texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
lesterdaybucks, sage3155, CWP70, Sooner0233, Reick10
65508 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 93,688
bill oxner 55,792
stxranchman 54,838
SnakeWrangler 46,311
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,430
BMD 41,029
Big Orn 37,484
txshntr 35,567
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics434,115
Posts6,301,269
Members65,507
Most Online16,728
Mar 25th, 2012
Print Thread
Best thermal scope for the money? #5551355 01/19/15 02:44 PM
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 8
R
Randal Offline OP
Green Horn
OP Offline
Green Horn
R
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 8
Looking to get a thermal scope for hogs and coyotes, what the best bang for your buck?? Willing to spend around 5-6k but don't have to spend that much..

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5551607 01/19/15 04:23 PM
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 837
stxhunter Offline
Tracker
Offline
Tracker
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 837
I would wait till Pulsar officially comes out with their new line of thermal scopes. Their price range will be in the $3-4k range and will be TOUGH to beat for that price. Look into the XD38A and possibly the XD50A.

If you want something NOW and don't mind spending a little more look at the ATN Thor 336 or the THOR 640 which is arguably providing some of the best performance on the market.

Another option that would be cheaper than your budget. Look at getting the Pulsar HD19A handheld unit for scanning and one of the digisights also from Pulsar. This combo will run you a little more than $3k but you would have the best of both worlds.

Last edited by stxhunter; 01/19/15 05:23 PM.



www.bigpiglights.com
Specializing in Hog Hunting and Night Vision Equipment
(956)793-0904
Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5551776 01/19/15 05:30 PM
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 199
E
elkaholic Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
E
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 199
I use a Pulsar HD38 for scanning and a digisight for taking the shot, just like the above post suggested. It works great. I did have the opportuity to play with the new Pulsar Thermal Scope this weekend at the Dallas Safari Club show. The rep there acted like it would be not much more than $3000. I cannot wait until it is available in the next coulple months. Since I got my handheld thermal last year, the digisight is just not the same for night time hunting... I am a bit spoiled with the handheld thermal and cannot wait to get a thermal scope.


Take your kids hunting and you won't have to go hunting for your kids

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5556062 01/21/15 07:20 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 5,318
P
Pittstate Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
P
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 5,318
I hope you are right about the Pulsar, but I don't know how they are coming out with a thermal scope for $3k when their handhelds are $3 to $5k.

I have a thermal scope and thermal handheld, but my X-sight is probably good enough to shoot with as long as I am using the handheld thermal to scan and find them. They both have about the same effective range (where you can see pigs in the dark), but the X-Sight can zoom in a little better.

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5556154 01/21/15 08:15 PM
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 837
stxhunter Offline
Tracker
Offline
Tracker
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 837
You can see the Pulsar apex XD38A here done by Bearclaw: http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/5240609/Pulsar_Apex_Thermal_Weapon_Sig .

I haven't gotten any in yet, but they should be shipping soon




www.bigpiglights.com
Specializing in Hog Hunting and Night Vision Equipment
(956)793-0904
Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5556919 01/22/15 02:43 AM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,399
dfwroadkill Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,399
The Pulsar that is going to be just under 3 grand is a 1X scope. Hogs look like BB's at 50 yards...

The ATN 336 line has sold very well and I would consider the new IR Defense scopes. They are really coming on. Don't care for the FLIR RS series....most are not manual focus. The Aramasight Zeus is a good scope also.

Last edited by dfwroadkill; 01/22/15 02:49 AM.
Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5557540 01/22/15 02:13 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 15,425
C
ChadTRG42 Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
C
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 15,425
The FLIR RS 32 in either the 1-5 or 2-9 is awesome. I run the 1-5, and like it a lot. For the extra few hundred dollars, I'd recommend the 2-9 with the bigger lens.



Custom and Precision Ammunition!!
www.DallasReloads.com
Type 01 and Type 06 FFL
Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5557705 01/22/15 03:19 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 4,263
C
ccoker Offline
Extreme Tracker
Offline
Extreme Tracker
C
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 4,263
Armasight is introducing new thermals at SHOT


www.TacticalGunReview.com
www.TexasOutDoorsnetwork.com

Need IT help?
www.weavertech.us

Disclosure statement
Affiliated with Silencer Shop, Steiner Optics,Trijicon and Wilson Combat. Dealer for Steiner, Flir and Pulsar.

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: ccoker] #5557766 01/22/15 03:44 PM
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,068
Bearclaw Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,068
Originally Posted By: ccoker
Armasight is introducing new thermals at SHOT


Everyone is introducing new thermals at SHOT grin

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: elkaholic] #5557769 01/22/15 03:45 PM
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,068
Bearclaw Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,068
Originally Posted by elkaholic
I use a Pulsar HD38 for scanning and a digisight for taking the shot, just like the above post suggested. It works great. I did have the opportuity to play with the new Pulsar Thermal Scope this weekend at the Dallas Safari Club show. The rep there acted like it would be not much more than $3000. I cannot wait until it is available in the next coulple months. Since I got my handheld thermal last year, the digisight is just not the same for night time hunting... I am a bit spoiled with the handheld thermal and cannot wait to get a thermal scope.


Here is a video I took from an HD38A mounted to a Golight

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: dfwroadkill] #5558091 01/22/15 06:09 PM
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 837
stxhunter Offline
Tracker
Offline
Tracker
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 837
Originally Posted By: dfwroadkill
The Pulsar that is going to be just under 3 grand is a 1X scope.



Really? I thought the XD38A was going to be 1.45-2.9x and the XD50A was 1.9-3.8X. Anyone confirm wether it's 1x or variable?

Last edited by stxhunter; 01/22/15 06:12 PM.



www.bigpiglights.com
Specializing in Hog Hunting and Night Vision Equipment
(956)793-0904
Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5558154 01/22/15 06:34 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,399
dfwroadkill Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,399
As with all these companies, something could have changed, but that is what the first word was on it. It was also supposed o be here by now.

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: stxhunter] #5558182 01/22/15 06:50 PM
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 2,972
HuntTXhogs Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 2,972
Originally Posted By: stxhunter
Originally Posted By: dfwroadkill
The Pulsar that is going to be just under 3 grand is a 1X scope.



Really? I thought the XD38A was going to be 1.45-2.9x and the XD50A was 1.9-3.8X. Anyone confirm wether it's 1x or variable?


Apex scopes are fixed magnification with digital zoom, manual focus adjustment

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5558212 01/22/15 07:08 PM
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 837
stxhunter Offline
Tracker
Offline
Tracker
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 837
I guess it was the digital zoom that I was seeing reported as "zoom"




www.bigpiglights.com
Specializing in Hog Hunting and Night Vision Equipment
(956)793-0904
Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: stxhunter] #5558221 01/22/15 07:11 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,399
dfwroadkill Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,399
Originally Posted By: stxhunter
I guess it was the digital zoom that I was seeing reported as "zoom"


It changed for both of us... up

...and I still haven't heard that they are bringing the 50 here... confused2

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5559183 01/23/15 02:40 AM
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 259
S
SachalATN Offline
Bird Dog
Offline
Bird Dog
S
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 259
All,
Check out the new pricing on ATN thermals.
We are back to being very competitive and the best bang for the money.

640 THORs for as low as $5495?


ATN Corporation, USA
The Future of Optics
www.atncorp.com



Please note: I do not read private messages here.
Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: stxhunter] #5560163 01/23/15 04:56 PM
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,068
Bearclaw Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,068
Originally Posted By: stxhunter
Originally Posted By: dfwroadkill
The Pulsar that is going to be just under 3 grand is a 1X scope.



Really? I thought the XD38A was going to be 1.45-2.9x and the XD50A was 1.9-3.8X. Anyone confirm wether it's 1x or variable?


They will have the 38 and 50 in the states. Not sure if they will be A models or not. The 38 is a 1.45 or 1.5 depending on the display and the 50 is a 1.9 or 2x depending on the display. All of the units have a 2x digital zoom so just x2 the listed optical magnification. I looked through both at SHOT yesterday and they are nice. I would go with the 50. With the 388 core and 2x optical mag a 200 yard night shot is no problemo!

Re: Best thermal scope for the money? [Re: Randal] #5560173 01/23/15 04:58 PM
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,068
Bearclaw Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,068
Originally Posted By: Randal
Looking to get a thermal scope for hogs and coyotes, what the best bang for your buck?? Willing to spend around 5-6k but don't have to spend that much..


At this point the ThOR 336 is still the best value under 5K in my opinion, and it's in stock.
If you are going to wait for the next big thing there is always a next big thing and you will never end up getting anything.
My advice is to find somewhere you can try a unit in the field and on your gun to make sure it fits your bill.

Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3