Re: Swarovski EL Range binoculars - first field tests
THEY ARE AWESOME! I've been able to consistently range targets around my place at over 1700 yards during mid day. I bought these in preparation for the Snipers Hide Cup at the end of May where we will have unknown targets out to 1200 yards. Not many range finders will do that...these will have no problem. The True Ballistic Range calculator will also be very useful for this competition as the shots will NOT be level, I only wish it would provide solutions beyond 1000yards. I suspect that Swarovski choose to limit the calculations to 1000yards because they need to assume a common trajectory for all calculations, and the solutions may really start to diverge beyond 1000 yards depending on your specific bullet. For those cases where the TBR is greater than 1000 yards, it is easy to switch modes on the binoculars and have them provide the angle. (I'll just need to do a bit of trig prior to the shot.) If I already owned a great pair of binoculars, I probably would have settled on the Leica 1600Bs as they are 1/3 the price and also provide very accurate readings beyond 1200 yards. However, I'm skeptical about using the ballistic solution for MOA or MILs that the Leicas provide beyond 500yards as there are only a couple of profiles to choose from. While the optics are fine, the lens is only a 7x24 monocular and can't compete with a 10x42 binocular. Since I also elk hunt in Colorado, and I HATE carrying both binoculars and a range finder, (and my previous binos were 20 year old $150 Bushnells) I felt justified in spending the extra $$$ for a combined solution.
Last edited by ColoYooper; 03-04-2013 at 10:55 AM.