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This past rifle season, my binocs (Cabela's Guide series 10x42) got knocked off a bench, hit the deck and broke off the rotating eye cup. I sent them to Cabelas for evaluation/repair. They are a discontinued item and can't be repaired.

However, Cabelas is giving me credit for what I paid for them. Willing to spend a little more than what I paid before and have narrowed down replacements to:

1. Leupold BX-2. Good combination of price, size and weight. Field of view is the smallest of my three on the list.

2. Nikon Monarch 5. Best weight but slightly longer than the other two. Middle of the three field of view. Priciest of the three.

3. Cabelas Guide Series. Heaviest but more compact than the other two. Best field of view. On sale price is comparable to Leupold.

I knew Cables would come thru. I thought they would just send what they thought was comparable costing less than my original.

Any thoughts on a pick of the three?
 

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I have a pair of the Cabelas Guide series, same as what you broke. Four years ago, I got a pair of the Cabelas Euro series binocs for Christmas. They are made by Meopta for Cabelas, even has Meopta name on some components. Very clear, compare well to many Euro glasses selling for twice their price.
 

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I have a pair of the Cabelas Guide series, same as what you broke. Four years ago, I got a pair of the Cabelas Euro series binocs for Christmas. They are made by Meopta for Cabelas, even has Meopta name on some components. Very clear, compare well to many Euro glasses selling for twice their price.
For my use, I can't make their cost fit the budget.
 

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If my check of the Cabela's site was on the mark, you should have about $300-$350 to play with here.

My suggestion---- are you near the store? If so, watch the bargain cave. They will get Meopta and/or Cabela's Euro's in periodically at reduced prices.

The Meoptas are $500. Minus your credit, you should be looking at $200 cash. I know it's a stretch, but you'll be using binos that rival those costing well over the 4-figure mark, at least for clarity and brightness. The Meopro's are just darn good binos that will stun you when you're in the woods at dusk.

My father is one of the most.....er...shall we say, frugal?....people I know. He finally bought a pair of Meopros and now is attached to them like he's never been to a pair of binos.

If you can't add the cash, that's understandable. If you can swing it, though, you will never, ever regret doing so.

Also, if you know anyone who works for them, wait till they do the Employee Pricing event (usually happens once in the spring and again in the fall). Last I checked, the worst you'd get is 10% off (could be more), and every cent helps.
 

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If my check of the Cabela's site was on the mark, you should have about $300-$350 to play with here.

My suggestion---- are you near the store? If so, watch the bargain cave. They will get Meopta and/or Cabela's Euro's in periodically at reduced prices.

The Meoptas are $500. Minus your credit, you should be looking at $200 cash. I know it's a stretch, but you'll be using binos that rival those costing well over the 4-figure mark, at least for clarity and brightness. The Meopro's are just darn good binos that will stun you when you're in the woods at dusk.

My father is one of the most.....er...shall we say, frugal?....people I know. He finally bought a pair of Meopros and now is attached to them like he's never been to a pair of binos.

If you can't add the cash, that's understandable. If you can swing it, though, you will never, ever regret doing so.

Also, if you know anyone who works for them, wait till they do the Employee Pricing event (usually happens once in the spring and again in the fall). Last I checked, the worst you'd get is 10% off (could be more), and every cent helps.
Thanks. Good stuff.

Actually only about $280 credit ( what I paid when I bought), still only about $200 and I do have some Cabelas bucks saved. Might be doable after my next bucks update in a couple weeks. I also am limited by time.

If I don't respond within about 30 days, they will send my old ones back. With the credit they keep my old ones.
 

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Welcome to optics shopping, lol.

It's a shame they didn't give you cash. Some internet shopping gets you into those Meopro's for like $350 pretty easily when looking for them other places.
 

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New binos on the way.

Looked at all options that you all suggested in great detail. At least two days of study. Found Bird Forum web site that had evaluations of about every bino you can think of.

Took the advice to spend a little more money and picked Zeiss Terra ED in 10x40. German glass assembled in China with Zeiss QA/QC. Looking forward to see how they work.

Thanks all for getting me to look at other options than I originally listed.
 
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