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Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?

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Unread 04-28-2002, 06:18 AM
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Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?

Hi I am about to buy a rangefinder, and someone has got a Leica LRF 800 to sell at a reasonable price.
Has anyone tried it and how is it compared to for exampe Buschnell yardage pro?
Also, what is your favourite rangefinder?
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    Re: Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?

    OS,

    this is one FS on the board here Lieca LRF800 .

    Have never used one in the field, but at the store the glass looked a little better than the Bushnell YP1000 of mine. I don't glass through mine, I have a good set of Lieca 10x42 bino's for that.

    I have ranged to 1400+ yards with the YP1000 at dusk and dawn when the light is changing.

    During the day it works out to 600yds very quickly. From 600 to 800 it takes a few more seconds, about 5 to 15. Over about 850 yards during the day is difficult if not over half the time impossible due to the light.

    It is best to get there early and do the very long ranging at dawn or the previous evening when the conditions are incredibly good. Wright out a map of any possible shot location ahead of time and wright in the exact range from the location you'll be at.

    My map basically has four ranges for each clearing. One for the left side , one for the right, nearest and farthest edges, maybe a referance point in the middle somewhere if it is very far accross.

    The error is forever getting larger at that range and beyond and the need for accurate ranging is getting more crucial than ever so this method only works to a point where an error in estimation of range could put the bullet too high or low depending on how flat the bullet flies.

    Darryls Russian LRF is the only way to go for those serious about making the most of this, it has to be on the near future equip. list or your pissin in the wind past 1500yds, some would say even 1000 too.

    Just some things to consider........Brent
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    Re: Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?

    Thanks Brent!
    I have tried a Bushnell Yardage Pro 800 and I dont think it is that very good. Bad optics and quite hard to get any readings sometimes.
    I will look into the Leica even further.
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    Re: Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?

    I strongly recommend the Leica 800. Optics are great, very fast readings, repeatable, quite good in bright light, waterproof, small and light, can range out to 965yds on reflective surface/boulders/mountains sides. It also has the narrowest beam of affordable laser rangefinders so makes ranging smaller objects easier.

    I have used it now for two years and have no complaints. If the conditions aren't right for the Leica, the bushnells stopped ranging a while before that. At least in my experience.

    They have just come out with a 1200 model so you may want to consider your options. Personally, I will not get the chance to shoot beyond my Leica 800 when hunting on foot. For the really long shots, I will be using my Wild and a big bench rifle.

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    Re: Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?

    I have used the Leica and it is very nice, but the reason that the 800's are being sold is probably because of the new 1200. Haven't used one yet but understand that they are significantly better than the 800. If you are going Leica you should get a 1200. Available from SWFA I believe.
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    Re: Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?

    I tried the Lieca LRF800 yesterday and it came back with ranges just as fast as my YP1000 and a couple of places maybe quicker. The farthest up in the rocks we could range was 938yds, and it was just early evening still. The optics are way brighter and clearer than the Bushnells too.

    The one thing I didn't like was that it didn't have a target quality meter. It can be faster with the meter helping you home in. I would buy the 1200 for the optical quality, now that I know the rangefinder works great too.
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    Re: Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?

    Great info guys, I will look into it even further.
    Talk to you soon!
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