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Old May 9, 2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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spotting scope and range finder suggestions

I'm looking at getting into some long range shooting (up to 1000 yards).

Suggest a good spotting scope and good range finder that will be good quality without costing a fortune.
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Old May 9, 2013, 07:09 AM   #2
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What kind of budget are you looking in?

Scopes can run from a wide range $100-$3k+
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Old May 9, 2013, 08:10 AM   #3
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Re: spotting scope and range finder suggestions

Ha. More toward the $100 range. $200/$300 is fine too.
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Old May 9, 2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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While optics have gotten amazingly better, the quality required for the distance you said will require some serious dough spent.
The resolution, internal reflection and light gathering abilities of the lower priced scopes, as impressive as they can be, probably won't cut it at those really long distances.
Maybe a wireless camera set up would be a better choice.
http://www.accurateshooter.com/gear-...-video-camera/
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Old May 9, 2013, 09:39 AM   #5
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Around $100-$300 or so is Bushnell type range, I don't think you will see very much detail at 1000yds, maybe broken skeets.

Spotting scopes get expensive as you go up in quality.
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Old May 9, 2013, 10:13 AM   #6
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Very interesting. As I said, I'll be new to the long range business. I'm sure I'll find the limit of my gun/scope/ammo at some point, maybe it will be short of 1000 yards, but I definitely want to push it as far as I can.

Farthest I've shot is 500 yards, with iron sights.
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Old May 9, 2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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First of all 1,000 yard ranges are far and few in between even in Texas. I happen to belong to one.

I had a Leupold Sequoia 10-60x spotting scope (around $500 at the time). It was great to spot bullet holes (.308) to 200 yards, after that it was useless even on a good day.

In your budget I would consider a mountain bike from Walmart/Target.

At my range, the guys that are shooting that distance have their on group and they meet twice a week. Half of them shoot first and the other half operate the targets with the spotting markers. When not with a group we take a few shots and get in the car/truck and drive down to the target.
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Old May 9, 2013, 02:05 PM   #8
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First of all 1,000 yard ranges are far and few in between even in Texas. I happen to belong to one.
Have a local range with 1000 yard range. Never shot on it though.

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I had a Leupold Sequoia 10-60x spotting scope (around $500 at the time). It was great to spot bullet holes (.308) to 200 yards, after that it was useless even on a good day.
This surprises me. But makes sense considering the distance.

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In your budget I would consider a mountain bike from Walmart/Target.
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At my range, the guys that are shooting that distance have their on group and they meet twice a week. Half of them shoot first and the other half operate the targets with the spotting markers. When not with a group we take a few shots and get in the car/truck and drive down to the target.
I'll have to hang around the 1000 yard range, see how it operates and how others manage.
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Old May 9, 2013, 02:47 PM   #9
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I'll have to hang around the 1000 yard range, see how it operates and how others manage
That's a smart move. No sense re-inventing the wheel if you can just watch and learn.

There is nothing simple about shooting at 1,000 yards. Remember it's all about the bullet and details, details, details... and money.

Those guys are walking encyclopedias and if you're lucky one of them takes a liking to you get them to show you how they go about their handloading.
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