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Unread 12-07-2005, 11:44 PM
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Hey guys, I am getting ready to buy a top of the line range finder. I have a Bushnell 1000 Yardage Pro, but I am ready for a serious range finder with good optics and consistant readings past 1000 yards. Right now it looks like I am going to buy the Swarvoski 8x30 Laser Guided Range Finder. It has a range of 1500 yards. What do you guys think about this choice. I know some of you have this exact range finder and in the past have said it was the best range finder money could buy. Do you still feel the same and will it range out to 1500 yards. Please, give me any advice or suggestions. Thanks, Wildcat
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Unread 12-08-2005, 12:17 AM
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I bought my Swaro last summer and it's been fantastic. If I had to replace it, with an under $1000.00 eye safe type laser range finder, it would be with another Swarovski.

I've ranged out to 1987 yards with mine and I know a couple of guys that have ranged as far and even farther with theirs. The next step is a Wilde next summer then we can get down to some serious playing with the 270 and 7mm AMs. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Just remember that any range finder should be used with a good rest at any extended ranges.
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Unread 12-08-2005, 12:45 AM
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Do the Swaro's have a threaded base so they can be tripod mounted?
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Unread 12-08-2005, 01:09 AM
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Unread 12-08-2005, 09:19 AM
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SS7MM is telling the truth, the swaro is one mean piece of equipment. We have used it to range large objects out to 1998yds consistantly, still havent got the 2k mark. BJ has ranged pdog mounds out to 1600 or more so that is good enough for me.

It is threaded on the bottom and the glass, though not as good as the EL or SLC binos, is pretty damn good.

very impressive piece of equipment

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Unread 12-08-2005, 09:39 AM
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I took one out desert bighorn sheep hunting last weekend and was impressed with the yardages it read. I beamed a vertical rock cliff about 500 feet tall at 1732,1765,1783. I thought that was pretty good considering the range, but then I drove around the cliff and could then plainly see that it was not vertical like I thought but it sloped to the top. So the ranges were very accurate after all.

I should mention that tHis was done at dusk when the laser could be seen better. Going back out after a big ram this weekend again and I will try the same cliff at midday to compare distances.

I also took my Leica 1200 on the hunt, and it read fine all day in bright sunlight out to 1100 yards. I still find it easier to beam EXACTLY what I want because the aimer is much smaller. On my 1000 yard practice range, I shoot into a burm about 20 feet tall and the Leica aimer takes up only 1/4 of the burm and the Swaro engulfs the entire burm top to bottom. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] If they would fix that and the mickey mouse unprotected belt holster, they would have a near perfect unit as the optics are top notch. I could easily make out sheep at 1 mile with the Swaros even though they were the same color as the background!
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Unread 12-08-2005, 09:56 AM
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At my favorite rock chuck hunting haunts, the farthest I have ranged was slightly over 2000 meters. I was in the meter mode because I was using the Swarovski to check the calibration of my Wild and it was on the money at 1000, 1500 and 2000 meters.

Even in bright sunlite days with snow covered ground I was getting 1300-1400 yard readings, repeatable readings on small square hay bails.

ITs the best rangefinder out there for the money. I would agree with GG in that it would be nice to have a more precise aiming system for it but I am sure that will come in the future.

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