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what's a good pair for under 150 bucks? These would be for big game hunting. I have had a pair of bushnell sportsman that were 60 bucks and worked ok for me but they got water in them. Thanks for any help or info.
 

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Vortex Diamondback are the best bang for the buck. You can usually find a used pair on KSL for around $150 and with the unlimited warranty you can send them back with any issues.
 

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I always recommend the Vortex, but what magnification are you looking for? That will be a large factor in the diamondback fitting the dollars...
 

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I just bought a set of Oculus Vision 10x42's at Basspro for $120. I compared them to Leupold, Bushnell, and a few other house brand models. I really liked them. I chose them over the Leupold McKenzie model. I started years ago with a set of 12x50 Perma Focus, then upgraded to Bushnell Legacy WP 10x50's. I totally agree that you get what you pay for but sometimes it ain't in the cards. I save all my pennies for gas money to get up in the mountains, ha.
 

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I picked up a pair of Vanguards last year when Cal Ranch was closing them out and I got to say its very tough to see a difference between them and my Nikon Monarchs. I got mine for under $100.00 but I would say they are easily worth $163.00.
 

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I picked up a pair of Vanguards last year when Cal Ranch was closing them out and I got to say its very tough to see a difference between them and my Nikon Monarchs. I got mine for under $100.00 but I would say they are easily worth $163.00.
how's there warranty/customer service?
 

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al's sporting goods was selling vortex diamondback 10x42's a while back for $149 new in box and I feel like other stores get close to thatfrom time to time. and you can find them used in perfect condition fairly regularly for that it seems. I just picked up the 10x50's. from what Ive read and the little ive seen, they seem to be hard to beat for their price range
 

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I'd go with the vortex Diamondbacks. My brother in law and father in law have them and they're pretty dang good glass for the money. Plus with the warranty you'll have a pair of Binos for life!
 

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Go look through some at a store. I was considering Vortex diamondbacks until I went to Sportsman's and compared them (both regular and HD) to Nikons. I don't have anything against Vortex, I have a Diamondback spotting scope, It's just that with my eyes, the Nikon Monarch 3's were between the Regular and HD Diamondbacks and cost the same as the regular Diamondbacks. I was looking at 8X32's
 

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I've got the leupold Acadia bx-2. I compared them to 4 or 5 others in that price range at the time of purchase including diamondbacks. One thing that is great about them is they have a wider fov than others which I really like. Brand new they are out of your price range but I've seen them on sale for 180 or so and they pop up used occasionally for around 150
 

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Amazon has the diamond backs for 175 free shipping right now...worth the extra 25
 
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