Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to use a few different scope mounted light rigs for varmint hunting and thought I’d share what I felt were the pro's and con's about each.
First off is the 350 Yard Varmint Hunting Light kit now sold by Primos. The light kit sells for around $149.99 and includes a 6-volt rechargeable battery, wall charger, mountable switch and red lens. The light fits to your scope and has horizontal/vertical adjustments on the back of the light housing.
The following is my personal assessment of this product.
-Ample amount of light when fully charged to positively identify your target (with red lens) at approximately 120 yards with the unassisted eye, 200 yards with the assistance of 6x scope. This is more than enough when hunting at night. Most shots at night will come at distances well inside of 100 yards.
-Battery is a bit cumbersome but manageable.
-Battery life was okay but I would suggest having a back up battery ready to go for those all night trips.
-A little thought will need to go into the placement of the power cord in regards to hunting clothing, left or right hand shooter, etc.
-Mountable light switch can be mounted to your gun with Velcro. The switch operates quietly but with the power cord running from battery to the switch to the light, it can become a nuisance at times.
The second model I have used is the 250 Yard Varmint Light Kit from Primos. This model is similar in design to the 350 yard light but has a halogen light instead of the Xenon light bulb found in the 350 yard model. This light kit includes a wall charger, 6-volt rechargeable battery, mountable switch and red lens along with the spot light itself for approximately $109.99.
- Ample amount of light when fully charged to positively identify your target (with red lens) at approximately 80 yards with the unassisted eye, 140 yards with the assistance of 6x scope. The light features plenty of illumination for use in the darkest of nights with a fairly wide field of coverage.
-This model's features and operation abilities are virtually the same as the 350 yard model but in my opinion the 250 Yard Model is a better buy. I’ve now had this model for more than 3 years without failure. Given the price and little difference in capabilities, the 250 yard model is in my opinion the best way to go.
This year I was able to test out a new model by Primos, the Rechargeable 100 yard LED light kit. This kit features a LED Light with rotatable red lens, mountable light switch, 6 rechargeable AA batteries’ and mount for scope listed at $119.99 on the Primos website.
-This scope mounted light is much slimmer and lighter than the other models, allowing for more mobility during hunting situations.
-Battery life is much better than the 6-volt models.
-No clumsy 6-volt battery to carry around in your jacket pocket or attached to your belt.
-The switch is a slimmer design which attaches directly to the light with no cord then running to a external battery, like the 6-volt models, makes for a more user friendly product.
-This model isn't as bright with the red lens in use as the other model's mentioned before. The LED light is sufficient to hunt with if shots are expected to be 60 yards or less. The light is not only much dimmer than the other models but also has a much smaller field of view.
I do like the power cord and switch on the 100 yard model and would like to see this incorporated on the 6-volt models if possible.
If you’re looking for a light to make those 70 to 80 yard shots at night, this product may not be for you. If you need a light that's light, compact and maneuverable for those close shots, then the 100 yard rechargeable light would be a great addition to your varmint hunting bag.
At the end of the day, if I could only choose one scope mounted light it would be the 250 yard model. The performance and reliability of this model wins it a spot on my equipment list for varmint hunting every time.