Terrapin PLRF05 or PLRF10

Discussion in 'Extreme Long Range Hunting & Shooting (ELR)' started by canderson, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. canderson

    canderson Well-Known Member

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    Has anybody tested the two units and is it worth double the price for the plrf10. I hunt in flat country but am finding the limits of Leica 1600. Would like to be able to range a whitetail at 1500. Any thoughts are appreciated. I see a lot of people using the terrapin but I believe Shawn Carlock is using the plrf10. Trying to buy once more and cry one last time.
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I really want to compare them but have not. I welcome a side by side if anyone is close with a Terripin. When I bought the PLRF10's that Shawn and I are using the Terripin was not around yet. But after a long search through many top RF units with depressing results, the PLRF10 was a dream come true. Shawn felt the same way when I sent him one for his observation. He was testing high end surveying lasers at the time and once he got the PLRF10 in his hands I never got it back...:D The last time we shot together he ranged a rock he picked out for me at 2500 plus yards. As he laid the PLRF10 down he said " I love this thing".

    I have actually heard reports of the Terripins ranging farther than the 10's. The 10 seems to have a report limit of 2999 yards. But it will do it on a regular basis and in many conditions. I want to see if the Terripin will do this on a regular basis along side the 10. I also want to compare beams in some tuff to range conditions to see which one works best or if they are equal.

    As for ranging , and actually hitting a deer with either of these lasers at 1500 yards. Well be careful, the 10 might knock him down.:D And I feel the Terripin would be right there with it.

    Jeff
     

  3. new shooter

    new shooter Well-Known Member

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    I have the PLRF-5 I like it but it still will not range in the fog. What i would like is to get is some thing that i could put on it to dubble the powder. Joe
     
  4. canderson

    canderson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. Broz is Shawn running a doubler or magnification enhancer on his? The pictures on his website looks as he is. Do you have the plrf10 on a tripod or is one needed?
     
  5. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Yes, Shawn rigged his up to a doubler. That I am sure was a nice upgrade.

    I don't use a tripod, I will stack sand bags or place a sand bag on top my scope while prone to stabilize it. Any laser rangefinder with a beam size precise enough to stay on a deer and only a deer at 1500 yards will need to be stabilized in some form or another. Off hand ranging at these distances is no different than shooting off hand or off your elbo's, there would be more luck than anything involved with a hit. Get them solid and stable for good results you can count on.

    Jeff
     
  6. X-man

    X-man Well-Known Member

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    I have the Terrapin and it is accurate beyond the supersonic envelope of any cartridge I have.
    As others have mentioned rigging up a cowitnessed spotter or doubler is required to accurately get on the animal. I have seen both work.
     
  7. MMERSS

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    Last week I ranged a rock at 3339 yards with the Terrapin. That's plenty long for me.:D
     
  8. CA48

    CA48 Well-Known Member

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    I wonder how accurate it's ranging at that distance?
    Since they are only rated for 2400 meters.
     
  9. joe0121

    joe0121 Well-Known Member

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    I am also interested in these little units. Next couple of years I'd like to head out west and hunt bear with my edge. I'll need a better range finder than my Leice 750.
     
  10. MMERSS

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    Not sure. I tried a few more times on the same rock and received blank. Would have been nice to see another reading. I was impressed and surprised to range almost 3400 yards with the unit. Of course the conditions were ideal. No problems at all with reading ranges in the mid to upper 2K.
     
  11. CA48

    CA48 Well-Known Member

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    Good to hear, I've been talking about getting one
    for a few months now. Next week I'm putting
    in my order and the swaro is going up for sale.
     
  12. Shawn Carlock

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    We have run the Terrapin side by side with the PLRF 10 and the Terrapin will do anything the 10 will and sometimes more. This was disappointing since you could own 2 Terrapins for what the PLRF10 cost. The 10 has some theoritical advantages over the Terrapin but in field use the Terrapin was every bit the RF that the PLRF 10 was. Like Broz said when we got ours the Terrapin wasn't available.
     
  13. CA48

    CA48 Well-Known Member

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    This makes it even more satisfing to hear from someone
    who knows how to put equipment through a proper field
    test. Thanks for reporting your findings.
     
  14. 4xforfun

    4xforfun Well-Known Member

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    I baught a Terripin. I have ranged a small knob on a hill side.....I hit the first three times I ranged it. 4848, 4842, and 4849 yards. I am sure I was hitting different parts of the knob to get the different readings. This was off of a tripod in my Hunting shack about 10 min after sunset.

    I have ranged many, many points, knobs ,river banks, cliffs, ect..over 3000 yards with regular repeatability at all times of the day. I love, LOVE, L O V E it!!!!


    I am very intrested in some kind of power booster....5x isn't enough, IMO!! More info, please!!

    Tod