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Hello all! And thank you for your time.

 

I do a lot of hunting over clear cuts (200-800 yards long) and have never gotten any binoculars I was happy with. Compacts would be great but the ones i have tried either did not have enough magnification or did not let in enough light

 

So I tried some large wally-world 50mm Bushnells and I really still was not happy.

 

My bino budget is tight $100-$200

 

Was wondering if anyone might have some advice, as I really do not know anything about binoculars, much less ones for long range hunting!!!

 

Are the Yukon binoculars good????

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With your budget you need to be looking at Porro prism binoculars to get any real value.  Options include (but are not limited to:)

 

Bushnell Legend series (I can find these for around $120 to $150, depending on exact model)

 

Pentax PCF series (My local sporting goods store has these for between $150 to $200, again depending on what exact model.)

 

Cabelas is still (or was the last time I looked) selling some porro prism Bausch and Lomb Discoverers for right around the $200 mark.

 

These three would be my first-choice options. There are other makers and some people here like some of them.  I have no experience with the IOR brand, but there are some very ardent fans of them on this site.  Steiners are popular with some, but I don't like the individual focus mechanism they use on their porro prism models.  Swift is another popular choice that I have seen receive high praise and recommendations.  I don't know the price point for any of these others.

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You can't really buy an IOR or a Swift for under $200, unless you find some older Swift AUdubon on Ebay.  Even then it is unlikely to end up under $200.

 

In that price range pentax PCF WP II and Nikon Action Extreme porros are worth a look. Also Bushnell Legends and Minolta Activa.  I also like SIghtron S2 WP porros.

 

Ilya

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Excellent, what size would you think???
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8x42 or something along those lines would be a best allround choice. 

 

If you really need to reach out there you can consider 10x42 or 10x50, but I think 8x magnification is a better way to go. 

 

Any of the binoculars mentioned above are far superior optically to cheap wally-world stuff.  You'd be surprised how well you can see with quality optics even at relatively low magnification.  My go to binocular is an IOR 7x40 and in 95% of all situations I feel in no way handicapped by a somewhat low 7x magnification.

 

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I'm with Koshkin on the IOR 7x40's.  After much use I've come to the comclusion that for my uses their relatively lower mag and higher weight are virtues.  I would never trade them for lighter 8X or 10x  binocs with lower quality optics.  They were also reasonably priced and are built like a fort.
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