Best ang finder under $1k

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by angus-5024, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    Im wondering what to get for a range finder. I have beed using an older bushnell that doesnt work past 400 yards and a Lecia CRF 1200 when my brother in law lets me use it. The CRF 1200 is a very nice unit, but i wouldnt mind one with an inclometer built in. I really like the CRF but am wondering if there is anything else that has more bang for the buck. how are the Leupold RX-IVs?
    Thanks,
    Jordan
     
  2. aroshtr

    aroshtr Well-Known Member

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    I have owned, the RX-IV, the leica 1200, and two different nikons.

    My opinion... Save your money and don't buy the Leupold! not happy with mine at all. Buy the leica, and forget about the range compensating features. A simple printed out cut chart can be placed on a stock if you want. The reality is that there is very little difference with impact points with most hunting shots in the field. If you have a very steep shot, some common sense and reviewing your cut chart at home can get your close enough for a hit at most reasonable hunting distances.

    I just know that after owning and using many different range finders, I would not buy anything but the Leica, or Sworovski.

    Hope this info helps.

    aroshtr
     

  3. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I put ange finder but meant range finder. proofed my post but not the title:rolleyes:. I sliced a good chunk of meat off my left index finger yesterday so its a bit tricky typing.

    I have a horus vision ASLI (same as an ACI) so I can calculate the angle anyway. just thought that it would be a nice feature. thanks for the reply.

    jordan
     
  4. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    I think Zeiss has an angle rangefinder now. You might want to check on that one....Rich
     
  5. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks elkoholic, I've also been loking the Ziess Victory. It seems to be the closest one to the Crf 1200. Anybody have any experience with the Ziess? it says that it reads up to 1300 yards, but is that on trees/reflective targets or on game? I have had the Lieca pick up on deer at 1100 yards, but most other range finders dont do what they claim.
     
  6. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure you can probably count on the Zeiss to work as advertised if it is as good as their other optics. Let me know if you get one. I'd like to know how you like it......Rich
     
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    theodore Well-Known Member

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    Retail for leica CRF 800 is ~$400
    Retail for leica crf 1200 is $600,
    The leica crf 1600 with awesome advertised goodies is selling for $799. They are suppose to be available by august.

    I have yet to find any single leupold ranging unit to go over 800 yards consistently. The RX-1000 tbr and RX-IV both range the same distance in my field comparison (rocky mountains). The RX-IV just has more computer info than the TBR. Anyone shooting under 800 yard should love this unit.

    Zeiss sounds attractive!
     
  9. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    I found an outdoor store close to home that had both the RX-3 and the Ziess victory. I tested them both outside the store and neither one came close to the CRF 1200. The Ziess did however have EXCELLENT optics, i would say better than Leica but I didnt have a Leica there to compare side by side. The main thing that makes the Leica that much better is the speed. The ZIESS is slow compared to the CRF, and not as accurate (bigger reticle). Im looking to get a CRF 1200 used now, and if I cant get one at around the $450 CAD I'm gonna go with the CRF 1600.
     
  10. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    check out gr8fuldoug at cameraland in nyc. he is a sponsor here and has some great deals on rangefinders. he had some store demo swarovskis for under $800 just a week or so ago. i bought one last fall and it was a brand new unit never out of the box.