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I've done the hogs and dogs thing a couple of times in Alabama, but I'm interested in doing some night work with a rifle sometime in the near future. Any of ya'll do any and, if so, what's your setup?
 
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I've done the hogs and dogs thing a couple of times in Alabama, but I'm interested in doing some night work with a rifle sometime in the near future. Any of ya'll do any and, if so, what's your setup?
I do, Go down to my cousins farm in Texas a couple times a year.

What is your financial point of pain?

We have a mix of night vision devices, mostly lower end stuff. The digital scopes like ATN X-Sight, Sightmark Photon's and the only thermal is a Sig Echo 1.

My personal gun is a .300 BLK AR15 with a ATN X-Sight 5x-14x. Works surprisingly well, but I needed an aftermarket IR illuminator. The Active IR illuminator splashes back a lot of light on brush and leaves so it doesn't work real well in thick stuff.
 
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:35 AM
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I do, Go down to my cousins farm in Texas a couple times a year.

What is your financial point of pain?

We have a mix of night vision devices, mostly lower end stuff. The digital scopes like ATN X-Sight, Sightmark Photon's and the only thermal is a Sig Echo 1.

My personal gun is a .300 BLK AR15 with a ATN X-Sight 5x-14x. Works surprisingly well, but I needed an aftermarket IR illuminator. The Active IR illuminator splashes back a lot of light on brush and leaves so it doesn't work real well in thick stuff.
Friend of mine has an ATN X-Sight on an LWRC 308. He says it's "ok", but wishes he had just taken the plunge on a thermal unit. He said he had a hell of a time getting the illuminator aligned well enough to provide optimal light for the ATN. I think maybe I'll try to scrape the extra dough up and go with an Armasight/Flir Zeus 336 or Pulsar XQ50 for my CMMG Mutant.
One of the bigger advantages with the thermal, IMO, is the ability to scan large areas for heat signatures and then set up accordingly.
 
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Looks like fun. I hope to get to Texas in the near future to shoot some hogs. Not sure what gun I'd take though. Probably an AR in 6.8SPC.
 
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I've done the hogs and dogs thing a couple of times in Alabama, but I'm interested in doing some night work with a rifle sometime in the near future. Any of ya'll do any and, if so, what's your setup?
Here's a YouTube link.
If it doesn't open, copy and paste it in your browser.
 
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Friend of mine has an ATN X-Sight on an LWRC 308. He says it's "ok", but wishes he had just taken the plunge on a thermal unit. He said he had a hell of a time getting the illuminator aligned well enough to provide optimal light for the ATN. I think maybe I'll try to scrape the extra dough up and go with an Armasight/Flir Zeus 336 or Pulsar XQ50 for my CMMG Mutant.
One of the bigger advantages with the thermal, IMO, is the ability to scan large areas for heat signatures and then set up accordingly.
If you can scratch up the cash for thermal they are the way to go.

The Biggest problem with the ATN X-Sight or any other Digital Night Vision or Gen I and Gen II Light amplification is the use of the active IR illuminator. Anything between you and the critter splashes back the IR light and washes out the image, so tall grass, brush, leaves, branches, ect.... It really limits the use in thick stuff. The thermal doesn't have that problem, the objects will still block the thermal image from reaching you, but if the critter is only partially obscured you can still see the rest of them.

One other thing to look for is rechargeable or external battery packs. The old ATN's eat AA batteries in a couple hours. So to get more life out of them I turn the scope on for a while, scan around, turn it off, wait 15-20 minutes and repeat. Let me tell you your hunting buddies will never stop giving you crap when there are photos on the game camera while you were sitting in the stand. Had a whole sounder of hogs come in, eat the corn and leave in about 15 minutes.
 
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ATN Thor is popular in our area coyote hunting with a thermal handheld scanner, I use Wicked lights at night and just a back up when hunting with the Thermal guys, just not wanting to swing $4000 for the thermal and $2000 for a scanner but the thermal guys walk away with every coyote hunting tourny's and 1st place can be $2000 so pay to play. I have recorded hunts from the thermals on video and looks like a video game, just don't how to post the video.
Clearly a advantage at night hunting predators, don't know if hogs have the senses or learning ability of a predator so can't help you there but my buddies amazingly pick up predators hanging in tree lines from long range picking them off if they stay put, the neatest thing with a thermal is they still get them on a full sprint because like I said, looks just like a video game so could see the advantage on a running group of hogs with a thermal on a AR.

If someone could point me in a direction of loading a video I'll post it
 

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Here's a YouTube link.
If it doesn't open, copy and paste it in your browser.
Always chuckle a little bit when they do the stanky leg after being popped.
 
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Thermal all the way if you can swing the $$ / From there; theres Trijicon and then theres everybody else
 

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