Re: Leica 1200 Rangefinder
I've never ranged to a deer at that range because of them being in the woods where I shoot, but, for ranging pines, or rocks, I have had similar results out to about 1220 yds. I think it stops working past there because of the firmware because I get real good quick readings out to just over 1200 and then it just quits. I've heard of people with other brands getting numbers way over the listed range under extremely good conditions, but never had that with my Leica. My Bushnell 1000 would do 1500yds in the dark. Just wouldn't range 400 in daylight. I had a Newcon 1500 that wouldn't do 700 in daylight. Well, I don't hunt over 300 yds at night much, so I kept the Leica.
I also think that the results depend on the rangefinder you get and the user. I may have a good Leica, and you get one that doesn't work as well even though they are the same model for example. I know this to be true with Bushnell's because my neighbors 1K works much better than mine did.
In addition, I've had people who could not range 75 yards with my Leica. I cannot guess what the hell they were doing to screw it up that bad, but, short of waving it around and ranging, I can't repeat that. So, I concluded that some people are simply inept at holding the unit still. This same person couldn't range a barn 275 yds away. With a NEW STEEL ROOF! Don't ask me?
Glad to hear your's works well for ya. I know others have different views about them and about differing brands. It's not all things to everyone, But, like I say, the price per yard is about as inexpensive as anything and only gets beat by a Barr & Stroud. For a carry unit, other than the illegal models, I like it the best. I've never had my hands on a Nikon and would think they also would be a quality unit.
If you have something that you disassemble and reassemble enough times, sooner or later, you'll have two!