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I have a Redfield 20-45x60 spotting scope that I used to use exclusively for 50 yd. .22 bench rest shooting.  With it I could easily pick up my shot hits.  Lately, I've been shooting an AR15 indoors at 100 yds. and am having trouble with my shots in the black portion of the target (where I want them to be) - I also plan to try 200 yds and will need something to let me see my shots out that far too.  So, I started looking at stronger power scopes and found a lot at 20-60x60 and 25-75x75'ish.  Any suggestion on whether moving up from a max. 45 to a max 60 will do the trick - it seems to be a fairly standard magnification.  Or should I just jump to the max. 75 even if it loses a touch of clarity at that magnification.  Also, I've seen quite a few Barska's at very competitive prices, but don't know the brand - are they junk?  I'd like to keep my cost under $150 if I can without sacrificing the ability to see my hits.  Thanks.
 

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Try the Winchester, model WT-831, 20~60x80mm spotting scope. It works great, indoors or out. I've used on, for several years, without disappointment. Sometimes, it's sold as the Wt-8 model. Same scope. It comes with tripod, carry case and everything you need, for about $200.
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I have never tried a Barska scope, but the binoculars they make are so good and so inexpesive I replaced my Steiner Commanders on the boat with a pair that cost 1/3 of what my old ones did.

There is better glass out there, but the Barska is IMO pretty good, and priced right. One of the fellows on here reps for Meopta, saw a scope he had that was excellent, I don't know abnout price but he's be worth contacting too IMO.
 

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Gary_Hungerford said:
Try the Winchester, model WT-831, 20~60x80mm spotting scope. It works great, indoors or out. I've used on, for several years, without disappointment. Sometimes, it's sold as the Wt-8 model. Same scope. It comes with tripod, carry case and everything you need, for about $200.
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Gary:

If I'm going to bump up from the max 45 magnification, do you think 60 will be enough for me to see out to 200 yds. (one of these days I'll get out of the 100 yd. tube and out to Brookhaven or Calverton).?
 

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I have never tried a Barska scope, but the binoculars they make are so good and so inexpesive I replaced my Steiner Commanders on the boat with a pair that cost 1/3 of what my old ones did.

There is better glass out there, but the Barska is IMO pretty good, and priced right. One of the fellows on here reps for Meopta, saw a scope he had that was excellent, I don't know abnout price but he's be worth contacting too IMO.
Just took a look at the Meopta line of spotting scopes - your were right to be impressed. They start at about $900 and just go up from there. A little out of my budget, but thanks for the good word about Barska and their value.
 

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With 60x  it's still tough to see 22 holes in the black at 200. I'm using a Leupold Kenai and can't see hits in the black
 

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jerrypoller said:
Lately, I've been shooting an AR15 indoors at 100 yds. and am having trouble with my shots in the black portion of the target (where I want them to be) - I also plan to try 200 yds and will need something to let me see my shots out that far too. Also, I've seen quite a few Barska's at very competitive prices, but don't know the brand - are they junk? I'd like to keep my cost under $150 if I can without sacrificing the ability to see my hits. Thanks.
Where are you shooting 100yd indoors on the island?

Some times bigger is better go witht he 75
 

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Gary_Hungerford said:
Try the Winchester, model WT-831, 20~60x80mm spotting scope. It works great, indoors or out. I've used on, for several years, without disappointment. Sometimes, it's sold as the Wt-8 model. Same scope. It comes with tripod, carry case and everything you need, for about $200.
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Thanks Gary - I just bought a WT-8 on Ebay for $200. As always, your recommendations are spot on.
 

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Mad Russian said:
Try Shoot-n-C targets. They make hits very easy to see. Inluding .22 at 100.
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