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#6310806 - 05/25/16 10:14 AM Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT
waverider Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/11/12
Posts: 47
The first trip out with a Sitemark Photon XT was a good one. I had been hunting with a standard optical scope and green light, but I was tired of spooking pigs with the shadows from the light.

The first boar walked out of the dense brush @ 114yds. I dropped him in his tracks with a 223 Barnes VOR-TX 55 gr TSX



A second boar showed up 30 min later and did't appear to care that the first one was laying close by. I dropped him in his tracks @ 105yds with a 223 Barnes VOR-TX 55 gr TSX



I sat around another hour with no additional activity.



First impressions of the Photon XT are really positive.

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#6310829 - 05/25/16 10:29 AM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 5031
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Good job! Your nights will never be the same.
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#6310832 - 05/25/16 10:30 AM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
Dalee7892 Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 1780
Loc: Denton County
DRT, good job, I use the 62 gr. SP in my 223.

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#6310871 - 05/25/16 11:01 AM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
dfwroadkill Offline
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Registered: 09/15/09
Posts: 3352
Loc: D/FW, TX
And the addiction begins... lol444

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#6311058 - 05/25/16 01:11 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
DrifterAT Offline
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Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 529
Loc: Austin, Texas
223 Barnes VOR-TX 55 gr TSX - very good bullet!

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#6311063 - 05/25/16 01:15 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
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Light Foot

Registered: 09/05/15
Posts: 23
Loc: SE Texas
What's your IR source?

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#6311071 - 05/25/16 01:21 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
der Teufel Offline
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Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 1006
Loc: Central Texas
Nice going. Pretty soon you'll be setting your alarm for four ayem when the moon is in the third quarter.

Don't ask me how I know . . . partyon555
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#6311091 - 05/25/16 01:33 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
Bmnloader Offline
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Registered: 02/25/14
Posts: 314
Loc: DFW, Cisco
I mounted my Photon on my kids .243. It does get kinda addicting. Now you can see what that green light didn't show you! I had heard the weren't much good past about 100 yards but I have a feeder 156 yards from where I shoot(back porch) and I can see find past the feeder. Work great in the moonlight.
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#6311103 - 05/25/16 01:39 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: Pootie]
waverider Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/11/12
Posts: 47
Originally Posted By: Pootie
What's your IR source?


I went with the Armasight XLR-IR 850

http://www.armasight.com/illumination/illuminators-markers-beacons/armasight-xlr-ir850

The mount that it comes with isn't great, so I mounted it in a different mount that is fully adjustable so you can aim the beam exactly where you want it.

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#6311134 - 05/25/16 02:00 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
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Registered: 08/16/15
Posts: 1101
Loc: Fort Worth
Ahhhhh a sightmark photon thread, how refreshing banana

Good job on bringing home the bacon
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#6311389 - 05/25/16 04:55 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/08
Posts: 4796
Loc: Mesquite, Tx
I love my Photon. For the money they are very hard to beat.

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#6311424 - 05/25/16 05:10 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: Bmnloader]
der Teufel Offline
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Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 1006
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: Bmnloader
I mounted my Photon on my kids .243. It does get kinda addicting. Now you can see what that green light didn't show you! I had heard the weren't much good past about 100 yards but I have a feeder 156 yards from where I shoot(back porch) and I can see find past the feeder. Work great in the moonlight.


My experience is that they work great when there's moonlight. With at least a quarter moon I can see half a mile over a clear pasture. Can't see anything in the shadows, of course, without illumination. The built-in illuminator on my 'old' Photon 3.5X is good out to at least 80 yards with no moon, probably a little more. What I really enjoy is getting out before dawn. About an hour before the sun comes up the sky starts getting lighter, and even though I can barely see my hand in front of my face, the light from the predawn sky gives me a view of several hundred yards. Plenty enough to see hogs that are out in the open and stalk them in the dark.
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#6311514 - 05/25/16 06:27 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/08
Posts: 4796
Loc: Mesquite, Tx
Congrats on the pigs.

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#6312085 - 05/26/16 08:18 AM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
Vern1 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 2075
Loc: Pettytown, TX, US of A
Good job!
The Photons just work and keep working - really refreshing compared to some other "here, beta test this crap for us" stuff out there.
My old Photon 5X has been taking pigs for years and I expect it to continue.
Running a Evola IR with adjustable focus and power, I can see a lot further than I feel comfortable shooting at night.
You can pick up the Evola IR off ebay for under 50 bux and it works as well as some of the 200+ dollar Illuminators.
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#6312625 - 05/26/16 04:37 PM Re: Two Boars Down with Sitemark Photon XT [Re: waverider]
remman Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/09/11
Posts: 201
Loc: Denton, TX
Great feedback! I just got a Photon and looking to take it out in a few weeks hog hunting. I'm even more encouraged by your hunt and what others are saying.

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