As IRWFO mentioned about seeing .223 holes at 200 yards, it is important for you to know what you are looking for in a scope. If you want to see slug holes at 100 yards you can do that with binoculars. If you want to see .17HMR holes at 300 yards you are going to need a nice scope.ligun said:I had a few hundred dollars burning a hole in my pocked and so I wanted to buy a decent spotting scope today.
I went to Dick's in Smithaven Mall. They had a total of one spotting scope. A Burska for $169. It had no eye relief and the optical quality was pretty bad.
Then I went to Chesters in Ronkonkoma. They had one spotting scope. A used Bushnell for $119. It had decent eye relief but the chromatic abberation at high magnification was pretty bad and it was quite long and unweildely. Chester's mom said to come during the week when Chester is there. She said they had more but are out of them and Chester may order one for me. She also said that when Chester went on a hunting trip to B.C., he saw a really good spotting scope..
Then I went to Suffolk Sportsman in Smithtown. They had also had a total of one spotting scope, a Remington for $110. It was small but the optical quality was pretty dismal. The owner said that they do not sell any and so they do not stock them. He himself has a $800 scope.
So my question is: Where can I buy a good spotting scope on Long Island? I would like to see through it before I buy it so I am not particularly interested in mail order.