Re: Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?
Well, here goes on the Leica 1200 testing this afternoon.
I have been use to military rangefinders either optical (Barr and Stroud, Wild, Zeiss and others) or military lasers (USA Litton or the Russian), for many years now and I won't pull any punches about what I have found about the Leica 1200 commercial Level #1 laser. I promise I will be critical concerning the testing of this laser unit or any rangefinder for that matter.
Here in Driftwood PA we are surrounded by large mountains. From my front or back porch I can range a very long way if I have a rangefinder that will do the job, today I didn't have that luxury.
Today I had both sun and overcast skies to range in.
At NO time would the Leica range over 835 yards. The only real target it would pick up "in the mountains" were Birch trees (white target) and NO further then 835 yards. Under 600 yards I could pick up a patch of pines.
When the sun came out the repeatability at 500 to 600 yards was terrible, unless I shot the side of a neighbors house.
Being a longrange hunter, we have to be able to range the animals, rocks, tree trunks and so on in "ALL" weather conditions.
From what I found today, you would have to hunt the same area and have ranged it in advance (On a perfect day) if you had a day like I had today. Even then, I doubt if it would pick up a smaller target that wasen't white or shiney.
The optics are sharp & clear on this very small and compact unit. It comes with a pouch for the laser that can be carried on your belt. It operates on one 9 volt battery and an extra backup is recommended. It has one button to use and the unit will automatically shut off shortly after you range an object. This feature to save battery power.
I will test it more tomorrow to make this as fair as possible.
My thoughts after using this laser today are,
If I was new to medium longrange hunting where the yardages were 700 or 800 yards or less and if I hunted on perfect days that the Laser will work reasonably well, I MIGHT buy one.
Just as an add on here, the instructions echoed exactly what I found today concerning the terrain, colors and weather conditions I was rangeing in and to.
If it won't range darker colors well, it could be useless very early in the morning when the game is moving on the far mountains.
With the Military lasers, there is never a problem or weather condition that it won't repeat time and again, EVERY time.
So far, for my type of hunting, this unit will be sent back after tomorrows test. It certainly is not reliable day in day out at the advertised ranges.
Sorry if I have stepped on toes here, I am being honest. Tommorrows another day. Maybe I'll take it turkey hunting with me and range right after daylight?
Thats, what I found today concerning the New 1200 Lieca Laser. I found the same thing however, in other commercial units too. They don't have enough power to do the job day in day out in all conditions.