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Old 03-13-2011, 08:28 PM
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which rangefinder to buy


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Hello, Have had a look through the forums, regarding rangefinders, and havent found much up to date info. I am on the lookout for a new rangefinder, and the one I buy I want to be good, and not be dissapointed after spending the kind of money I am expecting to spend. I have never used one befor, and I would appreciate any advice given. I want one that will, do up to a 1000yds, for targets. But also one that can be used for hunting, obviously at a shorter distance. Good and bad feedback on various makes, will be good Thanks.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:58 PM
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Leica would be my vote. I have a 1200 that....works to 1200 yds, usually! Better than any others I've been around. It's been a few years - 5 maybe, and their style has changed, but probably the same or improved technology. That model was around $500 retail when I got it.

http://us.leica-camera.com/sport_optics/rangemaster/
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:21 PM
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I have a Nikon 1200 that's about 3 years old. It has to hit something very reflective to get readings at 1000 yards. It's very good on everything at 600 yards or so. I use mine for hunting and under that range by a considerable margin. One feature I like, it will block out clutter between you and the target.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:27 PM
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Thanks for the information, and the link to the Leica site. Will have a trip to the CITY, to check these out, not something I look forward to. The city that is.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:59 AM
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Another vote for the Leica 1200. It will range hard targets to 1200 yards and a bit more. The longest reading I've gotten off a deer was 665 yards, but that's also the longest one I have tried.

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Old 03-15-2011, 02:25 PM
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I would not pay more then $300 US for any range finder right now unless you really needed it and the advanced features (clinometer etc.). My "gut" feeling is with all the night scopes and range finders now being sold that pretty soon a 1500 yard range finder will be $180 or under, be much smaller, and include a night vision feature.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:08 AM
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i brought a leupold

rx-iv with all the bells and whistles and it works a treat to 1500 on a farm shed. on mediumn size stuff it works good out to 800. jbee is i think spot on the money with his take on this.
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Leica is the the best in my view
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:56 PM
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I haven't figured that one out yet either. I've tried the cheap route, several of the so called 1,000 and 1,200s in the $300 to $450 range and none of them worked to my satisfaction. If it won't read a coyote at 600 - 800 yards, I don't want it. Some of those I've tried wouldn't even do that at 400 yards and you don't even need a range finder that close. All I have to do now is convince myself I need one bad enough to pay two or three times that for one.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:20 PM
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I have been using a Nikon 600 for about 5 years. Quite happy with it.

I have never lased anything over 300 yards, so the idea of a 1200 yard model seems silly to me.

Some models feature automatic angle of declination computation. I use mine for golf, as well as hunting, and this feature is not allowed by the USGA.

So, you've got to decide how much range you really need, and do you want to pay for declination calculation.

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Just realized this is an elderly thread. Sorry for the post.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:00 AM
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I just read the entire thread and learned a lot thanks to you! Been thinking about buying a range finder and hadn't read any feedback on them yet.
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I've got a Nikon 800, and it's good to about 400 yards on a coyote or pig. If I ever decide to upgrade on rangefinders, I'll get one with double the actual range that I need. Probably that would be a 1000 yard version, which I hope would be good to about 500 yards - which is all I'll ever need. The Leica would be what I'd want, though I might settle for lesser quality. You'd think that 400 yards of effective range would be enough, and it probably is for most hunters, but I do get those shooting opportunities on coyotes every now and then and they often seem to be standing just past what I can range.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:20 PM
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I have the swarovsky it works great. I want a new one that will show angle and have a ballistic computer. The problem is they give you preset trajectories and I want to load my own.
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:52 AM
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I have a Bushnell arc 1600 and very happy, does more than enough distance for me. This article help me out before buying

https://www.weoptics.com.au/article/...0-rangefinder/
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:52 AM
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I have been using a Nikon 600 for about 5 years. Quite happy with it.

I have never lased anything over 300 yards, so the idea of a 1200 yard model seems sily
to me.

Joe
i suppose its not more silly for a rifle shooter to want a 12 or 1500 yard model than it is for a golfer to have a 600.
but to the question from the op.
i own a swarovski 1500 model. for my use im not happy with it. dont expect any of them to work every day. bright sun for example is bad. i feel the leica is better than what i have
and i have used both. both will work well to about 800.
if you can afford it the vectrinix is far and away the best their is. the terrapin model will
be about $1850.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:44 PM
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Nikon RifleHunter 1000

I bought a Nikon rifleHunter 1000, here for about $370. I'm left handed, and this is almost perfectly ambi. There is one caveat, however. It wants to change from lasing the distant target to a near one on the second try. Some reviews diss it for this. I will have to play with my fingers to tap out the correct series of inputs. When the ANG is on, you get the horizontal distance automatically.

I bugged the store clerk about this, and we went round and round. But going way back into the directions, he finally showed me. I had to buy the sucker then. But I haven't looked back. The real kicker came late that first night. The Nikon RifleHunter 1000 automatically goes to an orange red screen, so that you can still see the black LCD numbers. So it even takes the visual purple in your eyesight into consideration. But this feature cannot be demonstrated at a brightly lit store counter.

I was lasing the tops of some four story downtown buildings, with the ANG lit, and getting 988 yards. So this line of sight on an overcast day, was right at 1000+ yards. So, a real 1000 yards, with a night vision friendly back lit screen to read the range, and about the most ambi button layout, of any, make the $360 List price, look pretty darn good, for this Southpaw.

What I don't know yet, is whether I can use the rechargeable version of the flat disc batteries. If I can, it will be the icing on the cake. Otherwise, you still get a ton of lases with the non rechargeable dry cells.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:01 AM
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well im a lefty also. i guess im confused over why that would make any difference in using these things?
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:40 PM
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Off side button

When I looked at the Leupolds, et al. they all seem to have a mode button on the off side, (Left), for a right handed person. But grabbing for it left handed may or may not? trip it into a different mode from what you have the thing set for.

My Nikon may require some practice to double tap the mode button on top to keep it repeatedly measuring the distant target, but at least both buttons are on top, like a Coronet, or Trumpet. If I misspelled these, its because I was saddled with a Trombone in school band. class. That was our band master's way of dealing with lefties.
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My next range finder will be a Leica!
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