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I'm a bowhunter who is in the market for rangefinding binoculars and saw the Leupold RXB-IV as a possible choice. Anyone tried these out?

Thanks in advance!

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I very much dislike the leupold rangefinders, therefore this would not be an option for me.  
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A binocular has one function.  That is to magnify what you are looking at to maximize detail helping you find game.  A range finder has one function, to determine the range.  This is just me, but I really do not understand the marriage of rangefinder and binocular. I understand why the concept is popular, but the ONLY place it has been done with anything that comes close to doing that right is the Leica Geovid and the new Zeiss RF.  Here, there a proper binocular that has a good rangefinder added. 
 
Here we have a weird hybrid sort of "mixed marriage" that does not have any idea whether it is one range finder or two, or whether it is a binocular first or a rangefinder first.  Its controls are neither that of either a dedicated rangefinder or a dedicated binocular.  The field of view is way too restrictive for use as a dedicated binocular.  The adjustments seem out of place to me. The optics are better than rangefinder optics, largely because you can get the stereoscopic or "binocular vision".  However the optics do not meet (for me anyway) any sort of minimum useful binocular level of usefulness.  The use of both eyes may make it more useful as a rangefinder, I don't know about that for sure however.  It seems to me to be a two eyed rangefinder, and somebody in marketing decided to call it a rangefinding binocular instead of a binocular rangefinder.
 
YMMV, but I wouldn't use one if it was given to me.  I'll keep a dedicated binocular first and may sometimes pack a rangefinder, if the mood moves me.


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Thanks for the info. Have you used this particular set, or are you going off the specs for that model?

I have a pair of Kahles 10x40s that serve me very well for traditional hunting needs, and I also have a Nikon rangefinder that is good enough for my bowhunting needs. The reason I'm interested in a combo model, is because I'm thinking of the few seconds I need to judge an elk at close range (within 50 yards) and determine the distance for my bow shot. I need enough definition to make sure a bull has the requisite 4x4 rack, and that's it. I don't need to see the flies on it's tail.

When I have more time, I can range-find trees and rocks around the area before an animal approaches. But the last couple of years I've been in situations where we run into animals while hiking and the time is limited. I think a combo model could help in these situations.

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Well, for my part, I have not used them.  For me to use it, it has to impress me enough to at least buy it from someplace that has a good return policy.  But with something like this, te real proof is how well it really works when you do need to be sure that is a 4x4+ elk and that it is not more than 50 yards away when the light may not be real good.  I looked the Leupold over pretty good at the Leupold booth at the last NW Sportsman's show, and they did not make a good enough impression to get them into my "gear I would like to try" list.
 
For what you described in your post, I'd say use the bino to scout and locate and get the rangefinder with the best optics to check antlers and distance, especially if you only need  to know 4x4+.  A good optical quality rangefinder should do that I am thinking.  The monocular optics of the newer rangefinders are a lot better than even a couple of years ago. 
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Steve,

Thanks for the info - I appreciate it. 
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