I’m after something that can ID and target a fox at 300m
Any recommendations?
How much do you want to spend and what is the terrain? In an open sheep paddock a Pulsar 960 or whatever its relacement is, will do the job for 1/3 of thermal cost. At close range I find foxes still to be wary of anything out of place in their paddock, even if the only light emitted is IR.

As for the Thermal topic at hand, the other advantage of a Pulsar is the Innomount Blaser specific mount for them, so you save yourself 1/2 inch by not having to convert a saddlemount to a pic rail

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Re: Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by LAairhunter » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:22 pm

Jorge,

I've had the FLIR RS series in the past, and now have lower-tier (but newer) thermals - I currently have a FLIR PTS-233 and a Pulsar XQ-38 (combined, these two newer scopes cost less than one of my prior FLIR RS series scopes).

I concur with the opinions expressed by others - the best "bang for the buck" right now on the thermal market are the Pulsar Trail Thermal scopes. I've been using Pulsar's line of night-vision scopes (I'm speaking of infra-red rather than thermal scopes) for several years, and I've watched Pulsar gradually morph in to a technologic leader. I prefer Pulsar's software in their Trail series thermal scopes to any other thermal scopes on the market right now. I like the 12 micron "coblator" in the newer FLIR units (even though they're not 640 units yet) primarily because I like "red hot" targets. However, the Pulsar products trump the FLIR products in terms of software. Also, as pointed out, European mount makers (like Innomount) make mounts that will attach a Pulsar to a Blaser R8 and other German rifles.

Now, if you simply want the best consumer-available thermal scope on the market, I believe it to be the IR Defense / Trijicon units. However, these are considerably more expensive than the Pulsar units, and their software is unremarkable compared to the Pulsar stuff (and the IR Defense / Trijicon stuff doesn't innately record video like the Pulsar Trail and FLIR PTS units).

Mark

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Re: Best thermal scope for night hunting?

Post by jorge saca » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:27 pm

Thank you very much for all the input Mark and all.
I went ahead and ordered a Pusar xq38 to begin with. Didnt want to spend the extra money to go for the xp50 but from what ive seen on videos etc the xq38 will be fine for hog hunting up to say 200 yards. You really dont get to see even 100 yards where i hunt because of trees etc.
So i will be giving it a try on july 5th for the first time. Will go do some hog hunting.

Ill post updates.

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