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Old 08-04-2010, 04:33 PM
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Range finder or spotting scope?

If we get drawn I will be going on my first SD antelope hunt this fall and I would like to add one of these to my hunting gear so I am looking for ideas as to which one is more usefull. I will be shooting my 300WTBY with a 4-12 swarovski scope with 168 gr berger bullets that has worked great for deer out to 500yds.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:43 PM
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Re: Range finder or spotting scope?

Rangefinder. No point being able to see them if you don't know how far away they are.

Stu.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:43 PM
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Re: Range finder or spotting scope?

To shoot far enough to need a spotting scope in a hunting situation, you first need a rangefinder.

The caveat is if you are truly trophy hunting. At least for me, antelope bucks are difficult to judge. You would need a spotting scope to really determine if it is a shooter, even before the range you need a rangefinder to shoot.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:50 PM
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Re: Range finder or spotting scope?

Rangefinder and dont get anything less than a Lieca and borrow a spotting scope. I'm sure a friend has one.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:31 PM
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Re: Range finder or spotting scope?

+++++ On buy the Lieca and borrow a spotting scope. My Lieca did a great job last fall. I would borrow out my spotting scope before I would borrow out my Lieca. Dale
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:51 PM
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Re: Range finder or spotting scope?

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+++++ On buy the Lieca and borrow a spotting scope. My Lieca did a great job last fall. I would borrow out my spotting scope before I would borrow out my Lieca. Dale
+1...buy a rangefiner, borrow a spotting scope.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:04 AM
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Re: Range finder or spotting scope?

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+1...buy a rangefiner, borrow a spotting scope.
Great call. I recently purchased a Leica and it is amazing. Great optics and reads really well.
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