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Would like opinion on this Nikon spotting scope compared to the Stokes Sandpiper, Leupold Golden Ring HD the Bushnell FLP 15-45x80 ED. How well does the Stokes Sandpiper performance really compare with some of these heavyweights? I'm usually shooting 30-06 at 200 yds  but will be going up to 600 yds eventually. 
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The Nikon in question has an ED objective but, has their cheapest kit eyepiece.   Assuming you plan on keeping the included eyepiece and not upgrade, then I would say it is a lesser scope than the Leupold Golden Ring HD but, a better scope than both the Bushnell Excursion and Stokes Sandpiper.
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Apparently there are 2 different zooms that would fit that scope. In a 60mm, they would be
1) 20-45x for about $200, and 2) 20-60x for about $280.
The field of view or the coatings appear identical. What differs is the magnification range.
Considering that you will shoot at 600 meters, you would want more magnification. However, past 400 meters the quality of the image will also depend on the light, atmospheric conditions, stability of the tripod, and the size of the objective lens. I think that the extra magnification of the more expensive eyepiece will not be useable in many situations - perhaps all, except perfect light and weather. At 60x, the 60 mm scope will offer only 1 mm of exit pupil.  So, that scope will be limited not by it's zoom, but by it's objective size.
The 45x60mm will be sufficient to show you bullet holes on a visible target. If i wanted more magnification, i would also get a larger scope. If extra $80 is not an issue, get the 20x60 zoom, but don't expect miracles from 45x to 60x in a 60mm scope. 
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