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#7112768 - 03/15/18 08:43 PM Thermal
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Whats the best bang for your buck on a thermal scope or monocular?
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#7112779 - 03/15/18 08:47 PM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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In my opinion Pulsar Apex XQ50
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#7112789 - 03/15/18 08:56 PM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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For hog hunting, in my opinion the Pulsar Apex XQ38. If you are looking for video recording and all the whizz bangs, I think the best bang for the buck is the Pulsar Trail XQ38.

If you are in the midwest or farm country and hunting coyotes, the XQ50 is a great option and a bargain as well. But for most of us in the South and hunting hogs, it's just too narrow of a field of view for many of our tastes. That's not an absolute but it's the majority report.

At the end of the day the Apexes provide a huge bang for your buck.

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#7113471 - 03/16/18 01:54 PM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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Some of the new Pulsar scopes aren't holding zero but not all models are affected. But yes Pulsar best for the money. Not for me though as I don't want to question my gear when I'm out in the field.

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#7113554 - 03/16/18 03:05 PM Re: Thermal [Re: Dien]
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Originally Posted By: Dien
Some of the new Pulsar scopes aren't holding zero but not all models are affected. But yes Pulsar best for the money. Not for me though as I don't want to question my gear when I'm out in the field.


Yep, it is true that a few of the Pulsar Trails were having POI shift issues related to temperature change. However, Pulsar released a firmware fix for the issue earlier this week, so hopefully that problem is solved. Also, it's worth noting, I've sold a whole lot of Trails and I've yet to have a single customer tell me they've had any POI shift issues with their units. I've been using an XP50 as one of my main thermals since they were released and thankfully I never had an issue either. I'm just glad it was something they were able to identify and fix.

And those problems did not affect any other Pulsar scopes models, including the Apexes.
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#7113661 - 03/16/18 04:32 PM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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Why the XQ38? Genuine question here although it's probably too late for me.

I just picked up a FLIR Breach and PTS233 today, so I'm curious for the rationale.

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#7113745 - 03/16/18 06:09 PM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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Tnvc?

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#7113790 - 03/16/18 06:40 PM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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Whatever model you think you want. Save up money for another 6 months and get the next model up. Thermals are a great investment. Don’t settle.
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#7114172 - 03/17/18 08:29 AM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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Originally Posted By: bow5
Whats the best bang for your buck on a thermal scope or monocular?


The one I recommended to you in your other thread is the minimum starting point for thermal that you would be happy hunting with out to 100-150 yards and no recording or zoom capabilities.

I have an Apex XQ50. That would cost about 900.00 more. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. The best way to go if your going to hunt thermal regularly at night, is a scoped rifle along with a hand held monocular. It gets tiring pretty quickly trying to scan terrain with a scoped rifle.

You can get a nice Pulsar hand held that will scan out to 875 yards right now for 1700.00. I have two scoped rifles with Apexes and 2 hand held monoculars. If you have a place to hunt PM me and we can arrange an outing for a test drive. WARNING! Once you try this setup it can be as addicting as crack cocaine, Lol!
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#7114461 - 03/17/18 02:43 PM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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Originally Posted By: bow5
Whats the best bang for your buck on a thermal scope or monocular?


Pulsar APEX XQ50 as Sapper Titan said. It has good magnification to hunt at longer distances or smaller game with a better image than the XQ38 as the picture and magnification really are worth the small amount of extra money for the difference.
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#7114494 - 03/17/18 03:22 PM Re: Thermal [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Originally Posted By: Midwaytmm
Tnvc?


If you’re asking me, then yes.

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#7115842 - 03/19/18 04:12 AM Re: Thermal [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Originally Posted By: bow5
Whats the best bang for your buck on a thermal scope or monocular?


The one I recommended to you in your other thread is the minimum starting point for thermal that you would be happy hunting with out to 100-150 yards and no recording or zoom capabilities.

I have an Apex XQ50. That would cost about 900.00 more. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. The best way to go if your going to hunt thermal regularly at night, is a scoped rifle along with a hand held monocular. It gets tiring pretty quickly trying to scan terrain with a scoped rifle.

You can get a nice Pulsar hand held that will scan out to 875 yards right now for 1700.00. I have two scoped rifles with Apexes and 2 hand held monoculars. If you have a place to hunt PM me and we can arrange an outing for a test drive. WARNING! Once you try this setup it can be as addicting as crack cocaine, Lol!


sincere question..how would you get a shot off at night with mono thermal and a regular scoped rifle..by stalking..the only time ive hunted hogs at night was while spotlighting on private land..my way of thinknig if i was to spend that kind of money i wouldnt want the educate the hogs as i was spotlighting ..again i apologize for the naiveity..lol


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#7115953 - 03/19/18 07:56 AM Re: Thermal [Re: mow]
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Originally Posted By: mow
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Originally Posted By: bow5
Whats the best bang for your buck on a thermal scope or monocular?


The one I recommended to you in your other thread is the minimum starting point for thermal that you would be happy hunting with out to 100-150 yards and no recording or zoom capabilities.

I have an Apex XQ50. That would cost about 900.00 more. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. The best way to go if your going to hunt thermal regularly at night, is a scoped rifle along with a hand held monocular. It gets tiring pretty quickly trying to scan terrain with a scoped rifle.

You can get a nice Pulsar hand held that will scan out to 875 yards right now for 1700.00. I have two scoped rifles with Apexes and 2 hand held monoculars. If you have a place to hunt PM me and we can arrange an outing for a test drive. WARNING! Once you try this setup it can be as addicting as crack cocaine, Lol!


sincere question..how would you get a shot off at night with mono thermal and a regular scoped rifle..by stalking..the only time ive hunted hogs at night was while spotlighting on private land..my way of thinknig if i was to spend that kind of money i wouldnt want the educate the hogs as i was spotlighting ..again i apologize for the naiveity..lol


I was referring to a thermal scoped rifle.
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#7116040 - 03/19/18 09:04 AM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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oops,sorry

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#7116122 - 03/19/18 10:28 AM Re: Thermal [Re: bow5]
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To the guy with the breach, how do you like it? Got to use one a little bit. Not enough though. And wasn’t in field, for extended time

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