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I need an inexpensive (read cheap) spotting scope that will serve one purpose: to resolve 17 caliber bullet holes in the target at 100 yards or less from the bench. Any ideas?  Thanks…


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GaryO -


Not sure what your defintion of cheap is, but you could always get some 20-60x60 Tasco for under $100.  Doubtful you'd like the view, even though it would probably work for you.


Personally, I would look to spend $200-$300 minimum for a low-end spotter.  I know people talk very favorably about the Stokes Sandpiper on this forum, although personally I've never looked through it.


Regardless, you'll probably end up spending more money on a tripod than your spotter anyway, as even the best spotters at $1,500+ aren't worth much if the view isn't perfectly stabilized, particularly at higher magnifications.



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GaryO, you must be a very wealthy person if you are willing to spend $100 on garbage.


Otherwise, i suggest that you consider buying a Stokes Sandpiper. They are an incredible scope for what they cost, and are covered by a warranty comparable to that of Leupold or Swarovski.


As far as tripods go, if you set up the tripod on or near the bench, you may be well served by a $50 tripod sold at the local electronics/photo store - as long as you don't extend the tripod. If you want the tripod/scope extended and high, as you would for viewing while standing, get a real tripod, which is a $150-$200 Manfrotto. 

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