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Old 06-22-2013, 07:22 AM
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Re: Help choosing a range finder

Buy the G7 and you will not be sorry...It cost more but it does everything you will ever need in one package and I,am sure it will you last a lifetime..
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:56 AM
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Re: Help choosing a range finder

Get the g7. I've owned the lie a 1200 and1600 and now the g7. After you buy a palm pilot kestrel and a night force program your basically the same price as the g7 and the g7 is faster
I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:07 AM
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Re: Help choosing a range finder

Originally Posted by varmintH8R View Post
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.

Good luck
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.

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Old 06-22-2013, 09:14 PM
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Re: Help choosing a range finder

I picked up a Terrapin and could not be more pleased. I had looked thru many over the years. As for the TPin, Several seasoned vets of LRH and Shawn Carlock advised me to get it. I have a Kestrel with Applied Ballistics in it coming soon to take advantage of the Terrapin. And as I progress, a longer range model from Vectronix will be in order also. I looked at G7, have a friend with one, but it wont come close to the accuracy of the Terrapin on ranging tough conditions. The G7 has nice features but not accurate enough when its really needed.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:41 PM
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I figure anyone shooting longer distances ,knows they need a kestrel wind meter or weather station of some sort. For 600 yards or less he is talking about the G7
range finder and a kestrel meter is all he needs. The terrapin in his case is just to
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:34 PM
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Re: Help choosing a range finder

I personally like Leica and I have found this place to have good prices and service.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:54 PM
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Re: Help choosing a range finder

Just like in all threads, there is an overwhelming love of Leica RF, and I know waiting to save up for one is probably well worth it. I am wondering what some excellent alternatives might be. I am particularly interested in those of you who have used the Leupold RX-1000i TBR or the Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC? There have been a couple posts on the matter, but they were by guys who had just purchased them, and I was wondering your thoughts after getting some real field use out of them? I have never been a huge fan of Bushnell, but this G-Force seems to be getting pretty solid reviews. Any thoughts on the two RF's?
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