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#3301744 - 07/26/22 08:38 PM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: P&Y]
Dark moon 63 Offline
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Registered: 01/01/21
Posts: 182
Loc: Iowa
P&Y, I know the you got burnt on the trail right along with everybody else but might be worth giving a Thermion a try. Looks like funds aren't an issue but it might give you a few years of trouble free hunting. Better than setting on the couch getting fat all winter.


Edited by Dark moon 63 (07/26/22 08:42 PM)

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#3301750 - 07/26/22 10:00 PM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: P&Y]
P&Y Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 02/04/19
Posts: 685
Loc: ND
Good points Dark moon

I know Pulsar has improved but boy it'd be difficult to go back with any confidence.
I will say my friend got a Trail 2 XQ50 last winter and it out performed my Rico every night hands down.

Riddle me this 380 pixel 17 um beats a 640 pixel 12 um, it just doesn't add up.

I warned my friend about Pulsar then he never had an issue or even had to adjust zero!

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#3301753 - 07/27/22 09:55 AM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: P&Y]
cmatera Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 2347
Loc: CO
Just goes to show, it's like going to Vegas. Every purchase is a gamble.

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#3301754 - 07/27/22 10:40 AM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: P&Y]
Softpoint Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/24/16
Posts: 386
Loc: Washington
The Pulsar Apex xq38 has been flawless for me. How they got it right and messed up others blows my mind. I feel like I won the lottery after reading others experiences.

Of coarse they discontinued it. lol

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#3301757 - 07/27/22 04:37 PM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: P&Y]
skinney Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/21/09
Posts: 3757
Loc: South Dakota
Originally Posted By: P&Y
Good points Dark moon

I know Pulsar has improved but boy it'd be difficult to go back with any confidence.
I will say my friend got a Trail 2 XQ50 last winter and it out performed my Rico every night hands down.

Riddle me this 380 pixel 17 um beats a 640 pixel 12 um, it just doesn't add up.




That doesn't add up, I've ran both side by side, literally ZERO comparison in visual performance during the mildly extreme to moderately extreme nights.
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#3301770 - 07/27/22 08:55 PM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: P&Y]
P&Y Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 02/04/19
Posts: 685
Loc: ND
iRay's position is it was due to having image enhancer enabled in a cold environment..

I have a Pulsar Helion scanner it's easily better than the Rico under any conditions but that is 640 vs 640.

I did read where a guy thought the RL was better than the RH because it didn't suffer the overcontrast issue.

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#3301999 - 08/05/22 10:19 PM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: P&Y]
wax Offline
New Member

Registered: 10/15/21
Posts: 6
Loc: wisconsin
I have a trail 2 xp50 lrf. knock on wood it"s been flawless also. I think I'll be getting the same thermal for my wife also after seeing all the negative on other stuff.

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#3302209 - 08/09/22 10:30 PM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: wax]
NevadaZielmeister Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 11/24/16
Posts: 75
Loc: Reno, NV
My Pulsar Trail 2 XP50 LRF has been flawless also. I used it to load develop and have it shooting really well. I had missed a few times prior to actually getting my rifle to shoot straight.

I believe that the rifle has to shoot consistently straight before assuming it is anything else. Once you get good groups, then you can move your POI and any shift can be ruled out.

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#3302269 - 08/11/22 10:35 AM Re: First Night Out; iRay Rico MK1 640 50mm & ILR 1000. AKA Rico Trainwreck [Re: P&Y]
NevadaZielmeister Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 11/24/16
Posts: 75
Loc: Reno, NV
UPDATE: I just re-checked my zero this morning and it is dead on. Very excited about the coming fall season.

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