Yep, I Did It Again…

All this talk and effort towards saving money I go and do something stupid…

…again.

I went into one of the big sporting good stores with a buddy who was looking for a heavy barreled .308 for long distance shooting and walked out with a digital night vision scope and an AR-10 to mount it on. In fact we both ended up walking out with digital night vision scopes and AR-10s.

We really shouldn’t be allowed out together unsupervised.

We have been hunting hogs with green lights for several years and if you are careful and the hogs are not too skittish it works pretty well. I am hoping to get out into the fields soon so I can test it out and see how much better the DNV works (if it does).

I went with a Sightmark Photon RT 4.5 power scope.

Sightmark Photon RT

The AR is an SRC-308 from Windham Weaponry.

Windham Weaponry SRC-308 with Scope

I have been wanting to give night vision a try for a quite a while. Actually, I tried a low end monocular some time back but it was so bad it was almost useless. I have also been wanting and AR-10 for almost as long. I ordered a quick detach mount for the scope so I can swap it out with a standard optic if I want to hunt under a green light or during the day. If the AR-10 proves reliable and accurate enough it will become my new primary hunting rifle and I will use it for both day and night hunts of both hogs and deer.

WW SRC-308 with 1×6 scope

It is a pound and a half heavier than the Ruger American Predator I have been hunting with so it will get a little heavy for a full day of stalking through the East Texas brush and briars but maybe the exercise and weight loss over the last month or so will pay off and it won’t be too bad.

I was able to do a quick range session the other day. The recoil is not bad and it is actually a pretty pleasant gun to shoot. The scope has a flexible eye piece which helps hide the glow of the digital screen. Which is cool but I just can’t shake the feeling that I am about to get punched in the eye because my eye is too close to the scope.  The scope has a feature called one shot zero feature that is awesome. Simply take a shot with the reticle centered on the target and then go into the one menu and move the reticle over the spot where the bullet hit on the target and it is zeroed.

One shot zero (until it wasn’t)

It works great but after about four rounds my shots began walking to the right. I was pretty upset until I realized that the problem was my own fault. I had been adjusting the position of the scope on the rail and had not properly tightened the scope to the rail and it had worked loose.

I am hoping to get back out to the range one evening this week and zero it with the new scope base. I should be able todial in the optical scope as well. If I can get that done and the weather cooperates we should be able to get a good field test in the following weekend hunting hogs on a property a few hours north of here.

If those things happen I’ll be sure and type up a quick post.

Take care and God bless.

7 thoughts on “Yep, I Did It Again…

    1. Thanks.
      Another .308 in the stable, especially a semi-auto is not a bad thing to have. If nothing else I can use it as a barbell and get some exercise! In all seriousness this is something that has been on the list for a long time and it is good to have it checked off.
      Hopefully, it will be as useful as I anticipate.
      Take care and God bless.

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  1. For us less ‘rich’ people.
    When rabbiting, I often just elastictic strap my £30 digital camera to the eye piece of my 4 x Tasco scope, switch it to night mode, and away I go.
    If there is enough light to see the background, it is generally enough to pick out a furry over 20 meters.

    Whoops, Probably shouldn’t have mentioned the price. 🙂

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    1. That’s an interesting and creative solution. I like it.
      If the DNV scope doesn’t work out maybe I will try that but I wonder how well the camera would handle the recoil of a .308 Winchester. It probably wouldn’t be an issue with .22LR or .223/5.56.
      With that said, most of our hunting is out a bit further than 20 meters. 40-75 yards is the most common range we are shooting while stalking and most of those (at least at night) are closer to the 75 yard mark. When hunting from a stand or blind the distances are more like 75 to 100 yards. We have been using fairly powerful green LED flashlights for a while now and they work pretty well as long as they are held steady and you switch them on pointing upwards and then lower them slowly. The hogs don’t seem to see them. We can’t hunt deer at night in Texas. Rabbits seem to see them pretty well but that could be that they hear us and it isn’t the light. I don’t do much varmint hunting (although I would like to) but I think the light would spook coyotes and raccoons. Coyote hunting is by nature a pretty long distance affair as they spook pretty easily from what I understand.
      Take care and God bless.

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      1. That I can answer.
        When deer hunting a few years ago in Czech-land, when ‘candlelight’ was the best you could get on a digital camera, I shot using a 30 cal Remington and a camera on it.

        Weird and a little surreal. I didn’t like it but work it did.

        OK when the shot went off the picture was a ‘tad’ shaky but it did survive the day.

        For lesser ammo, I know it handles a 223 OK, during pest controlling 22WMR and of course .22 had no problems at all.

        AS for dedicated night vision?
        I own a Gen1 which enabled me to strap a IR laser onto a 22 and

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  2. Whoops, finger slip, sorry.
    I own a Gen1 which enabled me to strap a IR laser onto a 22 and by looking through the NV to put the spot onto the furry. Again it worked but not to my liking.

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