Originally Posted by shawnb
well my old bushnell 1500 has finally crapped out. when i press the range button nothing come up, and yes ive put new batteries in!
so my question is: which one do i go with now. i dont have alot to spend on one so a budget range finder is needed. it needs to range out to and past 1000 yards. and range small animal because i shot lots of coyotes and badgers.
so share your experiences good and bad.
If you intend to indeed range a coyote at 1000 plus, and want the rangefinder to be hitting him and not something else in the area. You will not get it done with a low end RF. To actually get an accurate range on a yote, or deer for that matter at 1000+ takes a good laser with a small beam divergence. There are some RF's out there that will return you a number but I can tell you for sure most of them are not ranging the intended target. I have tested this many many times.
So here is what I will advise you do from the info you have supplied. I would opt for the Leica CRF 1600. I recently picked up a used one off this site for around $500. There are some new on line for around $650. If that is still on the high side of your budget then look for a Leica CRF 1200Y. They are now going used for around $400.
Now if you can swing it and want to range the actual yote out to a mile and beyond then look at the Vectronix line. That is what I use to prove the other less expensive units are BSing me with their returned distances.
For what its worth I have checked my Leica CRF 1600 out to and past 1500 yards next to my Vectronix PLRF10. They agreed with only a yard or so in difference.