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#7069405 - 02/07/18 10:11 AM Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233
HansETX Offline
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Registered: 07/12/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Ben Wheeler, TX
I've been using the new Flir Thermosight Pro PTS233 for the last 3 weeks now. Last week I posted a functionality review on the Optics forum. In this video you'll get to see 3 different hog hunts with it and get to see it in action. Next week I'll post more. Some of you have asked about this scope because it's been pretty popular, mostly because of the price point. Please let me know if you have any questions about the scope. In the video, I have the scope mounted on a 223 using 62 grain ammo. There has been some feedback on how it performs on a .308 and I'm working on that..

Also, I posted a video 2 weeks ago of hog damage in my front yard. I haven't caught any hogs in my yard since, but all of the hogs taken in this video were dropped less than a hundred yards from my front door. I'm very sure that these are from the same group that wrecked my yard...

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#7069425 - 02/07/18 10:25 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
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Great video! Hans, we have to get you shooting a bigger round than a 223!!
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#7069444 - 02/07/18 10:41 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
Retired Sgt. Gilliam Offline
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Nice
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#7069465 - 02/07/18 10:58 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
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Registered: 05/18/11
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Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Good job, but man I thought your days of .223 hunting were over!
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#7069466 - 02/07/18 11:00 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: ChadTRG42]
HansETX Offline
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Great video! Hans, we have to get you shooting a bigger round than a 223!!


haha.. I hear ya. I'm hunting with a .308 now but tested the PTS233 on my 223. I love my .308 though..
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#7069469 - 02/07/18 11:01 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: Double Naught Spy]
HansETX Offline
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Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Good job, but man I thought your days of .223 hunting were over!


Well... they are... kind of.. lol. I mainly hunt with my .308 but tested the PTS233 on my 223..
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#7069473 - 02/07/18 11:01 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
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Originally Posted By: Retired Sgt. Gilliam
Nice


Thanks Bud..
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#7069479 - 02/07/18 11:04 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
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Originally Posted By: HansETX
Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Great video! Hans, we have to get you shooting a bigger round than a 223!!


haha.. I hear ya. I'm hunting with a .308 now but tested the PTS233 on my 223. I love my .308 though..


Yes! I saw you dump several rounds into the pig and laughed, and said "He's shooting that 223 again!!" And taking body/shoulder shots with it. I hear ya, I shot a few things with a 223, then went to the 300 blk out. There's a noticeable difference in power factor with a blk out. I know some people don't like the caliber, but it's much better than a 223 for basic hunting.
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#7069511 - 02/07/18 11:21 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
Double Naught Spy Offline
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Originally Posted By: HansETX
Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Great video! Hans, we have to get you shooting a bigger round than a 223!!


haha.. I hear ya. I'm hunting with a .308 now but tested the PTS233 on my 223. I love my .308 though..


No, I am pretty sure you were hunting with .223 - said so right in the video. roflmao
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#7069544 - 02/07/18 11:40 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: Double Naught Spy]
HansETX Offline
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Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Originally Posted By: HansETX
Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Great video! Hans, we have to get you shooting a bigger round than a 223!!


haha.. I hear ya. I'm hunting with a .308 now but tested the PTS233 on my 223. I love my .308 though..


No, I am pretty sure you were hunting with .223 - said so right in the video. roflmao


haha.. I hear ya.. yeah I'm guess I'm hunting with both. Mostly the .308 but for all of the PTS233 videos, I had it on my 223..
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#7069552 - 02/07/18 11:41 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: ChadTRG42]
HansETX Offline
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Originally Posted By: HansETX
Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Great video! Hans, we have to get you shooting a bigger round than a 223!!


haha.. I hear ya. I'm hunting with a .308 now but tested the PTS233 on my 223. I love my .308 though..


Yes! I saw you dump several rounds into the pig and laughed, and said "He's shooting that 223 again!!" And taking body/shoulder shots with it. I hear ya, I shot a few things with a 223, then went to the 300 blk out. There's a noticeable difference in power factor with a blk out. I know some people don't like the caliber, but it's much better than a 223 for basic hunting.


lol!! you caught me using the 223 again... Don't get me wrong I love my .308 but I hate carrying that thing around..
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#7069577 - 02/07/18 11:58 AM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
Texas buckeye Offline
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Registered: 11/22/11
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Nice video and I do hope those boogers were the ones tearing up your yard!

Your video shows exactly how the .223/5/56 can be an effective round, but with proper shot placement. Hog one you shot like you were shooting your .308, back into the body/chest. It ran, although squirting blood and it did drop but after several more rounds.

Second hog showed perfect shot placement, right behind the ear in the thick of the neck. Dropped right there.

Third hog you hit shoulder and he jumped around and you finally got him after several more.

On all three of those, you could have dropped them on the spot with one shot had you gone for placement as in second hog. You still got them, so no big deal, but just refuting the notion you need more than a .223/5.56 for hogs.

Also, I don't know your surrounding like you do, but I would have been blasting at those hogs as they ran though the trees when you dropped the second hog. Nasty vermin need to perish clap


And just so I am clear, I am not knocking you or your videos, I am just pointing out that your video very clearly shows how .223 CAN be an effective round. Are there better, sure there are! But for those that don't handload or don't want to lug around a heavier weapon, the .223/5.56 is a good little round and effective with proper shot placement.

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#7069591 - 02/07/18 12:12 PM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
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Loc: Mineola,TX
Great video
Liking the flir for that price with recording
Do you Have a suppressor coming ?
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#7069633 - 02/07/18 12:52 PM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/08
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Loc: Mesquite, Tx
Nicely done. I mounted my FLIR 233 last night and going to sight it in Thursday. Can't wait to take it into the field.

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#7069820 - 02/07/18 04:00 PM Re: Hog Drops With The Brand New Flir PTS233 [Re: HansETX]
der Teufel Offline
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Registered: 11/16/11
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Loc: Central Texas
Good video.

I like carrying a .223 around 'cuz it's lightweight, but when I get down to shooting I like my .308!
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