Re: Leica crf 1600 vs Leupold RX-1000 and other compact range finders
I went hunting on Thursday, but because my Leica CRF1600 was only landing on Friday, i had to take a Nikon 440. In the field i was unable to range anything past 240yds and had to pass up on several buck because i was unable to get a range on them. (we were culling Springbuck and were only allowed to shoot brain shots)
I unpacked the CRF 1600 as soon as i got home on Sunday afternoon and what a beast it is. I have no problem ranging anything i choose up to 800yds and it returns a reading every time. The ballistic feature is however not up to par with the quality of the optics and rangefinding capability of the Leica and here i would have liked to see something more sophisticated.
If Leica added a USB connection and PC/Mac software that allowed you to create your own holdover tables that allowed for MV, BC, bullet weight, click value, zero range and scope height inputs, you would have a package that would blow anything else right out of the water.
The fact that it can range up to 1600yds does not mean it is only for those that need 1600yds, but having the extra range just makes it much more reliable on smaller or harder to range objects at the ranges that you do shoot at.