SWARVOSKI RANGE FINDER

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by wildcat, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. wildcat

    wildcat Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I am getting ready to buy a top of the line range finder. I have a Bushnell 1000 Yardage Pro, but I am ready for a serious range finder with good optics and consistant readings past 1000 yards. Right now it looks like I am going to buy the Swarvoski 8x30 Laser Guided Range Finder. It has a range of 1500 yards. What do you guys think about this choice. I know some of you have this exact range finder and in the past have said it was the best range finder money could buy. Do you still feel the same and will it range out to 1500 yards. Please, give me any advice or suggestions. Thanks, Wildcat
     
  2. ss7mm

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    wildcat:

    I bought my Swaro last summer and it's been fantastic. If I had to replace it, with an under $1000.00 eye safe type laser range finder, it would be with another Swarovski.

    I've ranged out to 1987 yards with mine and I know a couple of guys that have ranged as far and even farther with theirs. The next step is a Wilde next summer then we can get down to some serious playing with the 270 and 7mm AMs. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Just remember that any range finder should be used with a good rest at any extended ranges.
     

  3. sewwhat89

    sewwhat89 Well-Known Member

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    Do the Swaro's have a threaded base so they can be tripod mounted?
     
  4. 1doug

    1doug Well-Known Member

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    yes
     
  5. lerch

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    Wildcat,

    SS7MM is telling the truth, the swaro is one mean piece of equipment. We have used it to range large objects out to 1998yds consistantly, still havent got the 2k mark. BJ has ranged pdog mounds out to 1600 or more so that is good enough for me.

    It is threaded on the bottom and the glass, though not as good as the EL or SLC binos, is pretty damn good.

    very impressive piece of equipment

    good luck
    steve
     
  6. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    I took one out desert bighorn sheep hunting last weekend and was impressed with the yardages it read. I beamed a vertical rock cliff about 500 feet tall at 1732,1765,1783. I thought that was pretty good considering the range, but then I drove around the cliff and could then plainly see that it was not vertical like I thought but it sloped to the top. So the ranges were very accurate after all.

    I should mention that tHis was done at dusk when the laser could be seen better. Going back out after a big ram this weekend again and I will try the same cliff at midday to compare distances.

    I also took my Leica 1200 on the hunt, and it read fine all day in bright sunlight out to 1100 yards. I still find it easier to beam EXACTLY what I want because the aimer is much smaller. On my 1000 yard practice range, I shoot into a burm about 20 feet tall and the Leica aimer takes up only 1/4 of the burm and the Swaro engulfs the entire burm top to bottom. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif If they would fix that and the mickey mouse unprotected belt holster, they would have a near perfect unit as the optics are top notch. I could easily make out sheep at 1 mile with the Swaros even though they were the same color as the background!
     
  7. Fiftydriver

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    At my favorite rock chuck hunting haunts, the farthest I have ranged was slightly over 2000 meters. I was in the meter mode because I was using the Swarovski to check the calibration of my Wild and it was on the money at 1000, 1500 and 2000 meters.

    Even in bright sunlite days with snow covered ground I was getting 1300-1400 yard readings, repeatable readings on small square hay bails.

    ITs the best rangefinder out there for the money. I would agree with GG in that it would be nice to have a more precise aiming system for it but I am sure that will come in the future.

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
  8. Shawn Carlock

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    You guys will like this. I just purchased a Swarovski 2x doubler for the LRF it will have 16x now screws on and off. I also machined a mount to take video and digital still photos through it. It is way cool.
     
  9. ss7mm

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    Shawn:

    I had thought about doing the same thing. I sent an e-mail to Swarovski and asked them about this and I was told that it would indeed fit, and work, but that it might cut off part of the digits in the display.

    Have you had time to try it out very much and how is the display of the digits as compared to before. Also, did it affect the field of view any? If it doesn't cut the displayed digits down, or change the field of view drastically, then I'll also get one for mine.

    Thanks for the information! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  10. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for the swaro. Had one and was awesome, got stolen and didnt even think about buying another brand. Bought another swarovski laser guide. 750-850 bucks is a bargain.
     
  11. wildcat

    wildcat Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys for all the info. I will be odering mine some time this week.
     
  12. Shawn Carlock

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    ss7mm,

    I have not received the unit yet but will post on it when I get it.
     
  13. Ronin

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    I posted this reply to a similar question posed in the Optics section a few months ago:

    I haven't used the Leup rangefinder, but am the proud (new) owner of a pair of Swarowski Laser Guides. They have a very clear monocular lens, switchable bettween meters and yards, have a scan function and best of all are rated out to 1500yds.

    I can verify this, ranged a sheep in a nearby field whilst at my range a couple of weeks ago, read 1544 yds, took a step forwards read 1543 yds. tried them on an electric pylon I can see from my rear bedroom, I wasn't sure if I would get a reading but I was pleased to seee a consistant 1988 yds!

    Very, very happy with them and best of all, they come with a belt holster, whcih locks so you cannot drop them.

    IMHO, I would give these a try before deciding on anything else.

    Since making this post the Swarowski's have never failed to impress me.

    They are just about perfect.

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