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Old 02-03-2011, 11:26 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinder

As compact as that leica 1600 is I wish they could meld it with good glass, in a light package, like20-25oz.I kinda just keep hanging and hoping? I did same as you with binoc, upgrade+++ intil EL'S,AND I had lower RFS , UNTIL LEICA 800, then 1200, now in a holding pattern. If I had more fun tickets I WOULD get the 1600, my kid is only 16 and he is getting great hand downs
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:37 AM
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Re: Best Rangefinder

SOOOO many people get hung up on... but this *brand model* will range xxxx yards no worries... or quote manufacturer range numbers etc...

All my experience, mirrors that of EVERY other expereinced user on this topic. That is, if you want to range LOOOONG range, the vetronics units are THE BEST. Downside is you have to take out second mortgage to own one, they start at $3700 and go up from there.

If your a mere mortal, then you need only look at the LEICA, SWARO and ZEISS units, all the others are a waste of money in comparison. Broz is spot on regarding splitting hairs over these 3 units. Leica has the best beam divergence, and i agree that this is by far the most important consideration for hunting requirements so the leica CRF1600 gets my vote under $1000. The swaro will range a tad further, but who cares if your not sure exactly what your laser is bouncing off? The zeiss suffers the same fate as the swaro, and doesnt range as far, but its cheaper for those who are on a really tight budget.

For those of you that think you cant afford any one of these units, SAVE YOUR MONEY until you CAN afford one of these! dont buy a lesser unit if your serious about long range hunting.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:00 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinder

all the debates seem to be about which rangefinder is best.

i would agree completly with broz and others about the well known lazers.
im on my second swaro. and thats been back for service.
ive not seen a vectrinix, but am of the opinion they would be on par with some of the military lazers as for distance and accuracy. that along with being eyesafe and legal to own.

but there are other options to consider and one never discussed.
some newcomers to the sport might find those options appealling.

does everybody need an expensive rangefinder, and what are other options?

that would of coarse be dictated by where and how a person hunts long range. and to some degree the animals being hunted.

much western hunting is done by the spot and stalk method. regardless of location, when using that method a good rangefinder is just about a must have. a lazer is the only good option.

whereas in some areas hunting is done from a specific spot or location.
the same locations are used day after day, year after year.

ive been using rangefinders for about 40 years. mostly military units like barr&stroud and wild.
they are large and not very portable. but if you can see the target you range it accuratly, period end of story.
they can still be had for about half the cost of a swaro.

ranges to objects can be taken and written down. that ends the need for the rangefinder.

another option is actual shooting at the objects and keeping records of clicks.
range cards would be a common name name for this.

so point is for at least some of us, owning an expensive rangefinder isnt as important as it would be for others.

now on the other hand a large investment in good tripod mounted binnoculars is a wise and essential move. the bigger the better.

ill bet not many spot and stalkers would agree.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:32 PM
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There is a set of Leica VECTORS, in classifieds right now, Id own them if they were not 3.7 #'s. I have to hike to most of my hunting spots
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:12 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinder

Starting this up again. I've got a PLRF15 that I use here in Afghanistan but I still know I will never be able to own one. Although it is awesome. Do any of you guys have any experience with the Leica Geovid. I was looking at a 10x model. It would be nice to have a good set of binos and rf in one package, theoretically.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:31 PM
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Re: Best Rangefinder

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Starting this up again. I've got a PLRF15 that I use here in Afghanistan but I still know I will never be able to own one. Although it is awesome. Do any of you guys have any experience with the Leica Geovid. I was looking at a 10x model. It would be nice to have a good set of binos and rf in one package, theoretically.

If you have been using a PLRF15 you are going to be greatly disappointed in less expensive units. The Geovids are nice but limited in distance and in my opinion harder to rest in a hunting situation for that long distance range where they need to be solidly rested. Plus you are 1/2 of the price of a plrf10. My advice would be to go for a Leica 1600. If you decide they are less than you need you can resell them and loose much less than you will a pair of geovids.

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