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Old 02-22-2013, 01:14 PM
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Bingo! If you're going to shoot at 400 yards and farther, you should plan on purchasing a good laser range finder, no matter which scope you settle on. If you don't have the range down pat, it won't matter which version or model scope you purchase. Buy a Leica 1200 range finder if you're content with limiting your shots to ~ 800 yds. Buy a Leica 1600 if you want to range and take shots out to ~ 1250 yds.
some hefty prices on those rangefinders.. (at least to me) what would be the disadvantages of buying a cheaper rangefinder? such as the bushnell 1,000 or 1,200 in the $250-$350 range
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some hefty prices on those rangefinders.. (at least to me) what would be the disadvantages of buying a cheaper rangefinder? such as the bushnell 1,000 or 1,200 in the $250-$350 range
Less reliability of the cheaper rangefinder to give you an accurate range of the distance to the deer. Those Leica models will typically range to the distances I stated. The distance you'll be able to range will likely be reduced with lower cost range finders. If you're content to start out ranging 6-800 yards, a Bushnell 1500 may do the job most of the time, under most conditions, to those yardages. I and many others consider the Leica's to be more reliable to greater distances though. You'll have to weigh the pros and cons against your budget and make a decision. I have no experience with Bushnell's lower yardage models, but I have used their 1500 Elite. It wasn't as good as a Leica 1200.

If the budget is restricting you, I'd go with a Bushnell, rather than wait a year in order to get a Leica. You can always sell the Bushnell later and recoup some of the purchase price to upgrade when you're wanting to range greater distances with greater reliability. You could watch for some 'used' LRFs. There's some risk with purchasing a used one unless you know the seller. But I've purchases used before, as has my brother, and our 'used' ones lived up to their performance expectations.
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some hefty prices on those rangefinders.. (at least to me) what would be the disadvantages of buying a cheaper rangefinder? such as the bushnell 1,000 or 1,200 in the $250-$350 range

My observation has been accuracy, consistancy, and ability to function - return an accurate reading - in less than perfect conditions.

On a clear day with a target providing a good reflection and within the advertised range of the particular rangefinder, most rangefinders will provide a useable range solution. When visibility conditions are less than perfect, the cheaper units give up first. particularly at longer distances.

I've bought several rangefinders over the years. Today I have a Leica 1600CRF. That unit is as much as I could afford and it works. I trust it. The earlier units I bought were a waste of time and money.

The same could be said for the Scope. Do your homework. Decide what features work for you and than get the best you can comfortably afford.

How was it put to me once... Buy good stuff once and cry once or buy cheaper stuff and cry more often.
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some hefty prices on those rangefinders.. (at least to me) what would be the disadvantages of buying a cheaper rangefinder? such as the bushnell 1,000 or 1,200 in the $250-$350 range
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I've got one of these, they normaly run about $250ish, as with anythings else you get what you pay for but, for an entry level Rf I like it. I've gotten ranges on buildings out 1500yrds, vehicles past 1k (I just haven't tried farther) animals 800 pretty easy.
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Re: Please help before my brain explodes!!!!

Joe, how you like the glass....
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Joe, how you like the glass....
I looked through the Newcon at Shot Show several years ago. Quality of glass was less than I cared for. I presume your means you reached a similar conclusion.
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I looked through the Newcon at Shot Show several years ago. Quality of glass was less than I cared for. I presume your means you reached a similar conclusion.
Yeah, I am just being a Smart azz. I had a 3000 once. reminded me of looking through milk.

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