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#6459002 - 09/19/16 03:33 PM What is your ideal setup
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If you had 2-3 grand what would be your ideal setup. Gun/scope/silencer. what rig would you want for a hog hunting machine? Hunting both day and night
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#6459045 - 09/19/16 03:58 PM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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If I had the money, I would put a thermal scope and suppressor on one of my 6.8 SPC rifles. I have a Pulsar N750 on one of them now, no suppressor. Unfortunately, I don't see a time when I will be able to afford to go the thermal/suppressor route.


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#6459075 - 09/19/16 04:23 PM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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Cheapest thermal monocular I could afford

Anything over 5.56 and 300 bo for a rifle

At least 500 rounds of ammo

Top it with a digital scope and aftermarket IR

That's 2-3k , more like 3k with the ammo stock
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#6459332 - 09/19/16 06:55 PM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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Your budget doesn't even cover the scope I would want to put on my ideal rig.

I currently run a Thor 336 3x, and ideally would step up to something in the 640 range which is a bit more clarity, usually comes with more mag, and just a better picture. Love my scope though, so not planning on upgrading anytime soon.

For a gun, I would stick with something semi auto in or above 5.56 and would go with rifle length free floated stainless barrel with a Gisselle SSA-E trigger, probably want to coat the whole thing to keep
It weather and scratch resistant. I really love my apex gator grip hand guard so would want something like that, and a nice adjustable stock. I am Not picky roflmao and could most likely get the gun within budget.

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#6459342 - 09/19/16 06:59 PM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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Texas buckeye, I know I could spend a whole lot more and looking at some scopes like an armalite I could get a really good setup for 5x my budget but we all have to start somewhere. If my girlfriend breaks up with me though then we could look at something more...lol
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#6459356 - 09/19/16 07:06 PM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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In my mind, bare budget for thermal scope is 3k, and that's for the basic, not ideal.

Now if you are asking what is the best you can get for 2-3k in a hog rig, that's a different story.
I would drop the thermal scope and go digital nv and get a thermal spotter. Much more utility for a spotter than the scope, initially, but a basic spotter is gonna set you back another 2-3k. It's a money pit!! But a fun money pit!!

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#6459583 - 09/19/16 08:55 PM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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I run a Sightmark Photon 4.6 on a .300 BO shot barrel, Gemtech HVT QD suppressor and a Bushnell Digital NV monocular. I know Digital NV pales in comparison to thermal technology, but for my price point this setup works exceptionally well. I shopped around and have roughly 1,500.00 in my entire setup excluding the $200.00 tax stamp.

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#6459637 - 09/19/16 09:20 PM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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Originally Posted By: jsplinter
If my girlfriend breaks up with me though then we could look at something more...lol

So you let her drive?! And you're not married?!

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#6459643 - 09/19/16 09:25 PM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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Ha, I am surprised it took this long to get a comment about that. We might as well be married. Our priority is supposed to be saving to build On the land we bought, but I always have new hunting stuff come up. She got a new elite bow this year though so I need a new gun
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#6459936 - 09/20/16 08:18 AM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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At least you found one that like to hunt. Mine rather spend all my money at the mall.

I built my 6.8 for roughly a $1k catching sells over time. should be able to sub any barrel for roughly that same price.
added a photon xt and IR light for under $600
and a suppressor on the the way for $1,200 including the stamp..

that's under the $3k

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#6459941 - 09/20/16 08:22 AM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Originally Posted By: bigjoe8565
I run a Sightmark Photon 4.6 on a .300 BO shot barrel, Gemtech HVT QD suppressor and a Bushnell Digital NV monocular. I know Digital NV pales in comparison to thermal technology, but for my price point this setup works exceptionally well. I shopped around and have roughly 1,500.00 in my entire setup excluding the $200.00 tax stamp.


How in the world did you manage to stay under $1,500?
Photon $450
Gemtech $750
thats already $1,200.

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#6460125 - 09/20/16 10:50 AM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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For my 6.8 I bought parts as they went on sale. I spared no expense and put nice stuff (ARP Barrel, ARP Super Bolt NiB Coated, SSA-E Trigger, Fail Zero BCG with all parts coated, etc.) in it. The gun and night vision setup which is a Photon XT with a Burris PEPR QD Mount, Evolva T38 IR FLashlight and mount and then an Ultimate Nightvision DVR I have $2300 in it. I'd like to get a suppressor at some point, but where we hunt we don't have many open fields so 1 shot is probably the most you can get before they run off into some thick stuff. It would be convenient, but just not a necessity at this point in life. Thermal would also be great, but then we're talking a minimum of $3500 just for that. I can't justify it right now when my setup gets me in the woods and pigs on the ground.

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#6460179 - 09/20/16 11:12 AM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: bornforit]
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Originally Posted By: bornforit
Originally Posted By: bigjoe8565
I run a Sightmark Photon 4.6 on a .300 BO shot barrel, Gemtech HVT QD suppressor and a Bushnell Digital NV monocular. I know Digital NV pales in comparison to thermal technology, but for my price point this setup works exceptionally well. I shopped around and have roughly 1,500.00 in my entire setup excluding the $200.00 tax stamp.


How in the world did you manage to stay under $1,500?
Photon $450
Gemtech $750
thats already $1,200.


-Purchased A Sightmark 3.5 from a board member for 375.00 and the unit had an issue after a year of use. Sightmark upgraded me to the 4.6 at no additional cost.
-Picked the Gemtech brand new for $475.00 which included the QD attachment
-PSA Blem Lower 139.00
-Radical Firearms 300 BO upper 199.00
-Nickle Boron BCG $119.00
- Bushnell Equinox NV monocular $239.00
$1546.00 excluding tax stamps.

I got lucky on a couple of the purchases.




Edited by bigjoe8565 (09/20/16 11:58 AM)

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#6460229 - 09/20/16 11:34 AM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
Dalep Offline
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idk enough yet to pick an ideal set up but im learning a lot about how to shop around in this thread smile

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#6460240 - 09/20/16 11:39 AM Re: What is your ideal setup [Re: jsplinter]
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http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth...sup#Post5977604

Just a link to dispel the myth that a suppressor will allow more than one shot at a sounder of pigs. All the suppressor does is get the weapon to within ear healthy levels of noise, it does not silence the weapon so follow up shots are possible. With the noise levels still seen in these weapon systems, a sounder is going to bolt the same they would with a non-suppressed weapon.

Posting this in response to what Cooga said above, most of the time its one shot and firing at runners anyway man...


Edited by Texas buckeye (09/20/16 11:44 AM)

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