The first thing that grabs your attention when using the Pulsar LRF N870 is the image quality. Adjusting for a clear sight picture is fairly straightforward; the scope is fitted with an adjustable eyepiece with a focus knob located on the right hand side at the front of the scope. Compressing the rubber boot that covers the LFF switch directly on top of the unit turns the Laser Rangefinder (LRF) on, displaying the precise distance ranged both day and night, conveniently in the top right side of the lens.
The N870 is loaded with a bucket full of features, but to be honest I kept things simple. After fitting the scope to the standard Piccatiny Rail that is fitted to the Ruger American, it was simply a matter of sighting the rifle in. Achieving this I simply chose one of the thirteen Reticle options, removed the bolt and bore sighted the rifle at a distance of 20m using a black circle about the size of a 20-cent piece, checking by eye. The centre of the illuminated cross hair was close enough to fire a couple of shots and dial across on the X axis (windage), (Y axis = elevation) to the position of the last shot on the target, acquiring centre.
One consideration when sighting the rifle in is the glare from the white background of the target, to overcome this we simply picked up the target frame and placed it in area that provided ample shade. Hunting with the Digisight during daylight hours is certainly possible, but exploring the scopes full capabilities is best done of a night. While testing the N870 I was able to range a dog at a distance of 140 metres with it having no idea I was even there. Knowing the range of a particular animal at night is beneficial, especially when using a cartridge such as the 300 Blackout, due to their limited effective range. With three (IR) settings: low, medium and high, the N870 works extremely well in timbered areas on the low setting, medium setting for semi cleared areas and set to high for open cleared country. Fitted to a suppressed rifle «as used in New Zealand», a rifle / Digisight combination would be an outstanding set-up for wild dogs, feral cats, foxes and feral pig control. With the limited range of several suppressed calibres and low report they would provide hunters, farmers and professional shooters the ability to seriously impact the feral populations at the time when many of these animals are most active.
For myself a rifle fitted with this type of set-up would be 1› shorter in the length of pull than my standard stock length allowing for the rubber boot to fully cover my eye. The weight and size of the unit is of no real consequence for myself, but maybe a consideration for some. I would use this set-up from a hide that is positioned near a carcass for wild dogs, out of the window of the ute, or with the wind in your favour sitting off a dam or feedlot waiting for pigs to come in for a drink or a feed. Paired with the Pulsar Digiforce 860VS digimonocular, you now have the option to glass a wide area in complete darkness, acquiring the animal, then picking up your rifle and taking a shot without even the slightest hint of a light.
LRF Range finder
capability out to a distance of
400m (Laser Range Finder)
Detection range of up to 600m
for up to three different bullet weight/load combinations or three different rifles.
13 Reticle options
Quick adjustable lens focus
Simple One knob menu control for set up
Adjustable magnification from 1-2 power
Zoom 4.5 to 9
Measures true elevation
Three IR settings
Video output for recording in the field
Weight: approx. 1kg
Length: approx. 340mm
Batteries: 4 x AA
Remote power source available: Yes
Supplier: ExtraVision Australia
Available: at all good gunshops
For more details go to: www.extravision.co.au