I currently own a leica LRF 800, and have thus far been very pleased with it in the field with fine accuracy of measurement to the mid 600's on hair under most conditions, but difficulties in the 700's and 800's judging brushy hill sides. I'm shopping for a new unit because I'd like to get into some 1,000+ yard shooting and hunting, starting out mostly after varmints first and working my way up to big game later. I will use it for long range hunting and also to acquire distance measurements for quick calculations of surface acreage for fields and ponds to apply herbicides and chemical treatments for a company I work for.
What are your recommendations for brands?? How valuable are each of the models feature wise?? Looking for real world information from people who have really used the equipment. I can only glean so much generic information before I really need some in field experience. I was looking at the newer Zeiss, Leica, and Swaro's. Not at all interested in anything with LCD readout because I already found out how worthless the black or dark brown reticle and readouts are on elk hunts
late in the evening and early morning.
I really appreciate any comments / advice.