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Small Spotting Scope Project.

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 24,772 Senior Member
I had a couple NIB military hand-me-down Bushnell Elite Tactical Spotting Scopes with H-32 Reticle in them. One is set up to accept night vision and other accessories. Decided to try the other for more range/field use without a tripod. 

Grabbed a useless Remington factory stock I had laying around, a bolt, and some washers. 

Ended up only needing the bolt and large washer. 

Now it works like a rifle scope. I can use it standing, supported, or off a bipod. 
The only thing I added was a zip-tie up front to protect against accidental bumping and putting stress on the bolt recess of the scope. 

Kinda handy. We will see how practical. 
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,094 Senior Member
    That's gotta be one *FINE* scope! Just ordered one for myself - but a couple of orders of magnitude less on price. I'll be interested to hear your experiences...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,094 Senior Member
    YAUSSD...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    No clue what that means. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,545 Senior Member
    edited December 2020 #5
    Zee said:
    No clue what that means. 
    Yet Another Undeletable Server Side Draft 
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,162 Senior Member
    edited December 2020 #6
    Zee said:



     
    The only thing I added was a zip-tie up front to protect against accidental bumping and putting stress on the bolt recess of the scope. 

    Kinda handy. We will see how practical. 
    Ha.........., deduct 5 points from your redneck man card for not using duct tape...... :D

    Scope will be be much more handy to use mounted on the stock btw.

    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 652 Senior Member
    I like it.
    Timing is good too.
    Just picked this up Saturday 


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    If you have an extra stock, give it a try.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,094 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    Zee said:
    No clue what that means. 
    Yet Another Undeletable Server Side Draft 
    I sure do wish "somebody" would fix that...

    @JunkCollector - is that the "Harbor Bomber" scope? I almost bought one, but ended up with a Barska.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,580 Senior Member
    Nice!
    Where do you put the glass quality compared to other spotting scopes you have?
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 652 Senior Member
    Zorba it is a Tasco but at 30 bucks with the stand it was still coming home.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Nice!
    Where do you put the glass quality compared to other spotting scopes you have?
    It ain’t a Kowa and I would t pay the asking price. But, it ain’t the worst I’ve looked through. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,702 Senior Member
    I have to say the first time I looked at the setup my initial reaction was "looks clunky".  Now that I look at it again I'm changing my mind.  Might have to experiment with an old stock.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Darn handy. I used it yesterday when my buddy shot and axis and a whitetail. I was able to move the scope around like a rifle and keep track of everything from the prone position. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,702 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Darn handy. I used it yesterday when my buddy shot and axis and a whitetail. I was able to move the scope around like a rifle and keep track of everything from the prone position. 
    Sold!  Gotta go play with this.  Thanks!
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,580 Senior Member
    I have seen set-ups like these used by RO's for LR steel shoots since about 2004
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,518 Senior Member
    orchidman said:


    Ha.........., deduct 5 points from your redneck man card for not using duct tape...... :D

    Scope will be be much more handy to use mounted on the stock btw.

    Its a white tie wrap, so probably not (but might be) UV resistant.  I expect the duct tape to be in use soon enough.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    mitdr774 said:
    orchidman said:


    Ha.........., deduct 5 points from your redneck man card for not using duct tape...... :D

    Scope will be be much more handy to use mounted on the stock btw.

    Its a white tie wrap, so probably not (but might be) UV resistant.  I expect the duct tape to be in use soon enough.
    In hot temps, duct tape leaves a sticky residue. No bueno. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    I have seen set-ups like these used by RO's for LR steel shoots since about 2004
    I had something similar for photography back in the 80s/90s. First time trying it with a spotting scope. 

    Used it today to watch deer while feeding. It’s AWESOME for that!!  It’s a quick way to get 15-20x from a stable platform. 

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,518 Senior Member
    Zee said:

    In hot temps, duct tape leaves a sticky residue. No bueno. 
    That is a good point.  I didnt really think of that.  Maybe a hose clamp then?

    That is a really good idea for a way to use a spotting scope.  I only use mine at the range on occasion and it just mounts on a small tripod.  If I was going to need something for longer distance or I needed to move it a lot I would really be thinking about using one of several factory stocks I have laying around now.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,030 Senior Member
    Are you done with the stock on rifles? If it is working for you, just bed the thing.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Meh, too much trouble. It works fine as is. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,030 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Meh, too much trouble. It works fine as is. 
    Says the guy who breaks stuff, like zip ties :)
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    They’re easy to replace. 😎
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,526 Senior Member
    Trying to extend the life of a zip tie is like taking a hamster to the vet.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    Zee said:

    In hot temps, duct tape leaves a sticky residue. No bueno. 
    That's what gasoline is for... duhhh.  :smile:

    That is a handy looking setup. I have a couple of junk stocks laying around. I'm gonna play with this.

    Sometimes you're a pretty fart smeller.... er smart feller...

  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,312 Senior Member
    Sweet! I've got a couple of stocks I was considering trashing - now I need to buy another spotting scope!

    And I'll use a tactical black zip tie...
  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 652 Senior Member
    So Jay
    Your calling Zee pretty
    Something we should know about?
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,580 Senior Member
    Can't you tell by his facial pics, that he is a real pretty guy??? :)
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 652 Senior Member
    Oh I know how pretty he truly is
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Oh I know how pretty he truly is
    Beyond compare. 🥸
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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