Re: 2 Questions about Leica CRF 1600 Rangemaster
On my second unit now. The first wouldnt range as far as my crf 1200. Cabelas, true to form, replaced the unit with no questions. This one works remarkably better. Out of the box it was set to metric units instead of US so my measurements had to be converted for accuracy. I had it range 1856 meters on the same object four separate times. My calculation shows that to be 2029 yards. It would not take this reading every time. If I would leave the unit 'off' for a several seconds, then quickly turn it on by pressing the button, press the button a second time immediately, then it would give this reading. If I tried to get a continous reading or scan to get repeated readings, it would not register. Checking the locations on a high resolution map concluded that the 1600 was very close to accurate at this distance as near as I could tell.
It still has the red only readout, limiting its usefulness to those who are not colorblind. The ballistics I am still studying, but they do not seem to be as acccurate as a student of long range ballistics might like, but it should be more than adequate for big game hunters who seldom shoot over 500 yards. The owners manual packs a LOT of information into very few words. Difficult to comprehend which button to push and how many times in what order to get the information you desire. But, if you are patient, it is all there.
Overall, I really like the unit. I have carried the Swarovski and while it may range further if conditions are perfect, it left a lot to be desired. I expected the Swaro to be hands down a better rangefinder and was sorely disappointed. What I found was that when the conditions would limit my Leica (crf1200 for those tests) to under 1000 yards or less, the Swaro would never range any further than the Leica. If conditions were perfect, the Swaro would range further, but only in perfect conditions. The Swaro was larger, I like the compact size of the Leica. The ranging circle in the view finder was much larger on the Swaro and much more difficult to pinpoint objects in the far distance. The Leica 1600 will be my rangefinder of choice for future use.