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Leica CRF 1600 vs Bushnell ARC 1600

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Unread 06-25-2012, 07:16 PM
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Leica CRF 1600 vs Bushnell ARC 1600

First off I know the Leica is surely going to have better glass, but I am looking for which one will perform the best as a rangefinder.
Leica should certainly be better for the money, but there seem to be a bunch of Leica duds out there. In fact on several other forums the bushnell seems to be preferred over the Leica.

So, if you've used or tried these two LRF's what are your thoughts in terms of overall performance and value?

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    Re: Leica CRF 1600 vs Bushnell ARC 1600

    Craig, if beam divergence is not a worry to you and you can live with the large beam of the ARC then either will work. If you are concerned about the ill affects of a mis range because the large beam gave you a reading off something other than your intended target, then the Leica is the way to go.

    The Leica 1600 did have an issue with some units at first. But they were replaced and I have not heard of any issues with one for a long time.

    There was a pretty lengthy discussion on this very subject in the last few weeks. You may want to try the search box in the upper right corner of this page.

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    Re: Leica CRF 1600 vs Bushnell ARC 1600

    The Lieca is the better product. I have ordered several for friends lately and all worked very well. Shooting long range rocks etc. they have been consistent to 1300 yards or so. If you shoot further than that you need to pay a few thousand dollars.

    This brings up another good discussion that most guys gear up with long range rigs that are designed to far outshoot their rangefinders. Shoot a rig that is best within the distance your rangefinder can aquire a target and you can actually reliably kill something.

    Broz just posted and he has a rangefinder and equipment that match his long range shooting. This is expensive but way fun. Many have some good long range rigs matched with a short range rangefinder doesn't make sense.
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    Re: Leica CRF 1600 vs Bushnell ARC 1600

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    The Lieca is the better product. I have ordered several for friends lately and all worked very well. Shooting long range rocks etc. they have been consistent to 1300 yards or so. If you shoot further than that you need to pay a few thousand dollars.

    This brings up another good discussion that most guys gear up with long range rigs that are designed to far outshoot their rangefinders. Shoot a rig that is best within the distance your rangefinder can aquire a target and you can actually reliably kill something.

    Broz just posted and he has a rangefinder and equipment that match his long range shooting. This is expensive but way fun. Many have some good long range rigs matched with a short range rangefinder doesn't make sense.
    Just a quick question- have you used the Bushnell 1600, and if so, how would you compare it to the Leica 1600? Thanks
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    Jordan, Sorry I missed your question. I have used every top end bushnell since they first started making rangefinders. Had both of these side by side on an elk hunt this year. The guy with the bushnell 1600 sold it after the hunt and I ordered him a lieca 1600.

    The most important thing was the size and weight. the lieca 1600 is half the weight and fits in a shirt pocket. The lieca would range further on average and not pick up as much clutter causing bad readings. The lieca is the best to hunt with of any I have found in this class.
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    Re: Leica CRF 1600 vs Bushnell ARC 1600

    Thank you, sir.

    Now was this a Bushnell Elite 1600, or the Bushnell Fusion 1600?
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