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Old 11-21-2003, 12:33 AM
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Leica LRF 1200

Leica LRF 1200 . New in the box with all papers. Used on one hunting trip. $380. There is another unit I want ot buy.
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Old 01-03-2004, 02:29 PM
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Re: Leica LRF 1200

I bought a Leica 1200 to replace my Bushnell Yardage Pro 1000. When the Leica arrived, I decided to give them a through comparison test so that I would know exactly what I was getting for the extra money.

Initial comparison:
The Leica was smaller and lighter, that's a nice improvement.
The Leica has MUCH better optics and is nicer to view through, although I always carry quality binos and only use the rangefinder for ranging.
The red LED on the Leica was sharp, but small and not always easy to see in bright light.

Field comparison:
On most targets both rangefinders ranged well and gave readings within 1-2 yards of each other. On large, reflective targets @ 1,000 yards and over the Leica had a very hard time giving readings and sometimes just couldn't do it at all. The Bushnell 1000, however, gave a consistent reading every time, even beyond 1000 yds. I was shocked.
I took both of the rangefinders to the waters edge and tried to range wodded piles that were sticking out above the water. At 250-400 yards the Leica could not range a single pile. The Bushnell ranged every pile without a hitch. Shocked again.

For all of the extra $$$$$ all I found was LESS performance from the Leica. I sold it and couldn't be happier. I might add though, that the guy who bought it just loves it.

Now I know that a lot of guys have the Leicas and love them too but this was the results of MY direct comparison. Many shooters don't have the opportunity or inclination to do such a comparison.

Do your own test. Actual milage may vary. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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Old 01-03-2004, 02:34 PM
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Re: Leica LRF 1200

That was "wooden" piles, of course. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 01-03-2004, 03:13 PM
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Re: Leica LRF 1200

Not to bash the YP1000, but I had the oprotunity to compare my YP1000 to my 1200 and hands down the Leica was a VAST improvment vs the my yp1000. Thats not to say my YP didnt work well, just the 1200 was better.

My take on the matter is some of the 1200's work better than others [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

I have scince sold the YP1000
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Old 01-03-2004, 03:41 PM
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Re: Leica LRF 1200

Yup I'll agree my Leica Ranged Antelope to 1100 yards this fall... I sold the Bushnell ASAP!!

someone should snatch that up qiuck!
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Old 01-03-2004, 05:06 PM
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Re: Leica LRF 1200

Like I said "actual milage may vary".
I bought one of the first Leica 1200's that became available when they were first released. Maybe they have improved but the one I had did not perform well.
I'd still like to get a rangefinder that is an improvement over my Bushnell. It is sometimes a bit difficult to range small varmint on flat ground.
The $3,000 rangefinders are out of range, if you know what I mean. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 01-03-2004, 08:49 PM
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Re: Leica LRF 1200

Mr VarmintHunter, in all due respect and maybe I am missing something... perhaps you and Hunter know each other but I believe coming into someone's classified ad and bashing their for sale item is a touch rude. We appreciate your review but IMO there is another place to give that review. Have a good one
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