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G7 BR2 VS Leica 1600-B

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Unread 09-08-2012, 04:29 PM
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G7 BR2 VS Leica 1600-B

Ok so the G7 is twice the money as the B. It has a better ballistic calculator (however it doesnt use specific bullets in its calculations) The beam divergance goes to the leica from what I have read. The G7 will out range the leica in overall range and its ballistics computer is setup to range out to 1400 yards. The leica will only reach to 880 yards with its ballistic solution from what I have read.

The BIG question is: Is the G7 worth the $800 more? From everything I have read for a guy that is only shooting to 1400 yards the G7 is a pretty nice solution to a guys needs. The leica 1600-b has many of the same features as the G7 but it seems to me to fall short of the G7. I would like to hear from others what they think about compairing the G7 to the leica.

Then to me I feel like if a guy was going to go with the g7 than he might as well spend a couple hundred more and get a terrapin.

Like the leica compared to the g7 I feel that the vectronix terrapin is the best solution for under 2000.

So all in all I guess my question is this. Would anyone buy the leica 1600b over the g7? If so why?
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Unread 09-08-2012, 09:50 PM
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Re: G7 BR2 VS Leica 1600-B

I recently upgraded from the 1200 to the 1600. I was seriously considering either the G7 or the PLFR-05. Broz's comparison is an outstanding one. From my use of the Leica I'd for the taking game that I do, up to 1500 yards (some day!) I'd give the G7 the lead position. The deciding feature being the greatly reduces time from ranging to shot. There will be times that this feature will be the difference between a successful hunt and goin' home with nothin'.
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Unread 09-08-2012, 10:45 PM
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Re: G7 BR2 VS Leica 1600-B

I think the first thing you need to decide is do you want an internal ballistic solution. The G7's is far superior the the 1600 B and the terrapin doesn't have one at all. So that right there may make up your mind for you.

The G7 IS bullet specific, you add in the exact BC and weight, whereas with the 1600B there are only 7 ballistic tables to choose from so you have to find the one that fits best for your specific bullet/load combination. I imagine that is one of the reasons they only go to 875 yards, and this is likely too far if your load doesn't match up perfectly.

I have the 1600 and have only read reviews for the G7 but from what I have read the 1600 series is more accurate due to the smaller beam divergence and will reach just about as far as the G7. I have ranged out to 1900 yards a few times and to 1600 1700 yards pretty easily with my 1600. Again, I think the G7 may get a bit further but the accuracy may be in question. With the 1600 it isn't always easy to get a reading at those distances but when I do it is dead on.

I personally feel the 1600 is a better rangefinder only than the G7 but the all in one concept of the G7 surely brings another level of simplicity and functionality to the playing field. I think the G7 would be really hard to beat if you are staying in the 800-1000 yard range. Beyond that you may want to start thinking about the 1600 or terrapin and an iPod touch with Shooter or similar ballistic solution app.

Here are two links that should be a lot of help. The first is Shawn Carlocks review and thread and the second is one that Broz did and has some excellent comparisons.

Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

My Field Test of The G7-BR2 Rangefinder


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Unread 09-15-2012, 08:39 PM
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Re: G7 BR2 VS Leica 1600-B

I own a Leica 1600 and my Dad has a G7 BR2. I like the Leica for its compact design and small beam. I have also ranged out to as far as 1930 yards with it in some not so favorable conditions. All in all i really like it.

The G7 BR2 is a very nice rangefinder as well, it ranges out as far as the Leica maybe a little farther but not much if it does. The nice thing about it is the speed of making a shot with the built in balistic calculator. I have compared it to other ballistic programs in the field and it is bang on. The ability to take in all the enviromentals and give you a quick firing solution is very nice, except the wind of course, still need to do a wind call but it will tell you what to hold for a specific wind at that distance. works really well if you have a buddy on the range finder ranging while you are getting ready for the shot. The one thing i dont like about the G7 is the display under certain conditions ranging against certain colored objects could be a little brighter.

Just my 2 cents having used both.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 06:30 PM
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Re: G7 BR2 VS Leica 1600-B

kherter, The G7 display has 4 brightness settings. You were probably using one of the lower settings. Gary
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Unread 09-29-2012, 08:06 PM
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Re: G7 BR2 VS Leica 1600-B

WIth the Leica 1600 B is it true that I can get the true LOS and then the adjusted LOS with angle compensation without picking a ballistic this or program that? Just want to range and shoot?
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Unread 10-07-2012, 02:17 AM
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Re: G7 BR2 VS Leica 1600-B

I talked to John with Leica yesterday about this very question. He said that the 1600-B will only give an angle compensated range if using one of the ballistic programs. Which means that you will only get the compensated range out to 880 yards. I am ready to buy either the 1600-B or the BR2 right now.

I would like to know from an owner of the 1600-B the following question. When you exceed the 880 yard limit (say you're ranging at 1000 yards) and you are using one of the 3 ballistic programs, what happens? Does the 1600-B give you an error message and no range value? Does it default to the standard LOS range or would you have to take a minute to turn off the ballistic program with the menu and then range again to get a reading?

Does anyone know if G7 is still offering a group buy or any discounts? I would love to buy the BR2 if it were only $200-$300 more. But as it stands, I like others wonder if it's worth twice the price of the 1600-B.
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