spotting scope stand

Discussion in 'Scopes, Optics, LRFs, Spotters, BoreScopes' started by swede69, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. swede69

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    just checking out what everyone is using and likes and dislikes. I was looking at the ray vin models, simple and sturdy. thanks for the input. I am going to get a kowa spotter for it and mostly use at range but would also like to field it for wildlife and general viewing.
     
  2. perry42

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    For wildlife and general viewing I prefer binoculars. My Kowa uses a 3/4" rod with a 3 legged base.
     
  3. pacificman

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    When I bought my spotting scope years ago I had a cheap three leg stand and quickly found that
    a good sturdy stand is the way to go when using your spotting scope in the wind and for long periods
    viewing game. I bought a leupold stand which can be locked and is very sturdy. Like I said this was
    years ago and I am sure there are many more sturdy scope stands out there today. My point being
    it's good idea to have a stand that will keep your scope rock solid for viewing. :)
     
  4. chkunz

    chkunz Gold $$ Contributor

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    I have tried them all and the Ray Vin is my favorite.
     
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  5. beak

    beak Silver $$ Contributor

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    if u are shooting from a bench call Champion shooters supply [in ohio] get a scope mount then go to Home dep. & buy a pipe clamp. clamp to bench & have at it
     
  6. cdiver

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    Dito on the Home Dep thats what I did.

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  8. oldiron

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    cdiver what mount you using that mounts to your scope? is that one off a tripod? Thanks
     
  9. jimbo60

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    I built my own out of a piece 3/4" steel round plate, 7 1/2" Diameter. Bought a Tripod head off of Ebay ,( Amazon ) has them too.
    Installed a 3" handle to make it easy to pick up, put 4 rubber feet on the bottom.
    Works fantastic for the bench, and is super stable. 10 lbs
     
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    Same here.
     
  11. oldiron

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    Nice!
     
  12. mtncwru

    mtncwru Silver $$ Contributor

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    I used a Freeland stand when I started shooting smallbore, and it was fine. I found that, once I got out onto the more wind-swept lands of high-power, the Freeland didn't quite cut it. I upgraded to a Ray-Vin (heavier with less vibration in the wind, especially when my scope is further off the ground than "prone") and have been delighted ever since.
     
  13. cdiver

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    Yes, it is of a table top tripod that I got at a garage sale
     
  14. JRS

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    Manfrotto MKBFRC4-BH
     
  15. JMS597

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    I did something similar. I noticed a benchrest shooter practicing near me a couple of months back, and he had that same clamp setup. I bought the Ray Vin Ellipse mount and put it on some 3/4" pipe which I turned down on the lathe to meet the 1" dimension of the Eclipse. Rock solid, easy to do, and relatively cheap.

    The Eclipse isn't cheap, but it works very well.
     
  16. Downhill

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    The large Polecat Stand from Creedmoor Sports is the most stable one that I have tried. Little more expensive but a lot less aggravation regarding scope wobble.
     
  17. damoncali

    damoncali Gold $$ Contributor

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    I have one of these:

    https://www.creedmoorsports.com/product/910/Scope-and-Stand-Accessories

    I don't recommend it. The pole and base are fine, but the parts that attach the cope to the pole are terrible. I replaced them with a super clamp and ball head designed for cameras and it's MUCH better. I wish someone sold just the pole and base. The clamp and ball head can be had for $50-100 depending on how nice you want it to be.
     
  18. Downhill

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    Sorry to hear that. I have been using my polecat stand for 2 years with no issues.
     

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