Greetings and Happy New Year Everyone! Delighted to find this post as I am now about five hours into what I’m sure will be my next “habit” :heart_eyes:
The comments here instantly caught my attention as I was digging around this site looking for info on long throw lighting for my new “pig rig” (6.8 caliber AR 15 build). I hunt Texas pigs for several good friends with pig problems down there (and what great meat it is!). Anyway, this rifle is the first (and last) AR type gun I’ll be owning as it is needed for super fast follow-up shots I haven’t been able to make with my bold guns (pig hunting is all about taking them all out- and they haul butt after the first shot! So an auto-loader is now built and I’m scoping and lighting it now for the hunts this spring).
Background: 7th gen. ranch kid with tech background and soldering station: A born cheapskate (all ranchers are if they actually “ranched” Vs. selling oil and I have built 100s of miles of fence, fixed about everything on a ranch (with rubber tube strips and baling wire)- and I’m used to making due with what I have. I’ve also built many electronic kits (Opamps for studio pre-amps, whole tube-amp kits, microphone kits, etc) as a former sound studio owner. So, I may have to grab my tech bag and clear a spot on the bench for a light build after I get a few things figured out.
Basically… I have always come back to the old adage that, “when you want something done right, you got to do it yourself.” I am learning that is the case with these LED lights. SubSailorVet was mentioning some fast info on tweaks to this C8 light and I have now studied most of the options on Mountain Electronic’s site. I’m feeling like a custom build is probable at this point but I want to ask you guys about the cost benefit of DYI Vs. just buying a higher end light.
So first question: IS it worth it when you get past a certain price point to just buy Vs build? I ask because I’m thinking what I want is going to cost about $50 - $70 in the market (or more) but IF I could build a smaller frame light than the C8 (must have pressure switch) that will truly light up the field out to 225 or so yards (for a fast shot thought a scope), that is what I am contemplating right now. But before I spend any more time researching I thought I’d ask you guys your opinion on this build I am thinking about.
Everything gets more costly as size reduces and I am thinking the L6 Host is 4 times the C8 build because of this. But I really want to keep the size of the reflector down so this light can sit tighter to the frame (just right of the scope itself) off a 45 degree short rail which will go UNDER the scope (mounting between the tall scope mounts). So, the plan is to have that light almost touching the scope’s bell; so it needs to be thin (like this L6 kit looks to be) so it doesn’t interfere with the view through the scope.
I also have a great collection of re-purposed (and tested) 18650s from laptops, drills and other sources: Samsung, LG, Sony- no junk. I have used these for interesting projects using neat stuff from China (fans, motion detected solar lighting, etc.) where you take the junk battery out, toss it, and solder in a good cell. So I’d like to stick with those batteries as they are in good supply already.
In my mind… the light I THINK I want is smaller at the bell end, holds TWO 18650s, turns ON (at FULL power only, not SOS, no dim, just “on” when the pressure switch is “pressed”). I’m guessing this light is probably going to get very hot at the bell end- so heat sinks, reliable wiring, and a rugged’ized design is a must. Of course, its has to run for a good 45 minutes or so too (I would pack spare batteries as needed for all night hunts but from what I read this is doable).
What I am still wondering about is voltage (6v or 12v?), extension tubes (needed or not?), reflector type (guessing milled metal for heat dissipation), and the little “tricks” you guys know about (through hard knocks!). Any advice on a L6 kit (or another option out there) would be greatly appreciated! I’m not needing to go L6 here BTW, and if the C8 can work with another reflector (maybe smaller???), or if there is another frame I could look at- I am all ears (and would love to save money over that L6 frame too)!
Thanks in advance for any ideas you have for me. I have about 6 weeks to get this built so no super rush, but I’d like to source parts sooner than later and “savor them” before putting them together
And if SubSailorVet is building free lights still…? :sunglasses: