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What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? #8524101 02/05/22 09:45 PM
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You’re a hog hunter and a predator caller. You have a thermal and want a new rifle to put it on. What are you going with?

Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524110 02/05/22 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by txcornhusker
You’re a hog hunter and a predator caller. You have a thermal and want a new rifle to put it on. What are you going with?


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Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524119 02/05/22 09:56 PM
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Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524249 02/06/22 12:02 AM
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What thermal are you wanting to mount?

Otherwise, you are just sort of asking what rifle/caliber for hogs and coyotes.


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Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524295 02/06/22 12:39 AM
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Suppressed 6.8 or Grendel. Everything else is under powered or too heavy.


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Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524298 02/06/22 12:41 AM
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I put it on a 5.56 and a 7.62

It all depends on what you are comfortable with. I've also put it on a 6.5 CM bolt gun.

I got a very good QD mount that is dead on every time i take it off an remount it and the scope can keep up to 3 different caliber/rife settings

Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524394 02/06/22 02:01 AM
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Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524457 02/06/22 02:51 AM
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I was a doubter initially myself

I am really liking Winchester 556, 62 grain green tips fmj's for thermal hog hunting

I think they must roll in a shoulder shot because its devastating

Anyway, if you have a 556 AR I wouldn't rule it out...


Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524481 02/06/22 03:21 AM
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Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524513 02/06/22 04:24 AM
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Almost all of my thermal shots are 150 yards or less, so I use a 300 BO SBR with a 8.5" barrel and a suppressor.

Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8524567 02/06/22 11:57 AM
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Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: syncerus] #8524667 02/06/22 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by syncerus
Suppressed 6.8 or Grendel. Everything else is under powered or too heavy.

This has been my very favorite caliber for the last 4/5 years, its effective on everything you want to shoot. It is my go to round taking new hunters to shoot pigs.

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My thermal has 3 profiles with a quick detach mount. Move to 3 differant rifles quickly as long as you go back in slot it was sighted in with. I like 300 BO and 22-250.

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Originally Posted by txcornhusker
You’re a hog hunter and a predator caller. You have a thermal and want a new rifle to put it on. What are you going with?


Obviously it will be an AR15 patterned rifle. Next is caliber. Thats tricky nowadays. Length of shot you can and will be willing to take is important. Longer range coyote hunting at 400 to 500 hundreds is a possibility in western texas and for that I would want a Valkyrie or grendel . Both are perfect calibers for hogs also. If that type of distance is not your game then I would consider a 7.62X39 or 6.8 spc. The trigger of course is incredibly important for accuracy so a very nice crisp trigger is a must. Make sure you have a decent barrel. Medium heavy for a suppressor and adjustable gas block. NI-B Bolt carrier group and you are set.

That is the rifle I would build for a thermal.


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Originally Posted by txcornhusker
You’re a hog hunter and a predator caller. You have a thermal and want a new rifle to put it on. What are you going with?


Obviously it will be an AR15 patterned rifle. Next is caliber. Thats tricky nowadays. Length of shot you can and will be willing to take is important. Longer range coyote hunting at 400 to 500 hundreds is a possibility in western texas and for that I would want a Valkyrie or grendel . Both are perfect calibers for hogs also. If that type of distance is not your game then I would consider a 7.62X39 or 6.8 spc. The trigger of course is incredibly important for accuracy so a very nice crisp trigger is a must. Make sure you have a decent barrel. Medium heavy for a suppressor and adjustable gas block. NI-B Bolt carrier group and you are set.

That is the rifle I would build for a thermal.





You’re not shooting 400-500 yards with a thermal. So to keep it realistic, let’s say 200 yard max. That being said, I’ve gone away from the 308 simply due to weight and size. There’s times being in calf deep mud and carrying an AR10 just sucks. I’m currently between 6.5 Grendel and 5.56 for thermal use. If we are strictly going for pigs then I’m using the 6.5, strictly coyotes I’m using the 5.56. Both work great on each animal. I’m not concerned with recovery of most of the pigs.


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You’re a hog hunter and a predator caller. You have a thermal and want a new rifle to put it on. What are you going with?


Obviously it will be an AR15 patterned rifle. Next is caliber. Thats tricky nowadays. Length of shot you can and will be willing to take is important. Longer range coyote hunting at 400 to 500 hundreds is a possibility in western texas and for that I would want a Valkyrie or grendel . Both are perfect calibers for hogs also. If that type of distance is not your game then I would consider a 7.62X39 or 6.8 spc. The trigger of course is incredibly important for accuracy so a very nice crisp trigger is a must. Make sure you have a decent barrel. Medium heavy for a suppressor and adjustable gas block. NI-B Bolt carrier group and you are set.

That is the rifle I would build for a thermal.





You’re not shooting 400-500 yards with a thermal.


Good point. I wasnt thinking about that.


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Originally Posted by txcornhusker
You’re a hog hunter and a predator caller. You have a thermal and want a new rifle to put it on. What are you going with?


Talk about how far your shots will be, because if its at the same place I've been to most will be sub 150 yards correct?


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Re: What To Put A Thermal On Top Off? [Re: txcornhusker] #8527974 02/10/22 02:41 AM
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I am surprised Judd is the first to suggest the Ham'r. 6.8spc I have killed pigs with too but I do not own one. 6.5g is cool but Wilson developed this specifically for the task at hand that you are asking it to do.


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