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#6548009 - 11/17/16 01:33 PM Looking for a spotting scope
RedRaider13 Offline
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Registered: 12/09/14
Posts: 107
Loc: North Texas
I'm finding myself hunting more western states these days, (Wyoming, New Mexico and Kansas), and I am looking to purchase a spotting scope. I plan to backpack hunt in the back country next season for elk.

I know it's easy to spend a small fortune but my budget for the scope is $1000+/-

I see a lot of people recommending the vortex (razor) on others sites. Is that a good choice?
How about Leupold? I'm not finding a lot of reviews on their spotting scopes.

Just starting my research so all input and advice is appreciated.

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#6548047 - 11/17/16 01:51 PM Re: Looking for a spotting scope [Re: RedRaider13]
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
15-45X Razor, straight model, would fit your bill nicely.

Far and above better glass than the Leupold golden ring.
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#6548145 - 11/17/16 03:17 PM Re: Looking for a spotting scope [Re: RedRaider13]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
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I prefer razor over GR and straight over angled. I glass a lot from the truck.

If you aren't packing deep on foot then 85mm is a big plus with the higher zoom, but if you do the 65 will save you some weight but less zoom.

As soon as Maven releases a 65mm I'll be selling my razor 50mm...maybe

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#6548932 - 11/18/16 06:16 AM Re: Looking for a spotting scope [Re: RedRaider13]
RedRaider13 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/09/14
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Loc: North Texas
Thank yall for the input. The spots that I have found do require a 4-5 mile hike, so I'm probably better off with the 65mm. Why do yall prefer straight over angled?

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#6549037 - 11/18/16 07:53 AM Re: Looking for a spotting scope [Re: RedRaider13]
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Straight packs better.

Straight allows you to have both eyes facing the target. With angled, the eye not in the glass is looking at the ground, not helping at all.
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