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Old 03-25-2003, 11:04 PM
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Looking for a good rangefinder

I'm looking for a new rangefinder,the old Bushnell 400 is,well, ahh kinda of obselete to say the least.

My range (yes money is an object) is no more than $650.
What do the pro's use? For less than $650 anyway.
Steve
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Old 03-26-2003, 06:39 AM
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Re: Looking for a good rangefinder

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Old 03-26-2003, 10:56 AM
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Re: Looking for a good rangefinder

If not going that far, Leica 800 (max 965 yds). Many are now on sale as the 1200's are replacing them.

Either way, it doesn't get better in a handheld, eyesafe laser rangefinder.

Jerry
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Old 03-26-2003, 09:28 PM
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Re: Looking for a good rangefinder

I'm in the market for a new range finder myself. I'd like something in between the commercial rangefinders, and the Military type.

What is the difference between the Wild and the Barr and Stroud?

Which is better suited for coyotes and jackrabbits out to 1,000-1,500 yards?
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Old 03-26-2003, 10:26 PM
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Re: Looking for a good rangefinder

I must agree with the Leica LRF. I had a Bushnell 20-500, sold and upgraded to 1000 and now sold the 20-1000 and upgraded to the Leica. Save yourself a lot of headache. Get the Leica 1200 from the start. It's what you will want after you look through it comparing to the Bushnell. The optics on the Leica is so much clearer compare to the Bushell. Leica is also half the size of the 20-1000 and much easier to read with the LED readout.
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Old 03-26-2003, 10:29 PM
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Re: Looking for a good rangefinder

Tim

The Barr & Stroud and Wild are both about the same in 80 cm, the Wilds (the newer ones on the market now) are coated optics, made in the 60s and 70s. The Barr & Strouds are usually not coated (which may mean something to you) but not to a lot of others. The Wild has a small rectangular prism in the middle of the eyepiece where the objects are inverted (upsidedown)--the B & S the whole top half is inverted. They both work the same otherwise with about the same accuracy. The Wild is usually 11 or 11.5 power and the B&S usually 14 power. There are others that are good too Zeiss, etc. Nikon made a nice skinny 60 cm in 12 power which isn't bad but scarce. The old Bausch & Lombs and Goertz help win wars but it's hard to find them in good shape (glass etching, lens separation,etc). Wild (not the TMO) and B&L both made small ones but are real scarce. A good Wild or B&S are hard to beat.
If we beat the drums hard enough-maybe an American Optical Co. would make us one that was compact for a reasonable price, but it probably won't happen because of the small laser rainbow chasing. Seems like this would be more practical with old technology than 10 years that are lost with the new technology.

Dan
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Old 03-27-2003, 12:12 AM
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Action Shooter

If you want a reliable rangefinder for the amount you specified, get a Wilde 80 cm while they last. The small lasers aren't dependable half the time.

Dan
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