Originally Posted by varmintH8R
I don't have experience with the RF you mention, but I originally bought a budget one and was very disappointed. I have a Leica CRF 1200 and am very happy with it. It gives me fast and reliable readings out to about 800-900 yds in almost all conditions. It will reach out much farther on large targets if conditions are good.
From what I've read, one of the important criteria is how much the laser spreads out as you range farther and farther. That makes it more likely that you are ranging something other than your target.
At a max of 600yds I think you will have more leeway than the guys reaching waaaaay out (not me), but my personal experience would be to get a quality brand and read a ton of reviews before buying.
From this part of your post I can see you have already done some research. So you are way ahead of many that buy with no consideration of these facts.
Fast is not in my vocabulary when taking game at long distances. There is either adequate time for a well executed shot ... or not. What becomes more important at distance are these facts. If the distance is off because your Rf grabbed a bush 30 to 50 yards closer, you are screwed right off the bat. Then we all know wind is KING. This is why I choose a ballistic app that will add all drifts to my shooting solution. Like wind to a "T" if I have an accurate reading. For this I and most LR hunters use the kestrel, so I feel the Kestrel or a good quality weather station is needed with any RF, even the G7 which I tested and reviewed. How else will we make an educated estimation of wind speed? To me the wind solutions of the G7 are more complicated and some of the time gained will surely be spent here splitting values to figure a hold. The ballistic app will also add or subtract spin drift from my inputted wind readings and give me a correction to dial or hold. Not as commonly used, but still there, is the coriolis drift and the Ballistic app covers me there if I so choose. But the coriolis effects are seldom an issue under 1000 except in extreme instances. Quicker is in most cases easier, but seldom is better when we are talking a long range kill.
What ever you choose, do your research, know how it works, its weak points and how to use it to your advantage, and remember it all starts with an accurate range.