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I'm looking for a new spotting scope. The main purpose is to use at the shooting range to check targets at 100+ yards for 22 caliber holes. I want something with a good waranty, a tripod and maybe a case. I'm thinking around $300 for a limit but for that right one I may go a little higher. Any suggestions?
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What power would I need?
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First of all I know very little about spotting scopes, but I purchased a bushnell spacemaster 15-45 last year for about 300 even, I think.  It has fully multi-coated lenses, and comes with a back pack case, and a bench stand.  I can see 22 cal holes at 200 yards.  The range I go to is only 200 yards, but I bet I could see those holes further.  
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I would look into the Celestron Ultima scopes, or the Vortex Sandpiper. I don't know much about warranty on Celestron, but the Vortex Sandpiper is a very decent scope coverd by liffetime warranty.

As far as power goes, most of those scopes come with a zoom. It's not so much about power, it's about optics quality.
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Thank you for the information
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What kind of binocular are you using?
 
One option is to buy a "doubler" for your binocular instead of a spotting scope.  Personally, I would rather have such a doubler than the majority of budget-class spotting scopes available.
 
I have heard good things about the above-mentioned Sandpiper. In fact, in a recent test Living Bird recently rated their Sandpiper as the best spotting scope they tested with an MSRP of under $1000.
 
Bushnell just came out with a new Excursion spotter in your price range.  Again, I haven't seen one yet (no one has really) but it incorporates ED glass in its construction which would make it at least worth examining. Unfortunately, it wasn't part of the Living Bird test.
 
Leupold has their Gold Ring Compact spotting scopes that can sometimes be found for a little more than your stated price.  Absolutely unbeatable warranty.  Again, unfortunately it was not included in the test above either.
 
 
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I appreciate the information. The Binoculars I own are 10x42 nikon monarchs. I woud prefer a spotting scope on a tripod for range work. I wouldnt mind paying a little more for the right scope. I have looked at the Leupolds online they look good. The bushnell Elite looks like a good one too.
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Anymore suggetions?
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