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FLIR PTS536 comfortable range #7774336 03/16/20 11:26 PM
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I have been hunting hogs and coyotes with a FLIR PTS536 for over a year. Most of my coyote hunts end up with 60 to 100 yard shots. The 536 images are great at those distances. Most of the time I realize the dogs were closer than I thought when I walk out to find them.

Hunting hogs at night I have a hard time judging the distance to target. I have killed several that I later figure out were 100 to 150 yards. Do you guys using thermal simply rely on how good the crosshair looks on the image to decide to shoot or not. I think with the FLIR on 2X ( the first magnification increase) I would be comfortable shooting a hog at 200. What are your thoughts.

I did set up a 200 target in daylight and using 5" square aluminum foil could easily group within that shooting from a bench.

Do you thermal users experience range and hog size judgement issues? I just pick out the largest relative to others but it is hard to actually tell if it is very big.

Re: FLIR PTS536 comfortable range [Re: Ramhorn] #7774367 03/16/20 11:54 PM
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My rifle always looks for the largest, not matter what I try to get it to do... My farthest shot so far with a thermal is 135 yards (via rangefinder) and he was a one-shot drop. I've done the carnival shoot with a whole bunch of shots at 40 as well.

I'd say I have a distance limit (200 yds) I wouldn't exceed... how close? I try to get as close as I can based on moonlight and any noise (pump jack for example) around me then let her rip. 50yds is a fun distance, have walked up as close as 15-20. Was sitting with a bud in my Pioneer a few weeks ago running the caller, boar walked right up to us from the side. He tried to leave. :-)

We walked up on a sounder with some new night shooters a couple weeks ago with me leading with a helmet mounted monocular. Kept thinking we were still too far out for new guys and after noticing them getting antsy, I had 'em light things up. It was a large sounder of 30 hogs or so, but turned out they weren't far away, they were just little. Never seen one like that I bet didn't have a hog over 100lbs.

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Re: FLIR PTS536 comfortable range [Re: Ramhorn] #7774527 03/17/20 02:00 AM
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I have a 536 and have taken quite a few animals with it so far. I have a smaller place and have box blinds set up in 2 of my fields. In one field most shots are 100-180 yards to feeders but this sow was with a group a couple of weeks ago that were skirting the edge of the field and not coming in. I popped her at close to 200 yards.
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The other field has feeders at 80, 100, 180 and 220 yards and I’ve taken hogs at all of them. I tend to forget about the zoom feature and take most of my shots on 4x. This boar was Saturday night at 150 yards.
The coyote was at 80 yards.
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I chose the 536 after much discussion regarding the type of hunting I normally do (stand vs spot and stalk), but I have had some luck stalking too. It helps that I know the distances well based on familiarity, but the 536 is good at most distances I can encounter on my place. As the weather gets hotter, I move to shooting them off the front porch and those feeders are 200 and 300 yards and I’ve killed several at the 300 with the FLIR. It’s a great scope. The more you see through it, the better you’ll get with guesstimating.


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TX_LT230FH,

300 with the FLIR is impressive and gives me confidence that the FLIR is up to the job. I do get pretty darn good images at distance with it and easily ID yotes from doe from pigs. I just did not know if holdover was true to image at that distance.

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Originally Posted by Ramhorn
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300 with the FLIR is impressive and gives me confidence that the FLIR is up to the job. I do get pretty darn good images at distance with it and easily ID yotes from doe from pigs. I just did not know if holdover was true to image at that distance.


Mine is on a 6.8 SPC Daniel Defense and I’m shooting Hornady factory 120SST loads. I have or sighted in 1.5” high at 100 and hold at the top of the shoulder at 300 and it’s good.


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