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Spotting scope under $200?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Firehand, Dec 3, 2012.

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  1. Firehand

    Firehand Member

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    Looking for a spotting scope, something capable of showing .30-caliber bullet holes in paper at 300 yards. And have a hard ceiling on price of ~$200. Any suggestions?
     
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    http://www.opticsplanet.com/tasco-20-60x60-world-class-ep-45-spotting-scope-wc20606045.html

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...d_VS_82_VS_82_2_Section_Table_Top_Tripod.html

    Those comprise my "budget" setup, and do a great job. To get noticably better, the price jumps to a grand or more. I like the 45 on the eyepiece, it allows me to use it from the side, lowering my profile - handy with coyotes.

    All the inexpensive spotting scopes have junk tripods. The Vangard is rock-solid, and built to last.
     
  3. Firehand

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    I'll take a look, thanks!

    Have a Winchester marked one that works great out to 150 or so; beyond that, unless the hole is in a light area of the target you can't pick it out.
     
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    Use the Shoot and see targets. This helps when using any spotting scope. Hits in a Black Bull are about impossible to see at 300 yds. unless the light is just right.:)
     
  5. CApighunter

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    +1 on the shoot n see. Out to 300 yards all you need is your riflescope or a good pair of binos.
    CApighunter
     
  6. Sav .250

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    Lots of decent spotting scopes available. Plus there are under your $200 price. Go google and look them up.
     
  7. Sock Puppet

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    Don't forget the classifieds here (as well as other used marketplaces) you may be able to find a better scope for your budget.
     
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    Picked up a Tasco 20-40 x 60 for $120 bucks on sale (regular $199) a couple years ago from Big-5 sporting goods. Seems to be fine for the range (steady & plenty of light).
    Tried to use it hunting but it wouldn't gather enough light early & late, need to step up to about $300-$400 for that kind of quality.
    worked fine at the range, we could see .270 holes out to 350 yards on neon yellow/orange & shoot-n-c targets.
     
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