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<font color="purple"> </font> bite my lip and throw down the big coin for one like John Burns uses
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JB needs the best toys (dozens of BDC for each condition) so he can just dial and shoot and bring in the adverts. GG probably needs a good unit too for the ranges he's shooting at, ditto for Kirby, Shawn and a few others - but do the rest of us really need that capability? I just bought a <font color="red"> Bushnell Elite 1500 Laser Rangefinder
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for about $350 - He tests each unit personally.
RF's are like computers, they get better and cheaper every half year. Buy spending the big coin, you're not making an investment, you're buying a short term toy.
I'm delighted with my unit. Being an applied mathematician I wont make accuracy claims until I get two GPS's and range my pal (that we can get simultaneous GPS readings so atmospheric error is consistent). So until someone does the same, I'm a bit skeptical of range values that don't have an error bound. Repeatibility is a good sign, but it may indicate you're repeating the same hill or other incorrect value.