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#3283421 - 10/12/21 10:41 PM Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30
MS2 Offline
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Registered: 10/12/21
Posts: 4
Loc: United States
My 11-year-old son and I are just getting into hunting coyotes with thermal and don't have a high-end budget. The two optics I am looking at are the Hogster R 35 and Pulsar thermion XM 30 or possibly even a pulsar core.
Where we hunt we are lucky to get a 200-250 yard shot and most times 100-150. Any input or suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks!

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#3283426 - 10/13/21 07:43 AM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
old cat Online
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Registered: 03/16/14
Posts: 1156
Loc: wv
IF I was doing it I would go with the Hogster R35. I have had one for 2 years trouble free. Would not buy a Pulsar. The Hogster is crystal clear.


Edited by old cat (10/13/21 07:44 AM)

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#3283456 - 10/13/21 02:27 PM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
Kino M Offline
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Registered: 10/16/04
Posts: 778
Loc: Southern Indiana
Welcome to the forum! You might get more responses if you posted this in the Night Hunting section but I also recommend the Bering Hogster.

I ran a super hogster last winter in some very very cold temps in northwest Montana, killed lots of critters with it and it was flawless. I recently just bought the new Super Yoter so I have faith in Berings products.


I'm not sure what models but there are numerous complaints of certain Pulsar units not holding zero and IMO that's unacceptable at any price point.
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#3283459 - 10/13/21 03:27 PM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: Kino M]
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Registered: 10/12/21
Posts: 4
Loc: United States
Thank's guys for the input I appreciate it. I'm not too tech-savvy so even navigating the forum is going to take a little getting used to. That being said how user friendly is the Hogster for a nontech beginner like myself?

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#3283462 - 10/13/21 04:30 PM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
old cat Online
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Registered: 03/16/14
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Loc: wv
Probably as user friendly as you will find.

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#3283474 - 10/13/21 07:26 PM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
Kino M Offline
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Registered: 10/16/04
Posts: 778
Loc: Southern Indiana
The Hogster only has 3 buttons that controls all operations, pretty easy to navigate, enough bells and whistles but not complicated.

The biggest challenge IMO new people have is getting a solid zero but there are lots of guys who are willing to help out.
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#3283484 - 10/13/21 09:07 PM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
jmeddy Offline
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Registered: 02/02/13
Posts: 264
Loc: SW PA
Kino, can you PM me so I can ask you a couple questions about the SH.

Thanks, Mike Eddy


Edited by jmeddy (10/13/21 09:08 PM)

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#3283485 - 10/13/21 09:10 PM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
jmeddy Offline
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Registered: 02/02/13
Posts: 264
Loc: SW PA
another vote for the r35. I run it on my gun and scan with a r25

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#3283489 - 10/13/21 10:16 PM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
MS2 Offline
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Registered: 10/12/21
Posts: 4
Loc: United States
Before I pull the trigger and purchase for my price point do you recommend any others above the hogster? Is that the best I can do for under 3k?

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#3283494 - 10/14/21 04:23 AM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: jmeddy]
Kino M Offline
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Registered: 10/16/04
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Loc: Southern Indiana
Originally Posted By: jmeddy
Kino, can you PM me so I can ask you a couple questions about the SH.

Thanks, Mike Eddy


PM sent....
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#3283538 - 10/15/21 05:44 AM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
Toro Offline
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Registered: 02/06/19
Posts: 182
Loc: East
I have had several pulsar thermal scopes in the past, which I have sold or returned for numerous reasons. I own a hogster r25 and super yoter. I am happy with performance and quality of bering optics. In my experience you have to spend a lot more money on a higher end pulsar to get an image comparable to bering optics models.

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#3283541 - 10/15/21 10:22 AM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
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Registered: 10/12/21
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Loc: United States
Thanks guys Hogster it is!

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#3283679 - 10/17/21 06:25 AM Re: Bering hogster 35 or Pulsar thermion XM30 [Re: MS2]
gr8fuldoug Offline
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Registered: 08/13/12
Posts: 1145
Loc: NY, USA
Thermion XM30 would be great for both your son and you. For the price point you are looking at, a Thermion XM30 retailing at $2,300 gets the job done. Recording capability, 8 different color palettes, picture in picture mode is hard to beat for the price and range you’ll be shooting at.

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