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Unread 01-20-2013, 06:22 AM
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choosing Rangefinder

I have done a bunch of reading on various rangefinders in the market. Ive pretty much broke it down to two. Looking at the Bushnell 1300 G-force and the Leica 1600b. I understand there is quite a price difference between the two. Id like to think I can afford the leica but with the right persuasion i might just pull the trigger. If someone can convince me that the Bushnell will range 1000 yards no problem thats all I'd need to save $400.

With both rangefinders being fairly new what are some field experiences with these two? Ive owned the leica 1000 and had a hell of a time ranging in the snow in NE SD. No snow and it worked great. Dont want the same thing to happen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Unread 01-20-2013, 10:16 AM
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    Re: choosing Rangefinder

    Welcome to LRH and enjoy!

    Use the LRH search (top right), there are plenty of info about the Leica rangefinders.

    I have the 1600, depending on the reflective properties of the object and environmental conditions, you can effectively range them beyond the 1K yard range easily.

    Last year, I ranging mulies at 1600-1800 yards when it was cloudy and light snow. I've also, structures, rocks, etc ... beyond 2100 yards. Each unit might vary in ranging capabilities.

    Good luck!

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    Unread 01-20-2013, 01:20 PM
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    I too use the 1600. I've looked through the bushnell stuff and just couldn't come to sacrifice the optical quality that the Leica had.
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    Unread 01-21-2013, 05:17 AM
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    Re: choosing Rangefinder

    I can sacrifice the optical quality if i can get consistent readings to 1000 yards in less than standard conditions. I have heard sone horror stories with the leica in snow/overcast days. But with their optical quality im hoping they have made improvements for this so i can get both consistent reading and quality at the same time. 75% of my use with a rangefinder is in bad weather conditions. I need it to be great on both fronts.
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    Unread 01-22-2013, 10:47 PM
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    Re: choosing Rangefinder

    Leica hands down! I have a 1200 and range beyond that regularly.
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    Unread 01-22-2013, 10:55 PM
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    My back up unit is a Leica 1600. Was watching for wolves today and got to ranging stuff with the Leica. Small trees along a large snow covered grain field. They were at roughly 400, 900, 1200, 1580 yards. Followed up with the Vectronix and got the same readings within 2 yards on all targets. I still say the Leica 1600 is the best value out there bar none.

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    Unread 01-24-2013, 07:43 PM
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    Re: choosing Rangefinder

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    Originally Posted by Broz View Post
    My back up unit is a Leica 1600. Was watching for wolves today and got to ranging stuff with the Leica. Small trees along a large snow covered grain field. They were at roughly 400, 900, 1200, 1580 yards. Followed up with the Vectronix and got the same readings within 2 yards on all targets. I still say the Leica 1600 is the best value out there bar none.

    Jeff
    I don't know about that.......

    Lieca 1600 cost..$800.00.... range..1500 yards...cost per yard = .54 a yard.

    Vectronix Terrapin. cost $1800.00....range 4500 yards...cost per yard = .40 per yard.


    Winner....vectronix!!

    That is the logic I used to convince myself that I truly NEEDED a Vectronix!!!


    Hey man..it's math....you can't argue with math.
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