range finder

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Dead Beat, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Dead Beat

    Dead Beat Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    im in need of a ranger finder that will range elk at over a 1K yards how does the leica 1200 CRF perform for deer coyotes and elk i don't want to came back in a year and buy another one any advice on the one i should get the rifle that will go along with this range finder will be a 338 EDGE 300 GR SMK's

    LEN you sound like my wife shes the underwear police at my house LOL
  2. lerch

    lerch <strong>SPONSOR</strong>

    Nov 15, 2004
    the end all rangefinder is the Swaro and thats that on the issue. The leica 1200 crf is a great unit, small and lightweight and a great reticle. I have not ranged elk with one but past 800 yds with one i had trouble getting ranges on cattle, mostly dark cattle.

    Only downfall to the swaro is that dang cheerio you have to range through!!!


  3. Chopaka81

    Chopaka81 Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    Not sure how ANY of the 1200 yd units work on non-reflective targets at 1200 yds. My limited understanding is that all of them are derated for non-reflective targets.
    Research your choice carefully prior to purchasing.;)
    Good luck and happy new year,
  4. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
    I have a Bushnell elite 1500 that will range trees and rocks to 1680 yards in good light. I missed a shot on a 5X5 because it would not range the elk so I ranged a tree instead. The topography of the land was such that I could not tell that the elk was 75 yards back from the tree.

    I now have a Swaro and a Wilde. I do not like to miss and when I spend several thousands of dollars on gasoline and permits to hunt elk, there better be a dead ellk or else things will change. Lots of things will change!

    I will suggest that there is nothing that will cut through fog. I tried that for about three hours in Maryland a few weeks ago.

    The Swaro is clearly a superior unit and is very nice.
  5. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2001
    I've got the Swaro Laser Guide and have had the Leica and several Bushnells. The Swaro stands alone but will NOT be able to do the ranging that you mentioned. Not only is target reflectivity a big issue but beam divergence issues could easily give you readings of objects that are not the intended target.

    The Leica Geovid is still probably the best laser rangefinder of its type but the last time I checked they were getting around $2,000 for one.

    Some of the non-laser rangefinders are good for 1,000 yards and beyond but I'm not interested in carrying around anything as big as a Bazooka! I stick with the Swaro for now.
  6. TennVol

    TennVol Active Member

    Dec 24, 2007
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  7. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    + 1 on the 10 x 42 geovids ! For all the reasons above plus the fact that they are superior when the light gets low with the 42 mm front. Trying to find an animal in the heat of battle through a 7x monocular at 700 plus is old hat.

  8. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    I agree. I own a set of Geovids and have been very happy with them. Don't have elk here but have ranged black cows out to 7-800y.
  9. Mr. Acc-ura-cy

    Mr. Acc-ura-cy New Member

    Jan 3, 2008

    I use 10х42 since February 2005 - only good memoirs, has sustained a pair of falling from a horse together with me :)