Looking to get back into the thermal game for predators. Thinking a clip on unit might be the way to go as I like to change up my rifles that Im using. 200 yds is a long shot around here, if that matters in my options.
Looking for feedback on the units in general, as well as good models to take a look at.
Clip ons are so enticing, but if your not going to be using it, your going to be carrying it around.
The most dependable units are very expensive and the mounts are expensive too, so if going the multiple rifle route, it gets very very expensive.
Most buy the cheaper clip on's, mount it and don't remove it because of zero repeatability issues, which is like having a dedicated scope.
Plus it's a pain having to adjust clip ons, unless your stretch Armstrong or buy a unit with a remote, which is another thing to carry around.
That's why most predator hunters have a dedicated rig set up for night hunting.
No need to worry about if it's zero'd and use it when you need it.
For the off chance that I'll be hunting during the day and into the night out in the mountains with one rifle, I do have one rig set up for day and night use, using the Amer Def recon mount for the day scope.
Most of my shots are within 200 yards and I have all the faith in the world that it'll hold minute of coyote when swapping optics.
I can't remember the last time I used it, but I do have it available if needed.