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Unread 01-04-2004, 09:04 PM
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Re: Laser performance

The scout is rated to 700 yards. The distance was within the ranges for both but the Leica did it when the Scout wouldn't and got reading a lot quicker. The Leica has the LED which is easy to see in Low light while the scout has an LCD which can be a PITA to see.
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Unread 01-05-2004, 11:15 AM
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Re: Laser performance

I am positive that they vary from unit to unit. I have a Bushnell Compact 600 (that I really detest btw). While in Alaska a few years ago my partner had the exact same model. We stood side by side and ranged objects, his whipped mine on nearly everything over 400 yards. We switched rangefinders and he couldn't get mine to do squat either. He just laughed and said you got smoked. He suggested I contact Bushnell and see if they would replace it or try and improve the model I have. I never bothered as I figured the request would fall on deaf ears. With that said I'm also convinced that some folks are just electronically hexed. I have a long list of electronic gadgets that go haywire in my hands. Here's just a few:

Bushnell 800 Compact (worked twice before it fritzed out.)

Bushnell Compact 600 (Never has worked very well and just keeps getting worse.)

Canon Elura digital camcorder (spent more time in Canon's repair center than it did with me the first year, still doesn't work really well.)

Song 35" T.V. (turns it's self on and starts flying through the channels at lightning speed. I think it's possesed or something.)

Two different remotes for same-said Sony T.V. (original remote had the first row and random buttons on the second row quit working. Second remote only works when it feels like it.)

Canon ElanIIE, (the camera had to be completely rebuilt within a year of buying it. It had been babied the whole time, just went nuts in my hands. Meaning all kinds of lights flashing and spinning through all the modes. Works okay since it was rebuilt though. Not great, but okay.)

New Gateway lap top (Went through 2 hard drives in 3 years. The second hard drive only lasted 9 months.)

This wouldn't be so bad except for two major things. One we are a very technology dependant society now, so it's pretty hard to avoid. And second, this stuff is expensive! Darn high tuition for learning IMHO. Okay I'm done venting and will get back on topic. However I'm not so sure the rangefinders haven't gone belly up on me because of some kind of weird electro-magnetic field that surrounds me or something.
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Unread 01-06-2004, 12:09 AM
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Location: Palmer, Alaska
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Re: Laser performance

I'm just guessing, but I wouldn't expect the 700 yard model to work every time past about 400-500, and that's just based on the fact most of the rangefinders "advertised max range" is just that, about max in good conditions. We'd be better served if they said, "GUARANTEED TO WORK AT THIS RANGE IN ANY NORMAL DAYLIGHT CONDITION". [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] That would really mean that my YP1000 model would "now" be a 500 yard model, with that definition. At least then, I'd KNOW what model I needed.

That wouldn't sell rangefinders though, would it. [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

I remember Phil saying one time that the Lieca was hard to see out of near dark, as the red LED display was so bright, and the Bushnell was easier for that reason. When I looked through Michael's I noticed it WAS quite bright, during the day time even, definitely not hard to see and probably "would" be at night, though I'm not sure how bad it would be.
My YP1000 is easy to read and I've never had a hard time reading the LCD display until it was practically too dark to even see game through it to range them. At this point, for me, the YP1000 and its LCD display is a non-issue, where as the LED on the Lieca "could be" and remains to be seen.

Big Sky,
I feel for ya brother, that's gotta suck!

I'm curious, for you guys with the Lieca 1200, has the battery lasted over a year or more too? I actually have never had a battery go dead/low on me with my YP1000, but I did change to a new battery before using it each fall to be safe, and do take extras in case of??? I wouldn't expect the Lieca to use batteries any faster, just thought I'd ask tho.
Brent Moffitt
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Unread 01-06-2004, 01:25 AM
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Re: Laser performance

I agree that there must be variation between units, unless maybe there's something blocking the lens, as DC mentioned awhile back when he was referring to how clean they should be to work well. I've tried a # of lasers over the years, and I still believe the Leica is the best-- overall. Just last month i shot a coyote at 465 yds. with my AR, and the range was provided by my Leica 1200 Scan-- it read just fine in the late afternoon, sun at about 10:00 in some high grass prairie at a very shallow angle-- something I've had problems with before in the past with all of my lasers. I certainly like the Scan over its predecessor-- the std. Leica 1200 without question. The pulsating system will almost always deliver a reading. I've also had very little trouble with either unit out to 1000 or so most of the time. You know what's the best thing about it?? It fits perfectly (and comfortably) in my BDU leg pocket, and i can access it quickly from just about any position-- something i could never do with the Bushnell's. That accessibility factor is a big deal with me.

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Unread 01-06-2004, 01:59 AM
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Re: Laser performance

Hmmmm... I should try cleaning mine, ya think... Come to think of it, I never have, and I've had it since they came out with the YP1000 [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] The cover has always been over it, but heck, it might could use it!
Brent Moffitt
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