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#6183546 - 02/14/16 07:51 PM New Thermal Draws First Blood
ccreyeder Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 295
Loc: San Antonio, Tx
Picked up a new IR Hunter MK II over the holidays. Mounted it on my 300 BO SBR. Shot a hog with it on New Years eve, and then a coyote last week... Both took off after shooting them.. found blood, but never bodies.. .

So, back to the lease this weekend. Mounted the IR Hunter to my trusty 6.8 and got it sighted in...

Stalked some hogs Saturday night around 11:00 pm, but never was able to get a shot on them.. circled around them to a large hay field... No hogs, but there was a coyote following a scent about 50-75 yrds away... took one shot and she went down like a sack of potatoes....

First blood finally! Went back out about 5:30 am.. no varmits, but awesome sunrise!




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#6183554 - 02/14/16 07:55 PM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
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Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 4172
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Congrats!!! The IR Hunter should do you well!
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#6183583 - 02/14/16 08:11 PM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
Pappydap Offline
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Registered: 09/20/15
Posts: 28
Loc: Mckinney, TX
Very nice. Not sure what load you're using on the hogs but the Hornady Custom 120 grain SST hasn't let me down with the six8.
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#6183589 - 02/14/16 08:13 PM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
miket1 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 05/16/12
Posts: 195
Loc: Plantersville, TX
Very nice, looks like you made a good shot!

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#6183605 - 02/14/16 08:23 PM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: Pappydap]
ccreyeder Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 295
Loc: San Antonio, Tx
Thanks all! Yes, forgot to mention.. 120gr SST... deadly...

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#6183671 - 02/14/16 08:52 PM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
hdfireman Offline
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Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 719
Loc: Flower Mound
Good choice in gear Sir.
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#6183673 - 02/14/16 08:53 PM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
dfwroadkill Offline
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Registered: 09/15/09
Posts: 3259
Loc: D/FW, TX
Congrats on the MK II! I think you'll like it. Mine has slayed many hogs and yotes. My favorite thermal scope so far.

6.8 SPC over the 300 BO all day long. The Hornady 120 grain SST is a great round.

Nice to see you reporting in... up


Edited by dfwroadkill (02/14/16 08:54 PM)

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#6183821 - 02/15/16 03:02 AM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
Theblakester Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 183
Loc: Houston
Congrats! Good whip mento too. Which can is that
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#6184082 - 02/15/16 09:30 AM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: Theblakester]
ccreyeder Offline
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Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 295
Loc: San Antonio, Tx
Originally Posted By: Theblakester
Congrats! Good whip mento too. Which can is that


That is the Silencerco Omega.. Very nice smile

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#6210460 - 03/05/16 06:12 AM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
Theblakester Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 183
Loc: Houston
How far does the MKII detect deer and hogs on a decent thermal weather night (55 degrees, not cloudy or foggy or humid or rainy)?
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#6211371 - 03/06/16 12:06 AM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: Theblakester]
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Originally Posted By: Theblakester
How far does the MKII detect deer and hogs on a decent thermal weather night (55 degrees, not cloudy or foggy or humid or rainy)?


I can detect hogs and deer pretty easily up to at least 800 yards. It takes a little practice to positively ID what you are looking at but you can easily tell what it is at least 400 yards out, maybe further. For me the most difficult part is judging distance at night.
It's pretty amazing actually how well it works. You can see mice and rabbits a couple hundred yards away.

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#6211373 - 03/06/16 12:20 AM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
Blue Tick Offline
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Registered: 11/09/11
Posts: 124
Loc: Tomball, Tx
Congrats. I dumped my 300blk here recently myself. 3 animals and no recovery. Seems to be a niche round. I do like my 6.8spc, but am seriously thinking of going with an AR10 to have to keep less ammo types around the house. What made you choose the IR Hunter over some of the other available thermals out there?
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#6214257 - 03/08/16 09:44 AM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: Blue Tick]
ccreyeder Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 295
Loc: San Antonio, Tx
Originally Posted By: Blue Tick
Congrats. I dumped my 300blk here recently myself. 3 animals and no recovery. Seems to be a niche round. I do like my 6.8spc, but am seriously thinking of going with an AR10 to have to keep less ammo types around the house. What made you choose the IR Hunter over some of the other available thermals out there?


Blue... I originally bought a IR Patrol, thinking I could have the best of both worlds... monocular and then mount it to the rifle when ready to shoot. Turned out to be too much of a hassle. However, the image through the patrol was incredible, so I ended up exchanging the patrol for the MK II, since the image processor was pretty much identical.

I originally started out with an AR-10, but soon got tired of lugging the weight of it around. Give the 6.8 a try, I think you will be very pleased!

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#6214303 - 03/08/16 10:13 AM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: ccreyeder]
der Teufel Offline
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Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 677
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: ccreyeder
Originally Posted By: Blue Tick
Congrats. I dumped my 300blk here recently myself. 3 animals and no recovery. Seems to be a niche round. I do like my 6.8spc, but am seriously thinking of going with an AR10 to have to keep less ammo types around the house. What made you choose the IR Hunter over some of the other available thermals out there?

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I originally started out with an AR-10, but soon got tired of lugging the weight of it around. Give the 6.8 a try, I think you will be very pleased!


This is an interesting topic. I've recently acquired a 300 BLK, with which I've yet to shoot a hog. I plan to use it with my Photon NV Scope, meaning I won't be taking really long shots. I'm hoping it'll work. I too have an AR-10, which knocks 'em dead, but it sure is heavy! As Blue Tick notes, having the AR-10 does simplify things with regard to reloading and ammo inventory.
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#6214364 - 03/08/16 10:49 AM Re: New Thermal Draws First Blood [Re: der Teufel]
ccreyeder Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 295
Loc: San Antonio, Tx
Originally Posted By: der Teufel
Originally Posted By: ccreyeder
Originally Posted By: Blue Tick
Congrats. I dumped my 300blk here recently myself. 3 animals and no recovery. Seems to be a niche round. I do like my 6.8spc, but am seriously thinking of going with an AR10 to have to keep less ammo types around the house. What made you choose the IR Hunter over some of the other available thermals out there?

-- SNIP --

I originally started out with an AR-10, but soon got tired of lugging the weight of it around. Give the 6.8 a try, I think you will be very pleased!


This is an interesting topic. I've recently acquired a 300 BLK, with which I've yet to shoot a hog. I plan to use it with my Photon NV Scope, meaning I won't be taking really long shots. I'm hoping it'll work. I too have an AR-10, which knocks 'em dead, but it sure is heavy! As Blue Tick notes, having the AR-10 does simplify things with regard to reloading and ammo inventory.


Hey der... I also have a 16" 300 BO with a photon XT. It was my first night rig (well other than green light) and have killed several hogs and one coyote with it. I guess barrel length made the difference? I guess my 8.5" 300 BO just didnt have enough "umph" to be deadly the two times I used it. Too bad, because I sure liked the overall length and weight of it. What length 300 are you planning on using?

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