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Unread 04-14-2012, 12:24 AM
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Rangefinders

Hello, I was wondering what is the best rangefinder on the market for around 200 bucks. I want it to be able to go out to about 600 or 700 yards, still be able to range things, have good quality and isnt going to break. What do you think?
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    Unread 04-14-2012, 07:19 AM
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    Re: Rangefinders

    I don't have to think, I know. Save your $ and get a Lieca 1200 or 1600. Your better off with dead reconing than a $200 range finder.
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    Unread 04-14-2012, 08:04 AM
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    Re: Rangefinders

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    Originally Posted by jehu View Post
    Your better off with dead reconing than a $200 range finder.
    Huh? Dead reckoning is a VERY old school (pre-GPS) NAVIGATION technique (essentially, it is "plan B", when it's too cloudy at nite to see the stars) that tells you the HEADING that you need to be on, NOT the range at which your target "bogies" lie (I'm not talking golf here)!

    But I think I understand the "statement" that you trying to make. I have the infamous ranger eye 1500 (ATN), with all of its "quarks", let's call them. Every time it starts acting up on me (like for instance when the display blanks out, and won't come back up for a good minute or so - or it unexpectedly switches to meters), I curse and say to myself that I should have bought an (bushnell) Elite, or at least a Pinseeker w/slope, instead.

    But you imply that THEY also NFG?

    Last edited by Max Heat; 04-14-2012 at 09:01 AM. Reason: added a few more words
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    Unread 04-14-2012, 08:15 AM
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    Re: Rangefinders

    Anyone that buys ANY rangefinder for $200 expecting to range 600 or 700 yards is in for a disappointment. And then you add " Good Quailty and isn't going to break" to your quest. Well, you have been given the best advice already. Save you money until you can get a Leica 1200 CRF or a 1600. They are the best value out there in lowr priced units, and they work well!

    If a good used unit appeals to you you can at times snag a Leica 1200 CRF on this site for about $425~ $450 and the older Leica Rangemasters in 900 or 1200's for less.

    Sorry, this is as cheap as it gets if you want something that will meet your requested requirements.

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    Unread 04-14-2012, 08:26 AM
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    Re: Rangefinders

    Ok thanks for the info ill have to take a look at those and see if it is something I want.
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    Unread 04-14-2012, 09:49 AM
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    Re: Rangefinders

    I have a $200 Bushnell Scout. Great little rangefinder, if you're archery hunting in the timber.
    Nothing but a paper weight in the sage of WY. No matter how much I wished, prayed, or cussed, that POS wouldn't range a damn thing over 100 yards. Not even the side of a hill.
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    Unread 04-14-2012, 10:03 AM
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    That sounds terrible! Notice that I DIDN'T mention the scout model though. Maybe it took an excessive G-shock (dropped onto a hard surface), or something. I don't think ANY range finder should be THAT bad. My RE1500 (waterproof) IS actually beyond the 200 dollar price range though, at 300. It's supposed to have + or - 1 yard accuracy at up to 1500 yards, but it WILL range to roughly 100 yds or so past 1500. It is NLA though, at this point in time.
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