I always shoot with a buddy who has a high-end Kowa spotting scope. Recently he told me he's moving across the country. Meanwhile, I'm putting all my available money into my new rig and new scope over the next year, so when I see spotting scopes running upwards of $1,000 I get worried. I personally would rather keep the Nightforce and the top-quality components for my custom .308, and try to get a cheap-but-effective scope, rather than cut down the quality of the rifle as it gets built... I saw Bushnell had some around $300; are scopes in that price range acceptable for 600 yards (with the rare 1,000) if I'm using Shoot-N-C targets and weight/size of spotting scope is not an issue? Or am I going to have to save up some more and just bite the bullet? I will be shooting by myself going forward and need just enough scope to see where my shot was on target.
I am using a $50 Bushnell 36x 50obj from 1977 and it works just fine out to 300 seeing 308 on white paper. Since switching to Shoot-N-C, I see no problem even further. Shooting milk jugs out to 425, no real issue seeing bullet strikes in the tundra. Since using a 30 year old spotter, until proven wrong, I see no reason spending over $200 for a range spotter, low light hunting or life depended is different.
I did just buy an Alpen 742, 20-60x60 for $159 and will get to use it today. I got it mostly due to the eye relief at 18mm, my old Bushnell I cannot get full FOV even with eye ball stuck on the glass, black moons all over the sight picture, its that short.