Re: My Field Test of The G7-BR2 Rangefinder
I just came back from a week of hunting whitetails and antelope in the foothills of the Bighorns in Wyoming. It was a great opportunity to put the unit through a very practical hunting test with just about every condition I usually encounter and test all the capabilities along side of my Leica Geovids which I have found to perform quite similiar to other Leica models I have used in the past. I programmed the unit for my 6.5x284 pet load and had with me my traditional equipment for back up. Temperatures ranged from 30-85 degrees, bright sunlight to snow, all angles, and varied elevations. Most importantly numerous real life problems of interfering brush, hills, other animals close to the target animal etc. I ranged over 200 animals between 200 and a little over 1300 yards, what I found to be the practical limit using the computer program. I didn't do any testing at longer ranges. I did go through a new battery and probably most of a second. Finally did some rock testing out to 1000 yards to check my rifle's impact compared to my traditional equipment. I was very pleased with the unit. The computing capability was superb and worked as claimed with my single turret. For easy ranging without obstacles, reads were always within a couple of yards of the Leicas. The G7 was worth it's weight in gold for the interferences. I think the single most important feature of the G7 is near/far ranging capability. It took some practice, but once mastered I was able to get ranges in the tight sage, trees, barbed wire fences, brush, even at very long ranges that the Liecas could not read. I shot a 15" goat in the sage at 460 yards that would have been a no go with my Leicas, same for a whitetail buck in the trees off a +30 degree bluff at 475 and picked a single whitetail doe in a heard at 690 for and angled lung shot. I think the near/far off sets beam divergence differences for practical hunting solutions. This was probably the best investment I have made yet for my style of long range hunting.
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