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I am looking for some good binoculars for hunting mulies up here in south dakota. I was debating on getting a spotting scope instead but i think i need some good binoculars first. I am getting a new scope also and possibly a range finder so money is kind of an issue. I am looking to spend under 200. I dont know much about binoculars but i know there are 2 different kinds. I want to be able to judge deer at decent distances. i havent done a lot of looking for binos as i have spend most of my time looking for a scope right now but i did see a deal where i could get a bushnell 15-45x50 spotting scope for 179 plus get free bushnell 10x42 powerview binoculars. dont know anything about the spotter or the binos just seen the deal so any help will be appreciated. thanks guys
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The powerview binoculars are not going to cut it as a hunting binocular (unless you are using them for a paperweight to protect your map from being blown away in the wind.)  There is a reason why they are willing to offer you both of these at such an attractive price, i.e. you get what you pay for.


You are correct to buy a binocular before a spotting scope as binoculars are far more versitile.  With a budget of under $200 you should look to porro prism models.  Bushnell Legend, B&L Discoverer, Pentax PCF WP, Nikon Tundra ATB, Leupold WindRiver, etc. all represent very servicable models.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/05/2013 at 11:25
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Lucznik is probably right about getting porro prism binoculars. Porro binoculars will be less expensive and get you at least as good of performance than roof prism binoculars. However, roof prism binoculars look so much cooler than porro prism ones.

Don't go more than 10x magnification as it will be very difficult to hold steady without a tripod. Most people recommend 8x or 10x for hunting.

I recently purchased a pair of Vortex Diamondback 8x42 binoculars. These are roof prism binoculars. For me, the 10x was not so easy to hold steady. Got them from They list for $219 but I got a $20 discount from the rep right there on the spot. I got to tell you they are fabulous binoculars. Huge field of view and crystal clear optics and they just feel very comfortable in my hand. Plus the warranty is the best in the business...unlimited lifetime, transferrable warranty. If anything goes wrong with the binoculars, just send them in and they will repair or replace them at no charge. Check the Vortex website and talk to numerous websites like or or I did this and all the reps I talked to couldn't say enough good things about the Vortex Diamondback.

But, if you want to keep costs down get a pair of porro prism binoculars. They are bigger and bulkier but will give very good performance for less money spent. I can't give much insight with porro prism binoculars as all my research was done on roof prism binos. Also, if you want the best quality glass, stay away from zoom lenses. Quality drops with zoom lenses.

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