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Old 03-18-2013, 03:00 PM
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

Yes, thats what i meant.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:52 PM
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

I don't want to re-hash old stuff, especially with my 1st post on this forum, but I need experienced opinions before I pull the trigger on a new RF.
I've read all of the reviews available for both the BR2 and 1600B as well as the instructional videos and applicable portions of the owners' manuals. My questions ultimately boil down to determining whether, for my use, the superior ballistics program of the BR2 is worth twice the price of the 1200B which is lighter and likely simpler to use?
When I look at the trajectory/holdover tables in the 1200B manual appendix, I see a few which are close to the cartridge loads I use, but they are not as spot on as what the BR2 would produce based upon specific balistic coefficients and muzzle velocities. I will be using the RF for .223, .243, .264 Win. Mag., 308, and 30-06 loads. Since my shooting will likely always be at or below 600 yards, and certainly never over 800 yards, are the selections from the 1200B trajectory tables close enough or is the difference between the two RFs significant enough at the 500 - 600 yard range to warrant the additional investment in the BR2?
I can always use the $800 difference for ammo, mags or a better spotting scope tripod.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:06 PM
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

Hi Bounce, well these are top of the line items but I'm using another Brand and it works like a dream so far and I paid about $450/300 for it and over here I paid about a 100 less than normal retail and its got one heck of a balistic program and 1/10 read out and its good for up to 1300yds

I know there are alot cheaper in the US.

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Old 03-24-2013, 06:36 PM
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

After careful review and talking to a few of the sponsors here, I am buying a Terrapin. Its a very nice unit. Better suited for what I will do here in N Eastern MT. If I were to buy 2 the other would be the BR2.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:40 AM
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

I may not have been clear enough on my question, as it really relates to the Leica 1200B vs the G7 BR2. The Terrapin looks like the top of the line RF, but it reaches out a lot farther than I can shoot or need and does not have any ballistics specific compensation. So the issue is not how good other products might be...I've already done that research. Rather, I need to know if the 1200B's pre-set curves are good enough for the vast majority of factory and hand loads to be used out to 600 yards. If so, I'll get the Leica for its lighter weight and convenience; if not, I'll get the G7 for its better ballistics program. Thanks,
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:44 AM
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

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I need to know if the 1200B's pre-set curves are good enough for the vast majority of factory and hand loads to be used out to 600 yards. If so, I'll get the Leica for its lighter weight and convenience; if not, I'll get the G7 for its better ballistics program. Thanks,
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If you are buying strictly for a RF that supplies you with a correction, the G7 is surely far more superior. Also, have a look at what the units give you for a correction. I know the G7 I tested gives MOA and that to me is preferred. I have a CRF1600 with the ballistic app. I choose not to use it and haven't even taken the time to figure it out. I wish I could be more help there, but that is not how I choose to get my corrections. I rather use a smart phone with the $10 shooter app or the AB app. The app will give me corrections in moa that includes angles, include spin drift and even coriollis drifts if I choose. The app also gives me spot on wind corrections in moa if I enter the correct data. Wind corrections from the Leica and G7 leave a little to be desired in my opinion, and are a little trickier to use as well. So, if you have a Kestrel for conditions, and a smart phone for the shooter app, then the Leica will for sure work and also give a more precise distance reading due to it's much smaller beam divergence. But if you are looking strictly for a unit that gives a ballistic correction, I feel the G7 is a top runner, and the cost reflects what you are getting.

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Old 03-25-2013, 05:40 PM
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Re: Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder Review

Thanks, Jeff. That's really good info, there. I hadn't even thought about a ballistics app. A $20 app and a $200 Kestrel coupled with the 1200B is a big savings over the BR2 with measured, not guesstimated, wind speed to boot!
I knew I was gonna like this forum.
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