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Old 02-03-2011, 12:12 AM
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Best Rangefinder

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE:
The G7 BR2 rangefinder is the best in my experienced opinion,
--Len Backus--
I know it has probably been talked about alot on here but I'm going to be looking into a new RF in the next couple of years. Whats the best and why. Also what do they cost. Lets just say I want to be able to range 1500 yards.

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Old 02-03-2011, 09:35 AM
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Re: Best Rangefinder

Yes, The info on here is endless if you search a little.

Having owned 5 Swarovski's, 4 Leica 1200's and now a now vectronix PLRF10 Not to mention a few others that don't deserve to be mentioned here it is in a nut shell.

If you really want to know you are ranging the target and not the bush 10 or 20 yards closer at 1000 or even more so at 1500 yards you NEED the smalest beam divergence your budget will support.

Think of th beam of the RF like a beam of a flashlight. The farther you back up from the wall the larger the circle of light will be. (at 1000 yards the Swaro is a 6 foot circle) Now, lay that flashlight on the table (flat ground) The beam gets very long. This is what will bite you, as it WILL sooner or later be giving you returned numbers that are not correct. The correct yardage in my opinion is the most important info for a first round hit.

The swaro will record longer numbers than the Leica 1200 CRF but the Swaro has a larger beam divergence. So if you are truely going to engage game at 1000 plus, in time this will bite you. The Swaro did me on a 200" + white tail.

The Leica CRF's have a smaller beam and in my opinion with the addition of the new 1600 are the way to go for under $1000. I have played with one and was ranging a small bush over snow on flat groung to 1500 plus yards.

The ultimate. Vectronix PLRF10. It will do all you want and then some. It had THE smallest beam I have ever been able tofind. If thee is a smaller one I would like to know about it. I have ranged antelope on flat ground to 1500 plus, elk on a hillside at 2500 + yotes on flat ground to 1400 +. In all of these instances I was indeed on the animal as I tested by shooting over their back. If they were on flat ground a shot over the back got no reading. The elk on a hillside I got a 7 yard farther reading right above his back to the ground behind and it repeated with perfect consecutive numbers. Trees to 2900 yards.

Pricing.

Leica 1200 CRFY new about $600 now used $450 ~$500
Leica 1600 CRF new $700~$800
Swaro laserguide 8x30 new $999 used now $650 to $750
Vectrinix PLRF10 new $3700 to $4000

Hope this helps.

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Old 02-03-2011, 01:25 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinder

Broz, You are killing me, You spent enough to buy 2 PLRF'S I have done the same in some cases.
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Broz, You are killing me, You spent enough to buy 2 PLRF'S I have done the same in some cases.
I only bought 2 of the Swaro's, the other 3 were warranty replacements..
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:27 PM
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So it kinda sounds like your saying the CRF 1600 is pretty good for mere mortals? $3700 seems a little steep for a RF. I could probably justify $2000, but thats about it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:48 PM
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So it kinda sounds like your saying the CRF 1600 is pretty good for mere mortals? $3700 seems a little steep for a RF. I could probably justify $2000, but thats about it.

It all depends on how serious one is about long range hunting / shooting, and how far you want to shoot and make first round hits. Many guys have several rifles and probably a hand full that they haven't shot in a few years. Same for scopes and other equipment. I did, and I sold them off to buy a quality RF that I would use. Now my rifles can do a better job because I gve them an accurate dial up. I have only tested the CRF 1600 on a limited basis. But judging from the CRF1200's I have owned the CRF1600 would be my choice hands down. at this time especially for the under $1000 bracket.

That said I have heard that Vectronix is coming out with a PLRF5 that is suppose to fall under the $2000 mark. I do not know when it will be available.

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Old 02-03-2011, 10:00 PM
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Sounds good. I'll be out of the loop until May 2012 so maybe the PLRF5 will be out by then.
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