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Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 16 Jun 2018, 10:32
by andy66
CustomRifleScopesUK wrote:
13 Jun 2018, 20:02
I made a box, a candle was put inside the box behind a metal plate, the plate warned up so you could see the heat as it touched the front target of the box from behind just in one place. everytime you shoot, you would see a big heat signature of your bullet hole, i have a video and pictures somewhere....if i get time i will dig it out as it was very effective !

CRS
Good idea, its nice to be able to see the poi without walking back and fourth as it can get time consuming. Please do share the video and pictures. Took my target out to 350m this week and to my surprise I still had a good enough heat source to achieve a 2 1/2 inch grouping using the 223. I could just see the missed impacts in the backstop with the first few shots that saved any walking too. Happy to take confident shots on foxes out to about 275M now.

Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 08 Sep 2018, 10:01
by mushiii
I love last one thanks!

Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 09 Sep 2018, 11:06
by elmer fudd
Interested to know what type of thermal scope will let you I.D. a fox and shoot it at 275m.

Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 09 Sep 2018, 14:07
by phoenix
If I've interpreted you question wrongly, then I apologise, but are you asking because you genuinely want to know or just to reinforce some pre-conceived notion about how a thermal scope will never be good enough for you?
Movement is the single biggest thing that allows you to identify the type of animal, and the best way to learn is to use a thermal spotter.
Where I shoot, we see rabbits,hares, badgers, roe deer, cats and foxes.
Cats are the most likely candidate for misidentification and, I'll be honest, in the early days of using a thermal scope I shot a couple of feral cats totally believing they were foxes.
That really brought me up short but I have now got to a point where I can recognise the subtle differences in their shape and movement and the cats on my permissions are now safe from me
All the others are immediately identifiable by their movement.
I would not shoot at something that I had not seen moving because, depending on their orientation and the nature of the ground they are on, all of the above can appear the same with a thermal.
Having positively identified the target as a fox, I have shot one at 330 yards and a gamekeeper pal of mine using my rifle with its 75-6 thermal scope has shot one at a measured 342 yards.
We regularly shoot them at over 200 yards.

Cheers

Bruce

Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 09 Sep 2018, 17:38
by elmer fudd
Fair enough, I just wanted to know.

I've no preconceived notions, I recently bought an xq50 trail but would think it would be too pixelated at that distance for a shot Im enjoying using it and gaining confidence with every outing. We aren't exactly overloaded with foxes here so it's a bit of a learning curve.

I mostly shoot up to 100 yards and it's fine for me.

Interested to see what and how other people shoot.

ATB

Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 13 Sep 2018, 18:01
by andy66
As Bruce mentioned movement is the key to ID with thermal, Spend some time out watching wildlife moving around and you soon will get a good grasp on whats what. Had a fox the other night only 65m away but because it was curled up asleep id was impossible with the thermal, needed a quick squeak to get it up for a good id. Elmer set yourself up some targets at various ranges past 100 yards and get some lead downrange, you will be surprised just how well the thermal performs. I mostly use a 7cm and 15cm steel gong heated up for practice.

Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 14 Sep 2018, 08:20
by elmer fudd
Had a similar experience a while ago, saw something sat on its haunches, had to wait a while for it to move before I could work it out to be a fox.

It all comes down to practise eventually.

ATB

Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 21 Sep 2018, 13:52
by Mk3HuntsmanSam
My effort is only for air rifles,it works out to 60/70 yard.
Slight revision from the pics, use two candle to heat a metal plate inside. ImageImageImageImage


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Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 09:36
by andy66
Mk3HuntsmanSam wrote:
21 Sep 2018, 13:52
My effort is only for air rifles,it works out to 60/70 yard.
Slight revision from the pics, use two candle to heat a metal plate inside. ImageImageImageImage


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I like it. there is going to be a candle shortage soon then :thumbup:

Re: Thermal Scope Target

Posted: 30 Sep 2018, 16:39
by Nightguru
i find for the best thermal zeroing i have 4 power resistors on each side of a square paper target. This was you should never hit the resistors as well as have a paper record. Just line up the lines of the chrosshair with the resistors.