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I am looking for some help finding a good bow hunting bino, I own a pair of 10x42 vipers that I like, but they are a bit to much magnifacation for most of my hunting where I live.Can some of you point me in the right direction.I mostly spot & stock in mid to heavy cover..price range $ 250 to 350   thanks
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The Vortex Viper 6X32 would fit the bill very nicely.  I recently reviewed a pair owned by forum member Koshkin, and they are outstanding!  Unfortunately, they are about $125 over your stated budget.
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The 6.5x32 Vortex Fury is in your price range.  I have looked at both the 8x32 versions of Viper and Fury and the Fury is just about as good as the Viper, but the difference is there.  I have a 6.5 Fury and it is plenty of binocular unless you need to go way out there, which you don't, has a nice wide 445' fov too.  The x32 Fury is noticeably larger than the x32 Viper, but still a lot smaller than either of the x42 counterparts.

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Hensoldt 6x30, 8x30.
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I've been spending some time with a new Vortex Raptor 6.5x32.  There are some image and flare control improvements over the Yosemite with these,  These would make a heck of a good archery binocular and you can get them for about $120.00.  They hold their own well enough with the Vortex Fury that I doubt many people could tell them apart on the basis of the image alone.  I have decided it is superior to my 6x30 Yosemite.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

The Vortex Viper 6X32 would fit the bill very nicely.  I recently reviewed a pair owned by forum member Koshkin, and they are outstanding!  Unfortunately, they are about $125 over your stated budget.


These are great, I bought a pair for bow hunting.

After looking at all the options, I'd highly recommend you save for a little longer and get these, better than anything out there, in my opinion.
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Leupold 6X32 Katmai. In your price range and a great binocular.
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have you consider 8x binoculars?
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6x30 Leo yosimite are great for the $$$.
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Back when I was bowhunting a lot more than I do now, I eventually decided on a really good 8x20 or 8x24 from a top-notch company like Leica or Zeiss for close work, because they were plenty for glassing during the final stalk and small enough to fit into a pocket.

The bigger binoculars are great for finding something at long range, but when moving in I liked something that could fit in the left-hand chest pocket of my shirt or jacket, so it stayed away from the string of my bow when I shot. And I religiously put it back in the pocket after glassing during the final stalk.
 
Mid-size binoculars are fine when rifle hunting, but can get in the way when shooting with a bow.

 

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8X20's would be great size wise for me bowhunting, but 8X is just too much.  I'm rarely looking at anything over 30yds and I've found 6X is great.  Most of my use bowhuting is 15-20yds, to make sure that little doe isn't a button buck, etc.  I had a pair of Bushnell Custom Compacts 6X for 30 years that were perfect, but they fell apart.  The Leupold Katmais are small enough that I can stuff them in my shirt when I get ready to shoot.  I should say that I never feel the need for more power than my 7X42 Meoptas for any kind of hunting.

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Won't Bushnell do any thing for you? Could replace with the 7x26 ED.
 
MY 6x24  are still going strong!!
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I definately wish there were more choices in the 6x20/6x25 range and I also agree that a pocket bino just feels right for bow hunting, just not much to choose from.
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Check out the 6.5x32 IF's from MINOX... Sweet little glass that really performs!  I like the "Set and forget focusing" feature... not always trying to focus them when getting in close on a stalk.  MHO...  NV Hunter
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