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Hey guys, a friend of mine was interested in a spotting scope for his range shooting out to 300m.  He'll hopefully join the site soon and engage in the discussion, but I thought I'd kick it off and get some ideas.

Anyone have any recommendations for a suitable spotting scope for some range work?

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I'd go to Cabela's and look at them in person. It seems that most of the better scopes run between $1,000 and 3,000. You can go cheaper if it is just for range use and won't get beat up.

I intend to buy a better spotting scope for myself. I'm leaning towards Vortex. Vortex has scopes in about 3 price ranges. I'm going to compare the Vortex  scopes in the 3 price ranges. My gut feeling is that I won't see much difference between the three.

 

Good luck! 

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Anyone else have a spotting scope they like? :)

I was looking at the Vortex as well, can't beat that lifetime warranty :up:

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I got one of these because it's cheap and so am I.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002862UW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Works great out to 300 yards.  I also bought one of these for it:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002J2TLC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Again, because I a cheap.

I can't see spending any more money on a spotting scope unless I'm shooting beyond 300 yards, which never happens.

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37 minutes ago, Haskell_Hunter said:

I got one of these because it's cheap and so am I.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002862UW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Works great out to 300 yards.  I also bought one of these for it:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002J2TLC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Again, because I a cheap.

I can't see spending any more money on a spotting scope unless I'm shooting beyond 300 yards, which never happens.

This review :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R37O5X46UXKOCC?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

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You did see the second set of pics comparison right?


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7 minutes ago, BowhunterNJ said:

You did see the second set of pics comparison right?


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Yes, I approve of that review!

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1 hour ago, Haskell_Hunter said:

I got one of these because it's cheap and so am I.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002862UW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Works great out to 300 yards.  I also bought one of these for it:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002J2TLC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Again, because I a cheap.

I can't see spending any more money on a spotting scope unless I'm shooting beyond 300 yards, which never happens.

I have the EXACT same set up, including tripod.  Works great for my purposes, which mostly includes zeroing my rifles at Range 14, spotting game from my truck, occasional star gazing, and also to see how my kid is doing in outdoor JOAD shoots.  

A few years ago, I attended the rifle clinic at CNJRPC and had no issues seeing not only my, but everyone else's, .223 and .30 caliber holes in targets 200 yards away.    Unless I was doing a Steve Rinella type hunt, where I needed to scan vast amounts of landscape of hours on end,  I'd rather spend the extra cash on higher quality rifle optics (or another rifle).

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I use a Nikon ProStaff 20-60 82 mm spotting scope.... works very well...... overkill but I got it directly from Nikon at dealers cost...

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The Hubble telescope 

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Forget the scope and buy a rangefinder instead.


My friend only target shoots. Known distances.


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On 5/16/2018 at 10:17 PM, BowhunterNJ said:

My friend only target shoots. Known distances.

 

What kind of scope does  he have?  What size holes at what distance is he hoping to see?

If you're going to spend the cash on a spotting scope, why not just put the extra money into a bigger scope?

Over the years I have accumulated a few spotting scopes: a Burris Landmark that came free with a scope, a Tasco that was given to me, and a Celestron I purchased mainly to look at stars.  They're okay. But now sit in the pile of stuff I thought I needed, once upon a time.  

Don't get oversold on big magnification, you'll find that the cheaper stuff loses clarity and suffers badly from mirage at distance.

I would say look into a wireless baby monitor or something of the like.  Could be easily setup in the field and should transmit from target to shooter.

 

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