I don't know about scopes/optics - help with this one?

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by JW357, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. JW357

    JW357 New Member

    As the title said, don't know what I'm doing. The only optic I've ever used is my ACOG on the M16 for the Corps. Was not impressed. Give me good ole irons anyway. Don't get me wrong, I see the value in optics. Just personally prefer iron sights for myself.

    That being said, I'm thinking about getting a bench scope (is that even what they're called?) for shot spotting. I don't need anything fancy-pantsy. And honestly prolly don't need anything right now. I just happened to find one at Harbor Freight today, which I have a coupon from American Rifleman for.

    Just curious if you guys think this would be worth buying for my purposes. We're mostly talking out to 100 or 200 yards at a range here, guys. Also, what can you tell me about the differences between high dollar scopes and this one? I assume level of magnification is a difference. Maybe clarity in various light conditions? What else?


    Sorry for my naïveté showing once again. Seems to be a trend.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2013
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

    I have one of these:


    I picked up on sale from Bass Pro. Best you can get without laying major coinage. The tripod is a little cheesy, but it works well enough for what I need.

    I can see .22 holes in the target at 100 yards.

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    DONT DO IT!!!

    those are total junk. ive seen them at the range i attend and they arent even good enough to spot shots at 100 yards!!!

    there is no getting around the cost of good glass for whatever application your looking at. ive got a leupold spotting scope i bought on sale at cabelas and its barely adequate for 300 yards using a 45 caliber bullet and shoot-n-see targets... wasted my money on that one.
  4. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    EVERYTHING at Harbor Freight is junk...well, except their awesome tarps.

    I bought this very spotting scope at $50 and returned it immediately.

    a) The tripod might as well be spaghetti.
    b) The glass is extremely dark.
    c) The eye relief is very weird. You have to have your eye in the EXACT perfect spot or you have no field of view.

    This experience taught me two things about spotting scopes.

    1) I went looking for (and found one at an estate sale) a solid photography-grade tripod. Most affordable spotting scopes come with really lame tripods.
    2) I would much rather save longer and get something more in the $200 range. And I'm still saving.
  5. Crazycastor

    Crazycastor New Member

    If your shooting iron sites. That will work for you. Heck I bought a cheap one for 5 cents at a garage sale. No name brand and I still use it today. Not everything has to be high dollar with the finest glass in it especialy if your easy on your equipment. 50 bucks will get you to see what your shooting at with iron sites and if you don't lime it take it back.
  6. JW357

    JW357 New Member

    Thanks for the advice everyone.

    Yes I'll be using irons. Prolly no more than 100 yards. I'm not concerned with having a scope for anything ridiculous like shooting out to 500 yards. Just simple target fun.