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Swarovski Laser guide 8x30 durability

 
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:37 PM
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Swarovski Laser guide 8x30 durability

Hello, I've did some research and found that alot of guys think highly of the Swaro 8x30 Laser guide. I've tried the lesser range finders and found myself disapointed. Wishing I'd of went right to the best to begin with. I had the Leupold RX-III and was unhappy. Sent it in for warranty as it would only range a deer to a max of 400 yds, not as they advertise. I was sent a RX-1000, and I'm selling it before I take it out of the package and hope to raise the funds to by the Swaro.

The guys that have the Swaro range finder, how long have you had them? Have you had any trouble with them? If you did have trouble, how was the service and return time?

I have Swaro binos and they're great. I doubt I'll ever need the lifetime warranty, but it's there. The rangefinder comes with a one year warranty, and this makes me nervous because they also come with a big price tag.

Any help or sharing your experience is appreciated.

Thanks, Eric
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:59 PM
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Re: Swarovski Laser guide 8x30 durability

No problems with mine, only had to replace batterys. 3 years old.
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:15 AM
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Re: Swarovski Laser guide 8x30 durability

Same as gunaddict for me.

I will note that some have had problems with their Swaro 8x30 LRF. 'Broz' most notably. I don't know how many times he's had to send his in for warranty work - I think 3 times - poor guy.

Mine's worked without any hiccups.

FYI: This fall Leica is coming out with a 1600 yd LRF model that may range as far as the Swaro, and this Leica will also provide atmospheric pressure and temperatures. Plus it will provide angles of inclination and declination. I'm looking forward to the field reports on the Leica 1600 and would like to get one of them. provided they will really range out to 1600 yds. The existing Leica models have a good reputation, however their 1200 yd model hasn't ranged as far for me as my Swaro. But the Leica 1600 could give the Swaro a run for the money, as it's a bit less expensive than the Swaro and may range just about as far.

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:22 AM
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Re: Swarovski Laser guide 8x30 durability

my second swarovski has been returned for service.
i sold the first before sending it back.
alot depends on what you expect and are happy with.
i dont really need a rangefinder for telling me its 500 yds. but i do need one when its a 1000 or more.
mine wouldnt do that often enough to make me happy.
ive seen and used other swaros that will however. when mine comes back ill decide wether ill keep it or not.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:35 AM
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Re: Swarovski Laser guide 8x30 durability

I am torn a bit between the Leica CRF 1600

Leica - Camera Land NY

and the Swaro

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Old 05-24-2010, 09:39 AM
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Re: Swarovski Laser guide 8x30 durability

I've been selling a few things, raising funds to buy a good rangefinder, and I don't want to buy a POS and have trouble with it. That's why I'm nervous about the Leica, it is new and unproven.

Has anybody sent a Swaro rangefinder in for warranty after the one year warranty date?? Do they cover it? Do they charge you a small charge and repair or replace it, if it's after the one year date? Or do they tell you to buy another one?


This is a big investment for me, and I want something good that lasts a long time. I want to make one big investment on the range finder, then spend money on bullets and barrels.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:50 AM
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Re: Swarovski Laser guide 8x30 durability

I have both the current CRF 1200 and the Swaro LaserGuide. I have been using both for quite some time side by side.

What kind of terrain are you mainly going to hunt in? Mountain, Hills, or flat beanfields

Will this be for mostly hunting or target?


What is your maximum distance you feel comfortable taking a shot in good conditions?


I have had some issues with the Swaro's... if fact it took 4 to get one with out issues. But their customer service in second to none!! They next day aired me replacements. I own several Swaro items. I sent my 15 yr old bino's in and they came back with all the updates and looking NEW!! No charge!! No worries on Swaro warranty.

Tell me a bit about what you need for a rangefinder and I will give my opinion on what one will be best for you. They are both good units. The big difference is the beam devergence and this is important. Now if Leica does not enlarge their beam for the new 1600 I will own one of those too. In my mind that will be a smokin unit. But to this date I have not seen the size specs on the beam for the new Leica.

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