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Old February 26, 2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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Any good spotting scopes under $100

Interested in recommendations for inexpensive spotting scopes for informal 100/200 bench rest shooting? Any suggestions for around $100 or so?
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Old February 26, 2009, 05:20 PM   #2
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Not any good ones. Half way decent ones start around $200. You might check with Eagle Optics, they have a white box scope on sale for $199.
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Old February 26, 2009, 05:22 PM   #3
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Just got one today that I ordered from It's a Tasco 20-60X; 80MM with a tripod and hard sided case and cost about $130 delivered. Supposed to be waterproof and fog proof with a list price of just over $200. It had good reviews on Amazons' site and although all I've done is set it up in the back yard and look at the mountains it appears it will 'work fine' for the use I'll give it.

Didn't want to spend a great deal of money on a scope I won't use all that much.
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Old February 28, 2009, 12:21 AM   #4
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Cheap spotting scope

I just bought a "Barska" spotting scope , 20-60X60 w/tripod & carrying case for about $45 from The Sportsman's Guide. I set it up on the hood of my truck & I am sure I can see 6.5 mm bullet holes at 300 yds.

There are those who will say "don't waste your money", but bang for the buck I don't think you will beat it.
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Old February 28, 2009, 12:28 AM   #5
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+1 for the Barska it works great for the money.
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Old February 28, 2009, 02:02 AM   #6
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I have bought a couple of less expensive spotting scopes. I thought they were alright until I bought a Nikon- Huge difference in field of view, light gathering ability and sharpness of image. And a Nikon is just middle of the road compared to some...If you can wait, save your money, about $500 and get a good one...
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Old February 28, 2009, 04:55 AM   #7
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i made the mistake of buying a magnacraft, it is great to 100yd, then its too blurry to see the holes.

a guy at the range had an ncstar that i could see my 204 holes at 300yd.
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Old February 28, 2009, 08:32 AM   #8
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IMHO,,, Buy a good scope and you can see those bug holes at 300 yards better than any spotting scope. Been there, done that, from barska to leupold.
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Old February 28, 2009, 08:55 AM   #9
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I use a Burris Landmark ($259.00 @ Cabela's) for the reload, sighting, & long range BPCR (1300 yds & less). Works great.
I also have a Barska that was given to me. My kids use it on p-dogs but I dont like it.
Check out Konus Optics they make great stuff for the $$$.
Best advice I can give is buy a real good tripod. Nomatter how good the optics are if you can't hold them rock solid you can't see little bulit holes @ 200 yds.
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