Spotting Scope Help

commandernavi

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I urgently need advice on a spotting scope to get. I am attempting to get something that is capable of discerning .30 cal holes up to as far as 600 yards as humanly possible (I know that this is very hard even for the top-notch spotting scopes), but I definitely want something to work well to 300-400 yards.

Unfortunately my budget isn't super high. I don't want to spend over 200 dollars, so please help me out with finding the best option possible in this price range.

I say urgently because I am going to be shooting at ranges between 200-400 this weekend and would really love to pick something up before then.

Also, if you can provide details on where to buy this in Houston, Tx, I would be very appreciative! Thanks!
 
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matefrio

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Thanks. I will take a look at it, but it is still a bit over my price range. Is it significantly better than these Barskas? They seem to have solid reviews.

Amazon.com: BARSKA Blackhawk 20-60x60 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope w/ Tripod, Soft Carry Case & Premium Hard Case: Sports & Outdoors

Amazon.com: BARSKA Colorado Waterproof Spotting Scope: Sports & Outdoors
Look around. You can find the Konus for $30.00 less I'd bet. If not look at the vortex nomad.

Don't buy a barska and think you'd see what you want.

Or get this konus: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/79...pod-photo-adapter-and-soft-case-armored-green
 
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commandernavi

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That's a shame. Is there anything about the Barska that is lacking in particular? The Konus seems to have worse reviews than the blackhawk on midway and I don't understand what's causing that. Any thoughts?
 

c_m_shooter

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I have the entry level Leupold. I think it is rated at 40x, but is much clearer than my junk 60x barska. They had an eye exam chart in the rafters at Cabela's and I was able to try every scope in stock one day. The Leupold was the only in that price range able to read the bottom row of letters. I can see .30 holes with it at 300 all the time. .223 out to 200 all the time, 300 yards the sun has to be behind me.
 

CS_TX

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Don't think 600 will happen at that price.

300-400 yards check out Konus brand. May not work but is the best glass for the budget.

Konus Spotting Scope 20-60x 80mm Tripod Photo Adapter Soft Case
I have one of the Konus 20-60x 80 scopes. IMHO it's the best scope on the market in it's price range. I think Midway has the 100MM version on sale.

ETA: Didn't see that the Konus was out of your price range. As far as the Barska scopes go...I bought a Barska as my first spotting scope and it was complete junk. The glass sucked and the focus was crap. I would stay away from Barska.
 
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matefrio

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Ya, we were asked for a scope around $200 and I gave the best for the budget, and could most likely see at 300 yards.

Then the OP wants to buy a Barska.

I'm out of this thread. My advice can go to anyone who wants to see this in the archive especially when the OP can't see crap with his $60.00 scope.
 

Vaquero

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I've got a barska. Get anything but. Really. It sits in the cabinet, I'd rather walk the distance than struggle to see through it!
 

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