Final field report.
Took it out to 500 yards this morning. RX-1000 rangefinder suggested 5 MOA up...
Spot on! 1 inch group on the bullseye at 500 yards, no wind, no angle.
So, I took what little time I had left this am and set up a hunting scenario. Target placed at bottom of canyon. I hiked back around a hill and up about 150 feet to the crest of the hill. Setup at two different distances 174 yards and 278 yards, at a 14 degree angle, slightly to one side of the target. Did not have the opportunity for an up hill shot. Perhaps after deer season.
Set up in a high prone position across the rocky hilltop. Ranged, Leupold RX-1000 TBR suggested 1 MOA down on both positions and distances. BAM! all shots were within a 4 inch group from either position.
What? Not a 1 inch group??? Well, all previous shots were flat, standard ranges, no - or little wind, with a bi pod and rear bag. Those were firing range shots. This was on a rocky hilltop, prone position and as uncomfortable as I normally experience in the mountains. This scenario is much like most every shot I have seen here in the mountains of Nevada. Anyway you look at it. That's dinner on the table.
It does what it is supposed to do, provide accurate range and shooting data providing the following.
I had to read the instruction manual for both the scope and rangefinder. Instructions were easy to understand and follow. But, I do not think I would have this accuracy without reading the instructions first.
If you select MOA mode. You have to ensure your scope is Minutes of angle adjustment, not Inches adjustment. Hold and BAS are easy to use and are other options on this model. I think it would work well with any other brand of scope. It is not designed to be used exclusively with Leupold only. MOA is MOA and Hold is Hold.
I think a different weight bullet or different FPS (Bullet speed) may not be as accurate as the specific caliber, bullet and FPS listed in the manual. There is a mini-USB port for future "Leupold exclusive updates". I hope that Leupold designs an update that allows me to place My Ballistics for my specific rifle and bullet into the rangefinder....That would be really cool.
Ranging the truck at 500 - 600 yards took a few actuations, could have been the dust on the trail...don't know. Battery still shows full. Dimmed the display and it ranged with fewer attempts. I would only take a deer at that distance If I felt REALLY good about the shot anyway, so that's not a deal breaker.
No scope caps, lots of dust out here. Got to find a way to protect those clear and bright optics.
Magnetic flap on the case could be bumped open and I could drop the rangefinder on the trail. The lanyard is long enough to tie to the backpack to avoid that.
Final summary. I set out to see if I could trust the combination of this Leupold Rangefinder with my Leupold scope. Yes, I am confident that this rangefinder is worth its price. I am also confident that I can trust its range and shooting data most anywhere within my comfortable distance for taking game.
Hope this field review is helpful to someone out there. Off to pack for Early Mule deer season in Area 16, Nevada. If you see me in Table Mountain wilderness, don't be a stranger. Drop by camp for a cup of coffee. I'll be a 9000 feet or wherever the deer are.
Happy Hunting. NV Hunter.