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RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« on: May 01, 2012, 12:59:15 PM »
Hey guys its that time of year again that we start stocking up and making sure all our gear is perfect before the season.    So my question to all you guys with quality rangefinders is, what is the actual distance you can range a deer at?   In know that it depends on weather, gravitational pull, or whatever.  Im looking at the Leica 1000 or 1600 but i want to know the true animal reading before i buy one. 

I currently have a leupold rx-750 which is good for bowhunting, it will range a deer at 450 on a good day.

What about the leica 1000, 1200, 1600 or the leupold 1000 and i wont even ask about nikon. 

any thoughts or experience would be greatly appreciated.   

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 02:07:41 PM »
When the distance gets stretched out there a ways, I range the ground or the hill or something like that if I can't get the animal itself. I am running the same Leupold as you.
 I can squeak a few more yards out of it that way.
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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 03:24:37 PM »
Deer are to small of a target to pinpoint in a rangefinder at long range. I have a Leica CRF 1200. I use it on scan. Point it at an animal that's a long ways away and it picks up reflection in the area of the Deer. Is it the Deer? Maybe/Maybe not? 
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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 05:22:11 PM »
 :yeahthat:

I use the Bushnell 1500. It is pretty damn good. I ranged a deer on a cloudy evening at 1390 once. I am sure it was the ground and not specifically the deer I ranged. Also, it had to be on a VERY steady rest at those ranges due to the angle of the mountains. One small move of the range finder can traverse that laser enough to not allow a reading.
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 06:21:02 PM »
I've owned and used the Leica, Swarovski, and Zeiss.   I would consider the Leica a "fair weather" rangefinder, which is its only downfall.  The Swarovski would range in excess of 1900 yards in all conditions.   It has a large aiming circle and a pretty large beam divergence, so I would take several ranges at target, in front of target and behind target to make sure that the "target" range made sense.  It's a great rangefinder, a little slow, but would range way out there and consistently.   The Zeiss is the best that I have used.  Smallest beam divergence of the three and the quickest, most reliable.  It is really, pretty amazing.  I ranged a muley buck at over 1600 yards   last year in the sleet and intermitten fog.   Keep in mind that this rangefinder is built into the glass of my binoculars - no external receptor!

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2012, 03:20:37 AM »
Hey guys thanks for the input it really helps.  I know that at those long distances you are most likely ranging around the animal which is ok just as long as a guy can get some kind of reading. 


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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2012, 06:34:32 PM »
Has anyone heard any feedback on the vortex range finder ? I know its brand new but was looking for some info before I drop $500.

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 07:03:01 PM »
 Michael congrats on your 8000th post :clap:

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2012, 07:09:01 PM »
 I have been using a Nikon 800, it works well to that range and since I am not shooting that far anyway it is all I need. JJ's Zeis are nice but weigh more than my Swaro's, I need that extra weight savings for my camera lens. :cool:

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2012, 07:23:21 PM »
I bought the Leica 1600B a couple months back but still haven't recieved it yet. I got sick of the bulky Geovids. I wanted something that fit in my pocket. I do a lot of Archery and muzzzleloader hunting but also wanted something with a ballistics calculator for actual feild conditions and the abillity to range beyond a 1000 yards. We will see.
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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2012, 07:52:38 PM »
I use the Leica CRF1200.  Haven't had an issue with it not ranging while out hunting yet, but have ran into some situations in shooting competitions where it wouldn't take a range due to bad weather...  Haven't used the Swaro or Zeiss but have played with the Bushnell Fusion 1600 briefly.  I really liked it and have heard nothing but great things about it.  Its not a "Big Name" LRF but I've yet to hear a bad review on it from people I know.

If you want top of the line, check out the Vectronix... we were playing with one at a match not to long ago and was getting ranges of 4000+ yds.   :shocked: :tup:  Though I think even these may be out of JJ's budget  lol jk

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2012, 07:22:33 PM »
That's the price of a good CO LO tag....I'd rather go hunting.   :laugh:

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2012, 09:37:50 PM »
That's the price of a good CO LO tag....I'd rather go hunting.   :laugh:

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2012, 06:47:53 PM »
I now have a swaro the leica would not range in bad weather I know a lot of people like them but we had 2 of them and in a little bit of fog they would;nt range.

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Re: RANGEFINDERS???? true game animal readings
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2012, 09:37:55 AM »
+1 on the Vectronix.  Have used mine to range cows at just over 3K.  Works in all conditions so far.  Have used Leica and Swaro in the past as well, but the Vectronix is well worth the money.

 


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