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Laser Range Finders - rate them....

 
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:20 AM
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Laser Range Finders - rate them....

I'm in the market for a rangefinder. I was always under the impression that the Leica 1200 was the cats whiskers, but after reading about problems and chatting to some guys here I'm not so sure anymore.

Jon had a lot of good things to say about the Nikon 1200 (which is also priced a lot keener).

So, here's a poll to help me out with my decision. Thanks for your votes and any comments - good or bad - on any of the products. I've not included all of the brands, just what I've been looking at.

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Old 02-08-2006, 01:53 PM
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Re: Laser Range Finders - rate them....

You left out the one that is probably the best of the bunch...Swarovski's new one.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:33 PM
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Re: Laser Range Finders - rate them....

The results of your poll may be somewhat skewed, unless you include Swarovski 1500 as one of the choices.
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Old 02-08-2006, 03:35 PM
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Re: Laser Range Finders - rate them....

I'll tell you which brand is not my favorite. The Bushnell yardage pro 1000. It should honestly be called the YP 500. I own one and it barely meets my needs. The only plus to it is that with my .308 it stops reading deer at about the max range I would shoot one so it is sort of self imposed voice of reason. But when it comes to rockchucks at 800 or 1000 yards it is severly lacking.

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Old 02-08-2006, 05:48 PM
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Re: Laser Range Finders - rate them....

I voted for "Other" as swaro wasn't in the list. I have a Leica 1200 which is head and shoulders above the other's I have tried. But it leaves me not shooting every once in a while as I can't get a reading even with new batteries. When there is frost or wet, not raining, it is infallable to beyond 1100 yds. Think the Swaro is better though, from what I've heard.
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Old 02-08-2006, 05:54 PM
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Re: Laser Range Finders - rate them....

As others have noted "you left out the Swarovski".

I used to own a LRF 1200, until I got my hands on a Swaro. Of the ones listed the LRF 1200 is the best (in my opinion), but it is a DISTANT (no pun intended [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]) second to the Swaro.
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Old 02-08-2006, 06:03 PM
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Re: Laser Range Finders - rate them....

Im also in the market for a new rangefinder. I have the nikon monarch 800. It met my needs for a while, but for shooting with my 300 RUM, I sometimes find myself needing one of the 1200 models, or the swaro 1500 would be nice. I have gotten reading to 900 on rocks and elk with my nikon 800, but that was in good conditions. There have been times when I have tried to range a coyote in a bare wheat field on a nice sunny day and I know damn well he wasn't over 500 but the nikon wouldn't pick it up. I went to sportsmans the other day and the guy behind the counter tried telling me the bushnell elite 1500 would get deer and elk at 1500. I just looked at him and said, naw I dont like bushnell. I wanted to see if they had the new leupold, but they didn't. I see they have the nikon 1200, leica 1200, and swaro 1500. I looked through them all at the store and the swaro is so much brighter I almost think you could double them up as a pair of binocs. ANyone else think that?? The leica is nice as well, but if the nikon 1200 will do what the leica 1200 does, for $200 less, I would go that route. When I have the money, I want to take all 3 of them outside the store and do some long distance testing. I told the guy I shoot over 1000 yards with my 300 RUM so i needed something that would reliably range at least 1000 yards, whether it be a coyote, deer, elk or a rock. He kinda looked at me like I was crazy, but oh well.
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