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Seeing 1/4 inch bullet holes at 200 yds

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Seeing 1/4 inch bullet holes at 200 yds

Postby target shooter on Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:02 am

Does anyone have a recommendation for a spotting scope (with angled eye piece) capable of seeing .223 bullet holes at 200 yards; which sells for less than $300? I currently use a Kowa 821 with a 27X power and long eye relief and it is marginal at best. All of my shooting is mid-day with good light. My guess is a zoom power scope capable of going up to 50X with fully mulitcoated, BAK4 lenses. I don't want to repeat the mistake I made with the Kowa.
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Re: Seeing 1/4 inch bullet holes at 200 yds

Postby garyb_44 on Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:20 pm

This might be useful:

http://www.opticsplanet.com/spotting-sc ... oting.html

Joanie put that together. Maybe a new zoom eyepiece for your Kowa? 20-60x? The 82mm objective should be more than enough.
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Re: Seeing 1/4 inch bullet holes at 200 yds

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:12 am

Thanks Gary

I'll second what gary says. Sounds like you need more magnification. A new zoom eyepiece is the most logical solution singer you already have a great scope. In fact, there is nothing in the $300 class that would come close to a Kowa. If it is a new Kowa 82SV, go for the 20-60 zoom. If it is the older 821, I'd check Ebay for a used eyepiece 820 series eyepiece. If that fails and you want another scope, try the Alpen 788 or the Bushnell Ultra Legend HD, though these are $400 class scopes. I have had some customers report that the Clestron Ultima 80 is up to the job at 200 yards, but just barely.

Another thing I would try, if you are not currently using them, are one of the new splatter type targets, such as the Dirty Bird, Shoot N C and so on. This could be the cheapest solution of all.
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