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So I'm trying to find a decent spotting scope (around $200) for seeing 22lr bullet holes at 75yd and 308 holes at 200yd. I've narrowed it down to two scopes, the Redfield Rampage (20x-60x60mm) and the Konus (20x-60x-80mm). I have found very little comparison between the two. I am obviously open to other scope suggestions if people have them.

The pros for the Konus seem to be the quality of the glass and the 80mm objective. The Redfield, as it is made by Leupold, appears to have near equal quality of glass but only a 60mm objective. The Redfield looks a fair amount more durable than the Konus. Yet, I don't plan to shoot in low light or abuse my scope, then again, you never know.

So what are your thoughts? Anyone had hands on experience with either of them, both?

Many Thanks.
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Howdy whubbard,
My knowledge of spotting scopes is very limited, so I'll refer you to what Ilya Koshkin (The Dark Lord of Optics) had to say about which inexpensive spotter might work for you:
http://opticsthoughts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51:spotters-under-200&catid=3:the-rating-scale&Itemid=6 

I found myself dissatisfied with any number of spotters I'd looked through which cost more than what you want to spend.
My solution? I found one of the great spotting scopes from yesteryear on (famous auction bay) and bought it for a song.
You can often find used Bausch and Lomb spotters from the 60's for less than $150 and sometimes (like me,) a lot less than that.
You'll have a far better instrument than anything new for thrice that price, if you go that route.

With this instrument, I can just make out the rings of Saturn and can see the individual needles on a fir tree a couple of hundred yards away. The Balscope is beat up looking, but has opened up a new world of optics for me. I can see bullet holes at ranges you mentioned.






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