Spotting scopes??

Goobie270

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What magnification would one need to see bullet holes at 600 yards? Second are there any decent spotting scopes around 4-500 dollars?. Thanks.
 

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Being able to see bullet holes in paper at 600 yards is asking a lot of a spotter, in my opinion. Conditions will be a big factor, however. Humidity and heat = mirage.
I doubt you will find a $500 spotter that do what you are asking, even with ideal conditions. I have a Swaro HD 65mm 20-60 power spotter that I can't pick out bullet holes in paper at 600. But where I live the air is heavy and humid with too much mirage. I shoot steel at that distance and the impacts are easily seen.
 

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Being able to see bullet holes in paper at 600 yards is asking a lot of a spotter, in my opinion. Conditions will be a big factor, however. Humidity and heat = mirage.
I doubt you will find a $500 spotter that do what you are asking, even with ideal conditions. I have a Swaro HD 65mm 20-60 power spotter that I can't pick out bullet holes in paper at 600. But where I live the air is heavy and humid with too much mirage. I shoot steel at that distance and the impacts are easily seen.
Ok thanks, that what I was wondering. I can see 308 bullet holes at 400 yards with my 22x rifle scope, so I just thought I might be able to see further with a spotting scope.
 

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If you can see your bullet holes at 400 with your 22X scope, you may be able to see them at 600 with a spotter. I can't overstate how atmospheric conditions will affect your optics. You must be shooting in better conditions than where I live in Louisiana.

Also, those 'Shoot N See' type of targets are much easier to see vs plain white paper.
 

Goobie270

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If you can see your bullet holes at 400 with your 22X scope, you may be able to see them at 600 with a spotter. I can't overstate how atmospheric conditions will affect your optics. You must be shooting in better conditions than where I live in Louisiana.

Also, those 'Shoot N See' type of targets are much easier to see vs plain white paper.
Yeah the conditions must be different, I'm in canada.
 

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As has been said, conditions meaning air quality, will determine that more so than the price of the scope.
Im not implying that the higher quality scopes wont offer an advantage, just that you wont always do it with them either if the air quality is bad on the day you try.
Just remember that on a good day, they all look good, but the better ones look a little better.
On a bad day, none of them look good regardless of price.
Bullet holes on white targets are far easier also.
 

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For $4-500 I'd buy a camera system. Out at that range they are awesome.
 

Beardeddeer91

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For $4-500 I'd buy a camera system. Out at that range they are awesome.
Agree 100%. Even with a great spotting scope that is asking for a lot. If you want the option to see bullet holes at 600+ on targets then a camera system is the way to go.
 

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I own a Bullseye and a Caldwell camera system, both first generation. My Spotting scope is for sale. I have 5 years on the Bullseye. I shoot two .20 BRs, one set up for the 55 Berger with a G1 just under .4. I can see .20 at 550 (my Club Range is short of 600 yds) under near darkness because the security cameras are well adapted to limited light. I have some trouble seeing in very intense sunlight, but these are mirage conditions and I go home anyway because the rifle scope is much worse than the camera systems.
 

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You brought up a good question Goobie 270 but 500 dollars in Canada won't go as far as it will for our neighbors to the south. May I suggest looking at used high quality spotters you may find a steal of a deal some where.
 

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Adam MacDonald (Canadian) has a new product, "Shot Marker" for sale. It will work with any supersonic bullet. See what he can do for you. He is in New Brunswick.
 

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I have pretty good success seeing .264 and .308 holes in White paper out to 800 yds with the vortex razor 85 on 40-50 power.
I also have no problem seeing holes in paper at 500 yds with the Atacr cranked to 25, sometimes I can see them at 600... early morning conditions are definitely best for me.
 

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