Budget rangefinder for 600 yards?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Stix, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Stix

    Stix Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    G'Day all,

    As the title says i'm looking for a budget range finder that will go to 600 yards or there abouts. After spending everything i have on a decent rifle and great scope i really need a budget range finder to last a year or so.

    I don't expect great clarity or low light performance, just as long as it works and gives me a reliable range out to 500-600.

    Any suggestions?

  2. jpd676

    jpd676 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2010
    I was in the same boat a few years ago. I bought a Bushnell 1200 with the Cabela's name on it for $200.00. It has ranged out to 1275 and has performed for years. I have to hold it steady but it has been so good I haven't upgraded yet. I don't know what the newer ones are going for but it wouldn't be a bad option on a budget.

  3. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    If you're on a budget, look at Bushnell and Nikon.

    If you want one to last a life time, look at Swarovski and Leica.
  4. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    I like my Leupold, but I'm admitidly bias. I live in the Northwest, & most of the gear I own is made here;
    Leupold optics- Oregon
    Nosler bullets, & brass- Oregon
    Pendleton wool- Oregon
    Filson wool, & tin cloth Washington
    Columbia sportswear Oregon/Washington border
    Hawthorne/Whites boots Washington
    Leatherman- Oregon
    Gerber- Oregon
    You get the idea. I like supporting quality local companies when I can so that's my reasoning for being bias.
    No, I don't think a Leupy rangefinder is even remotely in the same class as a Leica or Swaro, & if I had the $$ I'd own one of them as we'll, but throw budget/quality in the mix, & I'm back to square one, supporting local companies like Leupold.

    I've owned phillipeans made Burris FF-2 scopes, loved them. I've owned a few (Japanese??) Nikons, & liked them too for the $, but I can always send my Leupys in for a new reticle, or turrets or whatever, whenever I want, & their warranty is rock solid, so I don't buy foreign optics anymore unless they're high end, high quality glass.
  5. WapitiBob

    WapitiBob Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Leupold rx 1000i TBR w/DNA
  6. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    Newcon optik

    Their at least made in Canada instead of over sea's, I'm liking the one I got so far but with novelty and all, I'm gonna hold out judgement for a while.
  7. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Ditto. For this application the Leupold is the go to range finder.

    Either the RX IV or RX 1000 can also be bought well under 450.00 espeically if you check Ebay after the close of rifle season in the US.
  8. CogburnR

    CogburnR Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2010
  9. COBrad

    COBrad Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2004
    I tried an Newcon once. My particular unit was junk. Fortunately the outfit I bought it from took it back.
    I read somewhere that you can expect a rangefinder to give reliable readings out to about 60% of it's rated distance. I have found that to be pretty accurate. Get one rated to at least 1000 yards. And don't buy the cheapest one out there, or you'll have a POS that will only be frustrating. A better buy would be a higher grade of used one.