I just got a set of LRB 7X50's a couple of days ago (for about the same price with shipping you mention from www.binoculars.com
I played with them a bit yesterday. Can't do a "real" test here in yuppyville but here's what I've found so far:
In very bright sunlight, I was able to range a white building out past 1150. Not very consistant though, it only returned a range about 1/2 the time. In the 900-1000 range it would return a number every time.
Ranging pine trees (the very "tip top of a particular tree on skyline) it was consistant out to about 850. On a tree with a gap in the foiliage where I could see the trunk, it was good to about 950 aiming on the trunk.
I suppose being steady makes a difference, right? I was just holding them by hand, leaning against my car--not all that steady.
I know that bright sunlight is bad. But what's worse, the sun behind you and lighting up the targets or the sun in your face ranging the "shady side" of the targets? I'm guessing the sun being behind you would be worse but that's just a guess. That's how it was yesterday. Maybe I'll do the same test earlier in the day where the conditions would be opposite.
So far at least, they seem to be doing better that Darryl's report of the Leica 1200's. And they also double as a nice set of binoculars....
Anyway, I'll put them through a real test (ranging deer) in a couple of weeks when I get back to Montana.