Hunting Rabbits at night with the Pulsar LRF 870, Nightmaster 800 & 940nm(COVERT) IR pil, and .22lr subsonic ammo.
Since Christmas I moved the Pulsar LRF870 from the CZ.223 onto my CZ .22 lr and had great success shooting the longer range rabbits with subsonic ammo, simply because I was now able to range-find and know the distance to target. Having this information the holdover and layoff were calculated, result, another rabbit dispatched. I am now going to leave the LRF870 permanently fitted to the .22lr.
Historical problems I encountered using any NV scope is the 2-dimensional image displayed on the screen, especially across a large field of rape or wheat where there is nothing to indicate or judge distance to target. So, was I viewing a small rabbit close-up or a large rabbit at greater distance? Using the LFR870 rangefinding facility, that distance to target problem is now resolved. In the past I’ve sometimes taken the longer range shots, more in hope than certainty. Because I’ve zeroed at 62 yards, the calculated bullet drop at 100 yards is about 5.3inches and layoff in 10mph wind is about 4 inches. Now I know the range to quarry I can apply these figures and be more confident of placing the bullet on target.Two nights ago I dispatched 2 longer range rabbits, one at 92 yards the other at 108 yards. Very chuffed with that result.
One other useful item has been the change from the Nightmaster 800 with 850nm IR illumination to the 940nm (COVERT) IR illumination. Since changing to the 940nm IR I’ve not had one rabbit spooked, with some rabbits popping out from the woods and being under 30 yards. The 940nm IR is not as powerful as the 850nm IR, but used on half power I can view rabbits to over 100 yards with the LRF870.
Hope this info' may be of use to someone?