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Old 11-16-2003, 07:49 AM
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Leica 1200 Rangefinder

I was finished with my timber hunt for Elk or whatever and was driving the dirt road out of the mountains where it opens up to sagebrush and grass hillsides. I stopped and decided to glass for Mulys. It was about 4:30pm and the sun was down behind the mountains, sky clear and about 15 degrees F. I was glassing the eastern slopes and right off the bat I started to spot deer. Nothing to get excited about, just does and one forked young buck. The buck was with one doe on one high bench, and four does on a closer ridge. I decided to try lazing them. The Leica gave me instant readings on the buck at 1134 yds. I took three or four reading ON THE BUCK and got the same reading everytime! I switched to the four does and got 849 yrds and 851 yds several times! To bad I was packing the 338-06, as there was a dead calm so the little buck was doable with the long range rig. Oh well [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] Anyway, I am impressed with the Leica and would like to thank everyone on this board who recommened it.
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Old 11-16-2003, 08:04 AM
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Re: Leica 1200 Rangefinder

Is this the new Scan mdl. or the LRF 1200?
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Old 11-16-2003, 04:09 PM
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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.
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Old 11-16-2003, 07:00 PM
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Re: Leica 1200 Rangefinder

i have one love it also have the tripod mount for it works great,thanks,keith
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Old 11-16-2003, 08:25 PM
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Re: Leica 1200 Rangefinder

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It is the LRF 1200(pre-scan)
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I agree. When my Father visited me after "lo these many years" I whipped out the Leica to show it off, and he couldn,t get it to read anything(a little shakey at 78)I have heard that holding a lazer rangefinder steady is VERY important and I almost bought the Bushnell 1000 because it is threaded for tripod usage. Which brings up this question:
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Where can I get the tripod adapter??
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Old 11-17-2003, 09:39 AM
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Re: Leica 1200 Rangefinder

I'll sell you an unused, in the box, tripod adapter for $45 plus shipping...
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Old 11-17-2003, 07:31 PM
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