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    Recommended bino's??

    Hi all!

    As I'm getting into deer stalking (DSC1 next week, application for deer-legal calibre hopefully soon after!), I realise I need to sort myself out with some decent bino's!! Should have some already really, since getting my .22 I realise I really need some!
    I am not totally sure on budget yet..... As I've got to factor in what I'm spending on rifle, scope, mod etc. etc..... But I would ideally go decent second hand I reckon, rather than not-so-good brand new if you know what I mean!
    What is an ideal magnification to start off with? I don't really want a huge pair of bino's. Also what sort of price range puts me into decent second hand??

    Any information would be helpful, I figured it's much better to speak to you guys with all your wealth of knowledge rather than go out and buy a pair and maybe get ripped off!

    Thanks

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    Without a budget it is difficult to advise, Swarovski, Zeiss or Leica are probably on a par top end, with steiner and Minox a bit cheaper but still not cheap going down to Leupolds, cheaper minox, the list is endless. The IOR Binos Border Barrels are doing are probably the best value for optical quality I have seen. They are a wee bit heavy and not the prettiest though.

    Dave

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    swarovski el 10x42's,good a second hand pair will be around 900 quid but they are worth every penny,i would recommend these to anybody,they are best bino's out there bar none

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    Cheers for the replies guys
    I've had a bit of a think about budget, it's gonna be a lot lower than 900 i'm afraid, much as i'd like a pair of swaro's!! Is there much in the 200-500 range??!

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    Hate to say this again but over the years I have spent a fortune on optics Scopes/binos If I had been patiant buy the best you can afford even if it means scrimping for a month or two and buy once.Dont do as I did and spend annually on cheap ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Skinner. View Post
    Cheers for the replies guys
    I've had a bit of a think about budget, it's gonna be a lot lower than 900 i'm afraid, much as i'd like a pair of swaro's!! Is there much in the 200-500 range??!
    I baught a pair of Burrus for 350 and they are very good. They are not as good as the top end ones by any means but once the zeiss arrive they will make a good pair as a back up and have got me out of some muddles. Well made and come with lens covers which is more than some of the smaller Zeiss do. I would recommend these if you have that sort of budget.


    Mark
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    http://www.swarovskioptik.com/en/pro...ulars_el-range 8 x 42 is what I would get if I was buying a new pair of binoculars tomorrow. I have EL 8.5 x 42 and wish I had bought them years ago. Regards JCS

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    I've heard a lot of very good things about Steiner bino's and you can pick up a new pair for around the 300 mark. Some of the Bushnell ones are OK. I like ones that are around 7 or 8 x 40mm ish. The larger objective lenses seem to clumbersome to me and anything smaller doesn't quiet have the same intensity. Out of the big three swarovski's have the best reputation for after sales service and a good second hand pair can still carry a large warrenty. Google R Macleod, Tain and see what second hand Bino's he has, he also has a good number of quality second hand scopes.

    Use the search bar on here you'll find lots of praise for Swarokvski's and there after sale service.

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    Out of interest have a look at www.cliftoncameras.co.uk if you feel that this is a possible root that you would consider taking.


    Regards


    Mark
    STALKING. WILD BOAR IN FRANCE. SOLE UK AGENT FOR BACONNES DOMAINE DE CHASSE. TRAINING. DSC 1 COURSES AND DSC 2 WITNESSING. FIRST AID FOR STALKERS.
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    IMHO swarovski el 8.5x42's are the best binos I have used. However rangefinding binos are useful too. I agree with roedeerred about buying the best you can once. Think how many years you might want to stalk, wacth wildlife etc. Remember you will use you binos more than your scope/rifle. If you cant see them you cant shoot them

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