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Putting together my hunting gear.  But I'm not a serious hunter.  So I"m only splurging on things I wouldn't mind have sitting around if I end up not hunting much.  So it was easy when shopping for rifle scopes to go from a nikon monarch, to a Bushnell 4200, and finally the purchase of a zeiss conquest.  Because what gun guy doesn't like nice glass on his rifle?

Binoculars have no purpose for me beyond hunting.  I don't birdwatch, go to sporting events, or carry them on hikes.  So I kinda skimped on the binoculars and bought the NIkon 8x25 trailblazer ATB http://www.swfa.com/pc-6941-1096-new-nikon-8x25-trailblazer- atb-binocular.aspx
But I'm starting to question my purchase.  I hate buying an item of dubious quality and it seems kinda stupid to have such a nice rifle scope paired with a sub par pair of binoculars.

Looking for input.  Given what I've posted do you think I made an okay purchase or should I step up a little in price point?  Thanks.





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2xmaduro -

 

I would step up a little.  I think you'll find a nicer pair of binoculars will greatly enhance your hunting experience.  Also, I would consider the fact that you will likely end up using your binoculars FAR MORE on a hunting trip than your rifle scope.

 

How much you should step up is clearly a personal decision.  Once you decide how much you want to spend, there are lots of options at various price points.  I would say you can get a pretty decent pair these days for $300-$500.

 

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$300-500 range check out the Pentax SPs in 8x43, Leupold Pinnacles 8x43, 10x43 New

 

$500-1000 Kahles 10x43 on samplelist on SWFA, Swarovski 7x42 on Samplelist, Leica Triovid 7x42 Samplelist, Meopta new 8x43 or 10x43

 

It all depends on how much you want to spend on a pair.  Like ND 2000 said you can get a nice pair for $300-500 range.  I would definately check out the sample list on the hight end big three eurpoean binoculars some good buys there on outstanding optics.  Good luck and let us know what you decide to purchase.

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binoculars are the most important part of my hunt -

 

a good rifle scope is quite important too, but if you can't find them before you pull the gun up, it's irrelevant.

 

i have fujion polaris 7x50's and they are rediculously good for under 600 bucks.

check w/ www.swfa.com and see if they can get them, i think i remember chris saying something about being able to get

fujinon.

 

good luck. meostars would be good too.

 

J

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Of course, if you truly do want/need to limit yourself to a minimal budget, you aren't without acceptable options.

 

Leupold Yosemites in either 6x30 or 8x30 can be had for $80 for the 6x and $100 for the 8x.

 

Bushnell makes an 8x42 porro prism glass (in the Legend line) that costs $110.

 

All of these are waterproof, fogproof, covered by lifetime warranties and are reported to have very good optics.

 

 

 

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I tend to agree with the others. There is nothing wrong with the Trailblazers per se but they are far from what I would call an ideal "all around" binocular especially if you spent a good deal of money on a high quality scope.

 

My suggestions, like the others, would depend on how much of a jump up in quality you want to go. "Best bang for the buck" in terms of today's optics generally occurs around the $300 price point for roofs and around the $100-$150 price point for porros. In both cases you get very good optical quality for the type of application you are intending. In many cases, without a direct comparison with a significantly more expensive binocular you really won't notice what you do not have.

 

For porros, the previously mentioned 6x30 or 8x30 Leupold Yosemite, the Bushnell Legend 8x42 porro, the Nikon Action EX 8x40/7x35, etc.... would all offer more than acceptable performance within a fairly inexpensive price range.

 

For roofs the Nikon Monarchs, Bushnell Legends, Leupold Cascades/Olympics/Pentax WP IIs and Vortex Sidewinders should all offer very good image quality plus a great deal of durability to boot.

 

Hope this proves somewhat helpful.

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If you like Nikon's, I think you would be much happier to pitch yours on Ebay and step up to Nikon Monarch ATB's in 8 x 42.
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