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  1. ianm

    Night vision??

    Where have i said n/v can see in complete darkness? What i am saying is proper gen 2+ and gen 3 DEDICATED do not need i/r to see a long way because they are very efficient at intensifying available light, ie starlight and moonlight. People use a little i/r at times to get eyeshine. Although i have a gen 2 tubed scope i wouldn't even consider using it these days, imho tubed gear has had it's day. It cannot be used in daylight or even twilight unlike the very best of the digital scopes which are far more versatile or even thermal scopes.
  2. ianm

    Night vision??

    I will absolutely guarantee you will not shoot a fox with a lamp up here after the daft cubs have been shot.
  3. ianm

    Night vision??

    I don't know what dedicated gen 2+ or gen 3 you have tried but what i do know is that the archer is the poorest of all. That is due to the old EEV tubes Starlight use in them. I have access to an Archer that has been retrofitted with a genuine mx101 american gen3 tube and it is still not as good as a pvs 14. Which in turn is not as good as a Cobra Centaur fitted with a gen 2+ photonis tube. If you own an archer that outperforms a dedicated gen 3 scope then keep it as it is the only one in the world.
  4. ianm

    Light , short mod for 243

    On the other hand if you run out of ammunition you can use it to hit a fox on the swede!
  5. ianm

    Light , short mod for 243

    They weigh a ton!
  6. ianm

    Which Calibre

    What's that saying again? Something about taking horses to water.
  7. ianm

    Which Calibre

    I personally would go for one of the "Hornets" 17 or 22. Probably .17 if using factory ammunition. I definately wouldn't use a hmr on fox. As sd says wmr is another contender, but for me the Hornets will cover everything with ease.
  8. ianm

    Night vision??

    99% of the foxes i shoot are from a truck. When i used to lie in wait for them over bait and on foot i used to put a pigeon shooting net up in front of me. It is movement they see irrespective of whether you are on foot or vehicle based. If you are downwind of them and still you will get your chance.
  9. ianm

    Night vision??

    Not only see in the dark but their eyesight is six times better than ours.
  10. ianm

    Night vision??

    I am well aware of what the Archer is and it isn't a dedicated night vision scope as i was writing about. The Archer will need considerably more i/r than the dedicated scopes because it is an add on and before any light reaches it that light has to go through a myriad of scope lenses. Hence why the low ambient light performance of a dedicated gen 3 or gen 2+ is superior to a gen 3 add on.
  11. ianm

    Night vision??

    Led i/r is not dull red and the more powerful ones which are more like 810nm certainly aren't covert. What i am trying to say is if your fox is lamp shy it will "foxtrot oscar" as soon as it see's a led i/r. If you are dealing with lamp shy foxes a spotter equiped with a led i/r may well not give you the advantage you think it will. Been there done that!
  12. ianm

    Night vision??

    Not quite, i/r in the 850nm spectrum gives off a red glow and the more powerful led's give off even more of a glow. 940nm is invisible but the range is dramatically reduced, so much so that it renders it useless for your application. The most covert would be to use a modern 500mw laser i/r as the signature given off these is so slight a fox will not notice it. However you must think about what you are doing with one as they are very dangerous for the eyes. You must not look into one directly and take care you aren't shining it at something close quarters that will reflect the light back at you (remember you cannot see the light with the naked eye).
  13. I have just field tested one in 243 for the gunshop owner i know. Viking arms the importer have had a lot of returns due to a misalignment of the barrel to action plus a few other problems. The one i tested apparently wouldn't group. I gave the barrel a thorough clean before i took it out. The first group of eight shots looked like i had used a shot gun. I let the barrel cool then shot another eight shot group which had tightened up significantly. I repeated the process and the next group was three quarters of an inch at one hundred and twenty yards. I also tried half a dozen of my homeloads fifty five grain hollow points which it seemed to like better. Overall i thought the rifle had the makings of a very accurate rifle with a little tinkering. It was a heavy old beast and you wouldn't want to carry it far but ideal shooting from a vehicle or such. Although i am a Tikka fan i quite liked this Ruger and would liked to have tried it more extensively with n/v fitted used for foxing.
  14. ianm

    Night vision??

    You don't need i/r with proper dedicated gen3 or gen 2+.
  15. ianm

    Night vision??

    You will have heard it said a thousand times before but nowhere does it mean more than the world of night vision "you get what you pay for".
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