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Old 12-03-2018, 11:38 AM   #1
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Thinking about one for some night time hog hunting. Ive never used one before ans know nothing about them. Any reccomendations on what to buy? I perfer quality over quanity and dont mind spending a little money on it if the more expensive oness are better. I do want it to record video. Thanks in advance

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Old 12-03-2018, 12:44 PM   #2
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I have this one and I like it a lot!


http://www.pulsar-nv.com/products/th...ht-trail-xp50/
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:00 PM   #3
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For quality, go trijicon. The Reap-IR or the IR Hunter. Best image quality on the market. Not the biggest feature set compared to competitors but they do offer a dvr recording pack that can plug into the scope. No onboard recording however. Lots of others out there, Id determine your price range first then look at models in that range. The aforementioned scopes will run 8k+ with the recording device


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Old 12-03-2018, 01:46 PM   #4
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I have this one and I like it a lot!


http://www.pulsar-nv.com/products/th...ht-trail-xp50/
very solid scope for under $4500
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:17 PM   #5
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When it comes to thermal price range varies from and $2500-10000... Narrow down "a little more money"
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:25 PM   #6
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Like he said, what is your budget. Under 10K, Trijicon, under $5k pulsar.
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:25 PM   #7
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Whether you buy Pulsar, Trijicon or Flir... you really can't go wrong. As said before, though, there's an extremely wide price range depending on what features/quality you want.

My only advice... stay far away from ATN.

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Old 12-03-2018, 02:31 PM   #8
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From my research:

Money no object: Trijicon...????

Money a factor but: Pulsar XP50

Want one but dang the money: Pulsar APex XQ38
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:40 PM   #9
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Caught a 11% off deal @ optics planet and have a pulsar apex xq50 coming in today. Did a lot of research and decided I didn't need all the bells and whistles of the trail.
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:46 PM   #10
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Caught a 11% off deal @ optics planet and have a pulsar apex xq50 coming in today. Did a lot of research and decided I didn't need all the bells and whistles of the trail.
Love the apex 50, one of my favorite units. It doesnt have all of the extras, but you can add them to it later if wanted.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:07 PM   #11
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Hit up Jason on here. (Outdoor legacy gear) . I would not buy from a big box or online because it will be hard to get any support if you ever have any issues.

Like others have said. Trijicon for the highest quality without a budget. Pulsar trail for quality at a reasonable price.

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Old 12-03-2018, 03:33 PM   #12
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What is your budget? That is really the first question that we have to answer. So answer that and we can start from there.

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Old 12-03-2018, 03:58 PM   #13
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Get hold of Jason at Outdoor Legacy Gear he will take care of you. I would suggest a thermal scope and a thermal monocular to scan with. Using the scope on your rifle to scan gets old real fast.
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:04 PM   #14
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Get hold of Jason at Outdoor Legacy Gear he will take care of you. I would suggest a thermal scope and a thermal monocular to scan with. Using the scope on your rifle to scan gets old real fast.
Just get the QD, makes it easy and cheaper. Although a monocular is nice to have.
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:12 PM   #15
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If money is no object, there is stuff out there that puts trijicon to shame.

Best advice I have is rent a couple and try them out. I personally like to use a thermal for spotting because I drive around on big acreage at night until I find a sounder and then figure out the best way to get closer to them for a shot. So it makes sense for me to have a thermal with a bit of native zoom to it.
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:14 PM   #16
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If money is no object, there is stuff out there that puts trijicon to shame.

Best advice I have is rent a couple and try them out. I personally like to use a thermal for spotting because I drive around on big acreage at night until I find a sounder and then figure out the best way to get closer to them for a shot. So it makes sense for me to have a thermal with a bit of native zoom to it.
Just curious to what puts Trijicon to shame that a normal civilian can purchase?
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:24 PM   #17
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Just curious to what puts Trijicon to shame that a normal civilian can purchase?
Interested in this info as well.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:29 PM   #18
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Just curious to what puts Trijicon to shame that a normal civilian can purchase?
I would like to know as well. My nephew is 11b and says my XP50 is better than what they have. I am sure the team guys have some awesome stuff but that is not the norm. Now if you are talking aircraft, or other larger equipment that is mounted, different story.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:59 PM   #19
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Hit up Jason on here. (Outdoor legacy gear) . I would not buy from a big box or online because it will be hard to get any support if you ever have any issues.

Like others have said. Trijicon for the highest quality without a budget. Pulsar trail for quality at a reasonable price.

https://outdoorlegacygear.com
Best advise you will get out of this whole thread ^^^^^^^
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Old 12-05-2018, 05:11 AM   #20
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I owned a trijicon ir hunter mk2 35mm and now use a pulsar trail xp50. I prefer the pulsar and like the image in the pulsar better plus all the extra features you get

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Old 12-05-2018, 05:30 AM   #21
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Check out accufire. They are new. A buddy of mine runs it. so they puy me on the prostaff team and i was able to work with them on the final product.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:48 AM   #22
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I owned a trijicon ir hunter mk2 35mm and now use a pulsar trail xp50. I prefer the pulsar and like the image in the pulsar better plus all the extra features you get

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Now sure how you can say Pulsar has a better image and it has less zoom.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:48 AM   #23
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Just curious to what puts Trijicon to shame that a normal civilian can purchase?
LMAO. I would love to hear this also
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:35 PM   #24
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LMAO. I would love to hear this also
lol Im still waiting....
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:40 PM   #25
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Check out accufire. They are new. A buddy of mine runs it. so they puy me on the prostaff team and i was able to work with them on the final product.
Night Vision vs. Thermal... Night vision doesnt hold a candle to thermal.
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:43 PM   #26
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LMAO. I would love to hear this also
Maybe he is talking about the EOTECH LWTS? Only thing I can think of, but they are $14k.

But to say something puts the Trijicon to shame, has not really ever hunted with a trijicon muchless a thermal. There is no hunting thermal under 10K that is better picture quality than a Reap or MkII or III.

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Old 12-06-2018, 04:47 PM   #27
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Right now even a low end thermal sight is way out of my budget. In time do you think they will become more affordable?
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:48 PM   #28
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Right now even a low end thermal sight is way out of my budget. In time do you think they will become more affordable?
They are starting to get down big time. Starting $1500-$2000 for entry level thermals.
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:11 PM   #29
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Maybe he is talking about the EOTECH LWTS? Only thing I can think of, but they are $14k.

But to say something puts the Trijicon to shame, has not really ever hunted with a trijicon muchless a thermal. There is no hunting thermal under 10K that is better picture quality than a Reap or MkII or III.
Ive used a LWTS and the reap is still better in my opinion
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Ive used a LWTS and the reap is still better in my opinion
I have to agree with this. Generally speaking, a clip-on whose image has to go through all of glass in the day optic to get to your eyes is going to give a picture that is not as good as a standalone optic with a similar quality ocular display.

I have used the cnvd-t, lwts, T70, snipe ir and they generally don't give as good an image as a Mark 3 or a reap.

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Old 12-07-2018, 02:38 PM   #31
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Get one from outdoor legacy. U purchase one anywhere else and your stuck w a giant expensive paper weight if something goes wrong. Trust me dealing w one now...
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:44 PM   #32
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I have to agree with this. Generally speaking, a clip-on whose image has to go through all of glass in the day optic to get to your eyes is going to give a picture that is not as good as a standalone optic with a similar quality ocular display.

I have used the cnvd-t, lwts, T70, snipe ir and they generally don't give as good an image as a Mark 3 or a reap.

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The LWTS can be stand alone or clip on. But agree, the reap or mark 3 are awesome units. The LWTS was the only unit I could think about that may have been picture than them.
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:48 PM   #33
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Glad Im not crazy stating that the trijicon units are the kittys ti**ies. For those who have a little tighter budget, Outdoor Legacy takes good care of his customers and I have heard noting but good things about him and his service. Pulsar makes some quality equipment and someone would be proud to one one, bought through Outdoor Legacy of course!


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Old 12-07-2018, 04:43 PM   #34
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Glad Im not crazy stating that the trijicon units are the kittys ti**ies. For those who have a little tighter budget, Outdoor Legacy takes good care of his customers and I have heard noting but good things about him and his service. Pulsar makes some quality equipment and someone would be proud to one one, bought through Outdoor Legacy of course!


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