Spotting scope with reticles

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by steeltraps, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. steeltraps

    steeltraps Well-Known Member

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    What kind of spotting scope with reticals are you guys using for beyond 2000 yards? I have a 15x45x60 bushnell with mil-dots. My spotter keeps telling me he is have problems seeing impact on rocks with 338 lapua at 2005 yards. This usually happens when the rocks are wet. I dont want to have to wait to spring to shoot so i thought about a 20x60x80 spotting scope with reticles. Any suggestions? What brand should i buy?
     
  2. 406precision

    406precision Well-Known Member

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    I love the angled vortex razor hd 20-60x85 with the set 30 x moa reticle crystal clear and by far the best spotting scope I have had my hands on. The moa reticle makes it super easy to measure both the target rock and the impacts. I like it better than the swaros I have used seems eye alignment is better...and the warranty should you ever need it rocks.
     

  3. steeltraps

    steeltraps Well-Known Member

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    I have seen those for sale for around 900 and with the eye piece for 225> so for 1150 or so i could get the vortex. I would like a little more power than 30x though.
     
  4. 406precision

    406precision Well-Known Member

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    If you have seen them for sale that cheap id buy more than one :D
     
  5. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    If you want more power might have to go Ziess and spend the big bucks.I thought I heard one of the eyepices interchange into another spotter. Like a vortex in certain swaro. Ziess is 20-60x72
     
  6. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    That would be the Viper model not the Razor.

    Jeff
     
  7. steeltraps

    steeltraps Well-Known Member

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    My bad, you are correct. Vortex 20x60x80 Viper HD is 899. So i could buy a scope body and put a swaro eye peice on it? Could some one tell me more about this? I am not opposed to spending 1000 to 3000 dollars on spotting scope with reticles. buy once cry once! I just want to get the right one so when my 375 cheytec gets built i can take advatage of the 1200 to 4000 yards of rocks i have to shoot at> I have thought about a leupold 20 x60x80 spotting scope. Anyone have one or have any advise on them? Or should i get a scope body and a swaro eye peice? What eye peices interchange with what scope bodies? thanks for all the help guys!
     
  8. 406precision

    406precision Well-Known Member

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    Id simply go with this scope

    Vortex Optics - Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled

    and this eye piece

    Vortex Optics - Razor HD 30x WA Ranging Eyepiece MOA

    That is the combo that we run and you would have no problems using the reticle out to 2000 + yards and once the power was not sufficient you could run the 20-60 eyepiece

    However at those elr distances you will start to see alot of heat waves and distortion caused by enviromental issues.

    You may be better suited with a remote target cam system like this
    Remote Video Spotting System 775-852-9449 Target Camera TargetCam

    We run a five camera system in our classes and when we do load work up and it works awesome!

    If your interested in either of the options let me know we can help you get into either one.
     
  9. steeltraps

    steeltraps Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice. I may go with the vortex. I have 3 vortex pst scopes, and really like them. Someone told me that nightforce males a 20x70 spotting scope? DO they have reticles? I have 7 guns with nightforce scopes on them. I am a BIG nightforce fan. The enviromental factors are not that great where we shoot. 1260 yards to 2000 yards is what we normally shoot, but can go to 4000 yards shooting rocks. We shoot from mt top to mt top> the mirage is very light even in midday alabama weather. It takes us 25 minutes to drive to targets. WE joke about shooting from 1 county to another all the time! As far as a remote camera it wouldnt work because we shoot a flat tall rock faceings, unless someone is brave enough to get a rope and go half way down a rock and tie camera to a tree.:D About 1 year ago we had a 30 ft 1/2 inch cable holding one of my 20 inch ar-500 targets, my stupid cousin keep hitting 2moa high over the target, after 4 shots he adjusted scope down 2 moa. It was not enough or he missed high. The bullet hit the cable and my 150 dollar ar-500 target went 400 ft down the rock facing, we have looked down at it several times since, but no one in ower group will climb down and get it!:)
     
  10. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    The Swarovski ATS 80mm body with the Vortex 30x reticle eye piece works great for me. Those eye pieces are available in mil or moa.
     
  11. steeltraps

    steeltraps Well-Known Member

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    One of my friends that i let shoot on my land has a friend he wants to bring that has a leupold 20x60x80 mark 4 tatical. Also have a friend that just got a kowa 880? He says he put a 30X vortex moa eye piece on it. Dont know how they will compare to the old 15x45x60 mil-dot bushnell but we will find out dec 26. We will have 4 or 5 guy shooting 1260 yards to 2000 yards, with at least 3 spotting scopes. Thanks for the help guys> please keep the sugguestions coming because after the first of the year i am going to buy something in the 1000 to 3000 dollar range.gun)
     
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    I have a question. How does a person know which eyepieces will crossover to scope bodies. For example a reticle eyepiece to a Swarovski or zeiss body. I would like to know because a want to make a bracket to co-witness my terrapin to the reticle in scope. Thus eliminating a doubler on rangefinder and only using one tripod.
     
  13. steeltraps

    steeltraps Well-Known Member

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    From what i have read a 30x vortex eyepiece will thread on to a swaro and vice versa. I would say that it sounds like thread count and pitch are the major factors.
     
  14. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    let me know on that Kowa I have a 774,does it fit with no modification, is the 30x a wide, I have that on mine is real nice.