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Thermal Zero at 50 or 100? #8117837 01/06/21 07:15 PM
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For those that hunt regularly with a Thermal for hogs, do you zero the scope at 50 or 100 yards? I can see the benefit of zeroing at 50 as it would be a bit high at 100 to mitigate slight range estimation errors but not sure what the experienced folks do.


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Re: Thermal Zero at 50 or 100? [Re: Big Fitz] #8118233 01/06/21 11:41 PM
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I zero all my night vision and thermal at 100.

But differently from my scoped hunting rifles that I usually zero 1" high at 100 yards, I zero my night rifles dead on at 100.

I'm sure different people do different things, but that's my way.

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At what distance are you normally shoot hog? If you are normally shooting them at 50 yards, having a 100 yard zero would not make much sense...and vice versa. You should not have to compensate for your most common shots.

I also zero at 100 yards because most of my shots are 75-150 yards.


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Re: Thermal Zero at 50 or 100? [Re: Big Fitz] #8118570 01/07/21 04:04 AM
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50 yards for me. A lot of my shots are 50-200 yards, the 50 yard zero pretty well covers me with my 223 or 243 with very little error in adjustment.


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Re: Thermal Zero at 50 or 100? [Re: Big Fitz] #8118635 01/07/21 04:48 AM
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50 yard zero with a scope 2.5-3.0" above bore axis puts a bullet no more or less than 1.5" of line of sight out to 200 or so with any load over 2500 fps. Even a super sonic .300 BO load (110 gr @ 2350 fps, scope 2.5" above bore axis) is only 2" low at 200. Unless you're really planning on reaching out and touching things at night, I don't see much advantage to the 100 yard zero.


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Re: Thermal Zero at 50 or 100? [Re: Big Fitz] #8118694 01/07/21 06:02 AM
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I don't have my thermal yet so I am a newb. Thanks for the input fellas.


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I tend to use mine a little differently than most- I have two particular fields I hunt that I have set up with multiple feeders and an elevated (1 15' and 1 10') blind in each. My shots are mostly 75-100 yards minimum, and are more commonly 160+ so I sighted mine in 1.5" high at 100 yards. It works well for me.


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As noted by others, the best approach seems to be to zero at the range you most expect to shoot.
Most of my shots are between 50-100 yards. I zero at 80 yards.


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I shot a hog last night at 6:10, 100 yards, I was looking through my Swaro Z-6 but nothing was glowing.

Fitz, what are you getting into now?

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I too fretted over the 50 vs 100 for my thermals. My thought is it makes no difference. Most thermals have low magnification. I choose 50 because it is hard for me to really see a target precisely at 100 with one. Most calibers you are talking an inch or less difference in point of impact between the two. If 1” matters to you on a night shot on hog you are on a entirely different level than me. A lot of night shots are off shooting sticks, t posts, offhand whatever. It’s not normally benchrest grade shots.

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Buzz, I've got a Super Hogster on order, Hope to have it by the end of the month.


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Originally Posted by Sewer rat
I too fretted over the 50 vs 100 for my thermals. My thought is it makes no difference. Most thermals have low magnification. I choose 50 because it is hard for me to really see a target precisely at 100 with one. Most calibers you are talking an inch or less difference in point of impact between the two. If 1” matters to you on a night shot on hog you are on a entirely different level than me. A lot of night shots are off shooting sticks, t posts, offhand whatever. It’s not normally benchrest grade shots.


This is the difference between a 100 yard zero and a 1" high at 100 yard zero on a hog at 80 yards. The shot my partner attempted was at the base of the ear. This hog ran and had be be dropped with another shot.

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Originally Posted by Sewer rat
I too fretted over the 50 vs 100 for my thermals. My thought is it makes no difference. Most thermals have low magnification. I choose 50 because it is hard for me to really see a target precisely at 100 with one. Most calibers you are talking an inch or less difference in point of impact between the two. If 1” matters to you on a night shot on hog you are on a entirely different level than me. A lot of night shots are off shooting sticks, t posts, offhand whatever. It’s not normally benchrest grade shots.


This is the difference between a 100 yard zero and a 1" high at 100 yard zero on a hog at 80 yards. The shot my partner attempted was at the base of the ear. This hog ran and had be be dropped with another shot.

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