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Old 11-07-2017, 11:20 AM
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So Iíd like to surprise my husband with binoculars. He currently doesnít have any and Iíd like to get him something heíll actually like (for once! Haha) what are the best for hunting? Specifically deer I guess since thatís his upcoming trip. Iíll spend anywhere up to $500 if theyíre awesome but Iíve seen some that are around $300 with better reviews than $500 so I honestly donít know now. Please help
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:32 AM
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What type of binocular is he wanting? Compacts? Range glassing? Standards? For example, my wife really couldn't get me any set of binos I'd "actually like," as you put it, because I don't like binos for deer or coyotes. When I'm deer/coyote hunting, I have a 7x range finder and use a 15-45x spotting scope for anything I can't see with the RF. With the LRF, I wouldn't ever use a set of compact binos, and I do my range glassing with spotting scopes. In the middle, I just don't have much use for "standard" binos. Your husband might be the same...

If looking for a "standard" bino... Bushnell Legend M series 10x42 will deliver anything the Vortex Viper 10x42 can, but at about 1/2-2/3 the price. Lots of guys love to bash Bushnell because they can be a little clunky on design and execution, but the brightness and clarity are fantastic (glass quality and coatings).

There's nothing "wrong" with the Leupold, Nikon, or Vortex in that price range, but for the money, you get more product value out of the Bushnells.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:36 AM
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Haha more complications. Dang! Well, I donít believe he has a good scope but heís always talking about wanting a good pair of binos so Iím really not sure? I suppose I could just get him a good pair and he can exchange for whatever. I didnít want to get too much info out of him without giving it away I was getting him a pair.



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What type of binocular is he wanting? Compacts? Range glassing? Standards? For example, my wife really couldn't get me any set of binos I'd "actually like," as you put it, because I don't like binos for deer or coyotes. When I'm deer/coyote hunting, I have a 7x range finder and use a 15-45x spotting scope for anything I can't see with the RF. With the LRF, I wouldn't ever use a set of compact binos, and I do my range glassing with spotting scopes. In the middle, I just don't have much use for "standard" binos. Your husband might be the same...

If looking for a "standard" bino... Bushnell Legend M series 10x42 will deliver anything the Vortex Viper 10x42 can, but at about 1/2-2/3 the price. Lots of guys love to bash Bushnell because they can be a little clunky on design and execution, but the brightness and clarity are fantastic (glass quality and coatings).

There's nothing "wrong" with the Leupold, Nikon, or Vortex in that price range, but for the money, you get more product value out of the Bushnells.

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Old 11-07-2017, 11:40 AM
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I think an eight power Nikon Monarch 5 or Nikon Monarch 7 are hard to beat in their price ranges for general deer hunting. The Monarch 5 will probably cost somewhere around three hundred dollars and the Monarch 7 will cost another hundred or so.

Nikon also makes a Prostaff line (less expensive), but the Monarch line is my choice in your price range.

To my eyes it would take nearly double the Monarch prices to get anything better.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:55 AM
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Thanks! That was one of them I was looking at.

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I think an eight power Nikon Monarch 5 or Nikon Monarch 7 are hard to beat in their price ranges for general deer hunting. The Monarch 5 will probably cost somewhere around three hundred dollars and the Monarch 7 will cost another hundred or so.

Nikon also makes a Prostaff line (less expensive), but the Monarch line is my choice in your price range.

To my eyes it would take nearly double the Monarch prices to get anything better.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:12 PM
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Zen Ray has some nice great value options.

Depending on the hunt... something like 8x32 are nice or 10x42
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:01 PM
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I've used a bunch of different binoculars over the years on hunting trips all over the world.


A couple of years ago I bought a pair of Nikon Monarch 5 in 10x42. I see no reason to look at anything different.
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:38 PM
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I have that model too and have used it under all kinds of weather. Always works well.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:45 PM
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My favorite binos are Leicas but you won't get them for less than $1500. In your price range Nikons would get my nod.
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:48 PM
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In general, something 8 or 8.5 x 42 is a good size for deer hunting. I'd have to agree with everybody else on brands. Does your hubby ever go to a larger gun store. If so, you could always go with him and wander into the binocular section and start looking through binoculars. Then see what he looks at and/or talks with a sales person about. Or if he has a hunting buddy, see if he knows what he'd like.
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