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2 years 23 weeks ago, 3:53 PM

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I can think of a handful of reasons why a proffi or a hobby hunter might want a night scope, but I want to leave that 'til another day in another place... If you don't have a squillion bucks to hand is there a low-light scope out there for doing the job in seriousely crappy light conditions?
Apart from cost, there are two considerations: First, is it legal if you're not a policeman or a DHS agent? If you load up in Flroida or LA and climb out of your pickup in Burnet, TX are you going to be pounced on by the Sheriff if you're tricked out with a serious low-light optic? Second, will it be that much better than getting off your backside to pactice with your good American-made hunting scope?
It's an iPhone world, Baby. We've become visual animals, so a senario. We're on the Mississipi in the great state of Louisiana, we're deep in a wetland forest and the sun has dropped out. Sixty yards on a clearing there are three does and a good buck, but one ninety yards down the clearning plus ten yards into the trees is a B&C trophy buck. You reckon it's him, the one you've been wanting, but he's moving in and out of those trees and as you turn to me for confidence the light drops another darn click or two. Up comes your T/C Encore Win270 and through your scope it's hard to see if he's move back or if he's turned toward us. One shot, one quick kill, responsible hunting, clean work... But you can see, not really!
What should we have mounted on those Burris Signature rings? Back in lodge that night we don't want to waste hours and hours messing about of the net. We want a carefully thought out but quick answer... WHAT IS THE SCOPE FOR LOW LIGHT HUNTING?

2 years 23 weeks ago, 4:19 PM

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How's it going? Sorry I haven't replied to your PM yet. I'm working on it. How you doing?

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2 years 23 weeks ago, 5:03 PM

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depending on what distances...

anything with a 50 or better Objective allows enough light in that it shouldn't be an issue.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
2 years 23 weeks ago, 4:05 PM

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There are some Leupold VX-R 3-9x50 CDS FireDot Duplex Illuminated Reticle at some good prices. Anybody used one more than 30 minutes after sunset?

2 years 23 weeks ago, 5:01 PM

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With a Laser Genetics 900 lumen Green Hunting Laser/Light you can use that low light Optic at midnight and not scare game away if your allowed to hunt at night where your at.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
2 years 23 weeks ago, 11:37 AM

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NF makes a few models to look at. Something like the NXS 3.5-15x56 would work well

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2 years 16 weeks ago, 5:11 PM

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The device my team and I have been working on is for non-lethal shots at 100+ yards and out to 200 yards with sub-transonic rounds or shells. After a couple of months back n'forth we are running with 12 gauge slugs [I can't too much here at this time] and I want to build in deployment at low-light and night if needed... Therefore, what's a good scope under (don't talk to me 'bout $5-10koptions) that work well with slug-guns out to 100 and out to 200 yards?

2 years 16 weeks ago, 5:18 PM

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Can't help ya

But I just imagine the trajectory on your current set-up. Rainbow.

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2 years 15 weeks ago, 8:15 PM

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non lethal 12 ga..

our az doc had non lethal rounds.. used the bean bag.. but the effectivness droped big time after like 15-20 yards.. to be honest i just can't imagine having enough energy to be effective at 200 yds with out being lethal at the 25-50 yds that most agencies use as max effective range for the 12 ga shotgun..

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