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I'm needing to purchase a new spotting scope for the range to replace my 1974 Bushnell that's just simply falling apart. I'm looking (with old eyes) to find some target holes at 100 yards. Any of you folks able to suggest one? My price range is $500 or less. I'd appreciate your input.
 

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I'm needing to purchase a new spotting scope for the range to replace my 1974 Bushnell that's just simply falling apart. I'm looking (with old eyes) to find some target holes at 100 yards. Any of you folks able to suggest one? My price range is $500 or less. I'd appreciate your input.
The leupold sx1 ventana has great optics for 299.99, the vortex is neck an neck with it same price, also the redfield is a strong choice very clear for 229.99. An with.those brands u know you get quality optics at great prices. I have a swaro an my buddy has a leupy gold ring he paid $1200, mine was 2500$ an only at the greatest distance can u see any difference in them. One of my drivers was lookin into a new spotter so we went an looked at a bunch of the he got the leupold sx1 ventana, very clear view
 

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I have a redfield conquest I bought last year that was $315 I think. Its 6-24x180 and its awesome....a pain to set up in a hurry but if your shooting off a bench that's no problem
 

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You are right Mike. The ziess at the shop is a conquest. The one I have here at the house is the rampage 20-60x60.
 

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You are right Mike. The ziess at the shop is a conquest. The one I have here at the house is the rampage 20-60x60.
There ya go, I knew u were mixing them up, but have u compared them side by side yet, the only difference I can see is a lil more viewing comfort from the zeiss but not enough to make me add $1200 bucks to it.
 

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There ya go, I knew u were mixing them up, but have u compared them side by side yet, the only difference I can see is a lil more viewing comfort from the zeiss but not enough to make me add $1200 bucks to it.
Ya I have. Past 750 or so the Zeiss is clearer....a tad. We also didn't pay that for it. I bought a box of stuff at an auction and it was at the bottom of my $75 box......of hunting knives;)
 

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I have the vortex nomad. Amazing spotting scope. When I first was looking into them I was a little skeptical, but now after a year, I couldn't ask for a better optic. Scope is clear and durable. During the right time of day I can confidentially say that 30 cal bullet holes can be seen on a shoot and see target up to 1000 yards. Plus you can't beat their VIP warranty
 

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I have the vortex nomad. Amazing spotting scope. When I first was looking into them I was a little skeptical, but now after a year, I couldn't ask for a better optic. Scope is clear and durable. During the right time of day I can confidentially say that 30 cal bullet holes can be seen on a shoot and see target up to 1000 yards. Plus you can't beat their VIP warranty
From everything iv seen vortex makes great glass all the way around.....especially for their price range
 

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I run vortex optics on all my rifles, ranging from their low end crossfires all the way to their viper pst on my 308.even use their red dot on my ar15. I swear by their products. I have friends who are hardcore Leupold fanatics, and say that if vortex had their reputation 3 years ago they would have gone with vortex all the way. Don't get me wrong Leupold are excellent products with a great warranty, but the household name will cost you the extra money
 

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I run vortex optics on all my rifles, ranging from their low end crossfires all the way to their viper pst on my 308.even use their red dot on my ar15. I swear by their products. I have friends who are hardcore Leupold fanatics, and say that if vortex had their reputation 3 years ago they would have gone with vortex all the way. Don't get me wrong Leupold are excellent products with a great warranty, but the household name will cost you the extra money
Yes it will. Ask muliemaster what my two main brands of optics are and he would probably tell you weaver and Bushnell-I like the DOA bone collector scopes.....I have 4 of em so far w more to be added;)
 

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I run vortex optics on all my rifles, ranging from their low end crossfires all the way to their viper pst on my 308.even use their red dot on my ar15. I swear by their products. I have friends who are hardcore Leupold fanatics, and say that if vortex had their reputation 3 years ago they would have gone with vortex all the way. Don't get me wrong Leupold are excellent products with a great warranty, but the household name will cost you the extra money
I have a vortex viper an its no better than any of my leupold vx3 scopes, their warranty is no better than leupys either, so are they less than leupold?? I say no, are they better??? Nope, they are good optics. I have a razor hd as well an its every bit as good as my swaro z5. I have the means to try many different scope brands, an I always go back to leupold, the new vx6 in 2x12 cds is on a build im finishing an its every bit as good if not better than my swarovski z6 which was next to insane money wise.
 

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I hate that doa reticle the hold over points are way to big.
Ya they are but the scopes are good and clear.....I don't use the hold over points on it anyways. Just like the clear glass for the price.
 

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If you're only looking at 100 yards, a bushnell trophy xlt ( gander mountain, $200 )should suffice. I can see holes from a .17 hmr at 100 yards. The tripod it comes with is junk, $40 at Walmart will get a decent replacement.
 

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I have a vortex viper an its no better than any of my leupold vx3 scopes, their warranty is no better than leupys either, so are they less than leupold?? I say no, are they better??? Nope, they are good optics. I have a razor hd as well an its every bit as good as my swaro z5. I have the means to try many different scope brands, an I always go back to leupold, the new vx6 in 2x12 cds is on a build im finishing an its every bit as good if not better than my swarovski z6 which was next to insane money wise.
All in all there's so many good brands out there, but its all about personal liking and how much a feature or name is worth to you.
 

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All in all there's so many good brands out there, but its all about personal liking and how much a feature or name is worth to you.
Personally I think features, affordability, quality and if it fits your uses is key. Who cares about if is says tasco or swarvo if it fits your needs and you like it?
 
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