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Anyone have recommendations on specific models or what to look for in buying a spotting scope? I'm looking for something that I would typically use at 200 yards but would work out to about 600 yards.

I'm sure if I shelled out the cash for a swarovski I'd get a great scope, but I'd prefer not to have to spend a fortune on this.


thanks for the help

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Eric: Any thoughts on which one?

Texas: I put a Burris red-dot on a Ruger charger and it's been a good little setup. Tn cans are just not safe if they're within 25 yards of my wife with that rig <g>

Which one did you get?

For the ranges I'm talking about, what kind of magnification do I need? Other features? I haven't used one in about 30 years, and I just don't know much about them. I do know it's a pain to keep walking out to the 200-yard line to check my targets..

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Just don't get caught on 'magnification'. It's all about the resolution of the lenses. If you can go to a good sporting goods store that lets you try them out.
 

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For bullet holes at 100 yards, the $150 Bushnell one works fine.

I can't give a recommendation for 200 yards though, as I have only used the cheaper ones ($200). As with any scopes, it is not so much about magnification, but about light gathering ability. If it can gather more light, things will be crisper, clearer, and brighter! Any scope can work well on bright sunny days, it is the scopes that can pick up the details in low light condition is what separates the good ones from the bad ones.

But even after saying all that, I have my doubts even the really good spotting scopes, say the $800 ones will be able to see bullet holes at 200 yards. The higher magnification you go, things get darker real fast, and I doubt they will be able to get enough light to see bullet holes at that distance.
 

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What is your budget and what type of shooting do you want to engage in? Also will you be shooting with a partner who is trying to range shots for you?
 

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If you want to see holes at 200 yards, you need to step up to a good scope like Kowa. You will be spending around $750 - $1000 Your best bet is to go to Optics Planet and talk to Jody, she is the spotting scope go-to gal. Glass is one of those thing's that you have to spend a ton of money to get just a little better performance. However, you'll be glad you did in the long run. Look at the Minox & Kowa scope's with aprox. 15-45x eye pcs. and with around a 60mm body. ED glass is a little better, but again more money. What ever you do, talk to Jody!
 
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