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Old 11-23-2012, 05:29 AM
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Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

Another vote for the Leica. Mine (1600 CRF) stows neatly and readily on my shirt/vest pocket for easy access, a big plus esp. during bow hunting.

It's true that it's harder to get stable reading for LRs due to its size but you can get tripod adapter (Leica CRF Tripod Adapter for CRF Rangefinders 98750) for it.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:07 PM
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Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

Hit 1892 with my Leica last week on about a 2' rock, furthest for me but very impressive nonetheless!
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:40 PM
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Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

I bought a used Leica 1600 from a member in AZ.

Am plenty pleased.

During an evening in the mountains passed Howe ID repeatedly ranged to 1984 and not an inch further....

Today I did some google earthing to see if I could get a mile from my shooting spot in Wolverine canyon. GE indicated probable.

Good snow on top of the Ws. Maybe 6 - 8 inches.

Again regularly ranged to the upper 1900s and not an inch further.

Ranged to a perfect spot from another perfect shooting spot @ exactly 1760 yes and no more than 15 yards below the road. The spot was snow covered with some weeds and bushes. Was impressed.

The day the foliage was covered with heavy snow, couldn't range squat.

For practical hunting distances I am plenty satisfied w/the 1600. I now leave my binos 10X bins at in the truck for the most part.
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Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

I own both and feel there has been an accurate discussion. It comes down to what your priorities are. the Ziess is less expensive, has better glass, 8x vs 7x magnification, it is easier to hold stable and the "button release" method of ranging is better than the Leica "double punch" method.

despite all of those advantages for the Zeiss, I use the Leica 1600 since it's smaller beam divergence does a much better job of ranging whitetails past 480 yards.

thus for less than 480 yards, I'd reccomend the Zeiss; however, mine is simply not effective at ranging whitetails beyond 480 yards.

used to have a Swaro. to me, the Swaro is a virtual twin to the pros/cons of the Zeiss, just costs a lot more and its push button is difficult and disruptive to a steady hold.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:29 PM
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Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

I have not used the Zeiss, but was totally impressed with the Leica. We got ranges off trees at just under 2000 yards. The true horizontal distance is easy to get and the size is great. It would easily range the middle of a grassy meadow at just under 800. Another guy in the group had a Nikon 1000 that would get the trees on the other side at about 825, but would not give a range anywhere in the meadow. Leica gave one anywhere you aimed it. I will be replacing my old Nikon with the 1600b soon.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:12 PM
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Re: leica 1600b or Zeiss rangefinder

Just returned from the mountains where I set up my 1 mile gong.

Tried to work it in between rain storms. What's with this 47* weather @ the end of Nov.

With a kind of rain mist the 1600 wouldn't range the mile as it did during clear sun light.

The longest I got was 700 yards.

Just another data point.

PS: too wet to shoot - darn!
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