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#5698838 - 04/13/15 11:41 PM Best way to sight in a thermal scope?
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Just got my IR Hunter Mark II in the mail today! banana What is the best/easiest way to sight it in?

Thanks!

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#5698842 - 04/14/15 12:25 AM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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You can use metalized tape, Chem warmer, or even a steel target.
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#5698889 - 04/14/15 06:12 AM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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Disposable Hand Warmer packet.
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#5699031 - 04/14/15 08:17 AM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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I use the small hand warmers... up

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#5699146 - 04/14/15 09:30 AM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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The hand warmers are the easiest and last the longest. I have used this method twice. I have also used a rock placed on the edge of a fire pit to heat the rock up, and then tape it to the target. I also know of shooters who used a simple propane torch to heat up a piece of metal or rock. Anything with a heat source will work.
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#5699151 - 04/14/15 09:33 AM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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Also, start out at 25 yards and get it within an inch, and move out to 50, then 100. If you start at 100, you can easily be way off the paper and wasting rounds. Know your trajectory of the round and your scope height so you can calculate where the bullet should hit at each distance for the zero you want to use.
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#5699654 - 04/14/15 01:27 PM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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Thanks guys!

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#5699780 - 04/14/15 02:36 PM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
Dirt Offline
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Originally Posted By: DocHorton
Just got my IR Hunter Mark II in the mail today! banana What is the best/easiest way to sight it in?

Thanks!


How long did you wait on delivery if you don't mind me asking?
I visited a few sites, all said "out of stock" for the IR Hunter MK 2, 2.5 X 35mm.
I ordered from TNVC last Friday and they stated two months for delivery.
That's a long time to wait.
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#5699926 - 04/14/15 04:20 PM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: Dirt]
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Originally Posted By: Dirt
Originally Posted By: DocHorton
Just got my IR Hunter Mark II in the mail today! banana What is the best/easiest way to sight it in?

Thanks!


How long did you wait on delivery if you don't mind me asking?
I visited a few sites, all said "out of stock" for the IR Hunter MK 2, 2.5 X 35mm.
I ordered from TNVC last Friday and they stated two months for delivery.
That's a long time to wait.


Ordered mine from Ultimate Night Vision....Tyler is on this forum, I think his username is Bearclaw. Ordered on 3/26, was delivered on 4/10. up

Also, forgot to mention, he shipped it to my Dad's in Arkansas so I could avoid the sales tax which saved me over $500!

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#5699983 - 04/14/15 05:08 PM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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I have an RS64 coming in and came accross this
Setting the Zero on the FLIR ThermoSight® R-Series Thermal Scope: https://youtu.be/tmFczGpQiyc
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#5700127 - 04/14/15 06:42 PM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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Nothing special about the FLIR sight-in. I wouldn't bother taping the hand warmer to the back of the target. Just staple it to a white piece of paper and save the money. Also, they are using a bit of video trickery. Notice that it shows him shooting like the video is of his shot, but no recorder is plugged into the video out.

The IR Defense MK II offers a much better sight image than the FLIR too. Look at both and you will see. No brainer.

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#5700932 - 04/15/15 10:42 AM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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I don't see what is so expensive about stapling it to the back of the target..
Don't think it really matters one way or the other.

I am not buying the FLIR, it's coming in for review for a few months.
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#5701147 - 04/15/15 12:40 PM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: ccoker]
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Using a simple hand warmer with two pieces of duct tape is a no brainer, cheap and super easy!


I taped a bulls eye underneath the hand warmer too just for grins!






Took all of about five minutes to sight it in painlessly at 100 yards with the hand warmer and duct tape.





Saved the X,Y coordinates for this particular rifle under User PreSet #1, so I can switch the FLIR Thermal back and forth between a number of different rifles.




Then, after dark, it took another five minutes to put some bacon down:





Song Dogs died too!





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#5701182 - 04/15/15 01:00 PM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: DocHorton]
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There is no need to use a target when sighting in a thermal scope. Targets cost more money than a piece of copy paper. He makes a big deal out of making sure you center the hand warmer over the center of the target when you tape it on the back side. Why? You can't see the target to aim at it. You will be seeing the heat of the hand warmer.

Save the targets for digital night vision or day scopes.

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#5701205 - 04/15/15 01:13 PM Re: Best way to sight in a thermal scope? [Re: dfwroadkill]
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Not a problem, not a big issue at all like you've described, the target was already there and it was a free gift from a friend.


Could have easily used a magic marker and a piece of paper and made my own target on site, but it was just too easy to use my friends nice free target instead of walking all the way back into the barn for a magic marker.


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