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Thermal monocular/IR NV scope suggestion #8991962 01/22/24 04:16 PM
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I’m looking into getting an entry level thermal monocular setup with an IR nightvision scope since I don’t have the budget for full thermal rig. My budget for both is under $1200. Rig would be primarily hog hunting over feeders/field scanning and coyote calling. I would expect to have to keep my shots under 200 yards with most being under 100. I’ve done some initial looking but wanted to get some suggestions from you. Thoughts?

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I'd check the optics thread for better response. But with that budget, ATN is probably your only choice. ATN has stores in some major cities. GKs friend got one at 100yds (at feeder, bout 60# hog) with 223 and red dot, feeder had a green light over it. Took several shots to put it down, his first. Thermal scanner for hogs is not a requirement! I've just used the Rattler for hogs, keep my finger OFF the trigger. Unless you bait for the yotes, scanner would help. Just some thoughts for you but lots of more experienced hog hunters on this board. I'm kinda new to it also.

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For an IR night vision scope, I have the Sightmark Wraith Mini. It isn’t thermal, but it works fine out to 200 yards as does the included Wraith monocular. When I hunt in the open spaces, both work great, but when I hunt one heavily wooded sendero, the IR view is less good due to shrubbery catching a lot of the IR illumination.

One thing I like about the Wraith scope is that it’s useable in the daylight too. So far, no issue with holding zero. The thing I don’t like much is the weight. The scope and Illuminator together weigh about 2 1/2 pounds.

I may go thermal eventually.


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IR thermal is useable in daylight also, just don't point to the sun.

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