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Budget Rangefinder?

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Unread 08-16-2009, 08:30 AM
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Re: Budget Rangefinder?

I treated myself to a new Bushnell Elite 1500 on Friday for my birthday. Hope it works better than my Cabela's 1200 did or it's going back or going to eBay. So far looks OK. Bushnell is currently getting huge US mil contracts for their Chinese made stuff (junque?) to be sent to our men in Afghanistan so I hope that means it's gonna do what I need. Good luck on finding a suitable one also.

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Unread 08-18-2009, 11:08 AM
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Re: Budget Rangefinder?

I have a Leica RLF 1200 and love it... but I may give it to my kids and buy the Leica CRF 1200. The CRF is smaller, waterproof, faster and is smaller and handier than anything else on the market. It will fit in my shirt pocket... you would need a pouch like a kangaroo to do that with the Zeiss or Swaro because they are so big! NJS
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Unread 08-18-2009, 04:29 PM
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Re: Budget Rangefinder?

My input is that the size of the lazer beam is key.

You want to range what you want to range. Not something ahead or behind the target.

If you have a target deeper that the edge of the trees and your "laxer Sight" fits in the space between the trees you want to be able to range into the depth of the target. We're talking LR shooting not under 5 or 600 yds.

I know that the Leica 1200 LRF and most probably the CRF, I suppose they are the same except for configuration, will range within the area of the sighting square.

A lot of the others will range pretty much the closest object within the size of their much larger sighting area.

I've messed quite extensively with the Bushnell 1500 and couldn't determine where the point was within the large sighting ring that was providing the actual reading. Some of know what that really means on a 1400 yd shot on a slope..
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