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Nikon 1200 vs Bushnell 1500 rangefinder

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Nikon 1200 vs Bushnell 1500 rangefinder

Both the Nikon 1200 yd and Bushnell 1500 yd rangefinders are about $400. Given the amount of gear I need for an upcoming trip this is the limit of what I can spend on a new LRF. In general my opinion of both brands is good but I usually consider Nikon better quality in optical quality anyways. Anyone have an idea what the realistic performance is of these two units in terms of max range on animals/trees? I'm wondering if the Nikon may actually get as far as the Bushnell despite the numbers.
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    Both the Nikon 1200 yd and Bushnell 1500 yd rangefinders are about $400. Given the amount of gear I need for an upcoming trip this is the limit of what I can spend on a new LRF. In general my opinion of both brands is good but I usually consider Nikon better quality in optical quality anyways. Anyone have an idea what the realistic performance is of these two units in terms of max range on animals/trees? I'm wondering if the Nikon may actually get as far as the Bushnell despite the numbers.
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    IMHO get the Bushnell in that pricepoint. Proven, reliable, optics that are "good enough".

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    you can get a newcon2000 for about 475 and they're deffinitely a big improvement.
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    Bushnell all the way, as far as rangefinders go we sell 10x more of them than i do any nikon rangefinder.


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    I would honestly cast a vote for the Nikon because I have the buckmaster 800 (ten years old now) and it has served me well. I had to replace it this year because of a damaged reticle, but it has always worked very well. it got abused. I have ranged deer at 500 or better with it, and tree lines at over 800 yards on excellent days. It will usually range a tree line at 700 or so and that is it's realistic limit. The 1200's have the ranging capability of the Leica's in my opinion, I went with the leica because of the optics quality. Nikon's have very dimn optics in their range finders. Hard to see in low light. I think Bushnell's are very similar in quality, but I'm a big nikon fan.
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    Re: Nikon 1200 vs Bushnell 1500 rangefinder

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    Both the Nikon 1200 yd and Bushnell 1500 yd rangefinders are about $400. Given the amount of gear I need for an upcoming trip this is the limit of what I can spend on a new LRF. In general my opinion of both brands is good but I usually consider Nikon better quality in optical quality anyways. Anyone have an idea what the realistic performance is of these two units in terms of max range on animals/trees? I'm wondering if the Nikon may actually get as far as the Bushnell despite the numbers.
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    I have the nikon 1200 and it will range objects out to 1200yds( not just reflective objects either , anything) I dont own a bushnell but I have used them and they are solid, but their 1500 yd RF only is rated for 1000 yds on nonreflective objects. Only 200 yds diffrence, but it's still 200yds.
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    Re: Nikon 1200 vs Bushnell 1500 rangefinder

    I personally would go with the Nikon. The Nikon size is basically the ranging capability on non reflective objects and the Bushnell is on reflective objects, so you are basically going to get very similar distances on say a tree or deer.
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