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Looking for a basic and inexpensive spotting scope that will get tossed in the range bag. I want it to see .22 caliber bullet holes at 200 yards. I am not opposed to paying whatever I need to get this, but I would prefer to get the least expensive one I can since its really more of a luxury for me than a need. I have literally no experience with spotting scopes so I appreciate the help.
 

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After continuing my research, something like the Konus 7120 seems like it may do what I need, at a decent price point. Yeah?
 

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Check eBay. Picked up an older LNIB Bushnell Spacemaster for $75 tmd. Very happy with it. Not tried it to 200 yet. But 100 works fine.
 

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Used from E-bay may get you a good scope for the least money. If you want something new and really cheap, NCStar. Not great quality but good enough to try without spending much.
 

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You need at least 40x to resolve a .22 hole at 200 yards. My first scope was a Nikon 20x60 and it was fine for 100 yards, but that was it. After it was stolen I replaced it with a 15-45x60 Leupold which was in the $200 range. A bigger challenge may be the tripod; finding a good one that's not tippy is a challenge. My greater loss when the Nikon was ripped off was the excellent bench tripod - make unknown - that was in the range bag with the scope.
 

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If you HAVE a budget-qualified question, they why not... tell us the dang budget?!? Here's a different approach. Pawn shops are stuffed-full of digital video cameras that won't sell 'cuz everyone now carries a video-capable smart phone. Many of those DVCs have zooms up to +200x! They also have 3"- 4" high-def, flip-out screens. Buy one for $35-50 (dirt cheap), charge it up, point it at your 200 yard target, flip the screen towards your line of vision, then simply turn your head to see youf hits (or misses)! You don't even have to shift your firing-position to look thru the eyepiece of a conventional spotting scope. ::image035:

You may PM me with a small token of financial appreciation. :biggrin2:
 
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If you HAVE a budget-qualified question, they why not... tell us the dang budget?!? Here's a different approach. Pawn shops are stuffed-full of digital video cameras that won't sell 'cuz everyone now carries a video-capable smart phone. Many of those DVCs have zooms up to +200x! They also have 3"- 4" high-def, flip-out screens. Buy one for $35-50 (dirt cheap), charge it up, point it at your 200 yard target, flip the screen towards your line of vision, then simply turn your head to see youf hits (or misses)! You don't even have to shift your firing-position to look thru the eyepiece of a conventional spotting scope. ::image035:

You may PM me with a small token of financial appreciation. :biggrin2:
Lol. I didn't state a budget because I don't necessarily have a set budget, I am willing to pay what I need to get a reliable scope that will do the things I specified. Do I want to spend $3-4-500 bucks though? No. I would like to keep it in the $1-200 dollarish range.

I have actually tried to use digital video cameras and while you're correct, they do have great zooms, they have such a small field of view at that zoom and are so susceptible to tiny amounts of movement that they are unusable in my experience with them.
 

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Put the camera on a tripod, not on your shooting bench. Keep it well-behind the muzzle blast. Heck, I bought a yard sale NIB Tasco 15-60X for $25. BTW, are you shooting rimfire at 200 yards? That's pretty impressive! :yup:

(...but if it's a 22-250? Uhhh, not so much.) :biggrin2:
 
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