need a new range finder

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by mitchell, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. mitchell

    mitchell Well-Known Member

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    hello guys,

    I'm in the market for a new range finder. i have a old bushnell 1000 that still works good but i can never get reliable reads with it past 800 yards.

    now im not rich so whats got the most bang for the buck right now? i'll need it to read out to 1000


    thanks
     
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  2. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Swarovski Laser Guide 8x30 is a great unit. Had mine out this weekend and successfully ranged a target at 1720. Although they are $1k new, you can find them used on Ebay and Gunbroker in the $700 range. Bought mine used and a buddy bought his used. Have not had any problems with them at all. Even if there is a problem, their warranty transfers so you can send it back to Swarovski and they will fix/replace and return for free.
     

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  4. captainjoe

    captainjoe Well-Known Member

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    You might consider looking at the Leica 1600 as well.
     
  5. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    I have a friend who just bought a zeiss rf that is really nice, its good to 1300 i think. Then his wife got him a set of leica geovid rangefinder binoculars so hes gonna sell his zeiss. they have never been in the field just out to play around with. so if you are interested in a good deal on a barely used zeiss rf let me know
     
  6. mitchell

    mitchell Well-Known Member

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    thanks tikkamike but ill have to pass for right now, im building a 338 edge and after spending $800 on the barrel and action last week i dont know if my wife would let me buy anything right now.



    those bushnell fusion's look sweet, just wish i had $1000 to put on one
     
  7. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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    Don't tell her. Who wears the pants anyway. :rolleyes: :)

    joseph
     
  8. Walker1

    Walker1 Well-Known Member

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    I have the Zeiss LRF and love them. I do a lot of varmint hunting and like to take shots out to 500yrds with my 22-250. I take them everytime I go out. I dont even take binoculars anymore. I have ranged coyotes and rabbits out to about 550yrds. I have ranged cattle past 1000. Larger things out to 1400yrds.
     
  9. 300rum

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    I got my swaro few years back... and i never regret it. they are really good, ranging in the extreme condition and relativ small compact size... why would you invest 1K on bushnell when you can get swaro for the same ammount and range further?
     
  10. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    i've really compared between the Leica's, swarovski's and the ziess. I think without bias that the swaoro is the best unit. The leica is good as well, but the swaro is a little more consistant and better glass. The Ziess were good and I thought had great glass, but the computer is too slow and without a tripod it is hard to get a solid read on most things past 600 yards. I think that any of the three would make you happy, but i think that the swaro's are the best.
     
  11. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

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    You will be happy with either of the three. Just depends on what all you want in a rangefinder.
     
  12. The Duke007

    The Duke007 Well-Known Member

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    I havent had the chance to use the swaro, but my wife bought me the leica 1600. The glass is awesome and ranges consistantly. I dont think i would look at anything else. Good luck leica all the way.
     
  13. CS T

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    I like the Fusions for the price and Bino/LRF combo. The Swaro's have the clearest/cleanest glass and edge out $1k or less LRF's as far as ranging performance. Just my two cents...

    Mason @ CST