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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: August/13/2004 at 19:09
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Optics GrassHopper
Optics GrassHopper

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After being a avid waterfowler for several years, I have started big-game hunting the last 4 years. I hunt pigs and deer here in California. Bino work can be from 70 yds to 1000 yards. I am currently using a 10 year old pair of inexpensive Bushnell 7x35 porro.

  • I would like to make a step up , but cannot afford the high end models.($500+)
  • I like the streamline look of the roof prizm models and the fact that they are more waterproof than the porros, but have not totally ruled out the porros.
  • I want a product with a lifetime warranty.
  • I want a full size model. (I have a second pair of inexpensive Bushnell subcompact, 10x25, but they are almost useless in low light conditions)
  • Weight is also a concern
  • I wear glasses and do not like the "roll-down" rubber eye-cups on my current models. Any ideas?
  • I would like to keep my price inside of $300
  • Would you advise 10x or 8x?

When I got my Tikka bolt rifle, I was advised to buy a Leupold 3x9x40 scope, which I have really liked. Naturally, I am considering Leupold binos. I am considering the Leopold Wind River Cascades series, (roof prizm) and would appreciate your imput, pro or con.

Any other models that you can advise?

Thanks in advance for your help.


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Optics Master
Optics Master

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no experience with the wind river optics, but i hear they are not of high quality like leupold scopes. but i think i would buy steiners off the sample list steiner is a very good pair of  at a pretty good price. as for power.


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Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice

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Take a look at the Burris 8x42 Signatures for $330, the Bushnell 8x42 Legends for $250 and the Nikon 8x42 Monarchs for $290.  If you like Leupold take a look at the 8x42 Pinnacles, but they are a little pricier at about $365 I think. I have also heard good things about the Weaver 8.5x45 Grand Slams.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: August/21/2004 at 13:38
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Ya say you are looking for a full size binocular that is eye glass friendly, has a lifetime warranty, preferably roof (porro OK), waterproof, under $300., used for hunting 70-1000 yards, and weight is a concern.  That makes a pretty short list.

Burris Signature 10x50.......$369.95
Bushnell Legend 10x42....$259.95
Leupold Olympic 10x50 (26 ounces).....$344.95
Nikon Monarch 10x42.....$299.95
Pentax DCF/HR II 10x42.....$298.95
Weaver Grand Slam 10.5x42.....$374.95

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