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Unread 06-23-2011, 09:21 PM
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Best rangefinder

I'm getting in to this long range shooting. I will be shooting a 270 wsm with 140 grain bergers at coues whitetail here in az. I was just looking for advice on a good rangefinder that will reach out to 1000 yards. I probably won't shoot coues that far out but I'd like to practice 1000 yards out just for fun. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 06-23-2011, 09:28 PM
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Re: Best rangefinder

Do a search, there is so much good info on this subject you will be reading for weeks.

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Unread 06-23-2011, 09:31 PM
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Re: Best rangefinder

I tried others including bushnell and Leupold.

My current rangefinder is a Swarovski 8x30. It is the best I have seen for a handheld unit.
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Unread 06-23-2011, 10:29 PM
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Re: Best rangefinder

Best advice I can give is get one that is advertised to range further than you think you'll possibly need. Just because it's rated for 1000 yds, rarely do we get the full distance out here in the real world on live targets.

If you expect to range small deer at up to 1000 yds eventually, then I highly suggest a 1500yd or better rangefinder.
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Unread 06-25-2011, 04:56 PM
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Re: Best rangefinder

They are really hard to find but if you can the leica 1200 is a great range finder. I found one in the store a couple months ago and was able to get them down to 500$ since it was a discontinued item.
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Unread 06-25-2011, 07:56 PM
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Re: Best rangefinder

Best rangefinder is probably Vectronix PLRF 10, $4000. Excellent reviews and very accurate out to 2500 yards.

Good value is a Swarovski LRF for $1000. Mine ranges in most conditions on grass/torso targets/etc out to 1100 yards. Bigger, more reflective objects, much farther. Covers the range of my 260 Remington well. It's also a pretty good monocular optic if you do not want to carry binoculars. If I was shooting 1500 yards and longer, I would get the Vectronix.

Most cheaper range finders are highly overrated on what they will range. Try before you buy if at all possible.
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Unread 06-25-2011, 10:53 PM
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Re: Best rangefinder

It's too bad the Vectronix is so expensive. They have a really good set of bino/LR combos that are great, but SUUUUPER expensive at around $12k.

Leica CRF1600- Ranges well, nice reticle, tight beam divergence for ranging what you're aiming at, gives pressure reading and temperature, physically smaller- like a small pocket camera.

Swaro- Ranges arguably a little better/more consistent than the Leica, reticle isn't as good as leica, almost the size of 8X binos. Just distance, no pressure or temp.

These are the two I'm considering and leaning towards the Leica. We'll see. The G7 will be out soon so there's another option, all be it at twice the price of the Leica and Swaro. When it's released there may be a chance to get the former at a good deal...
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