Re: Has someone tried the Leica LRF 800?
I don't know about you guys, but I'm starting to get REALLY interested in that Newcon LRB 7X50. Here's what somebody at HA said about it:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Here is my experience for what it is worth. When you buy a range finder, you usually have to take the maximum value it indicates and assume you can get that range only on very reflective objects when the sun is behind the clouds or near dusk or dawn. A light at night also works at that range. For the real world of hunting and ranging on game, take 60% of the number for cloudy days and 45% of the number for bright sunny days.
I have been using my Bushnell 1000 for over a year hunting varmints. I like sunny days and usually am left without a range on varmints beyond around 450 yards. My buddy has an 800 yard model and he does worse than I do with mine. I have heard that the Leica 800, which incidently is 800 meters, does considerably better than my estimates above but I have never used one.
I just purchased an LRB 7x50 Laser Range Finder binocular (not cheap; around $750.00) but it is rated at 1500 meters and delivers everything I need. Walking around, it is great for both spotting and ranging in one deivce; I used to get bleary eyed alternating between scope and monocular range finder for a half days worth of hunting. Using these binocs and only using the scope when shooting, I have no vision problems. I have used it three times for my long range hunting from a bench and have gotten ranges on varmints well beyond 1000 yards with regularity. When the distances get longer, I can range nearby trees/fence posts/large rocks/white rocks and get out to 1200 yards or more even on a sunny day. I have ranged a road sign at 1650 yards and bushy trees at 1500 yards. Where I hunt, the miniumu shot is 625 yards and my Bushnell is useless until it is almost dark. We were dependant on my partners Russian Military laser range finder which is very expensive, big and can blind you. Since I got my LRB, we have not had to get his out and have killed groundhods out to 1150 yards.
The company that makes these also makes small monocular range finders listed at 1200 and 1500 meters for similar money to the Bushnells and Leicas. I have not tried them but if the laser range finder is the same as the one in the LRB 7x50, it would beat the pants off the others. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I was originally planning on getting a Nikon or Bushnell 800 but that's back when I thought they'd be reliable to 800 yds. I've found the LRB's priced at $630 which isn't a whole lot more that the monocular ones.
I think having them built into binoculars would be such a huge advantage as well. I need a good pair of binoculars anyway.... The cheapest ones I had heard of before were the Leicas at around $2000 which is way more than I can spend. I don't know if these are as good or not, but it sounds like they'll beat the pants off the smaller monocular types.
Feel like giving these a test for us Darryl? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]