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#6268670 - 04/20/16 02:55 PM Night hunters and caliber of choice.
fonzo Offline

Registered: 09/02/12
Posts: 120
Loc: Killeen, TX
Just wanted to know what caliber is being used for your night time hunts. .223/5/56, 300 BO, 7.62x39, 7.62x51, etc.

I was planning to use either my 300 BO or 7.62x39, but now thinking about what other caliber for night hunts with thermal sights in particular, or even any of the latest night vision capable scopes.

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#6268692 - 04/20/16 03:18 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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I sold all my guns and night vision - didn't have a use for them anymore.

There is a guy who goes by Double Naught Spy and he has killed all the pigs in the county , so whats the use in trying...

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#6268738 - 04/20/16 03:55 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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What are you trying to kill?

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#6268847 - 04/20/16 05:09 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I love my AR in 223 with strike eagle 1x6 and XLR 250 light for shooting coons, yotes, pigs at night but now that I have one in 6.8 that may become my primary hog AR for daytime using an Aimpoint PRO. Considering building another 6.8 upper with a 16 in barrel which will prob become my go to everything AR.
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#6268944 - 04/20/16 06:18 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
JRJ6 Offline
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I don't use a thermal scope, but use feeder light. I hunt with 308 or 300 BO

#6268959 - 04/20/16 06:29 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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300blk or 308

#6268994 - 04/20/16 06:54 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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I have a .308 but if I was starting again, I'd do 300blk.


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#6269008 - 04/20/16 07:01 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
DrifterAT Offline

Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 537
Loc: Austin, Texas
I use 6.5 Grendels and a 308. I have NV and suppressors on them but the Grendels are at least 3 lbs lighter.

#6269076 - 04/20/16 07:45 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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I use 5.56/.223 for anything from pigs down to coons. Have taken plenty of one shot kills with that weapon on hogs and coyotes. Shot placement is key on any caliber for hogs. A hog gut shot with a .308 will still run as if he was gut shot with a .223/22-250/.300 BO etc....all about shot placement.

I will say the 5.56 allows easy follow shots and shots on runners once the sounder starts going, don't know how easy those other calibers are for follow shots, but I think I have heard most handle pretty easily as well.

#6269177 - 04/20/16 08:40 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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#6269354 - 04/20/16 11:09 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
68A Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
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Loc: North Texas
5.56 fits the bill nicely for hogs, yotes and any other varmint. Cheaper to shoot as well.

#6269357 - 04/20/16 11:17 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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Registered: 09/16/09
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300 blk out for me. Love that round. Push a 125 grain bullet, Nosler BT, SST, or SP, and it will do anything you need from pigs on down. If pigs were not in the equation, I'd go 223. But since I'm not a huge fan of 223 and pigs, 300 blk out fits that role perfect.

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#6269458 - 04/21/16 06:52 AM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
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fonzo, you just need to be sure the NV or thermal gear you are using will hold up to the caliber in question. Most thermal gear will handle up to .308, but some will handle .50 bmg. At lot of NV gear is going to be .308 limited and most PVS14 and some other NV gear will be .223 limited. Most centerfire rifles that are .308 and under will do whatever you need for night hunting at typical night hunting distances, though you may need to be a lot more choosy with your shots with smaller calibers like .223.
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#6272126 - 04/22/16 09:44 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
Cattleman Offline

Registered: 02/09/13
Posts: 849
Loc: Palo Pinto county
243 DPMS LR Lite model with either 87 grain v max for varmint hunting or 85 grain Sierra Game Kings for pigs.

#6272620 - 04/23/16 03:11 PM Re: Night hunters and caliber of choice. [Re: fonzo]
nak Offline
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Registered: 08/26/12
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I have rifles in lots of different calibers, but since i built my first 6.8 SPC, 90%+ of my hunting is with that and night.
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