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    I'm looking to get a spotting scope. It will be used only at the range. I need to be able to see .17 holes in the black at 100 yards. Any suggestions as to what I should buy? Cheaper is better as long as it shows me the holes and the tripod is steady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carmy View Post
    I'm looking to get a spotting scope. It will be used only at the range. I need to be able to see .17 holes in the black at 100 yards. Any suggestions as to what I should buy? Cheaper is better as long as it shows me the holes and the tripod is steady.

    That is going to be tough with a high-dollar scope, depending on conditions.

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    I can see the holes through the scope on my rifle if I use Shoot-n-see targets. The scope on the gun was only $45. I just need a spotting scope that is as good as the scope on the gun.

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    Baush & Lomb Discoverer 15x-60x! i think Bushnell took over & now makes that same model now..but look on ebay for the Baush & Lomb original. i picked it up for $150, excellent optics on this spotting scope. i know this because i build optics for a living. Stay away from anything made with BAK-7 glass, quality scopes use BAK-4 or better,....also Burris makes several models for around that price range.
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    I'm pretty happy with my Konus 80mm scope (fixed 20-60x zoom eyepiece), which was right around the $200 mark. In good conditions I can see .22 holes at 200 yards, so .17 at 100 ought to be OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carmy View Post
    I can see the holes through the scope on my rifle if I use Shoot-n-see targets. The scope on the gun was only $45. I just need a spotting scope that is as good as the scope on the gun.
    ANY scope should be able to see hits on Shoot-n-see targets at 100yds. Don't go with too high a magnification, which is a mistake too many people make. Anything under 30X is good.

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    I have a Barska Blackhawk 20-60x60. I bought it at Dicks for IIRC $170, and I have no problem with 223 at 100 yards. I don't own anything .17 so I'm not 100% that it would work.

    But if you live local, you are more than welcome to try it before you buy one.

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    celestron makes a very nice scope, they have some for around $100

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/shop/1...ng_Scopes.html

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    I have this one for under $200 and love it. It's no KOWA but does a great job.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Spotting.html



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    Celestron Ultima 80 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope Kit

    * Waterproof
    * Angled Viewing
    * 20-60x Wide Angle Zoom Eyepiece
    * 40-60° Apparent Field of View

    * Includes Free: Celestron Photographic/Video Tripod w/ Quick Release 3-Way Head

    * Price: $ 189.95
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    Kowa scopes are generally considered to be a great value.

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