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#7087450 - 02/21/18 10:59 AM Sighting your thermal idea
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When I first got my thermal scope (Pulsar XD50a), I was using those small chemical hand warmers to assist in sighting. I discovered an easier and more effective method which I thought might be helpful. I cut the bottom off an aluminum soda can and staple it to the bullseye of my target. Because the aluminum dissipates heat rapidly it shows up as a clear black spot (assuming white=hot selected) on the scope. The image is much clearer than the hand warmers which tend to "bloom" and become fuzzy.

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#7087472 - 02/21/18 11:12 AM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
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Yes, most things metal will work. We use a large washer. It's about 2" wide, with a 1/2" to 3/4" hole in the middle. We have several rifles that will center punch the hole and not touch the washer!
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#7087477 - 02/21/18 11:15 AM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
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cold bottle of water works too,
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#7087520 - 02/21/18 11:38 AM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
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Ziplock bag and an ice cube
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#7087770 - 02/21/18 02:51 PM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
Dien Offline
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My old IRD Mkii and Armasight 336 could see a certain yellow target with black circles at 50 easy. When at 100 I used a hand warmer.

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#7088159 - 02/21/18 07:26 PM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
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Aluminum foil as well

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#7088267 - 02/21/18 08:53 PM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
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Two frozen bottles of water. One vertical and the other horizontal.
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#7088351 - 02/21/18 10:22 PM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
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That seems like an awfully large target.

I like small chemical handwarmers and small pieces of aluminum foil as fr3db3ar suggests. The nice thing about the aluminum foil is that you can cut it to whatever size you like, making for a very precise target.
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#7088358 - 02/21/18 10:39 PM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Yes, most things metal will work. We use a large washer. It's about 2" wide, with a 1/2" to 3/4" hole in the middle. We have several rifles that will center punch the hole and not touch the washer!


You definitely shoot better than I do!
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#7088918 - 02/22/18 01:05 PM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Yes, most things metal will work. We use a large washer. It's about 2" wide, with a 1/2" to 3/4" hole in the middle. We have several rifles that will center punch the hole and not touch the washer!


You definitely shoot better than I do!


My buddies 6.8 and his new 308 Win shooting the new 125 SST loads work very well. A 125 SST out of a 20" AR-10 308 is pure awesomeness!
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#7090116 - 02/23/18 10:35 AM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
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Some of the ranges I go to don't allow the hand warmers due to the internal particles getting sucked up into the AC unit. The aluminum can works great, also aluminum tape works well too. I have also duct taped a spent casing after it was fired a the heat hold pretty long. Just when you hit it, the casing blows through the target.
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#7092538 - 02/25/18 12:29 PM Re: Sighting your thermal idea [Re: Freeman]
mow Offline
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dont know anything about sighting in thermal units..or nighttime scopes..but from what ive read in the last couple of days..the electronics in these thing makes it very easy to sight in..going to buy one in a couple of weeks

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