What is the farthest you have ranged a deer at? What rangefinder were you using?
What is the farthest object you have ranged? What was it? What rangefinder did you use?
Seems like answering these questions will be a big help for those of us in the market for a rangefinder and don't want to be surprized by a product which says 1000 yards, but only ranges deer to 200 yards.
One thing to remember, about 98% of the time when you range an animal out past 800-900 yards, you are actually ranging the area around the animal and not the specific animal.
If you were say in a very flat field and there was a big buck out there 1100 yards that you could see basically skylined, you would be hard pressed to get any rangefinder to get you repeatable consistant readings on that small of a target, especially ranging offhand. If it were mounted up on a tripod you would have better luck.
Again, in most cases when you range really long range targets, your getting a reading off the actual target and the surrounding area as well.
I have been able to range 70 lb square hay bails out to 1350-1400 yards pretty easily in pretty much any condition with the Swarovski RF with a fresh battery. Even in the brightest of conditions, full sun on snow covered ground it will generally reach out past 1000 yards on that size targets.
For the money it is the best RF I have tested. The upper level Newcon rangefinders are supposed to be even better but they are also pretty spendy as well. The 3000 model is about twice what the Swari is and the 4000 model is about 4 times as much!!!
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I have a swarovski and haven't yet found reason to fault it optically but the carrying system doesn't suit me at all. The lens protection isn't up to a good field ready standard in my opinion. Any of you chaps found the same and come up with nifty solutions, I carry mine in a clean pocket and was thinking of buying a camara carrying case to protect it (when I can bring myself to go shopping).
Right at 800 yards on a deer and coyotes, 875 yards on an elk. 900 yards on building. I am using a Nikon 800 Buckmasters.
However on the flip side, I was yote hunting yesterday. Spot a coyote across a bare plowed wheat field. He was no more then 600 yards, my nikon 800 would not pick him up. I've found my nikon to be pretty crappy as far as ranging over wheat fields on coyotes. On deer it seems to do a lot better, but I've read/heard that ranging over flat terrain is hard for lasers cuz theres nothing to bounce back. Needless to say, I missed the stupid coyote that was standing there. Pi$$ed me off. I would like to try the Nikon 1200, or leica 1200. For pure ranging capability though, cant beat the swaro.
My buddy bought one of leupolds 1000 yard models with TBR. It would not range deer past 450-500 period. Leupold needs to do something about there ranging, or forget being in the rangefinder business.