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Started by Alan, July 19, 2022, 03:49:20 AM

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Alan

Our friends over at H.A.M., have a review for the Meopta Sport Optics's new MeoPro HD Plus binoculars. They are good binoculars to be sure, and like all good binoculars, they are not cheap! There are advantages to a decent pair of "eyes". The B&L 10x50s I once owned, cost about the same, ≈$600. This raises the question, just how much do you need to spend for a binocular for airgun hunting?

I am blessed with excellent vision (20-05 distance vision in both eyes), which is almost an enigma at my age (82). I typically set my FFP scope on 16 power, which limits the field of view. When I need a large field of view, I use my Bushnell, 10x50s, which cost a whopping $39.95! But then again, I don't need to see a rabbit at 400 yards or whatever.

So what did you spend?
Alan

I have a Hill EC-3000 compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your tank as a courtesy (4,250 PSI limit).

Steelhead

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I don't use any nor have I ever had to. Sure, there are times when it would have been nice. But not worth the effort of packing around. While walking, I'm looking for game relatively close. When looking for 'hidden' game (like squirrels) I use my scope (which is the best optic I own). The furthest thing that I 'glass' when airgun hunting are turkeys, and you can see them at 1000 yards with their black bodies running around.

Driving is another story. In a vehicle and with my failing eyes a set 'nocs is nice. Not only is a gun unwieldly to poke out of window just to take a look, but it's hard to see different directions.

For the record, I've got 30 year old Leupold 10x50 55 deg. 'nocs. They were a gift and not cheap, but IF I had to buy a pair (why do we say pair?) of binoculars strictly for AIRGUN hunting I wouldn't break the bank. Probably something ridiculously small and lightweight. If looking at 200 yards and in.

It should be noted that I bought a cheap (Harbor Freight...don't get much cheaper) spotting scope strictly for bench shooting. When getting down range at 250-300 yards and beyond with the .308 Texan I could no longer see the holes in the target. Turns out the optic is so shitty that I'm better off zooming in my Hawke scope to max and using that. The bargain spotting scope doesn't do a better job than a mid quality and up airgun scope.

In summary, cheap = short range. If you want to see something IN DETAIL further out, you need to open the wallet a bit wider.
Airforce Texan .308
FX Impact MKII .25
Benjamin Discovery .22
Benjamin Prowler .177
Texan .50
Sam Yang 909s Light Hunter
Born Wild Shooting Chair
Air Venturi compressor

steveoh

I have a set of Nikon Binoculars that are pretty good. No idea how much they were.

I have decided to skip long focal length scopes for hunting though while target shooting I miss the greater magnification.

I use my Sig Sauer Kilo Rangefinder most often for spotting game. It magnifies just enough to see stuff my fuzzy eyes miss these days. 
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Shooting Chairs
Vallejo Ferry Schedule
DAQ .458 LA Outlaw Rifle
DAQ .58 LA Outlaw Rifle
FX Streamline .25
FX M3 Impact 700mm Sniper .25
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QB-79 .177
Crosman 1322
Crosman 1377 - HoRodded 10 FPE
Diana Model 27 (childhood airgun)
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Steelhead

I'll vouch for Steve and his "range-finding-critter-locating-device". He looks like a camo'd pirate looking through a telescope for a worthy foe to engage and pillage!  ;D  ;D  ;D
Airforce Texan .308
FX Impact MKII .25
Benjamin Discovery .22
Benjamin Prowler .177
Texan .50
Sam Yang 909s Light Hunter
Born Wild Shooting Chair
Air Venturi compressor

Alan

Perhaps Kevin, his ability to smell game (as in gamey), is real? Or the wind is blowing towards him?
Alan

I have a Hill EC-3000 compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your tank as a courtesy (4,250 PSI limit).

steveoh

Quackenbush .58 Outlaw
Shooting Chairs
Vallejo Ferry Schedule
DAQ .458 LA Outlaw Rifle
DAQ .58 LA Outlaw Rifle
FX Streamline .25
FX M3 Impact 700mm Sniper .25
Benjamin Bulldog .357
QB-79 .177
Crosman 1322
Crosman 1377 - HoRodded 10 FPE
Diana Model 27 (childhood airgun)
Tolman Skiff
Airgun Calculator

T3PRanchAGS

I still use daily a set of Apollo 7X42's I purchased at Albuquerque Archery about 1985.

Now for quick astronomy I use a set of Orion Little Giant II in 11X70