I got a chance to have a buddy visiting from Colorado go hog hunting with me. It took us a couple of nights before he got a shot at a hog and he did a great job, DDRT. He was using my daughter's Grendel (AA Incursion upper) with a IR Defense, IR Hunter MKII 2.5x thermal scope. My buddy is pretty big and the little carbine looked like a toy in his hands, but he put it to good use.
We saw hogs the night before, but they breezed through without slowing down and he never got a shot. I told him to just pop the hog, but he had the presence of mind to start recording and tried waiting out things to see if a sounder was coming. Despite the wind being from the feeder and toward the stand, the hog smelled something, turned around, and made off to leave. My buddy put the Hornady SST 123 gr. factory round right behind the ear on the moving hog. No surprise, it exited the opposite side.
My buddy decided not to butcher the hog (he really didn't want a large boar) and we put it in the bone yard for the coyotes. He called his wife this morning and she is not pleased. She was expecting him to bring meat back to CO. So, he is staying at least one more night to try to get another hog or two. We should all have spouses like that!
I like the hog's image in 'white hot' (I know you prefer black). With that thermal rig...is a green reticle available?
Didn't see the 'Angry Bird' anywhere?
Hey flint! IR Defense went with a simplified palette/colors design and everything is black or white. Part of how they make this work so well is by having the reticle flip-flop between black and white depending on the background so that it will stay contrasted relative to where the scope is aimed.
I think their setup works really well, but I would also like a color reticle option. For example, Armasight and Pulsar have color reticle options and I really like them. Pulsar went one step better and included the option of adjusting reticle brightness which I thought was great. With options, comes complexity, however. Generally I like the idea of more options and am willing to take a little more time to learn the scope so that I may use them. The IR Hunter scopes are basically made with a more military mindset of simpler is better and people can learn how to run an IR Hunter fully much quicker than with some other brands. So there are tradeoffs.
As for AB, he was riding in the back window is he is apt to do and managed to take a tumble before the 4th attempt at getting that little intro blurb completed successfully. I didn't even realize until I got home to process the video, LOL.
An adjustable intensity reticle sounds like the cat's meow. I have a standard optic scope with an illuminated reticle, but once the sun goes down it's too bright even on the dimmest setting. I realize on digital scopes there's (usually) better control.
Keep after 'em! --
You can never have too much ammo — unless you're swimming.