who's packing the big ones?

littlebuf

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provacitive title i know. but seriously whos packing the big 80-85 mm spotters around? i made the desicion this year to go big. i could have bought one of the new 65mm razors but i decided to pay the weight penalty and pick up the 85. i know aron has talked befor about how he packs a big scope and its worth the weight penalty. anybody else? ive lightened up a few other areas of my pack/sleep system and am taking a new aproach on food (taking less) so my pack will still be a little lighter even though ive added 2 pounds to my optics. that being said its still sacrifices of comfort in the back country to allow for the advantage of optics. do you share my view on this?
 

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I have been packing a Swaro 80, but I gotta be honest, thinking about a 65 lately.
In my opinion the 65HD is about the same as a standard 80.
 

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Packing big for the last few years.

Only threw the ED50 in the pack for one hunt this past year.
 

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What will you be using this year?

Good question.

I have the Diascope, and it worked so well last season, I might keep it for this year.

OTOH, I really enjoyed the Meopta S2 so much with the WA eyepiece, I have considered getting one.

Then there is the new ATX Swarovski, which I am still hoping to get my hands on. I think Roksliders would be interested in hearing about that system.

Finally, Kowa has announced a WA 25-60X zoom of their own for the pure-flourite Prominar 88, and I would love to put that one to the test as well.

Options, options, options...
 

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I will be packing my ziess 85 TFL. I have a minox 50 that I put in the pack for bears and maybe some scouting trips. I didnt realize how much I missed while using this scope until I got the big 85 with 70x zoom. Last year I took my 15lbs rifle because I proved out to 1000 yards but I didnt use it. This year I am proving my 7lbs rifle to 650 yards or better and taking the big eye on my high buck. I took the heavy gun and didnt use and spent hours on my little spotter. I think I'm getting it right this year. And Im with dotman Im taking less food as I just didnt eat all the food I took and switching to a lighter pad and a little lighter sleeping bag so I should actually be quite abit lighter than last year even though Im switching from a 50mm spotter to the 85mm
 
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I pack a big spotter also



you going to make it back to washington for any of bear season this year? im going to talk to your brother about another trip, just a little earlier than last year to hit the berries better
 

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Good question.

I have the Diascope, and it worked so well last season, I might keep it for this year.

OTOH, I really enjoyed the Meopta S2 so much with the WA eyepiece, I have considered getting one.

Then there is the new ATX Swarovski, which I am still hoping to get my hands on. I think Roksliders would be interested in hearing about that system.

Finally, Kowa has announced a WA 25-60X zoom of their own for the pure-flourite Prominar 88, and I would love to put that one to the test as well.

Options, options, options...

Haha, yeah I don't feel sorry for ya :)
 

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you going to make it back to washington for any of bear season this year? im going to talk to your brother about another trip, just a little earlier than last year to hit the berries better

Branden and I have just started talking about September plans. I'm definatly planning on a couple trips up this year and I plan to go a little earlier for sure.
 
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let me know if theres any room. im thinkin i just wont work this september.
 

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The new Zen Ray Prime HD spotter 82mm. Should be here in about a month and a half or so. Big upgrade for me this year, but I'm deploying out in April (unexpected) so they will have to wait till Jan in AZ.
 

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The new Zen Ray Prime HD spotter 82mm. Should be here in about a month and a half or so. Big upgrade for me this year, but I'm deploying out in April (unexpected) so they will have to wait till Jan in AZ.

Stay safe bro.
 

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I have had a sts 80 for the last 5 years had a cabelas 65 before that I can carry a little more weight my son has a vortex 65
 
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