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Unread 11-21-2012, 09:26 PM
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leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

I am in the market for a new rangefinder. I have a Leupold rx1000i DNA model and its just not cutting in anymore i have a heck of a time getting it to pick anything up after about 550. I use it mostly of elk and coyote hunting. I would like a rangefinder i can reliably range a mountain side or a rock pile in a fiel out to 1000 yards or so. I have it down to either the new leica 1600b or a ziess does anyone have any experience with either?
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    Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

    Yes, I have tested both. Go Leica for the smaller more precise beam divergence. Plus I feel the 1600 Leica will out range the Zeiss in distance too. Hands down the Leica is my pick of these two.

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    Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

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    Yes, I have tested both. Go Leica for the smaller more precise beam divergence. Plus I feel the 1600 Leica will out range the Zeiss in distance too. Hands down the Leica is my pick of these two.

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    x3. I have ranged several trees and hillsides and 1963 and 1923 with my Leica 1600B. I have had both and the Leica is smaller, quicker, and ranges further.
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    Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

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    I am in the market for a new rangefinder. I have a Leupold rx1000i DNA model and its just not cutting in anymore i have a heck of a time getting it to pick anything up after about 550. I use it mostly of elk and coyote hunting. I would like a rangefinder i can reliably range a mountain side or a rock pile in a fiel out to 1000 yards or so. I have it down to either the new leica 1600b or a ziess does anyone have any experience with either?

    I tried both and went for the Zeiss. What was said above is true you can range farther with the leica and it is a little faster however I thought the optics in the zeiss were better, it was much easier to steady freehand for more accurate ranging and it seemed to out perform the Leica in the rain. I don't know how durable the Leicas are but I can tell you I left my zeiss on the roof of my truck and only realized it when I made a right hand turn and my buddy seen seen them skidding across the north bound lane. I picked them up and have used them to this day with no issues aside from severe brush burn on the rubber coating. Just my 2 cents
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    The zeiss holds much steadier,has better glass, and is more consistent. Good pick ! I have owned both and kept the zeiss
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    Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

    I too went with the Zeiss.... If ida had more money I would have went Leica. That being said I have been very impressed with my Zeiss so far. Have ranged out to 8-900 yards or so on a overcast very cloudy day with a pretty heavy snow fall. Ive hit 1400 or so on sunny nice days which is all the range im ever gonna need. So I guess id say if ya have the money go Leica for the extra features but ya cant go wrong with a zeiss either...... Clear as mud

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