rangefinders? what one and why

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by mrbb, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. mrbb

    mrbb Well-Known Member

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    I have played with a few of them, and owned a few too.
    I was wondering what ones' you feel are the most accurate out to 1,000 yards, ranging Animals, for hunting, not just targets!
     
  2. royinidaho

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    The Leica 1200 LRF Scan.

    Why, cause that's what I have...........

    Its limitations are the same as any other LRF regarding ranging under different lighting conditions.

    Its single most important/impressive feature that the "beam" seems to be the same size as the aiming square.

    I've tested and tested again with the same results. Again depending on lighting conditions I can mark a range then range one aiming square on each side & above and below and range the slope of the hill or get back into the woods as much as 140 yards between trees at the edges of the aiming square. This is at ranges beyond 800 yds.

    Additionally at this particular point in time it will out range my personal shooting capabilities. However this may change this spring....:)
     

  3. ZSteinle

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    bushnell elite 1500

    simply because they work (and work well from my experience) and are cheap. I can range deer sized game to around 750-850 yards and on trees i have no problem picking up at 1650 yards.
     
  4. phorwath

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    Swarovski,

    Nothing for less than $1000 will range as far as the Swaro. When I want to range a distance - I expect to get a reading. I had both the Bushnell 1500 Arc and the Leica 1200 fail to range distances as close as 700 yds. The Swaro will virtually always give me the range out to 1100, and commonly out to 1500-1700yds.
     
  5. sourdough44

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    For the amount that I use one my Monarch 800 factory refurbished is fine. Other than for kicks I don't need to know about the ranges past 400 yards usually. The only use for that may be to laser back to the truck in dogtown to check the distance.
     
  6. royinidaho

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    What you'll learn one of these days that the beam is wide enough that you won't know exactly what you are ranging at one of those 1400 yard distances.

    You'll range on an animal and ping a tree 50 yds closer. Result will be a miss.

    One of these days...........
     
  7. B23

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    I bit the bullet and bought a Swaro range finder today. Please tell me I got the best one I could get not just the most expensive.
     
  8. Broz

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    You might have. Definatly a top contender for the under $1000 club. But I will have to wait for my new swaro to return from Austria to tell you. It took a dump.

    Jeff
     
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    Broz

    Keep us informed. Would like to know how that all works out for you with Swaro's warranty/customer service and what not.

    By the way, what happened to it that made you have to send it back?
     
  10. Broz

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    Their Customer Service is awesome. I sent in an older RF1 rangefinder a few years ago and they fixed it no charge. It was 10 years old, discontinued and I was not the origional buyer.

    I sent the Laserguide in a few weeks ago with a set of binos that are 14 years old. They were coming apart and getting moisture in them. They already fully repaired them along with a ton of upgrades and sent them bach to me. No charge again, and these look like brand new, new cover, eye pieces, lense coatings they really look like you took them out of the box new.

    I was a bit supprised they didn't give me a new Rangefinder since the production date on mine was last august. But I will not complain. They notified me that it needed to go to Austia and will take 8 to 10 weeks due to customs hold ups. I am sure when it returns it will be in top condition. Their service is great.

    As for what was wrong with it. It would freeze and not power up. You had to remove the battery and put it back in to get it to work again. This was getting increasingly worse. Lat time out it did it 3 times in one day. And yes, I did install a new battery, twice. It also started giving me bogus ranges on hard to read targets at long distances. Like when trying to range a 1400 yard target it would come back with 2 or 300 yard reading. I carefully cleaned the lenses for this problem, but it didn't help.

    Sorry for the long wnded post.

    Jeff
     
  11. MontanaRifleman

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  12. Broz

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    Yep, Magnus and TRGRMAN have them. Magnus has the Newcon 2000 and it ranges great. But it is big, bulky and heavy and the glass is what you would expect for the price. So he only uses it at the range. He also sold his new Swaro because in a side by side test, his NEW modle Leica CRF worked better for him for a hunting RF.

    TRGRMAN , has the 3000 and it kicks azz but it is $1800. Still big and heavy too. If it is just for use at the range I would get the Newcon, if you have to pack it and have it easily available for hunting I would consider the size and weight first.

    Jeff
     
  13. Darkphage

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    Swaro beats any other consumer targeted rangefinder hands-down.

    It will out-range them all.

    Dark
     
  14. Broz

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    I respect your statement but I am really on a mission to accuratly decide this. So may I ask? Have you had all the current models together ( Swaro Lazerguide, Leica 1200 CRF, Zeiss Victory 8x26, and the Newcon 2000) To test them on the same target at the same time and same conditions?

    Maybe you can save me some money because I am prepairing to do just that.

    Jeff