Well I finally treated myself to a top tier thermal optic - these scopes have been available for years and I’ve been saving my pennies and recently let go of some nice equipment in the classifieds to get to this point.
I was hoping some new tech would be available in 2020 but I suppose we are sort of hitting a ceiling with respects to what can be squeezed out of 12 and 17 micron systems in civilian optics.
Anyways - - -
Zeroing went off without a hitch, used a 1 1/2 inch foil square at 25 and 100 yards to dial it in, wasn’t to far off center on a 308 AR.
Decided to start on 308 win which is the top recoil rating for the scope - I want to see how it handles the recoil right out of the gates before giving it a run on Grendels / ARC / 22 cals. So far no issues with performance.
Sort of got blindsided by external battery kits - I’m so used to hooking into the video/accessory port and being up and running - well after 10 mins of trying to get my anker battery to power up through the USB connection going into the IR Hunters video port I called tech support - (DoubleNaughtSpy). He didn’t razz me too bad but essentially “You can’t do that” was the answer. Hours of research and 200 more dollars later I got squared away with a TNVC TRB Kit. Works fine so far other than one gripe that the scope and the battery power level of the TRB kit don’t sync up - oh well....
Went on a couple hunts last week and the hogs no showed me.
It was difficult watching the rain for the next few days knowing I had the new scope on the rifle ready to go ....
DNS was generous and offered to have me tag along last night and I finally scratched a long time itch of killing some hogs with my very own IR Hunter - have a look !