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Old 10-18-2015, 06:46 AM   #1
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Vintage Spotting Scope

I've posted about this before but never followed through. I want to get a vintage spotting scope for viewing mostly at 50 to 100 yards. I'm thinking of a fixed 20x scope. The zooms all seem to not be as clear. Any good recommendations?
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:15 AM   #2
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Seeing a 22 cal bullet hole at 100 yards or a 30 caliber at 200 or 300 yard on a black target you need a good scope . I have a B&L 15X to 45X since 1973 and I can spot bullet holes easy . The cheaper scopes even a 60X wouldn't see bullet holes in the black in bad light or long yardage . So buy a good one .


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Agreed. The old B&L were great scopes as were any of the old Bushnell and Redfield scopes made in Japan. The older Bushnell Spacemaster, made in Japan, used interchangeable eyepieces and still quite a few of those around at reasonable prices.

I also agree with TGR that 20x is marginal at 100 yards unless you are using splatter type targets and, even then, you'll have a hard time telling if you have one or two or three bullet holes in the target if they're all close, together. 20x will get the job done at 50 yards, but I would go no less than 30x at 100 and then only in a scope with good optics.

Same thing applies to vintage spotting scopes as vintage riflescopes, 303. For $300 or $400 you can buy a modern scope that is superior to anything made in the old days in terms of optics. Here's an outstanding small scope with a very decent zoom eyepiece, the Celestron Regal M2 65ED. It will run you just under $500, but it is all the scope you would ever need.

We picked up a lightly used Leupold 15-45x Gold Ring at a very reasonable price and it handles all our shooting needs out to 200 yards. Shop around used.
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The same disease that makes me like vintage Weaver scopes over more modern scopes keeps me from buying a new spotting scope. I do have a pair of Celestron binoculars from the late seventies that work great but they are rather large. I'm not sure of the power as it doesn't say but I'm guessing they are around 12X. They are rubberized and work well out to 50 yards. And I have a pair of Celestron 10x25 Mini Series. They are great also and are much smaller but that extra 2X of the larger pair sure makes a difference.

I'm really looking at something for 50 yards even though I said 100 yards and I want them to fit in my tool box. I don't want an extra bag or box to worry about.
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Oh I have a set of old Sears binoculars also but they aren't much good. And I have a set of Nikons that will fit in your pocket. but they are only 7x20. Not much good for seeing small holes past 25 yards. I have a 24X scope on a CZ that I sometimes bring just to use for spotting. But a shooting scope isn't nearly as good as a spotting scope or even binoculars when it comes to seeing the hits.

I'm going to take the Celestron 10x25 binoculars the next time I go shooting.
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Those old metal body, made in Japan, Bushnells sound like what you want. Even the original Sentry series scopes were very sturdy and reliable, not to be confused with the cheapo Sentry scopes Bushnell sells, now. Check e-bay. Still see these.
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Those old metal body, made in Japan, Bushnells sound like what you want. Even the original Sentry series scopes were very sturdy and reliable, not to be confused with the cheapo Sentry scopes Bushnell sells, now. Check e-bay. Still see these.
Okay I will check ebay.
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