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Old 08-08-2005, 07:50 PM
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range finders

Was doing some web surfing and came across a range finder by newcon-optik. and they have some that can range 2500m or yards and wondering if they are any good. Need some to range more than 1500 yard.
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Old 08-08-2005, 09:51 PM
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50bmg:

I canít really speak from personal experience with the Newcons but if you use the search feature you will find that a lot of people were dissatisfied with theirs.

You will also find that those of us that have the Swarovski range finders swear by them. They are great and have the typically super Swaro glass. I have ranged just under 2000 yards with mine and Kirby and Shawn have ranged to just over 2000 yards with theirs.

The next real step above the Swaros is probably going to be in the $1750.00 - $2500.00 range to get one that will do what you want. You could also go with a Wilde optical range finder if the size isnít a problem. That would give you the distance and the price is minimal. The big drawback is the size though, since they arenít really portable hunting units.
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50bmg:

I canít really speak from personal experience with the Newcons but if you use the search feature you will find that a lot of people were dissatisfied with theirs.

You will also find that those of us that have the Swarovski range finders swear by them. They are great and have the typically super Swaro glass. I have ranged just under 2000 yards with mine and Kirby and Shawn have ranged to just over 2000 yards with theirs.

The next real step above the Swaros is probably going to be in the $1750.00 - $2500.00 range to get one that will do what you want. You could also go with a Wilde optical range finder if the size isnít a problem. That would give you the distance and the price is minimal. The big drawback is the size though, since they arenít really portable hunting units.

[/ QUOTE ]I do not necessarily agree with this in one aspect "I have ranged just under 2000 yards with mine" at what a school bus a school house?????
I have not seen a commercial laser rangefinder better than the Leica. at 2000yds you need a WILD optical rangefinder or military equipment that you or I will never see.
at 2000yards if you are using a commercial laser rangefinder you are ranging the hillside at best , if you are using a WILD optical rangefinder it is big and bulky but you can range the intended target accurately past 2000k, it does not fit in your shirt pocket like a laser but for now it is the only game in town (unless you have a 7 figure salary or your name is jr100bs eeerrr jb1000br)
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:10 AM
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Re: range finders

The Swarovski will with the aid of a tripod range accurately at 2000 yards. I have lazed rocks 3-4 feet in diameter getting a reading of say 1986 moved the circle down hill to a rock closer and gotten 1941. moving to the side of the rocks to the grass/brush at those distances would result in no reading, so I am confident that these were good readings and they were repeatable. I have used them side by side with the Leica and I feel that there is no contest between the two. Equipment is like most everything else you will find varing opinions on it. I have not seen anyone that was not tickeled with their Swarovski. Try to find someone with one and see for yourself, I think you will get one like the rest of us did.
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:19 AM
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Brian B,

I have also gotten similiar results as Shawn C with my Swar. I was actually getting reading in relatively bright sun light at ranges out to 1850-1875 meters on grassy hill sides.

As the sun gets lower or if its cloudy, the Swar will reach out to +1900 meters. Last time I was out practicing I could get consistant readings on red angus cow at 1968 meters. Got four readings in a row between 1962 and 1970 meters which is in the 2160 yard range. Don't know it I was getting readings off her or the side hill behind her but they were VERY consistant at this range.

They vastly outperform any other handheld RF I have played with including my Leica 1200.

I actually used the Swar to set up my Wild optical rf at 2000 yards. Worked great and now the two read damn near exactly the same out to that range and everything less.

They are great RFs. Best in the commerical handhelds by a fair margin.

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Re: range finders

My families business sells the leupold, swaro, nikon, and leica rangefinders. THe leica work great but will not cover the distance that the swaro will.

When people come in the store and ask me what rangefinder they need it usually goes like this. Bowhunters usually get the nikons because they are small and handy. Most rifle hunters get the nikon or leica if they wanna range out to 1000 on a good day. And if someone either wants a great set of binos and rangefinder combo or a legitimate 1500yd rangefinder I would tell them to go with the swaro.

I can't speak for any of the other brands but this might help you a little.

I have ranged prairie dog mounds in bright sunlight out to 1500yds before.

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