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I could not get my Leica 1200 scan to work at all until.....

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Unread 05-24-2009, 10:45 AM
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I could not get my Leica 1200 scan to work at all until.....

Man I was about ready to throw this thing in the trash the other day I got it from another member a few years ago.

I thought I had tried everything to get the thing to read me out some ranges. Until I tried the simplest thing of all I left it under the back seat of my truck and set my tool bucket on the seat. This killed the battery. I put in a new Duracell 9V and wow the ranger finder is working great any time of the day.

I felt like such a bone head I should have tried changing out the battery 2 years ago. So for anyone out there using a Leica make sure you change the battery and keep a spare.

Just thought you guys should no whos advice your getting and to take it with a grain of salt.
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Unread 05-24-2009, 11:12 AM
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Re: I could not get my Leica 1200 scan to work at all until.....

I had a similiar experience. Mine was in my day pack and the button was pushed up against something. The thing was dead when I went to use it. I'll definately carry an extra battery from now on. Good lesson in having a back up plan instead of always depending on electronics that can and will fail. It may be time to look into mil dots for ranging????
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Unread 05-24-2009, 11:37 AM
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Re: I could not get my Leica 1200 scan to work at all until.....

a few years back when i was in college I couldn't even begin to dream of buying a laser rangefinder. I learned to use my crappy mil-dot scope for ranging. While it is a great skill (i'm still very very slow but i can do a reasonable job) it is much easier, and more accurate to carry an extra 9V for my leica ;)
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Re: I could not get my Leica 1200 scan to work at all until.....

Funny you guys mentioned MILDOTS as thatís just what I was doing. I was out on a drive in the country using my MK4 to take some measurements on whitetail deer. I was using 18" as my known height and taking mil readings of the deerís torso. I had just finished the math and when to check it with my Leica and nothing lesson learned.

On a side note I have a Horus Vision Hawk I have been toying with and I can do the math in about half the time and itís more accurate.
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Re: I could not get my Leica 1200 scan to work at all until.....

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a few years back when i was in college I couldn't even begin to dream of buying a laser rangefinder. I learned to use my crappy mil-dot scope for ranging. While it is a great skill (i'm still very very slow but i can do a reasonable job) it is much easier, and more accurate to carry an extra 9V for my leica ;)
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I could not agree more. Why build the most accurate rifle and load you can to be off in your range estimation and blow a shot?

My 6br is the most accurate rifle I have. It has taken deer, fox, and G-Hogs on the limit for cal. None of which could have been done without a LRF. (That is with my Milling skill) After 600 I shed a full MOA every 25 yards which ='s a clean miss on a fox or G-hog and a poor shot on a deer.
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