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Exploring specs of a spotting scope?

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    Posted: July/26/2020 at 13:30
Hello, you folks were very helpful when I bothered you with a bunch of "what do you think of this used scope" threads.  Thanks, my pride and joy from that advice is a Zeiss Conquest 4X mounted on a CZ 527 lefty Lux.

I need a spotting scope for range work only at a dry prairie site.  I've become fairly handicapped and use a cane or two walking sticks for longer than 50 meters but plan to quit shooting when I've been dead a couple of hours ;-) . 

I'm interested in seeing 22 holes at 300 meters on white paper.  I shoot photocopy paper to mimic shooting 8.5X11 gongs from 300 meters.  So black holes on white background past 200 meters. I'm willing to use shoot n see targets if necessary.  I need to keep the purchase cheap or trade into something of better quality.  

What do you consider as minimum specs so I can weed out potential used scopes/ 

Is 50 mm adequate?
What constitutes decent eye relief in mm, I wear shooting glasses.
What would be a workable magnification?
What Leupold scopes, old or new, might work? Their warranty depot is local and are very competent.
Straight or angled?
Anyone use splatter targets?

Please be aware I'm Canadian and pay 30% more for everything compared to the USA.  I researched Kowa entry level 500 model at $500 landed and the 600 model close to $700 for an idea of pricing.

Edited by Canuck Bob - July/26/2020 at 13:42
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