Spotting scope or Binos

cz512wmr

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Hi, hunting Fox and Rabbit out to 300 and maybe 500 yards, would you choose binoculars or spotting scope? Also, what magnification would suffice.
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Rich Coyle

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For something similar I use 15X58 Big Eyes binoculars on a tripod. If I think I found a jackrabbit I can take a closer look through the 4-24X rifle scope.
 

FearNoWind

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Binoculars, hands down. IMO, spotting scopes require too much hardware to be effective in the field for hunting purposes.
I'd probably want 20x ... but that's a personal choice.
Best bet is to stop by your local dealer, pick out an object about the size of the game you're hunting at 500 yards and take a look with something he has in stock. You'll know very quickly which suits you best.
And ..... expect to pay a hefty price for a good pair of binos. I'd expect to pay $600 to $800 (maybe a bit more) for a pair suitable for hunting. The glas is everything. If it's got good glass you can be pretty sure it's got good mechanics.
 

machiavelli

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I use a pair leica 15x56 range finding binoculars to hunt the tops on New Zealand's west coast to hunt Thar it is far easier on the eyes, beats a spotting scope.
 

Litehiker

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Yep, binos any day.

I carry Bushnell 10 X 42 ARC 1 Mile laser range finding binos and love them. Yeah, the glass is noe Swarovski but neither is the price. Plus I get far better laser ranging performance than my friend's pricier Ziess LRF binoculars.
 

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