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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/11/2007 at 12:56
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I am shopping for an economical $100-300 range spotting scope.Waterproof, preferably amoured, (15-45)to(20-60)zoom, 60mm objective. I am looking for something for target shooting ( 100-200 yd.s for now, but maybe I'll find my way to 1000 yd. range someday) and which is packable enough for hunting. I am looking for recommendations for manufacturers and models which represent the best value in regards to light transmission, clarity, quality of construction, owner satisfaction, etc. I am getting recommendations for Bushnell and Celestron thus far from other websites.

I have had plenty of experience with the M144(B&L Elite 15x45x60) as part of The US Army's M24 SWS. Can't say as I like it all that much and I am not looking to spend that kind of money anyway. With all the optics out there today, it seems like there must be less expensive alternatives.

I have read through most of the discussions in the forum and have perused an number of optics websites and forums including some geared toward military snipers and would welcome some guidance as I narrow down my options.


Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/11/2007 at 19:37
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I'm afraid that there is no scope on the market that will reliably show you bullet holds out to 1000 yards for $100-$300 yards, particularly when light transmission, clarity and quality of construction are some of your criteria.

Having said that, in that price range, Vortex Sandpiper gets a lot of good reviews.  I believe there is one for sale on this forum (check out the "Optics for Sale" section) right now for $275.  I think this would be your best bet.  Its a 15-45x65.

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