Spotting scope or Binos

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by cz512wmr, May 7, 2015.

  1. cz512wmr

    cz512wmr New Member

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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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  2. MountainMariner

    MountainMariner Well-Known Member

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    Binos for that. Probably 8x, 10x max.
     
  3. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  5. machiavelli

    machiavelli Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Bino's. I use 10 x 42 Zeiss myself.
     
  7. cz512wmr

    cz512wmr New Member

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    Thanks for your responses , gives me a direction to pursue , cheers
     
  8. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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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.