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Who makes the best rangefinder

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Unread 12-17-2008, 02:18 PM
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Re: Who makes the best rangefinder

I recently purchased a used Leica 1200 yard rangefinder from a friend. After trying out on my archery range I realized the yardages it was computing were off by 20%. I called Leica with model and serial number, they stated I must send in unit for repair. I sent rangefinder to Leica for repair. They informed me that model has recently been replaced by the current model and they do not repair this model any more. Not happy!!!!
I called Swarovski to determine their Limited Lifetime warranty. They were very helpful and answered my questions. They have 2 years on electronics, lifetime on housing and glass with the exception of abuse.
Customer service told me electronic problems are sent to Austria for repair. They will repair their rangefinders where Leica would not consider any repairs on a three year old model.
I have friends with the Geovids, great range finder, somewhat heavy. I think there is better optics these lenses seem to have fringing at low light and long range. This is my opinion.

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Unread 12-17-2008, 04:19 PM
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Re: Leica repair policy. I sometimes wonder what formulas the bean counters use to determine these things. Do they take into account dissatisfied customers and potential lost sales - especially with the exponential word-of-mouth on the Internet? I'm not saying they should give somebody a brand new unit but it sure makes me pay attention when I hear of someone made whole at the company's expense. I once broke an Orvis rod and they sent me a nicer one. When I called to let them know they'd sent me somebody else's by mistake, the rep just said, "Sometimes we upgrade our customers. Enjoy it!" And I have. Orvis also has a lifetime customer in me ever since.

Two years or more is a pretty good warranty for electronics so that's not much of an issue. But giving even a customer who's willing to pay no options is lame. It just puts that person back in the market where Swarovski, Zeiss, Bushnell, Leupold, Nikon, etc. now have a chance to sell to him.
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Unread 12-21-2008, 09:05 PM
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I owned the Leica 1200 LRF and was happy until the CRF came out. I traded the older model in on the newer ( a big plus is the trade-in policy of This summer I shot with some bigger boys at greater distances and became convinced that the Swaro really can range farther and in more difficult conditions. I still love the little CRF for my general purpose hunting, but am planning on getting a Swaro for the longer range shooting.
"daj" said it well! 30-338
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