What do I really need????

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by mrb1982, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. mrb1982

    mrb1982 Well-Known Member

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    My mind is boggled with rangefinders. Need some advice from experienced long range guys. I am working on aquiring equipment for long range hunting. I am looking at being able to shoot deer/elk at probably no more than 700yds. When it comes to a rangefinder, what do I need? Is one with 1000yds plenty for what I am looking for? Do I want to go with something that goes to 1200-1600 so I have a better chance of getting a good range at the shorter distance????? I would really like the opinion of some of the more experienced guys as far as what you like to have. Thanks.
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    My advice is to buy all you can afford and more than you think you need. This will help you to get the range you need easier and you will not out grow it so fast.

    For what you descibed above, I would go with a Leica 1600 CRF or a used Leica 1200 CRF -Y.

    If you have a larger budget than those look at the Vectronix PLRF05 (Terripin) and be done with it for a very long time.

    Jeff
     

  3. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

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    10X on Jeff...I got the CRF 1600.:D
     
  4. Catwhacker

    Catwhacker Well-Known Member

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    I had a Leupold rx3 & really wasn't too impressed with it the whole time I had it, even before I started shooting LR. It seems like I gave about $400 for it. I bought a Leica LRF 1600 in January, & I think that it works how a rf should.... It's faster & easier to range with than the leupy. The only advantage I saw over the leica is the leupold is threaded for a tripod mount. The leica costs a lot more, but like any other optic, you get what you pay for IMO
     
  5. mrb1982

    mrb1982 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I had a buddy tell me the Leica is pretty much beyond most of the rest of them. I know someone getting rid of a used Leica 1200 for $375. Everything works great, just 2 small scratches on it, and not very old. Is that a good deal?????
     
  6. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Yes GET IT:)
     
  7. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    I used a Leica 1200 for years, and was happy with it on groundhogs out to ~700yds.
    But what I always wished for was a 1200 in binocular form. Just another 7x lens set & another inch wider would be perfect. But they just never did it(nobody did).

    So I picked up a Leica 10x42 Geovid, and this has improved my hunting as far as spotting & ranging over the 1200.
    It is bulky & heavy though.
     
  8. jehu

    jehu Well-Known Member

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    ++++Lieca 1600!!
     
  9. bryguy

    bryguy Active Member

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    This is where I ordered mine from:
    Leica - Camera Land NY
    One of the best deals I found on new in the box.
     
  10. bullfrog

    bullfrog Well-Known Member

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    +++++ Leica 1600!! I've wasted a lot of money on the Bushnell's and Nikon's that I ended up selling for a loss because they are not even in the same league as the Leica.