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Unread 02-25-2010, 02:03 PM
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I've been through every post on here and i can't really decide. what i need is a rangefiner that will range a coyote up to 1000 yards during the day. terrain will be mostly flat on snowy ground. money is an object but i don't want to spend 800 if it doesn't do what i want. candidates are the swarovski, the leica 1200 or the zeiss. i've read some conflicting stories on beam convergence which is what i suspect will be the deciding factor in what i get. one post suggested the swarovski was better in that regard and another was suggesting the zeiss. i can't shoot past 1000 yards ability wise so the need for 1900 yard rock piles or trees isn't all that necessary, not that i won't take it.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 04:15 PM
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Re: Rangefinder

Make that divergence. Sorry.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 05:47 PM
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Re: Rangefinder

Cross the Zeiss off your list.

I have one. Mine WONT get a coyote at 1000yrds in a field. 600-700 yards seems to be it's coyote limit. I got one to read at 880 yards after several tries but this isn't typical and I was looking down on the field.

Unless you're willing to pay $12,000 for a Vectronix, you should take a look at a wild optical rangefinder. They will range a coyote in a flat field over snow at 1000+ and they are in your price range. The trade of is that they are big and heavy.

You see them on Ebay every once in a while.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 06:50 PM
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Re: Rangefinder

I went through Nicon, Leopole, zies and finally ended up with an Elite 1500. It is accurate and easy to use, bright, and doesnt cost and arm and a leg. It will range out to 1685 on a deer on flat land, and will pick up a coyote at 1255. I was really happy when it worked for me.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 07:22 PM
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Re: Rangefinder

1000 yards, a coyote, bright sun, flat ground and snow... I say you are asking a lot and can tell you that non of the 4 Swaros, or 3 Leica 1200 CRF's would do it. Morning / evening light and no snow maybe.

If the Elite will fill this bill, I will buy one tomorrow.

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Unread 02-25-2010, 08:56 PM
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Re: Rangefinder

so which one fits the bill the best and what can i expect? 600, 700? when i say flat, it's not totally flat. I'm in central north dakota. the coyotes like napping mid day on small hill tops that are covered in snow. I have a leupold RX-4 and it won't range a deer past 500. works a little better if i put it on a tripod but the excalibur rangefinder mount works good for slapping it on and getting steady. it just won't reach out there. i haven't read anything all that good about the bushnell except for the last post.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 09:04 PM
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Re: Rangefinder

wildcat, i'm surprised the zeiss didn't work well for you. All the reviews I've seen had it working great in the field with non reflective targets out to 1300 yds easily.

What were the conditions you were ranging in?

Last edited by Boman; 02-25-2010 at 09:05 PM. Reason: added a question
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