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Unread 06-16-2012, 07:39 AM
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Re: rangefinders beyond 1500yards

Originally Posted by USAFM6 View Post
With nothing coming close, the best I have ever used is the Leica Viper. We use them in the Air Force and would consistently range to over 6 miles easily. The coolest thing you can do with these is attach the mil GPS, range your target and it will give you the GPS coordinates of that target. It gives you the angle up or down and also the direction in Magnetic north towards your target. I ordered a pair for my section in 2003 and used to take them hunting to "stay proficient" with their use.
I remember them as part of the TACP Modernization and IIRC, they are $10K a pop.


Part of acquisition contract were the Mark VIIs. Not sure of it range capabilities but a Mark VII is worth anywhere between $45,000 and $75,000.

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Unread 06-16-2012, 09:07 AM
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Re: rangefinders beyond 1500yards

Roger that. As far as I know, TAC-P's & Combat Control still use them to call in airstrikes on targets. There's a Leica Vector on Ebay for sale that was used by the Secret Service but it looks pretty rough and they want $999 for it. I sent the seller a message asking if they would work if a battery was inserted but they haven't responded. I believe the Vector is the same as the viper but without the GPS capability.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 01:20 PM
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Re: rangefinders beyond 1500yards

For calling in a $80k worth of ordnance......What a bargain. For ranging an elk......not so much. Interesting none the less.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 02:59 PM
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Re: rangefinders beyond 1500yards

I agree with Broz, IMO If you are serious about shooting past 1500 yards and are going to be doing it often go with the Terrapin. I have a Swaro and its OK out to 1500 yards on large targets. But If you are going to be ranging smaller objects at that distance accurately for the possibility of first round hits, not have to wait for low light conditions, and ranging in areas that are semi flat nothing can compare. Now this isn't the most economical and you may not not need a range finder that fills this criteria if you are mostly target shooting and don't mind dialing in then its not a problem. All the range finders mentioned work great out to their effective range, but if your like me if like me target shooting if I shoot 1500 I have to try 2000 and then keeping going till I run out of elevation and mil dots. Look at a 10 yard error at a mile, it will result in a miss on a 1 moa target, not counting wind, shooter, or E.S. error. Its just what will work best for you and what your satisfied with.

Good luck

Does any know what the error is on the terrapin past 2400 yards.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 10:41 PM
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Re: rangefinders beyond 1500yards

I sure would like some feedback on the new swaro EL range binocs. been using leica geovids and the rangefinder isn't quite as good as I would like it to be, wondering if the swaro RF binocs are a notch up or not. I want to range a coyote everytime beyond 1000 yards.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 11:22 PM
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Re: rangefinders beyond 1500yards

I played with a friend Swaro el.They out ranged the Lieca most of the time,1600 model.But the Lieca picked up and ranged faster sometimes in the 1200-1400 range when the swaro was having troubles. I had a hard time gettiing rock cliffs or dark tree clumps at 1600-1800. I also did not like the read out in one eye and circle aim in other, or the left hand if I remeber trigger.Felt weird to use.I have els and didnt like the unit that much,for sure not for the price, the Lieca ran with and almost out performed them to 1600.
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Unread 06-19-2012, 12:42 AM
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Re: rangefinders beyond 1500yards

For the price the Zeiss Victory 8x26x for the quality and more distance the Victory Binos. They are offering $300 back on the Zeiss LRF Binos.
Zeiss | Range Finders | OPTICS | CS Tactical

Another Great one for the distance and price the Bushnell Fusion.
Bushnell | Range Finders | OPTICS | CS Tactical

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