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Opinion on Leica CRF 1200

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Unread 05-02-2008, 12:50 PM
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I've been able to also compare the Leica and Swarovski side by side and the Swaro could always range things the Leica couldn't. Farthest I've ranged with my Swaro is 1980 yards.

When I bought the Swaro it was the only one I could find anywhere at the time, but since then supply hasn't been a problem. I've never been sorry about the cost as I'd really be irritated to have a gun that has more range than my rangefinder when it come to big game hunting.

Even the Swaro fails though when playing with rocks, steel or paper past 2000 yards.
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Unread 05-03-2008, 08:00 AM
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With my Swaro I ranged a brown coloured barn between 1885 and 1991 yards as I was moving away from it, and I got treelines at 1300 yards all this was done at 1pm with slightly partly cloudy skies, it impressed me. Now I will try it on some cows and see how far I will get readings on them.
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Unread 05-03-2008, 08:19 AM
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Last year hunting antelope in WY I had a 1200 CRF and Steve Hugel was using Ernie's Swaro. Over 1k Ernie's worked better but sometimes under 1k I was getting readings while Steve couldn't get one. Not that often but it surprised me that it happened at all.
If I had trouble at longer distances I would start at a closer distance then use the scan mode to work my way out to the target and it worked almost all the time.
I don't get a chance to hunt over 300 yds here in WI so the small Leica really is all I need. It has made a lot of coyote hunts, well this year it went on a lot of snowshoe hikes.

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Unread 05-16-2008, 05:58 PM
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Well they shouldn't be comparable at all if you look at price in the equation.

Why would someone spend:

$960+ on the Swaro if it was equally as good as the Leica at around $430 for the LRF 1200? These are prices for brand new units on each one.

For more than double the price, the Swaro should range better.

For the pricepoint however, the Leica is a steal IMO.

If you are realistically going to be ranging 1000+ yard shots, then buy the Swaro.

If you are like me and the rest of the world HUNTING under 1000 yards, then the Leica deserves serious consideration.

This being said, both of these are excellent laser rangefinders....and the top 2 until you step up to a $3000 one.
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Unread 05-16-2008, 07:10 PM
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I agree with you newguru. The LRF is the best buy for the buck. For the size deference, I prefer the CRF.
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Unread 05-16-2008, 09:22 PM
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I ended up buying the CRF 1200 and it cost $699.00. It's an impressive range finder. I now have owned both the CRF 1200 and the Swaro. They are both excellent range finders, and I too would give the nod to the Swaro for longer ranges.


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Unread 05-16-2008, 11:21 PM
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I have to agree with most everyone else. I have the older leica 1200 and a new swaro. Swaro ranges better all the time. But what I haven't herd anyone say is that the swaro is also better as a "looking glass". I am a major Leica fan, having their best spotting scope and binos. I don't think the quality of the lenses are any better, but the 30mm vs 25mm objective lens just plain lets in more light. I guess I am not sure what size the objective is on the CRF. Maybe they went to a bigger lens!!
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