What is a good rangefinder?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Great White7, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Great White7

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    Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC Laser Range Finder, 7x, $266

    Nikon 8377 Riflehunter 1000 Rangefinder, 6x, $280

    Nikon ProStaff 3 APG Camo Laser Rangefinder, 550yards, 6x, $200.

    Nikon MONARCH Gold Laser1200, 7x, $390.

    Leupold 112179 RX-1000I $391

    Nikon 8358 Monarch Gold Laser1200 $378 (not a fan so much of this one tho).


    Something that is decent in low light would be nice.

    And at least 500 yards.

    I like the Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Victory PRF Monocular (8x26) $649.

    Do any of the cheaper ones compare?
     
  2. Great White7

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    I am leaning toward the Leupold RX-1000I.
     

  3. theo98

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    I got a new Leupold RX-1000i for under $300. Ranges very fast, precise and extremely repeatable. It has crystal clear optics, bright reticle, simplistic operation, a solid but light compact design and is 1\10 yd at 100, 1\2 yard at 600 Accurate at our pro NRA sanctioned shooting range.

    My son uses a nice Lecia RF, but is very impressed with the 1000i. There are a lot of good units on the market, but for the price and performance, this one works well for me.
     
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    I'm no expert but have learned this. Get the one that that advertizes double what you want to range. I'm now on my third range finder using the Lecia 1600B and to 1000 yards it has not missed. I'm saving for the G7 as it has some good stuff on board that speeds up the calcs.
     
  5. Great White7

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    Expensive, but nice looking.
     
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    This is good advise. I have a Bushnell ARC 1200 and it is very accurate an predictable out to 6-7-800 yards, but gets iffy in the 900 yard range. Then things start to depend on the reflectivity of the target and whether is is a cloudy day or I am trying to range into the sun...
     
  7. royinidaho

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    A bit trite . . . . but . . .

    A good range finder is one that ranges to the maximum that you are proficient shoot to....EVERY TIME!!!!

    None range to advertised distances under all conditions.

    Also, they all work better in low light. The lower the light the better they range.

    Except in heavy snow fall.:)
     
  8. royinidaho

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    A bit trite . . . . but . . .

    A good range finder is one that ranges to the maximum that you are proficient shoot to....EVERY TIME!!!!

    None range to advertised distances under all conditions.

    Also, they all work better in low light. The lower the light the better they range.

    Except in heavy snow fall.:)
     
  9. RobertB

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    Ir you don't have a Vectronix you don't have a rangefinder

    I recommend the tereapin. Best lrf. I have a lupy rx1000 and a leica 1200. Neither comes close. With my equipment I want to be able to have 100% confidence jn the system. You need much more lrf than you need if you plan on shooting a long ways. I want one that works in fog, rain sleet or snow. And will work to the ranges I'm capable shooting at. No questions asked. With elr your range must be correct. The other lrfs work and work sometimes. The Vectronix works perfectly no matter what. Its the only.lrf I've seen that works well at its advertised range wich is 2400 mtrs. I've ranged a tree at 5300 yds a few times my gf was getting 4500 yds consistently offhand.

    It will never be regretted as a purchase. One good things about things like lrf iabit can be used with all rifles. Not like scopes, they are truly versitile.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Great White7

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    What is the price on them?

    What about the Newcon- Optik LRF Monocular, 2200m?

    Only $727.
     
  11. RobertB

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    This might sound crazy but if your willing to spend 800 on a new com then the 1800 for a Vectronix is money well spent. I have used several newcoms and I will NOT reccomend them. Doesn't do what it says. No way no time. I've seen at least 5-6 of em. I'm telling you. Don't buy a laser invest in a lifelong tool called the terrapin. It is so worth it. Ranges under a mile are good always. No other ref let's you be accurate. You can actually range deer well past 1k yds. Easy. Not lying about it. It is the most important thing in my bag other than rifle scope and ammo. Really is

    Buy with confidence.
     
  12. RobertB

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    And batteries are good for over 7k ranges. Built like vault inside a tank sitting in fort Knox. When you hold it you know you got something.
     
  13. Great White7

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    Thank you, makes sense.
     
  14. RobertB

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    There is a reason I own 3 LRFs right now. I tried to save money and was not satisfied. Stepped up to the leica thinking it would do alright, more money wasted. NOw I have 2 that could have been the terrapin all along. I could have 2 for the price I paid altogether. I see people come by the range all the time that want a good RF and I tell em to get the Terrapin, they come back with their other ones and are not happy with their purchase. I have about 3-4 friends that did get the vectronix and not one of them have the first bit of remorse. It was hard for the guys to swing as it was for me. I use it all the time with never less than great results. I just hate to see people spend their hard earned money on something that doesn't do what they want it to do. If your archery hunting the terrapin isn't the greatest choice but if your rifle hunting is not necessary but if your LR hunting it is getting closer to being a necessity. Knowing your exact range is always a must have. Knowing that you can have that knowledge at any time is a blessing that is nice to be able to take advantage of it. Whatever you get, I hope your happy and well served with you purchase.