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Best Rangefinders for the buck?

 
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:51 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinders for the buck?

Phorwath were can I buy a swaro for $750 ? I have an older leica 1200 that has never given me a problem . I would sell it though if I could find a swaro for $750.

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Old 08-24-2009, 02:17 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinders for the buck?

REALLY, Leupolds are that bad? HUH? I figured as good as there scopes are there finders would be as good. Guess not.

So all of the bad reviews I have read on Cabelas are true.

The thing to do is just save up and buy a Leica sounds like. What about the Zeiss? Looks pretty good but $699.00.

And what about this ARC thing everyone has. Like bushnell and Lupy. Does it make that much difference. I will be using it a lot during bow season?
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:22 PM
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:33 AM
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Re: Best Rangefinders for the buck?

I have been using a Leica 1200 LRF for years and it has given me wonderful service. The new Leica CRF has a faster processor, is water proof and will fit in your shirt pocket. I think my kids will be getting my LRF to use and old Dad will get the newer Leica CRF... <wink>
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:56 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinders for the buck?

IMHO, for the best all around performance/cost you will have a hard time beating the Leica 1200. I sold my Leica for a Swaro and even though the Swaro is great, I dont feel it was so much better that I needed to trade up. Yes the Leica is a bit on the expensive side but it is much cheaper than the Swaro and is MUCH better than any of the Lupy's or Bush's etc.....When I had my Leica 1200 I got consistent readings in all lighting conditions so long as it wasent trying to read through rain, snow or fog and would do so out to just over 1200 yards. It would get about 1225 and never any more. But hey, it is a 1200 yard LRF afterall. I have known quite a few guys to use the Leicas and they all share similar experiences. This shows that I am not in the minority when it comes to having a positive experience with them. Try getting a 1200 yard reading out of most Elite 1500's on a dull target in mediocre light. Yeah right.

You will pay a few extra bucks for a premium LRF such as the Leica but it will work EXACTLY the way you need it to and when you need it to. What is that worth?????
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:14 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinders for the buck?

I sold my Leica 1200 Scan after two years of use when it failed to range a hillside 600-700 yds away where some dall rams were feeding. It provided hit or miss performance exactly when I needed to know the range. I pointed and ranged the surrounding ground until I finally obtained some readings and then extrapolated those readings to obtain a distance to the sheep.

The Swaro 8x30 I replaced the Leica with has not yet failed to read sub-1000 yd distances for me, so the Swaro has proven to be the more reliable rangefinder for reading distances past 700 yds in my experience of field usage. The glass is quite a bit better in the Swaro also, such that I have been content to use it as a monocular on spring bear hunts.

My Leica 1200 Scan would generally read out to around 950-1000 yds. It would not usually read past 1000 yds with any consistency. And as stated, it didn't read 650 yds when I really needed a reading.
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Re: Best Rangefinders for the buck?

Just one more post telliing you to stay away from the Leuplods LRF's. I have owned two, an RX-ll and RX-lV. Before the sun would come up the RX-ll would range a hillside to 787 yards never a yard further but it's rated at 750 yards so I thought, upgrade to the RX-lV and I'm golden. NOT, it ranged the exact hillside at 787 yards and never a yard further. Then when the sun did come up neither one could range pass 400 yards and that took pushing the button a hundred times.

You can get a Swaro on Ebay almost any day of the week for $750 and less. I got mine on there for $625, no worries they have the best customer service on the planet and the warranty is for the unit not the person that originally purchased it. I sent mine back to Austria just to make sure everything was perfect before hunting season, never cost me a cent, they cleaned it inside and out and aligned everything even replaced a few small parts. If you want the Leica look on Ebay for those also.
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