Range finder or spotting scope?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by mnhunter2, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. mnhunter2

    mnhunter2 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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

    Stu.
     

  3. ATH

    ATH Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. pyroducksx3

    pyroducksx3 Well-Known Member

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    Rangefinder and dont get anything less than a Lieca and borrow a spotting scope. I'm sure a friend has one.
     
  5. tenwalker

    tenwalker Active Member

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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
     
  6. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    +1...buy a rangefiner, borrow a spotting scope.
     
  7. squirrelduster

    squirrelduster Well-Known Member

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    Great call. I recently purchased a Leica and it is amazing. Great optics and reads really well.
     
  8. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Range finder! Antelope are easy to see but hard to range, and you can't hit it if you don't have a range.
     
  9. Bob33

    Bob33 Well-Known Member

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    Rangefinder. Get a Leica and you will not be disappointed.
     
  10. JARHEAD1371

    JARHEAD1371 Well-Known Member

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    Last year my new 1500 Bushnell wouldn't range antelope at around 700 yds. My wife and I missed the opportunity at a couple of book bucks because of that POS. I returned it the next day and I'm ordering a Swarovski range finder tonight. IMO, like others have said, buy the best range finder you can afford. The grass, sage, and miles of wide open spaces make an excellent laser a necessity. That is of course unless you know someone that has a Swaro you can borrow, then buy a spotter.

    What area did you apply for?