Can I buy a rifle scope 'without' the rifle and use it as a spotting scope ?

Because rifle scopes seem alot cheaper than spotting scopes

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  • dj
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    You can but as others have already said binoculars would be a better choice 

  • 2 months ago

    A friend of mine has done exactly as you wrote. He  uses a tripod with a block

    of wood attached to it and the scope attached to the wood. It works very well.

  • 2 months ago

    Yeah.  You can.  Just use your judgement.  What works for you.

  • 2 months ago

    Least expensive option would be binoculars.

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Stevey, you haven't looked have you? 3 seconds to find a 25-70x70 mm with table tripod for $ 200. There are 6-24x50 R.S. from junk @ $60 to over $1000. $200 will get you a mediocre R.S..

  • C T M
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes gary, you can.

    Source(s): Grow up gary
  • Mr.357
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Your "seem" appears to be broken.  First off, most rifle scopes come without the rifle.  Second, you are going to have to get a picatinny to tripod adapter unless you want to buy a rifle and mount it on your scope so you can hold it steady.  Third, rifle scopes are about 10x while spotting scopes are about 60x.  Fourth, good spotting scopes start around $500.  Good rifle scopes start around $700.  But you can buy a $29.99 rimfire 4x scope and spot things.

  • 2 months ago

    A rifle scope is meant to use a small range of eye relief to get a good sight picture while a spotting scope is more forgiving and on average higher magnification. Also, most spotting scopes have a provision for attaching a bipod/tripod so folks can use them off a bench, which is what a "spotting scope" is best at. If you're out in the field hunting you want binoculars and you don't want high powered ones because you just want to scan and not concentrate too much. And you NEVER intentionally use your rifle scope to use where there are people in the line of sight, it still comes back to the biggest safety rule of all, never point your rifle where you don't intend to shoot. 

    Could you use a rifle scope as a spotting scope, yes, but it isn't the best option and it's false economy to get one. Have to examine how and why you would use a spotting scope too, as said they are designed for bench shooting where you can set them up and monitor shot/group placement with little fuss.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes you can but it will be hard to keep the scope stable.  You would do better buying a good pair of binoculars. 

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