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?????
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.