I had my Fusions with me today while driving around. Stopped to range some cows (Herefords & Angus) and horses out in the valley. Easy to consistently range the cows which were from 650-750 yards out, and the horses (various colors) were also easy at around 800-850 yards. Very impressed with ranging capabilities so far. I can easily range various objects out to 1600+ yards with these, now I just need to find some animals further out than the cows & horses were. Also, for those of you that think the red display is too dim in good daylight, adjust the brightness setting up to 4 (This is the highest. Mine came factory set at 3). The display is way better IMO at the 4 setting, though in darker conditions it may be too bright for some. However, it is easy to change the setting to meet the conditions. Overall, these are pretty nice and a good value, and appear to be well built.
Cool, please keep us updated on how they work on deer/elk/antelope etc at far distances. They sound pretty nice so far.
On several web sites, I read people stating that they like a certain brand and model of rangefinder because it ranged deer or horses or trees or buildings at xxxx yds. Almost all of these posts do not compare the reading to any absolute known distances. A cow lasered at 1427 yds may really be 1592 yds or ???? yds and you are really ranging who knows what....rocks, pasture weeds, etc. Please someone, get a hair-on deer hide, fold it in thirds to expose the normal side profile, hang it on a bush at a half mile mark and range it.....do you get 880+ yds ? Most mile sections have quarter section cross fences that are at that disance. Maybe range a big rock at the half mile mark too. That's the kind of report I would like to read before messing with ordering, being dissapointed and hassling with a return/refund....as I have done with too many electronic gadgets. I am really leaning toward Fusion 1600 Bino's and would like to know what they really can do. PS: Use your trucks trip meter if you have to....reset it at a landmark, drive to the 0.5 mile point, set out a piece of hide, return to point zero and laser, repeat till ranging fails then report findings.
Well guys....got tired of waiting and ordered the Fusion 12x50s. Will let you know how they do it the real world. I think a lot of reports, good or bad, are not based on actual, but instead, assumed performance. Mine are due in this afternoon. Ill test them on cardboard, white copy paper (my el'cheapo targets), trees, bushes, deer, cattle (red & black), a medium sized dog and I'll try to get a small tan calf on the neighbors place to simulate a coyote and compare readings to licensed survey results. I'll also try to plot the beam margins vs reticle since I believe most long range errors are due to beams and reticles not being exactly aligned. If you know where your beam is really at, RFs usually perform a little better at distance. I've even heard that the high end brands can be at the margins of the reticle. No big deal until you are way out there and some reticles cover a house while the beam may be only 4 to 7 feet wide and 2 to 4 feet tall.
Well guys....got tired of waiting and ordered the Fusion 12x50s. Will let you know how they do it the real world. I think a lot of reports, good or bad, are not based on actual, but instead, assumed performance.
Check out item #9........I don't do assumptions either!
Yes I checked #9 out....I wrote it . Was trying to get some REAL performance feedback. I went ahead and took the plunge since I have 90 days , no questions asked, return period. Figured I would have plenty of time to bench test and hunt test on coyotes and crows. UPS hasn't delivered yet but, I'm waiting to hear big brown in the driveway! Got a ProChrono Digital in the box too.
After programming for rifle mode, 200yd zero, 22-250 50gr V-max, which is the Fusion's "H" ballistics curve, I wanted to verify the unit's MOA calculation near my self imposed max coyote range. I prefer MOA to inches and clicks, that the unit is capable of, since I use target knobs marked in minutes on my VXIII scopes. I ranged some brush at 550 yds and the Fusions noted 7.9 minutes were required above a 200yd zero. Huskemaw's online ballistic calculator listed 7.8 without my tinkering with elevation, temp and baro pressure, so the Fusions passed test #1 with an A+. This was one of my biggest concerns. Since the 22-250 is so flat shooting, some units don't accurately track bullet flight for it.
I also played with target, brush and standard mode. I was reasonably impressed with the units ability to screen out VERY heavy brush and trees to pick up objects behind them. But, those objects were not coyotes or deer, so I will reserve judgement on brush mode for later.
It is fully overcast here in NE OK this evening and just as dusk was waning to dark (5:40 pm), I viewed some dark pockets of timber and covered sheds facing east at 200 to 500 yds....I was very impressed. If I can't hunt right up to legal shooting hours with this bino, even on cloudy days, I need to get some cataracts removed! As a bonus, I now know what the neighbors are keeping in their sheds...nosey me.