Well Known Rokslider
- Dec 30, 2014
The vast majority of the elk hunting I do is November, primarily spot and stalk. We have tried and use every combination of glass- regular binos/spotter/large binos/etc.
The first thing I would spend money on is a pair of good rangefinding binos. Leica Geovids can be gotten new for not much more than your $1,000 and have good, if not quite good glass as well as a useful range to the LRF. Sell your current to offset cost. Then, it would be Meopta B1 Plus 15x56mm binos. I say this as I use 15x Swaros- I would rather the Meoptas.
Unless you are counting down to the inch, the 15x binos are superior for hunting- I don’t even carry a spotter anymore. The only time we do use a spotter is if there are multiple people and one will bring it. Everyone else is on tripod mounted binos.
Good RF binoculars and 15x Meopta/Swaro tripod mounted binos is the 95% solution for later season rifle hunting.
I agree with this in theory but a couple pitfalls:
1. I went 0 for 2 with Geovids working in temps below the mid 30's. First pair was new HD-B 2000, they were warrantied with HD-B 2200 which had the same problem and were replaced by leica with HD-B 3000s. The time from when the first warrantied pair got sent in until the 2nd warrantied pair was received was about a year. Even if the 3rd pair worked, going a year without a working product is BS. The HD-B 3000 warranty replacements got a new owner via rokslide classifieds because I wasn't going to risk wasting more time before I could get my $ back out of them.
2. I'm fresh off a CO 4th season hunt where my EL 12x50s struggled to discern bulls at a distance and a spotter was necessary. I don't think 15's would have been enough after looking at them through the meopta s2. That said the bulls i was looking at were raghorns. If there was a good bull it might have been more obvious.