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Unread 12-17-2002, 08:26 PM
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Long Range Hunting

I have missed two coyotes this year because of range issues, the first trying to judge distance the second being calibre (30-06 180 grain - Do-oh!) and the third being scope power. I nail them under 200 standing with no problem.

Some of the coyotes in my area are from 400-700 yds. I am also in need of a long range deer gun.

1.I am buying some range-finder binoculars perhaps the Bushnell 8x36 Yardage Pro Quest to take care of the yardage guesswork.
2.I am considering buying a long/heavy barreled .243 and I am thinking about the new WShort Magnum 243 as well.
3. I am considering a TDS reticled Swarovski in 6-18 or 8-24 to allow me to use the rangefinder and scope reticle together.

Any suggestions for reaching out and touching something accurately at 400+ yards?

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Unread 12-17-2002, 08:36 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting

You may want to look at the Leica 1200 yard range finder for the range you want to range.
If you think something is not possible move out of the way so the ones that are doing it can
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Unread 12-17-2002, 08:46 PM
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You know I have a Leica 1200 RF and it didn't do diddly squat on antelope at 550-750 yrds. So I'm sure it wouldn't do jack on a coyote at even less yards. The bottom line is that these "eye-safe" laser range finders just don't work well on anything less then highly reflective objects at the ranges specified. And coyotes are definately not highly reflective objects. You either try and find a military laser ($$$$$), or try one of the other ranging techniques, such as a Wild optical rangefinder or a mil-dot scope. A Wild would be an excellent one for the ranges that you're interested in, by they are heavy and bulky. But if you're calling coyotes, it might just be the thing. But DO NOT buy a Leica thinking that you're gonna range coyotes at greater 400 yrds, cause it just ain't gonna happen.
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Unread 12-17-2002, 09:13 PM
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My My Leica 1200 has no problem ranging anything at ranges under 500 yards. I have ranged deer with it out to 800 in good conditions. Your complaint is common among antelope hunters. Even though they are light colored, something about their hair seems to just soak up and diffuse lasers. Try your Leica on other targets and I think you will be pleasantly surprised... If not, it may be a faulty laser or receiver and need to go back for repair.
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Unread 12-17-2002, 09:16 PM
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Unread 12-17-2002, 09:32 PM
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Unread 12-17-2002, 09:51 PM
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I've used a Geovid and the only real advantage over the 1200 is it has better optics. It doesn't range any better or more accurately and weighs a ton compared to the 1200. The cost is SIX times the cost of the 1200 and I can buy TWO pairs of Leica Binos for the difference. I will concede that the Vector is in a class by itself.

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