1000 yard rangefinder?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by davkrat, May 18, 2014.

  1. davkrat

    davkrat Well-Known Member

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    I've tried searching several times but can't seem to narrow it down to what I'm looking for. If I could afford Swarovski EL bino/rangefinders I would buy them in a heart beat. Maybe in a few more years but as for right now I'm looking to spend around $500 or so. I have used in the past Leupold and Bushnell 600 yard models and 600 yards was pushing it most of the time. I don't intend to shoot at game much past 500-600 yards but I've had problems in the past spotting deer at distance but not knowing if they were 650 yards or 1650 yards. Not really that bad but it made me realize that my max shooting distance should be closer to the midrange of the maximum for the rangefinder I am using. Being able to range a deer at 1000 and then identify a vantage point that would put me at 400-500 yards would be way more helpful than just knowing they were somewhere beyond 600 yards.

    Any recommendations for an honest 1000 yard rangefinder?
     
  2. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    Buy a used Leica 1200 or 1600 crf. You can find them for $4-500 with a little patience. They are outstanding units and they both will range further than advertised in good conditions. You could also look at the Zeiss plrf but it's much larger and has a larger laser beam that could result in ranging errors.
     

  3. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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  4. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    I have a 1600 and yes it can be a challenge to get a stable reading at 1000+ yards .

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f18/leica-rangemaster-1600-crf-initial-test-80522/

    It's pricey but they make Leica CRF Tripod Adapter
     
  5. 7magcreedmoor

    7magcreedmoor Well-Known Member

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    I have Leica's 1600crf. Using any rangefinder at longer distances is just like using the rifle at longer distances- you need solid support. I rest it on the rifle if I am prone, on my shooting sticks if sitting, or on my tripod (sit it right on top of the bino or the spotter) when glassing. The local farms have provided test targets (no, repeat NO rifle anywhere around for this) and I have gotten repeat readings out past 1000 yards on cattle and horses. It even bounces off buildings at 1977 yards, so far that is the longest return I have been able to get. The 1600 also gives angle from horizontal, temperature, and atmospheric pressure (in PSI, which I then convert to altitude with a cheat sheet). It also has a ballistic calculator which has preset trajectories on a menu- you pick the one which best matches your load. I don't think it works past 500 yards, but I can't say for certain, because I have never used it, preferring my own drop charts for my handloads.
     
  6. deadidarren

    deadidarren Well-Known Member

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    steer clear of the leupold 1000 you will be lucky to get 700 to 800 even on a good day unless you are ranging something as big as tree
     
  7. davkrat

    davkrat Well-Known Member

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    Was looking at the new Leupold RX-1200i.

    800-1000 on a tree would probably be fine with me. Being 950 yards away or 1450 yards away doesn't mean much to me. Regardless I know that "I" need to get closer. Knowing at 900 yards that I need to get at least 300 yards closer is what I want to know. Currently I'm lucky to get a 500-600 yard reading on a tree so anything better than that is an improvement.
     
  8. deadidarren

    deadidarren Well-Known Member

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    i can't wait to see an honest review on this ( Leupold RX-1200i) in regards to the range and light transmission.
     
  9. mtbohunter

    mtbohunter Active Member

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    You guys aren't absorbing whats being said in replies here! Leave the other JUNK alone and get a Leica. New or used, they work!
    I went through 3 different ones, Bushnell, Vortex and Leopold and finally spent the $799 and got a Leica. Perfect every time WAY farther than I shoot game! Reads elk consistently at 1300yds.
     
  10. Longrifle2506

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    I went for years without a rangefinder. Hated stepping off yardage knowing it wasn't accurate. When I took the plunge last year I went with the leupold 1000 tbr dnr; i had to have a red display. And the leupolds display has 3 brightness levels. "high" is too bright at dawn or dusk but perfect for bright sunny midday shooting. What really impressed me was when I tested it's 1000 yard ability. I was ranging a house across a big field. I ranged it at 997 yards, then I took a few steps back and actually got 1001 yard reading. So it will actually read past 1000 yards. It mat demand more Target reflectivity past at the outer limits but I didn't have any trouble ranging the house on a bright sunny day. I love the compact size; fits in a shirt pocket. And it has awesome lens coatings that allow you to see into dark shaded areas that you cannot see into with the naked eye. My dad couldn't believe the optical quality; very impressive. Dad is who showed me how you can look into the woods under super dark tree canopies and see very well vs no visibility without it. I found it on eBay for $369 but is $400 at most retailers. It's their top model; has abilities I will never use because I am not an archery hunter(yet anyway). I just use line-of-sight ranging but it has some other abilities like true ballistic range and it shows you the exact degree of upward or downward angle you are shooting at and somehow compensates for it.
     
  11. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    mtbohunters statement above is right on. That is what I went through and now ranging a 1000 yards is walk in the park. Was ranging out to 1400 yards last night. A previous statement about holding still is absolute beyond 600 yards or so.
     
  12. tulku

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    Did you check the Optics Classifieds on this Site . Page 1 has a Swaro 8X30 at $650 .
     
  13. JoeS1044

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    Leica is the way to go i have the 1000 and it continually hits out to 1200 yards where i have ranged coyotes to flower patches with ease at that yardage
     
  14. deadidarren

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    Well i guess that leupold will come in handy for when you find deer that are as big as a house try ranging a deer or cow for that matter even at 800 .

    and on glass you have obviously never looked through a leica it makes a leupold look like it's wearing oxy glass's .

    just say'n