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#1 Hugh Peck

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 08:13 PM

Anyone use a spotter at a range? I'm not asking on a shooting forum as most of the people who haunt those think Tasco is high quality.



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 08:41 PM

When I was much younger I competed in High Power and Palma, and still have my 1963 vintage Bausch & Lomb spotting scope which has 20x and 25x eyepiece. A 40x eyepiece was available for it, but I could never locate one for sale. The scope is a straight through design, which worked well for me. Always wanted a 4" Unertl team scope, but they were as rare as dragons teeth even back when I was young. 


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#3 Hugh Peck

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:10 PM

I'm only doing RF to 100 and small CF to 200 but would like to see placement better. 



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:10 PM

Lol !

 

I was at a black powder shoot once - the target was a life-sized buffalo with a gong in the heart/lung region.

 

The idea was to back away and see who could still hit the target at long (well over 100 yards) range.

 

Past 200 yards, we lost the flint and cap lock muzzleloading shooters, and were down to the bp cartridge Sharps shooters (which is where the term comes from) -

and we were using my C8 for spotting !!!!

 

The club was really impressed with my "spotting scope" !!!


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#5 Hugh Peck

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:14 PM

LOMO 6" are highly regarded for F Class shooters. More than I want to spend even if I found one.



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:11 PM

You must be shooting irons.

I shoot RF at 25, 50, & 100.

I run a Offhand RF match on another forum and we have classes for both Irons & Scoped.  My scoped guns are generally in the 20-32X range, which allows me to see holes out to 100.

 

I like the C8 comment above. I also have an 8" SCT that sees a fair amount of daytime use as a great nature spotting scope, very impressive to bring in a bird at 200X, blows people away :)

If I were you i'd look for a used C6 or something in that range, they are pretty cheap on the used market & make a wonderful spotter, compact but very powerful for that use, leaves traditional spotting scopes in the dust IMO.  You'll probably see examples of such in the classifieds here on CN.

 

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:58 PM

Actually, I use a T-36 for RF and an 8-24x  for the CF (22-250/.223) but I need to see the target better for the CF at 200.

 

I just sold a C-6 earlier this year. I think a 4" Mak or C-5 might be a better size for me if I went that route. A C-8 probably does make a great spotting scope. Back in the late '80s or early '90s their advertising use to promote it as a telephoto portrait lens. I used the six as a lens but it wasn't one of the really good ones. I may try to find a C-5+, the version with the camera rail/carrying handle. Used to have one that was quite nice. Obviously, I should have kept it. doah.gif



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Posted 13 December 2018 - 05:02 PM

Kowa is very popular with High Power Rifle competitors. They tend to get high end gear, the Kowa is very good and not the most expensive.
Konus is a very affordable alternative.
Go crazy with a Leupold or Swarovski.


Edited by iratollah, 13 December 2018 - 08:03 PM.


#9 Hugh Peck

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 05:35 PM

You mean like this one? grin.gif It was the first in the list. 

 

https://www.bhphotov...gled_88_mm.html

 

I'm going to look for a ETX-105 tube first. I'd rather save the money for a new optic like a Weaver T-46. 



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Posted 13 December 2018 - 08:09 PM

You mean like this one? grin.gif It was the first in the list. 

 

https://www.bhphotov...gled_88_mm.html

 

I'm going to look for a ETX-105 tube first. I'd rather save the money for a new optic like a Weaver T-46. 

Sorry, I meant to type Konus as affordable alternative. With the one in this link, I could easily see spotter markers at 600yds.
It was easy to see .223 size holes at 200yds.
https://www.bhphotov...ting_scope.html


Edited by iratollah, 13 December 2018 - 08:10 PM.



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