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New Spotting Scope

I just purchased a new Burris High Country 20-60x60 and I hope it will be good. I feel like I got a deal at $155.00. I really can't afford anything more right now and I need it for the range.

I purchased a Burris Fullfield II earlier this year and really like the quality. I looked hard at the Redfield Rampage and Bushnell Trophy.

Right now I'm just sighting in my Venture 22-250 but will move on to other guns, all of them will need the scope to see target hits. My dream is to one day go some place and use it on a hunt!

Anyway, does any one here use the Burris High Country?

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Burris is a great name, and

Burris is a great name, and that is a great price for a quality spotting scope.  I think you got a good deal!

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Thanks CA_Vermonster! I do

Thanks CA_Vermonster! I do too but let me tell you a funy story (sad really).

Before I did the proper research I went and bought a BSA 6-24x44 illuminated teticle scope for $100.00. Thinking I got a deal I found out that it is blurry past power 12 and is not suitable for the level of shooting I want to do.

Now I am looking at some good glass for my 22-250. I'm looking at Burris, Weaver, Nikon, and others in the 5-14x50 area. I figure I'll spend no less than $400.00 but it will be well worth it.

Figure I might like to make some shots out to 400yd or so.

What glass do you use?

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I made the BSA mistake as

I made the BSA mistake as well a few years ago trying to cheap. Stick with the brands you mentioned and throw Leupold into the mix as well. I have used all of them with great results other than the Weaver, haven't tried that one yet.

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I have two Burris spotting

I have two Burris spotting scopes.  While neither is the High Country model.  I have the small compact one and then I have one of the 20x60x80 scopes.  The bigger one is jus that almost too big to be hauling around the hills.  I like to carry my small compact one with my tripod weighs alot less and most of the areas I hunt it has plenty of magnifaction for what distanes In need to see.  With all that said the bigger one would work great out in the open.  I once took it antelope hunitng and I watched a woound buck from over a mile away as I watching him for another hunter while he made a move over to him.  While I was watching him a game warden came up to us to let us know of the wounded goata and we stated we were watching it....I was able to tell him the fletching color of the guys arrows....him and I were both impressed I could make them out...it was pretty cool.  The customer service is also top notch...and from my hometown...so that always helps!!

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Thanks Goosehunter, cool

Thanks Goosehunter, cool story. Yea I like Burris a whole lot too. For the money you get a great optic. I just broke down and got a Fullfield II 6.5-20x50 for my varmint riffle.

I know what you mean about the size and weight of spotting scopes though. I almost bought a 45 power instead of 60 power for that same reason. The other thing is tat a nice full sized tripod is big and bulky but a necessity for high power optics to reduce vibration.

Whatever hapened to the antilope and the other hunter?

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I should have known not to

I should have known not to jinks Burris by talking them up so much because I took my spotting scope out in the field and could not get it to focus properly. I thought it was me so I took it to the range and again was unable to focus.

I sent the scope back to Burris for repair::crybaby1

I'll let you know how they respond and what kind of customer service I get.

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I screwed up and bought a BSA

I screwed up and bought a BSA Catseye scope several years ago. Worst money I ever spent. The reticle busted first season and BSA told me I broke it, so they weren't going to fix it.

I recently bought my dad a pair of Vortex Diamondback binos and I am extremely impressed with the quality, durability and the WARRANTY. Lifetime, no questions asked, even if you are the 14th owner. I just bought one of their spotting scopes as well. When it comes time to buy a new rifle scope, you can bet they will be an option I look at too.

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i hate to say it, but you do

i hate to say it, but you do get what you paid for.  Personally save up some coin and get at least a midrange price spotting scope.  you do want to see what you are looking at.  if targets is all it is used for than who cares. but trying to judge animals at a distance, you will be glad you got something decent.  just my .02

I do have a winchester brand spotting scope for sale for $30 if anyone wants it.  15x45x60 with a tripod.   

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Your right Tim, especially

Your right Tim, especially with optics "you get what you pay for".

So Burris finally came through and replaced my High Country spotting scope and I'm well satisfied.

I have Burris Fullfield II 3-9X40 on my Savage 114 with TC rings with a Bulistic Plex reticle, and Burris Fullfield II 6.5-20X50 on my Rem 700 varmint rifle in Cronus rings with a Mil dot reticle.

My other varmint rig has a Leupold VarixII 3-9X50 duplex reticle that I also like a lot.

What other optics do you use Tim?

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my main hunting rifles i do

my main hunting rifles i do have leupolds on them.   i do have a burris scope on a rifle, but that gun is not  a hunting rifle, but a throw a lot of lead quick, type of gun.

But i do have some high end stuff also.  My spotting scope is a swarovski and i have a pair of there 15x56 binocs on a tripod.  My main hunting binocs are a mid priced pair of zeiss that i picked up 8 years ago.  I am lucky in that i can glass from the house every night.  3 nights ago i watched a black bear feeding on leaves.  the bear was 350 yards away and thru the swarovskis he seemed right in front of me.  It was neat to watch the bear tip the tree over and strip the leaves off of the branches and than eat them.   this was hard to see thru the 10x binocs, becasue it was right at dark, but everything showed up good in the 15x56s.  Beer in hand, on my deck watching a bear.  life is good.

I will say though, that my wife and i, decided not to have kids a few years back, so my disposable income is a little better than most.  We are the quisential dinks.  Double Income No Kids. So i can throw a little more money at my toys, than most can.  I do get that. 

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