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Photon XT 4.6x vs Photon XT 6.5x #7143380
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I have enough cabelas points to buy a 4.6, but would have to put some extra $ into it if I got the 6.5x. Does anyone have some experience with the two? Any advice on which one to get?...Or advice on not getting either?

I plan on using it on either my .223 or .300 BLK for pigs and coyotes.


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Iíve owned both, if you hunt over wide open fields get the 6.5x

Otherwise with the calibers your hunting if your hunting 75 yards and in with brush and trees in the equation get the 4.6x

For the price Cabelas is running right now you canít go wrong with either choice but definitely the 350.00 plus tax on the 4.6x is appealing.

You want to add a decent T30 IR light regardless of the scope choice


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Re: Photon XT 4.6x vs Photon XT 6.5x [Re: unclebubba] #7143406
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I'll be hunting both open fields and thick woods. I assume that the 4.6 would work in open fields as long as in keep the distance to a min? Can you see 200 yards with the 4.6?


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I've been playing with a 4.6 lately, and have nailed a couple hogs out to about 130 yds with no problem. I think adding some more IR to it would help some with the distances. Basically, I am enjoying using it and it works very good.

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If woods with shooting lanes that are narrow and long are part of the equation you want the 4.6

200 yards wonít easy - lack of enough focused IR at that distance plus a large reticle pip with the calibers you mention not even talking about environmental and animal conditions ...

4.6 is more versatile if you hunt mixed - bottom line


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Re: Photon XT 4.6x vs Photon XT 6.5x [Re: unclebubba] #7143523
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Have not used the 6.5, have the 4.6 on a 300blk with external ir and it works well. Most of the shooting I have done is open fields or feeders 125 yds and under. Probably not a big deal or difference between the two - but it is not uncommon for pigs to run at you when the shooting starts, lower magnification equals wider field of view and makes it easier to pick them up on the run.

I can pick pigs out in a field at 200 yds plus, biggest problems I have is judging distance at night and target ID. Can be challenging with the Photon and I'm guessing all digital nv. I'll be honest, have mistaken steers or calves standing behind terraces or swells in the ground at a distance which can make them look like short legged pigs.

Never shot one obviously, I like to get close enough to hear the suckers oink before pulling the trigger. Little extra magnification might help with that though.


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Re: Photon XT 4.6x vs Photon XT 6.5x [Re: unclebubba] #7143530
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Nah 6.5x is dicey on ID as well, you gotta remember the near eye display on these digi-scopes arenít high res and there is a lot of noise in the image due to refraction of IR light

I hunted a 6.5x Photon XT for 2 years on 308 and 270 and Grendel

Took maybe one 200 yard shot in all that time - they just arenít high probability shots

The 6.5x best characteristic is between 75 - 150 yards it makes those shots with ease versus the 4.6x (not in wooded areas)


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Weíre coming up on the time of year where fields have tall oats or wheat

Here is an example of pigs at 150 yards +

Versus the final shot on two at 100 yards.

6.5x photon

Couldnít get a clear / steady / clean shot on pigs at 150 yards AND there are cows on that field to factor into t he mix...



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Went online to get the 4.6 this morning for $349. Discontinued, and now out of stock.


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The 6.5 is out of stock now too. Ugh.


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Originally Posted By: unclebubba
The 6.5 is out of stock now too. Ugh.


There are two 6.5x for sale in the THF classifieds for 350 w rings...

Youíre welcome


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Originally Posted By: Pig_Popper
Originally Posted By: unclebubba
The 6.5 is out of stock now too. Ugh.


There are two 6.5x for sale in the THF classifieds for 350 w rings...

Youíre welcome


Unless the classifieds sellers take Cabelas points he's still looking...


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The 6.5 is out of stock now too. Ugh.


There are two 6.5x for sale in the THF classifieds for 350 w rings...

Youíre welcome


Unless the classifieds sellers take Cabelas points he's still looking...


Or he can change his mind and buy it outright ...


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With recent expenditures, Cabela's points are the only way I'm getting night vision this year. ATN is out of the running due to their poor reputation for customer service, so I wait...


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Stopped by Cabelas today, and even though they didn't show it in stock, they just so happened to have one on the shelf! Used my points and now have a photon XT 4.6x. I'm a little giddy. banana


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Nice!!!


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I run the 4.6 and itís plenty of magnification. With good moonlight and/or IR with zoom you can identify and shoot at 200. That said I never took shots that far because itís easier to do follow up shots on additional hogs when youíre close. The 6.5 seems like it would really narrow your field of view.

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Congrats. Night vision is a game changer and hunting pigs at night isa whole lot of fun.


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