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Old 04-03-2011, 04:11 PM
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Rangefinder performance

Hi all,
I had a question for those of you who happen to own either a Nikon 1200 or Bushnell Legend ARC 1200 rangefinder.

What is the maximum range that you can expect your rangefinder to consistently range non-reflective objects?

I am hoping to find a rangefinder that is capable of consistently giving me readings on non-reflective objects from 500 yards and in. In other words, will either of the two units above be able to consistently range hillsides, trees, treelines or animals out to 500 yards? If not 500, then what distance?

Thanks in advance for any input on the subject!
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:46 PM
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Re: Rangefinder performance

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Hi all,
I had a question for those of you who happen to own either a Nikon 1200 or Bushnell Legend ARC 1200 rangefinder.

What is the maximum range that you can expect your rangefinder to consistently range non-reflective objects?

I am hoping to find a rangefinder that is capable of consistently giving me readings on non-reflective objects from 500 yards and in. In other words, will either of the two units above be able to consistently range hillsides, trees, treelines or animals out to 500 yards? If not 500, then what distance?

Thanks in advance for any input on the subject!

I have a Bushnell Elite 1500 and so far I think that for what you are looking for it would work alright. I am going to send my Bushnell back to the factory because I have actually been unimpressed with it's performance at distances past what you have mentioned. I can get reflective targets out to 1000 on a good day. Non-reflective about 500 yards max. The rep at Bushnell said that it sounds like my laser needs to be realigned. On another note, I have a friend with a Swarovski range finder, and that thing works!!! Pricy, yes. But if my Bushnell doesn't really impress me after getting it back, then it's for sale and I'm in the marked for a Swarovski. His would range non-reflective targets (grass, trees) at 1300+ yards.
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:52 PM
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Re: Rangefinder performance

My experience with the bushnell 1500 is just the opposite so maybe they are hit and miss because mine will range just about any thing 8-900 and for instance a tree or rock at 1350 no problem every time. No experience with the nikon so I can't say. the only thing I don't like about my 1500 is it's size. When my hunting parter showed up with a 1200 ark this winter which was hitting everything out to seven or eight and trees at 11-1200 I new it was on my short list and my 1500 would soon move from my belt to my backpack for backup. The only one I have played with convinced me I needed one. The swaro's are nice but I will take my chances with the bushnells unless I start stretching beyond 1400. Good luck
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:06 PM
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Re: Rangefinder performance

Leica LRF 1200's work quite well and are easier to be precise with than the swaro's (small box vs. larger circle in swaro's.)
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:53 AM
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My experience with the bushnell 1500 is just the opposite so maybe they are hit and miss because mine will range just about any thing 8-900 and for instance a tree or rock at 1350 no problem every time. No experience with the nikon so I can't say. the only thing I don't like about my 1500 is it's size. When my hunting parter showed up with a 1200 ark this winter which was hitting everything out to seven or eight and trees at 11-1200 I new it was on my short list and my 1500 would soon move from my belt to my backpack for backup. The only one I have played with convinced me I needed one. The swaro's are nice but I will take my chances with the bushnells unless I start stretching beyond 1400. Good luck
That is pretty good news for me I hope. I am hoping that mine will come back better. The thing that sucks is I was told by Bushnell that the warranty was void if the unit wasn't purchased from a certified dealer. I bought mine at an eBay store.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:46 PM
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Re: Rangefinder performance

Thanks for the replies, guys! CRNA and D.ID, I read that the Bushnell takes elevation into account. Have you found that the readings you receive from the unit allow you to accurately account for elevation?

Anybody out there with any experience with the Nikon 1200?
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:38 PM
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Re: Rangefinder performance

I had a nikon 800 . it was a solid 350 yard on fur . 400 yards was iffy on fur . now I have the bushnell 1500 arc . I have ranged trees out to 1300 yards . just like the other guy said , it is big . the bushnell arc is a joke . it gives you bullet drop in inches from a chart . you input what your bullet drop is at 300 yards . example 25-31 or 20 - 25 or 16-20 . it's not worth anything in my book . it has archery mode , this gives a angle corrected distance in yards , but it only goes to 100 yards max .if the rifle mode gave a corrected distance out to the 1500 yards it would be worth something then . hope this helps . Jim
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