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Old 05-28-2014, 09:24 PM
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Spot and stalk spotting scope

New kid in town here shopping for a packable functional durable CLEAR spotting scope. At the moment I am torn between the Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 and the Leupold GR 15-30x50 compact.

Of course, I am also open to any suggestions from someone more experienced. I have come down to these two because of size weight and quality but I have no way to set the two up for side by side comparison. Just hoping someone else might have a few thoughts on the subject.

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Old 05-28-2014, 11:37 PM
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Re: Spot and stalk spotting scope

Get the Vortex
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:27 AM
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Re: Spot and stalk spotting scope

I don't think you can go wrong with either one. However, I prefer them angled ... another vote for the Vortex.

Good luck!
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:25 PM
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Re: Spot and stalk spotting scope

I voted for the Vortex also and I am taking mine along again tomorrow on my Wyoming spot and stalk bear hunt in the mountains.

Here is what I wrote about it last year.

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Old 05-29-2014, 04:12 PM
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Re: Spot and stalk spotting scope

Thanks for the input!

The best price I have found on the Vortex is $599. While leupold can be had for $359 with free shipping and a free stedi stock. So, I am leaning toward the leupold at the moment because I'm not sure that the vortex is really $200+ better. Although I have yet to actually put a vortex (of any kind) in my hands and look one over so I am going into this a bit blind.

Good luck on that bear hunt!! Don' let ol' griz get the best of you! Where in WY are you headed?

This purchase is for my DIY Wyoming mule deer backpack hunt this fall.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:32 PM
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Re: Spot and stalk spotting scope

Depending on the terrain you will be hunting don't overlook a pair of 15x56 binos. I ditched my spotter and carry my big 15's everywhere when I hunt and love them.

Read Len's review of them here: Vortex Kaibab Binoculars And Outdoorsmans Tripod Review
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:29 PM
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Re: Spot and stalk spotting scope

I have not over looked a binocs only solution. The Kaibabs are out of my price range but the 15x50 vipers might be an option. Also I just discovered the 2x press on doubler from vortex and I'm thinking that option is getting very very realistic. The inevitable major drawback is money; Buy binocs, buy doubler, and buy tripod. I was alternately leaning toward and lightweight scope mounted on a stedi-stock (stock weighs less than half a pound and can be had for $20-25). I will certainly be taking shooting sticks regardless of my optic configuration so the scope on the stock braced on the shooting sticks deleted the expense and weight of a tripod and head (and possibly binocs altogether? it'll come down to how much I want to have to pack around). I know its not as steady as a rock solid tripod, but I am doing some high mileage backpacking on this hunt and almost assuredly on future hunts as well. The scope on a stock can be braced up on rocks, tree limbs, logs, and my pack for prone viewing. Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree so to speak which is why I posed the question on here.
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