New inexpensive range finders

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by glbhunter, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. glbhunter

    glbhunter Well-Known Member

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    I’d like to get some of you guys knowledge about which of all the new inexpensive range finders you would recommend? I have looked at or read about some of them and prices. 1- Sig Sauer kilo 2200 $499; 2- Leupold RX 1600 $350; 3- Nixon Monark 3000 stabilizer $369; 4- Vortex Ranger 1800 $429. I’d like to stay under $500 and they don’t have all the fancy ballistic functions, just a good solid range finder. Or maybe others you like.
     
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    zr600 Well-Known Member

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    Leica 2400r call and talk to sport optics.
     
  3. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I just got a leupold rx-2800. It’s awesome
     
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    I bought a vortex 1200 last year and this year I noticed that an internal lens has loosened. I can't get it to focus consistently and something can be heard when shaking the unit. I have contacted vortex, but haven't sent it back yet. It's under lifetime warranty so I expect they will make it good either way. It's just disappointing to have a failure like this after one year of light use.
     
  5. glbhunter

    glbhunter Well-Known Member

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    I bought a vortex 1400 and it done a great job this fall. I used it at ranges 200,400,600, & 800 target shooting this summer. I was able to range out to 1100 on my elk hunt. However, after all that practice I shot my elk at 300 yds. That’s ok, I was prepared for longer ranges
     
  6. kiwikid

    kiwikid Well-Known Member

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    Euro Optic have the Leica 2000b for $399 if you want a RF with ballistic ability. My wife has one and it works very well.
     
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    The sig has been great for me
     
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    stwcattle Well-Known Member

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    I have heard good things about Nikon X Black
     
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    catorres1 Well-Known Member

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    The Leica 2400 is a very strong contender. Their ranging capabilities in bright sun are particularly strong in their class, but Leica RF's are generally one of the top performers in all conditions, probably due to their extensive experience in making RF's.

    Sig rangefinders offer a lot of bang for the buck as well, and I find them particularly good in rainy conditions. For the money, you can pick up a 2200 BDX and have some more advanced ballistics capabilities if you want to use them.

    That said, Leica glass is particularly good, good enough that I use mine as an observation device. I think you would probably be doing well with either of these choices and have a confidence on most reasonable targets out to at 1800 plus.