When I get ready to go night vision hog hunting this is the beast I reach for!
A lot of talk on all the boards about what the best hog gun is. In my opinion if you consider knock down power, accuracy out to 200+ yards, and ammo affordability the 762/39 AR15 wins hands down.
My hog gun is pretty spruced up and really gets the job done.
The scope specifications include 6-24x50mm, side focus, 30mm tube, Mil Dot reticle, and lock turret. It is a quality no name scope I found on Ebay with great glass. I can see .22 caliber bullet hole on the target at 100 yards easy.
The AR15 lower is Anderson Arms multi-caliber with an upgraded Rise RA-434 3.5 lbs single stage flat trigger that I just love! The upper is a Bear Creek 762/39 with the 16″ stainless steel barrel and 1:10 twist.
For night vision I am using Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on, 1000R model with the sound and video recorder. It gets me 200+ yards of night vision with this scope and I can use all the magnification power of the scope with it.
I have heard complaints about 762/39 cal AR15s having problems feeding ammo. Not a problem at all for me with DURA-MAG magazines. These sturdy steel mags have feed perfectly for me with no jams at all. Some of the other mags I tried did occasionally jam which is not acceptable on a hog hunt!
This gun is not at all particular about ammo and I just shoot Wolf Polyformance 123 GR HP. I am not the best shot and can get 1″ to 1.5″ groups with this ammo at 100 yards depending on how well these 60+ year old eye happen to be working that day. Best of all it averages only 40 cents a round.
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Hunting with a night vision scope or night vision clip-on is a great way to hunt hogs, coyote, and other nocturnal predators.
Night vision uses projected invisible IR light that animals and people can not see to brighten up a field for viewing . Many of these systems can see 200+ yards in total darkness. The distance they see is mostly dependent on the power of the IR illuminator used.
Unlike thermal scopes that see heat signatures, night vision scopes see IR and other light that is reflected back into the scope. Reflected back is the key phase here. I was recently hunting a very large peanut field in South Georgia. We used a thermal monocular to scan the field for hogs and spotted a group of them about 500 yards away. That is way too far for the IR night vision on my gun. Remember, night vision sees reflected IR light so in order to see something 500 yards away you would need an IR illuminator that was powerful enough to shine 500 yards. It is possible but would weigh a ton mounted on a rifle so gets impractical. That is why I use a hand held thermal monocular when walk and stalk hunting large fields and need to scan over 200 yards.
Scanning horizontally across a field with night vision is different from looking down at a feeder. It goes back to reflected IR light. When I was standing in that peanut field in the dark, my IR illuminator was reflecting off the ground and peanut plants. Above the peanut plants was 500+ yards of nothing but darkness, nothing at all to reflect back off, that is, until I found the hogs.
So, let me paint the picture. Night vision looking at black hogs in a dark peanut field. Everything from the ground up appeared brightly lite up from the IR. The black hogs gave a good contrast from the bright peanut plants but were less distinguishable from the black background of the horizon above them. If they were white or brown hogs, they would have been much clearer against the dark background.
If I were in a stand looking down at these hogs the background would not be the horizon, it would be the peanuts and soil. A much better contrast. See the difference. If I were standing in the field looking toward a tree lined edge of the field the trees and brush would make a good reflective background to see the hogs versus looking into an open field.
The moral of the story here is, no matter what night vision scope or scope clip-on product you use, the quality of your view will only be as good as your IR illuminator light source.
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Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on Review
“Purchased the DC 1000 system for night hog and coyote hunting as well as for night operations for search and rescue (Black River Search and Rescue). The system is awesome – works well and provides a clear picture out to 200 yards! I’m hard on equipment and almost immediately broke the post that supports the video screen. 1 call, and I had a new post for free, AND an upgraded tightening key! Then I lost my battery pack charger. Another call, and 3 days later I had a free replacement!
The equipment works awesome, and Henry Johns’ customer service is extraordinary! I HIGHLY recommend the Digital Crosshair products!”
Digital FOV, LLC is proud to introduce Digital Crosshairs 1000R-V2. This is the latest night vision clip-on in the Digital Crosshairs 1000 product line. It now includes drone industry HD video and audio recording and playback technology.
This product captures a night vision hunting experience as a HD motion picture with sound. It captures video from your scope and sound onto a Micro SD Memory Card ( supporting up to 32GB) which can be played back on the attached targeting display or on any desktop or mobile device that can read a memory chip.
This product mounts on any scope in less than one minute without proprietary adapters. No need to re-zero the scope. The included IR illuminator and targeting display mounts using a standard picatinny rail scope adapter that is included in the kit. Just mount it, turn it on, and go hunt. No programming, aps to download or sighting-in required. Now your best Leupold, Vortex, Nikon, Burris, or Schmidt Bender can be used in total darkness at ranges beyond 200+ yards.
The Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on product line has a modular design that allow for the integration of the “best available” night vision camera boards, lenses, IR illuminators, battery technology, and recording devices in the industry. “The philosophy at Digital FOV is to integrate the best technologies in the industry, not try to build them”, said Henry Johns, Chief Technology Innovator at Digital FOV, LLC. This design feature also enables Digital Crosshairs 1000s, that are purchased today to be upgraded by the company as the technology improves.