Best Spotting Scope


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Sven
April 9, 2003, 08:25 PM
Alright, lets hear opinions of best scope for 200 yard competition... budget of low to mid hundreds?

Also interested in stands.

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Steve Smith
April 9, 2003, 08:37 PM
SURELY you are going to stretch the legs of the Hook rifle and not make it shoot 200 yards for the rest of its life! ;)

My vote is for a Kowa 661 or 821 with 25x or 27x LER eyepieces (respectively) and the Ray-Vin stand from www.ray-vin.com

Jim Watson
April 9, 2003, 08:39 PM
Kowa.
Mine is a little 60mm 25X, four hundred odd dollars. A real stand is on the shopping list but right now I am buying actual shooting stuff so it sits on a camera tripod. Better than I was entitled to expect, but I was seeing .40 caliber (.40-65 BPCR) holes in a blaze orange target at 500m... in good light and when the breeze wasn't shaking the scope and the mirage wasn't rising. It was easily picking .38-55s out of red, blue, or black (We were experimenting with target colors.) at 200 and 300. A dark target at 385 was not spottable. My coach has an 82mm 27X Kowa that is terriffic, but they are around $800 now.

A Burris Landmark was very disappointing, I sent it back. A Leupold Wind River was better, but a Bushnell Spacemaster was the sharpest scope I saw under $300.

Rockrivr1
April 11, 2003, 08:08 AM
I have to agree with getting a Kowa. I picked up a 661 a month or so back and have loved it. It is a little more expensive then some, but I can see .223 holes at two hundred yards without much difficulty. It ran me around $600.

I thought about getting a cheaper one, but got good advise from people on this board. Basically the advise was, save up and get the best and be happy with it.

Watchman
April 13, 2003, 09:41 PM
I got the Wind River.

200 bucks, it seems to work well.

keyhole
April 14, 2003, 10:18 AM
Bought a Burris 20x60x80, thru Midway for less than 200.00 Really impressed with it, for the price, and can see .223 holes at 200 yards with it. Great investment.:)

Steve Smith
April 14, 2003, 10:45 AM
Sven, two things you have to have. Long eye releif and a 45 degree eyepiece. You also need a big clear scope to pick up mirage well at 300 and 600 yards.

M1911
April 14, 2003, 03:09 PM
Most of the best high power rifle shooters around here use Kowa, but they ain't cheap...

e007dw
April 15, 2003, 10:04 AM
I'm in the process of looking at new spotting scopes too.

What are the advantages/disadvantages of the 45 degree eyepiece? It seems that most spotting scopes come with the straight eyepiece.

Is a 15-45X60 scope going to do the job at 200-300 yards for varmint hunting? Should I be looking at the 20-60 power models instead?

Thanks for the feedback.

Dennis

M1911
April 15, 2003, 11:19 AM
For service rifle shooters shooting from the prone position, the angled-eye piece seems best. It requires less movement from your position to look through the scope.

I can't comment on varmint hunting, as I never done any.

Steve Smith
April 15, 2003, 11:56 AM
m1911 got it. Most humans can't move their head and neck enough to use a straight eyepiece when in prone position.

For power, expect to see so much mirage at high power that you can't even see a prarie dog at 300 if you at 45x. For that reason I'd suggest you get one with a lower powered zoom like the one that goes down to 15x.

Steve

Sven
May 28, 2003, 12:06 AM
Anyone have any dealer recommendations for the Kowa's? Used is fine.

Steve Smith
May 28, 2003, 09:31 AM
www.jarheadtop.com or try adorama.com Jarheadtop is Jim Owen's site. He'll often have some old TSN-1's for sale...they're EXCELLENT scopes.

Rockrivr1
May 28, 2003, 01:30 PM
I have to agree with Steve on Jarheadtop.com. I purchased a Kowa from them in January and it was a very easy transaction. I would recommend doing business with them.

craigz
June 11, 2003, 05:38 PM
I have a Meopta 70mm scope that came with a 20-45x eyepiece, and I also have a fixed power 50x eyepiece that I use most of the time. The lenses are by the same people that make IOR scopes, and are excellent. It has a 45 degree angled eyepiece that swivels 360 degrees, as well as the usual multi-coated lenses, nitrogen-filled body, and so forth. Absolutely excellent product and $538 (with the variable eyepiece) from the snipercountry.com PX.

By the way, for shorter ranges, the new Leupold compact 10-20X spotter is one sweet little scope for $299.

MrBob
September 3, 2010, 11:28 AM
this thread is old, sorry for bumping, but I'm in the market for a FEW spotting scopes. can anyone recommend scopes that would be good but inexpensive? this is for beginners that will be birdwatching thanks

cbrxxrider
September 3, 2010, 11:43 AM
I would suggest ALPEN, they make a fairly decent scope for the cost.

MrBob
September 7, 2010, 10:11 AM
thanks cbrxxrider. I also contacted Don of http://www.spottingscopereview.net who is a member here too (and very knowledgeable) and he said the same thing - Alpen.

good thing I asked because I hadn't looked at Alpen at all :) thanks again!

dardascastbullets
September 12, 2010, 11:49 AM
Unertl if you can find a used one. Undoubtedly the finest scope ever made whether was a straight, 45 degree or a 90 degree. You will never regret owning one!

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