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Optics GrassHopper
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I have been thinking about setting up a night vision rifle for several years now for coyote busting [legal here in Indiana] and have been searching the Web for something that would fit my ideas. Found that Uncle Sugar wanted something that could be taken off one rifle and put on another one without changing zero, or could just be taken off, put in a case, and the rifle put into strictly daytime service. He settled on the AN/PVS-22 Universal Night Sight. Seeing as how I would have to win the lottery to afford it [retired, fixed income thing] I kept looking and found that SWFA has the ATN PS22 Day/Night Sight. The page [] leaves something to be desired as to certain details. Exactly how does it mount, long rail, adapters, how far is target recognition, little things like that? It would initially sit on a 700SA with a 20 inch barrel in .223 as anticipated maximum range would be 300 yards. Scope would be either a SS10 or a a 10x40 Bushnell Elite, but just might want to sit on a 700SA in .308 [with a SS16] or on another 700SA in .223 with 26 inch heavy barrel [with a SS20] or a few others sitting around. It will just about break my bank to get a dedicated  rifle and work up a load with some old scopes and rings I have laying around, so the NV is a dream right now, but dreams I can afford. How about the straight skinny on this? TIA
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Most of the good stuff is headed to Iraq.
There is a lot of ok russian stuff that can be used for what you want to do.  You also need to understand things a bit too.  There are a couple of ways it can work... First a dedicated NV scope and mount on a rifle. Second a scout mounted scope or an aimpoint, with a NV moncular behind it. Some of the extra long eye relief scope and a short moncular will work, but you want a low magnifcation scope, not a high one.  Something that is friendly to an odd eye position.
On a clear nigh 300 yards is nothing, on a dark and damp night good luck.  A single LED and a battery can also light up a bigger area than you think.  The next thing is with the cheap stuff the resolution is not the best, and blooming is a problem area. 
Rifle: You want the NV scope back against your face to help see the NV.  Rifles with longer barrels help burn powder and reduce flash.  A flash hider like a Vortex could help.  If you are reloading, then keep in mind that fast burning or a cooler temp powder and slightly reduced charge can help keep flash down.  The military uses reduced flash coated powders.
If you have gun friends from crane area that are gov or contractors they may be a more current scource. 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/16/2008 at 22:13
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Why not just go with a piece of NV gear that can be head mounted and get a IR aiming laser mounted on your rifle??    Big%20Grin
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