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Spotting scope recommendations?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by meener777, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. meener777

    meener777 King County Active Member

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    I am looking for a decent spotting scope for bench use and thought I would ask the community for recommendations. I think an angled eyepiece would be convenient for shooting from the bench and I would like to be able to make out groups out to 100 yards if that's not asking too much. Price-wise I want a good value but I don't mind spending a little more for quality stuff that will have high resale value. OTOH if a cheapie will work just fine then that might be just the ticket. I'm interested in hearing what people recommend on this.
     
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    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Not wanting to spend a lot, I bought a Simmons 20-60x60 zoom on sale - and hung onto the receipt. 5 years ago. I think I paid $60 for mine. If it disappeared, I'd go get another tomorrow.

    Are there superior optics out there? Sure. Are there far worse/weaker powered scopes at the same price, and a lot more? You bet. Works great in all lighting conditions and focuses razor sharp. At close range and way out at hundreds of yards, I can clearly see the bullet holes in my targets.

    Whether you buy a bargain scope or invest in Nikon or Zeiss, it's a nice touch to have an eyepiece that angles up at 45 degrees so you can bend over and look down into it, as opposed to raising it way up or crouching behind it.
     
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    tfbit Eugene, OR Active Member

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    My dad bought a Konus 20-60x 80mm. Probably the best bang for the buck out there. I was amazed at what I could see. At 200 meters I couldn't believe the detail I was seeing on one of those pink plastic yard flamingos... could practically read "Made in China" on it. It was like I was standing right next to it.

    Konus Spotting Scope 20-60x 80mm Tripod Photo Adapter Soft Case
     
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  5. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    it one of those where you get what you paid for... a 1000$ spotting scope is tons better than a 500$ scope and tons better than a 100$ scope...

    so set your price and buy in that range...

    I started with a cheap barska and now have a nikon

    eventually I'd like a razor HD..
     
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    gastronome Aloha Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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  8. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Buy anything. If you only need to see 100 yards, the cheapest piece of junk scope you can find will do just fine. I'm not kidding - the really bad ones run into problems with small holes (223 or so) at 200 yards but literally anything will work at 100.
     
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