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Old 10-14-2012, 08:40 PM
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which budget rangefinder

I want to get a rangefinder for hunting out to about 500 yard and i'm on a pretty low budget of about $250
at the moment i'm considering the Nikon prostaff 3, leupold rx-600i, redfield 550 and the weaver laser rangefinder.
will they all spot deer sized game out to that range? if not, what's the furthest range you've spotted with it (non-reflective)
and are these all relitively accurate?
any input and opinions will be apprecated.

SouthShot

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Old 10-14-2012, 10:04 PM
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Re: which budget rangefinder

I have the Bushnell Arc 1000 which come with a free pair of binos from cabelas. Cost is $270 and I have used it out the 900 yars on elk in low light conditions. In bright daylight I can usually get reads on game out to 600-700 yards.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:38 PM
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Re: which budget rangefinder

My lady just got me a Newcon Optik 1200, I haven't had it but for a few days so I really can't say to much about it I ranged it to 880yrds on the neighbors horses today, and on my own at 335 through the living room window. She paid 260 shipped, bought it new on ebay, and it's made in Canada.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:46 AM
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Re: which budget rangefinder

great find joe! would you mind giving me bit of a mini-review when you've played with it a bit more?
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:01 PM
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had to start draining one of the city water tanks today, played with it a bit while I was up there, ranged the front doors of wallmart to 1501yrds, suprised me lol, it seems pretty good about ranging terrain, but it really doesn't seem to care much for stubble fields, not sure what the reason for that is though. Broz probably has a better idea.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:24 PM
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Re: which budget rangefinder

If you can hold out and save a bit more the Vortex Ranger 1000 is a great way to go. It is a 1000 yard rangefinder, so typically with something like a deer you should be able to count on 500 yards, although it often ranges critters past that range.

It's compact, light, has a rugged belt clip, and features a rubberized body. It also comes with a standard carrying case for your belt and small strap for the Ranger itself.

It has fully multi-coated optics and features HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) for angle compensated ranging - The display is also in a nice bright red format making it really easy to read.

Sure, you're looking at about $400.00 for this rangefinder, but the features, ruggedness and quality are there. Plus Vortex offers their lifetime warranty on it, which not many companies due when it comes to products with electronic components in them.

We have them in stock if you are interested. Our website is down below in our signature - our contact info is on the website as well.

Thanks for your time, take care.

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Old 10-15-2012, 09:04 PM
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Re: which budget rangefinder

thanks for the reply, but the budget's pretty tight as it is
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