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This is my first post   I have looked at this board for a long time and learned a lot of valuable info.  I am looking for a pair of binoculars for $300 or less.  My hunting club is a quality deer management club.  Our rule is 15" outside spread OR exceeds 150lbs (3 1/2 yr old deer in my part).  I will be hunting: 1) food plots up to 100 yards....2) thick brush (close shots up 15,20,30, & 40 yd shots) and 3) sometimes maybe a cut over (rarely).  I would like to have something small and doesn't weigh much.  I probably be mainly hunting in the thicker stuff.  What would you guys suggest for brand and size?  Thanks in advance for your help!!

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Since we are talking a hunting binocular then low light performance is obviously important. With that thought in mind I would look at a 42 or 50 mm binocular. The distances you related are fairly close in the big scheme of things so I would stick with 8x magnification. Some folks prefer 10x but some of the benefit of increased magnification can be negated by how steady you can hold it.

 

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Pentax DCF HS

Bushnell Legend

Bushnell Excursion

Leupold WR Cascade

Nikon Monarch

Carson XM (haven't tried but others highly recommend for the price)

 

Hope this helps. At the very least it should give you a good place to start.

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Thanks Frank for your suggestions. Any other thoughts?
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I'd vote for the Nikon Monarch 8X42.  I've used these for a good while and am happy with them.  I know several others who feel the same.

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Check out the Carson XMs I just got a pair and am extremely happy with them.

Do a search on here and at these sights for some input

www.24hourcampfire.com

www.archerytalk.com

 

I got mine for $184 but I think you'll have to pay about $269 as the place I ordered fromraised the price to the same as most other places.

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For the price range that you are looking at you will be hard pressed to find anything better than the Carson XM series.  They are very very nice.  I compared them to the others that were mentioned (Nikon Monarch, Bushnell Legends, Pentax DCF HRII) and to me the Carsons were a much clearer brighter binocular.  So far almost everyone that has handeled them have been very impressed. 

 

I agree with the above comments that you should stick to 8X magnification if the shots are going to be fairly close.

 

Happy hunting

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