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#6867351 - 08/24/17 12:42 PM Binocular Size
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Best size/magnification for glassing deer from 100 - 300 yards out?

I'm thinking 10 x 50 should be good all around. Need opinions.

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#6867357 - 08/24/17 12:45 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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I use 8x32, 10x42 and 10x50. I think the 10x42 are the best all around. 10x50's are a bit heavy unless you have something to rest them on. I use them in the blind, only.

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#6867360 - 08/24/17 12:47 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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I have a pair of 10x42 Swarovski EL, they suffice!
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#6867367 - 08/24/17 12:56 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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What kind of hunting do you do?

I have a pair of Swarovski SLC 8x32 that I use out west running around the mountains.

When sitting glassing for a while, or in a box blind, I prefer my Swarovski EL 12x50.
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#6867369 - 08/24/17 12:57 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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I have 10x42 Swaro ELs. I love them, but if I had it to do over again would probably get 8.5x42s in the same binocular. Easier to hold steady.
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#6867371 - 08/24/17 12:59 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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I am usually sitting in a blind or glassing from my truck. I use 10x50 binoculars. I don't care for any smaller than10x42s.
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#6867428 - 08/24/17 01:59 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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If only one pair, then 10x42 or 10x50
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#6867479 - 08/24/17 02:45 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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Originally Posted By: ndhunter
Best size/magnification for glassing deer from 100 - 300 yards out?

I'm thinking 10 x 50 should be good all around. Need opinions.


Given this specific criteria, noting that 300 yds isn't very far, my vote would be for the 8.5x42 Swaro SV's, a fantastic glass. If you don't want to spend that much, a $650 Tract Toric UHD is also fantastic, and as good or better than anything under $2k. I have owned or used most of the high end binoculars out there (no Zeiss SF or Leica Noctovid though), and the finest binocular on the planet, IMO of course, is the 10x50 Swaro SV. Nothing short of phenomenal.

In 8x32 size, which give up surprisingly little to the 8x42 stuff, a Cabelas Euro HD (Meopta) is super, as is a cheap Leupold Mojave 8x32. I personally use the Swaro 8x30 SLC when going small.

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#6867569 - 08/24/17 03:52 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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In that range 8x good glass and nothing higher than 10x. I don't think you need 50 obj

Swaro's are number 1 pretty much

I would take a look at those Tract Torics mentioned above as they looked great the other day.


Edited by Brother in-law (08/24/17 03:53 PM)

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#6867641 - 08/24/17 04:50 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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11x42 mavens

My go to

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#6868270 - 08/25/17 09:35 AM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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Thanks everyone for the feedback.

Primarily will be used for deer lease and hunting from a blind. On a new lease that is much bigger and from blinds where shots will be from longer distances, Cross Timbers type geography in Erath County.

I would really love to buy some Swarovski's but they will be out of my budget for the time being. It will more than likely be soething more along the lines of Vortex, Leuopold or Nikon.

Seems like the 10x42 or the 10x50 get s lots of recommendations

Thanks

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#6868284 - 08/25/17 09:40 AM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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10x42 with the best glass you can swing..
I have some Leica 10x42 Geovid HDs with the range finder and while they are awesome, I also have a pair of Trijicon 10x42 HDs that aren't very far behind optically.. They are rebranded Meoptas. My brother has a pair of the Chinese made Zeiss HDs and they are damned good too.. Zen Rays are Chinese HD and very nice as well
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#6868330 - 08/25/17 10:09 AM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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Vortex Diamondback 10x42 are some of the best bang for the buck out there in the low/mid-range price.

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#6869049 - 08/25/17 08:51 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: patriot07]
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Originally Posted By: patriot07
Vortex Diamondback 10x42 are some of the best bang for the buck out there in the low/mid-range price.


Thanks for recommendation

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#6869062 - 08/25/17 08:56 PM Re: Binocular Size [Re: ndhunter]
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Viper HD's are nice
The toric's
Maven

Would be my first looks

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