Re: swiss army rangefinder
I must disagree with you on this one. The military laser I am refering to is the Russian unit which is the most powerful of any world power military unit used during the cold war period.
It is accurate to plus/minus 5 meters out to 12 miles and will cause eye damage if fired into someones eyes.
On a tripod, they will range a twig or small rock on level ground at any range you care to reach out to.
The problem with an optical range finder is, you should take three (3) readings or ranges and then take the average of the 3 to be as accurate as possible. This information is in the military instructions. This also takes time to do. When you have moving animals, time is important.
The advantage of the laser is, the range is readable within 2 seconds.
With the Wild Optical or any optical rangefinder, no two people will come up with the same range reading EXACT everytime, where as the laser will.
I have used the Barr and Stroud, Wild, Bausch & Lomb (Military), and Zeiss (Military) optical rangefinders and will take the Russian laser over anything I have used.
For someone starting out in longrange hunting or if they want a less expensive rangefinder, the Wild is a good unit for them. The optics are better then the Barr and Stroud but, not quite as good as the Zeiss.
The point is, you really cant beat a military rangefinder regardless if it's a coincedence (Optical) or laser type.
Just another opinion on the optical and laser rangefinders.
[ 08-19-2001: Message edited by: Darryl Cassel ]