Opinion on a Leica Rangemaster LRF 1200 scan.

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by bigngreen, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I need to get good ranges out to 1000-1200yrds, I can't drop enough coin right now for the newer Leica 1600 and the Bushnell I was planning on getting seems to have a monster beam so I'm thinking a used one may be in my price range but will it do what I want to do? Opinions please!!
     
  2. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Leica 900 scan and my hunting partner has a Leica 1200 scan. Both give ranges to bushes rock etc as far as the name suggests. Both don't like rain misty cloud etc.
    The 1200 has given ranges in excess of 1200 in low light and to hillsides etc. Most Of our ranging is across valleys to hillsides etc. Don't know how they go on flat land eg antelope.

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  3. Broz

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    BG, what is the budget if I may ask?

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  4. bigngreen

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    It's pathetic is what it is!! I can get away with $650 if I can card it and stretch it out cash I'm looking at 300-350, sad but I'm really trying to use the best I can honestly afford. I don't own a LRF now but everyone I hunt with has one that is capable out to the 800-900 yrd range. A guy I work with is going to lend me his Leica rangemaster 1200 to test it out to see if it will do what I want. It looks like I can get one used for the 300-350 range maybe. I really want a bino because of eye problems but if I can get a range fast without messing around I may get away with the monocular style.
    So far the reviews on the Bushnell Fusion have been great but not many guys even care or understand the idea of beam divergence causing problems and obviously it has a large beam. I dealt with a crappy wind meter last season and after getting a Kestrel 3500 a couple weeks ago it is clear that crappy equipment SUCKS, good equipment ROCKS!!!
     
  5. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I may be able to help. Would you be ok with a Leica CRF 1200?

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  6. royinidaho

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    Yep, I bet he would be......:)
     
  7. bigbuck

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    bigngreen, I have an older model leica LRF 1200 range finder it's not the small one but still smaller than the swaro . I would sell it so i can save up for the swaro .I could send it to you to try .
    bigbuck
     
  8. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I have been playing with a Leica LFR 1200 today and so far can't range past 1053 yrds on a hill side but I could not get a white house at 1275 yrds braced up well, I checked the range on google earth.

    I did find this on the Bushnell Fusion. I sure wish Broz wouldn't have messed up my plans with beam divergence specs, I would have one of these. But, the goal is to hit the target cold bore not range mountain sides.
    YouTube - Bushnell Fusion 1600 ARC
     
  9. royinidaho

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    I'd get a hands on a fusion and do a personal check. To my way of thinking beam divergence should be no larger than the aiming reticle. If that is the case, the video would have been better if some of the small green patches on the hill side would have been repeatedly ranged.

    Every one seems to jump on the euphoria of big numbers on the screen which mean squat if they don't indicated the object that is being ranges.

    As for the Leica experience. It doesn't get much better than that on a nice sunny day. During the day time and bright sun I'd give an extra few bucks to be able to range beyond 1217 yds, And this only under certain conditions ranging certain places/objects.

    I swear there is a factory adjustment that limits things to 1217 in mine.

    However, just before and shortly after the sun comes over the mountain she'll range to 1700+ a little. That's why I camp overnight at my "hides" to get a good range chart.

    Your findings of today seem about par for the course to me.