I agree, for the money the Lieca 1200 CRF is hard to beat. I have two of them and two Swaros. On flat ground I trust the leica's due to their smaller more precise beam and reticle size.I use the new Lieca 1200. It is very small, lightweight and ranges out to the 1200 yards it advertises on good targets. It is the only one I have ever got a long reading with on the tundra caribou hunting.
I just picked up a like new but used Lieca 1200 CRF - Y with box and papers for $445 shipped. If you look you can find them often under $500I have borrowed my freinds Lieca and it has worked flawlessly for me, I think he paid 700 for it though and being a college student I have other things to pay for like food and rent, I might just look into a used bushnell elite
Just found out that the nikon 1200 does just as well as leica 1200 and is only about $30 more than the elite.The leica 1200 is definitely better than the bushnell elite in all area except for snow storm.
Yet, I was in this same situation a year ago and ended up with bushnell elite 1500. Can't complain cause I still don't have extra $200 but I'm happy cause it still good enough to hit moa targets beyond 1000 yards.
But this thing sucks on flat land(up to 700), have to find large object (to go up to 1200+) near my target and go from there. Leica shines on flat land.