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Hey everyone,

I'm going out west elk hunting for the first time next fall.  I have spent a ton of money getting things set up and dont want to break the bank on new bino's.  Can some one tell me which bino's I should look at UNDER 250.00.  I will use them for my elk hunt this year but they will primarily be used in northern WI deer hunting.

 

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Nikon Buckmasters/Sporter 8x36. If you wait a month until they reach the stores, get the Nikon Monarch 8x36, it should cost $250 and be better than the Sorter/Buckmasters.

 

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There are a bunch of Stieners on the sample list, not to mention others.

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Depending on the area you are hunting, good binos can be very helpful on an elk hunt.  If it's open country, you'll need the best you can afford, and even a spotting scope can be helpful.  If it's a once in a lifetime hunt, spend a little more money.  Then you can enjoy them the rest of your life in WI.
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yates gave you some excellent advice, heed it! 

 

Also I wouldn't recommend anything below a 42mm objective for your new binoculars. 36mm bins will suffer in low-light conditions and they will be harder to hold steady especially if you're a little winded from the hike up a hill.

 

If you can spend a little more money, by all means do it, your optics are not the place to cut corners especially going on an elk hunt.....depending on terrain you'll be doing alot of glassing.

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Ok, so for a little more would the Nikon Monarch 10 X 42 be a wise buy? 

Also would it not be a smart thing to get a higher power bino?  I have a Bushnell Elite 4200 2.5 X 10 on my rifle....

 

Thanks for all the input!

I just want to make an informed choice

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I would buy the Carson Xms in a heartbeat before the Monarchs.
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In your price range, you should look long and hard at porro binoculars.  They will give you much better glass for the money.

 

Look for a 8x40 or so configuration in the following scope lines: Nikon Action Extreme and Pentax PCF WP are the ones I am pretty well familiar with and they are both good.  I've heard some good thing about Leupold Green Ring Cascades and Wind River Mesa.  I also like the new Swift Ultra Light Porro 8x42.  Very good glass and very comfortable to hold.

 

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In your price range I'd definitly go check out the Carson XM series.  I liked them much better than the Nikon Monarch series or the Pentax DCF HR II.   I think the XM series is hard to beat for the money if you want a very clear, bright waterproof roof prism for around $300.

 

Also, as Koshkin said a nice set of poro's will provide very nice glass for less money.  I'd check out the Swift Audubon series (very very nice glass) do a search on this sight you will find very favorable reviews for both binoculars.

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When looking at porro prism models, do yourself a favor and check to see if Cabela's still has any of the 10x42 B&L Discoverer porros. They have been selling the last of these for a while for $190 and they are an absolute STEAL.  Waterproof, fogproof, rubber armored, Raingaurd coatings, lifetime warranty, superb optics, etc. etc. etc. These optically easily rival roof prism glass costing well over $1000.  The obvious down side being that they are larger and a little bit heavier than those high-end roofs. But boy, do they ever give a lot of "bang for the buck! They are phenomenal binoculars that actually originally retailed for around $400. If Cabela's still has some, you simply cannot buy a better full size porro prism binocular without spending much more $$$$$.

 

 

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Well, I took a gander at Cabela's website and they do not list the Discoverer porro anymore.  Too bad, they were sure a great binocular while they lasted.

 

So, since these are no longer an option, I would echo Koshkin's advise and recommend that you examine some of the available porros from Nikon, Bushnell, Pentax, Swift, Minox, Leupold, etc. They truly will give you better optics than any roof prism binocular at the same price point.

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