Re: High end spotting scopes
It also greatly depends on if you like to trophy hunt or not. A good spotting scope will be the differance in determining if that elk is 330" or 360" And same for mulies and such where mass can be such an important part in overall score.
Also here in my state we have horn restrictions on dall sheep and they can be tricky to determine legal status from 1/2 mile away and even much closer at times. This is where it PAYS huge dividends. Do I shoot? or dont I?? I hate working as hard as I do to get into sheep country and find rams and not be able to tell if I can bag one or not because my optics suck. I now use a 20-60x65mm Swarovski scope and El 10x42 binos. This is some of the best $$ I have spent on hunting gear.
YOU CANNOT KILL WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE OR JUDGE!
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.