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Old 03-13-2009, 07:57 AM
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What kind of hunting binoculars are you guys using and for what range are you using them for? What size would you like to have if you could start over in buying a pair? Does size/ weight really come into play?
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Don't know what you are hunting but these work very well for me....

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I have used 7x21 up to 10x50 and think that a pair in the 8-9x30-40 range is a good comp. That is plenty of magnification for most applications and the objective allows adequate light without being overly large or jittery when holding them. I keep a pair of 8x30s in my truck and boat for general use and they seem to do well.

I have a few friends that do a lot of hunting/backpacking and they want lite more than anything and some use a monocular (half of a binocular) but there are not many choices.
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All depends on your type of hunting. I used to carry some Bausch & Lomb 10X 50's. The I went to the 8X40's. Now I carry a set of Swarovski 8X20's that I wouldn't trade for anything. The clarity and field of view is just amazing for a 8x20.
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I was hoping to get one pair that could be used for both deer and turkey. So I guess I only need something for a few hundred yards. ? I'm saying a few hundred yards because the most of my hunting will be the deer or turkey will be coming in from a bush lot to open farm fields.
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Budget????
I bought the wife nikons 7-40 or 8-40's Monarchs
I have a pair of Hensoldts which were east german Ziess They are 30 yrs old and as clear as anything I have seen They were 1800$ then
Top end glass will allow you to glass from sun up to sundown with no eyestrain Try that with a mid priced glass and you will feel tired at the end of the day Try that with cheap glass and your eyes will be on fire at the end of the day if you make it
Tope end to look at Lecia Ziess Swarkosky (sp)Steiner (some models) The Nikon premier are very nice
One thing to remember Roof prsim are harder to get in phase so to equal a side prisim in resolution they cost 35% more at the same level
One thing about Steiner glass they set the lens up to contrast the browns you are looking for Sort of like using rose colored shooting glasses to make the orange clay target more visible by enhancing the light wavelenght of the target and reducing the glare I use to wear a custom tint of amber yellow for grouse It made the bird pop out of the ground like a flourescent bobber on a pond worht investigating if you a diehard
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For the money with optics for hunting there is no better then Nikon go price and look that means look thru the optics.
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Originally Posted by SeaNile Boater View Post
Don't know what you are hunting but these work very well for me....
SeaNile Boater, I believe you are thinking of "beer goggles"!
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I have a pair of minox. They are made by Leica and are incredible. It really depends on your budget. If you hunt in low light conditions the European glass trumps anything on the market.

http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=111&L=1
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Leupold, just like all of my rifle scopes
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This is what I feared, as many choices as posters.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
This is what I feared, as many choices as posters.
Trust me you will not go wrong with Leupold, I use some of the mid size. I am not a fan of compact binos and the full size can be too bulky when hunting.

Think I paid about $300 or so for mine and they have great optics, clear and very bright in low lite conidtions
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
Leupold, just like all of my rifle scopes
Same here, Leupold all the way! 12 scopes 1 spotter 1 bino. I'm a Leupold junkie.

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