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    I'm relatively new to deer hunting. Last year I purchased a Savage 111 .270 that came with a Nikon prostaff scope. Because I'm new to this, I'm okay with the scope because I don't know any better. I never really got to test it out last season because I started late and I never saw anything. I was thinking about getting some binoculars before this season starts. I have some Nikon binoculars I got for free. They are the smaller $100 model. Thought about stepping up. I'm wondering if my money would be better spent on upgrading the scope that came with it first? The areas I hunt in are heavily wooded and I wouldn't take shots over 250 yrds. Just curious what other's opinions are and I have some gift certificates I need to use. Thanks!
    When I got into serious deer hunting many years ago, I wanted the best scope that I could afford.
    After spending many hours in sporting goods stores comparing scopes, I bought my first Leupold 2x7-40mm. After that, I bought a used rifle with a 3x9-40mm Nikon scope, but I did not like the clarity. I was able to get rid of the Nikon, and I bought a Leupold 3x9-40mm.
    I was like you in that I had a small $100 pair of Nikon binoculars, but was not happy with them for deer hunting. After comparing many brands of binoculars, I bought a pair of Leupold Yosemite 6x30. I now carry my Nikons in my turkey hunting vest.
    In conclusion, always buy the best optics that you can afford, and you will never be sorry. There are better and more expensive optics out there, but the Leupolds were the best that I could afford, and I have not regretted buying any of them. Teach
    Thanks for the advice. I think I was wanting to know which was the most important to upgrade and I now realize they both are! Thanks again.