Originally Posted by Rookie Marksman
I could use your expertise. I am new to long range shooting and the LRH site. I now need a rangefinder that can match my gun's capability. Like many, I don't have unlimited funds to spend so I am trying to get the most for my money. I am looking for a rangefinder to accurately range elk out to 1000 yards consistently under a variety of hunting conditions, but I don't plan on taking shots beyond 600 to 700 yards. My question is two-fold
- Is anyone familiar with the Newcon LRM 1200 or the new 1800 and 2200 models?
- Is the Bushnell 1500 going to meet my needs?
I will pay for quality. I just don't want to pay big dollars and not receive a big performance in return. I appreciate your recommendations!
Just a word of caution for anyone reading this thread. The majority of the info is from 2007. There has been scads of changes and technology if laser RF's since then.
For the best bang for the buck today in 2013, I would go with a Leica 1600 CRF. I have tested many many RF's and when you look at the combination of enough laser strength and a small enough beam divergence to actually be on what you are trying to range at 1000 the Leica is a hands down winner for the under $1000 club. Just because you get a number fast it does not mean a RF is not grabbing something more reflective before or after the intended target. Trust me on this I have seen many top brands fail.
As for the Newcon, well I have not tested the recent units in the last few years. But when I did test a couple before the glass was comparative to milk and the aiming reticle was like throwing a net. Not precise at all and a large reticle with a large beam divergence will get you in trouble. That is why I tossed the Swaro's, they will lie to ya and they did it to me at a very bad time.
So, some things to watch for is a beam that is quite a bit smaller than 6 feet at 1000 yards, and a small aiming reticle. Leica has both. Swaro, Zeiss, Newcon or Bushnel do not.