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Hello all, I have been lurking for a while.....and I cannot wait for the SWFA 1x4 rifle scope to come out by the way....

Anyhow I am looking to pick up a spotting scope in which I plan to shoot mainly between 100 to 600 yards...though the majority will probably be between 200 and 500 yards. I will be shooting 223 to 7.62 at these ranges and would like to be able to see the bullet holes at these distances. I would like to keep my budget around 1000 bucks. Is there a particular model that anyone can recommend? I been reading around the net and it seems like there is a lot of contradictory information out there.


Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/15/2010 at 09:53
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I don't know this or any spotting scopes, but that won't slow me down. Smile

Try to unscrew the casing around the eyepeice. If it doesn't unscrew, forget it.

If it does unscrew, measure the distance across the threads. If that diameter is around 42mm (1 11/16") you might have an M42 mount, or a T-mount. If not, forget it.

If it is around 42mm, take the lens to a camera store and ask if they can tell whether it's M42 or a T-mount. If they say it isn't, forget it.

If they don't know, or if there's no camera store around, you can go online and buy M42-PK and T-PK adapters. If you don't want to risk your money here, forget it.

If you *can* fit an adapter to the lens, congratulations!! You now have a telephoto lens with no automation, no aperture control, no DOF scale, and you must bend your head at a usually-painful angle to use it. Enjoy.
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I have 2 recomendations for your price range; ok, 1 in your price range and 1 that would be worth saving for. The Pentax PF 80 with a decent eye piece falls in your price range and can use telescope eye pieces. I have this scope with a Pentax 20-60x eye piece and have no trouble seeing .30cal. holes at 300 yds on hot humid days, which is a feat for most any premium scope. I haven't tried 22cal. at that distance yet nor have I gone past 300 on paper. I have spotted hits on steel at 500yds, but those were before any mirage was present.
My next suggestion is the Vortex Razor 20-60x80, it runs about 1,500. I haven't looked through one, but one of our members here has one and loves it, in fact he sold his Pentax PF 80 to finance the Votex Razor after looking through the Razor.
I'm not an optical engineer like some here, but I think you would have trouble seeing 223 holes in standard targets at 600yds with even the alpha class scopes except under ideal conditions.
Anyway that's my suggestions.
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