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Im going to be looking for a Mid to Higher priced Range Finder. It does not need to be the one with the most bells and whistles, Just a good peice of equipment to judge range out to a 1,000 yards or so....If its over a 1,000 yards I can then decide to drive my truck over there or notAssault VehicleJust Kidding!  I would appreciate your experience guys.
 
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Leica 7x24 CRF 1200 Rangefinder Leica 7x24 CRF 1200 Rangefinder
Stock # - 40523
  • Black
  • Compact
  • Waterproof
  • Ranges from 10 to 1,200 yards
$599.00

This one is very good. The controls are so simple a caveman could do it. Smart to go with 1,000 yds. I wasted money on a 400 yard Nikon just to find that that range is only for reflective targets. One PD hunt proved that it could not cut the mustard. In real world the range was more like 275 yds. The glass is much better on the Lecia too.

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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

Leica 7x24 CRF 1200 Rangefinder
Leica 7x24 CRF 1200 Rangefinder
Stock # - 40523
  • Black
  • Compact
  • Waterproof
  • Ranges from 10 to 1,200 yards
$599.00

This one is very good. The controls are so simple a caveman could do it. Smart to go with 1,000 yds. I wasted money on a 400 yard Nikon just to find that that range is only for reflective targets. One PD hunt proved that it could not cut the mustard. In real world the range was more like 275 yds. The glass is much better on the Lecia too.


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Thanks Mike! Thanks 3 Tens!
 
You just helped me to decide I have to spend more money then I thought it would cost me!CallIm calling to order now...........
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I have been using a Leica 1200 LRF for years and love it... Have been told the new model is even better!  Buy the best you can possibly afford, you won't be sorry! NV Hunter
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The bushnell Elite is a good unit also.  It actually ranges farther than the Leica.  Glass is not quite as good, but it is a very good unit.  I have the Leica and love it, but if was on a budget I would go with the Bushnell Elite
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+1 on the Leica

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I have the Leica and like it.  I have not compared it to any others.  Good size, readout and works in the cold weather also...
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Dont rule out the Leica 900, either. It'll save you a few bucks and performs just as well as the 1,200, IMHO.
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Me too!  I really Leica my range finder!Laugh
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I really like my Lecia CRF1200.




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Had my Leica CRF1200 about three years. Replaced the battery once, other than that all good no issues. The Swaro is perhaps a bit better glass but is much slower to range, and is not as easy to aim. Have not seen the Zeiss yet so can not say. Have not been impressed with offerings form Nikon, Bushnell, or Leupold.
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I had a Bushnell Yardage Pro and it was a very good product. If I hadn't stumbled across the Leica I'd still be using one. I don't think excellent glass matters as much with a rangefinder if your hunting with bino's as well.
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Originally posted by mike650 mike650 wrote:

I had a Bushnell Yardage Pro and it was a very good product. If I hadn't stumbled across the Leica I'd still be using one. I don't think excellent glass matters as much with a rangefinder if your hunting with bino's as well.
 
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No matter what hunting I do my bino's and rf go with me.
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These are the two to consider:
 
Leica 1200 CRF
 
Bushnell elite 1500
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I like the "uphill / downhill correction" feature of the Bushnell Arc series. Leupold has this too I think, but don't know if either one is really right. The concept certainly makes sense.
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I finally got the Leica 1200 CRF, my wife got it for me for my B-Day and gave it to me early for Elk season. It works really well except yesterday I did have some problems ranging some Elk. I got a yardage of 500 yards or so, which would have worked out fine if the season had been open. But I was just out scouting, the thing is the Elk were on a open hillside which had a light tan color and the Elk were very dark. It was just starting to get dark, still had maybe an hour of daylight...Anyway after the first reading it would NOT give me another and I really do not know what to think about that.. Clarity on it is great, its like carrying a little 7x bino with you...I will be using it more this year.....

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Hmmmm...
 
That unit should be giving you pretty reliable readings at that distance on elk ... especially at low light.  Laser rangefinders work best in low light.  Make sure you are getting a good supported position when firing a range.  If you are still having trouble getting 500-600 yard ranges, you may need to have your unit checked.
 
Good luck and good hunting!
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My first Leica 1200 LRF wouldn't range a turkey at 15 yards and had trouble with cows at 400 so it got replaced. The second will sometimes range a two story aluminum barn at 1000.
 
See if it will consistantly range a two story light colored house at 1200 yards and see if it will do as advertised. Some seem to be luckier with the Leica.
 
 
I think the only way to consistantly range objects is to use a Swaro.
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

The bushnell Elite is a good unit also.  It actually ranges farther than the Leica.  Glass is not quite as good, but it is a very good unit.  I have the Leica and love it, but if was on a budget I would go with the Bushnell Elite


Can we get an actual Mod. number for these? I was all all but ready to order the 204101 6x 1200 ARC Legend until I read this.

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It is the Bushnell Elite 1500.

Bushnell's stock number is
205100.

SWFA's got em ...


http://swfa.com/Bushnell-Elite-1500-Rangefinders-C506.aspx
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

It is the Bushnell Elite 1500.

Bushnell's stock number is
205100.

SWFA's got em ...


http://swfa.com/Bushnell-Elite-1500-Rangefinders-C506.aspx


Thanks this looks good but is it better than their Legend 1200 6x that has both bow and rifle compensation modes plus most everything else the 1500 offers; save the 300yrd more range. I can tell it is intended to be a higher end offering. It is typical for a company to fall just short of getting it right. I mean why would they offer superior lens coatings etc etc and then not offer the rifle and bow compensation soft wear on board camo etc. OR DO THEY? Whacko 
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Ballistic packages programmed into rangefinders cannot enter the wide variation of shooting conditions run into past 500 yds, temp, station pressure,bc, velocity and can only give an estimate based on a "grouping" . 
This Swaro will range to 1900 yds. and the bitterroot's comment about a supported position for reading is especially true past 1000 yds, and this is the reason some have trouble getting fast and good readings out of Swaros.
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The stock # for the ARC Elite 1500 is 205101.  I find the angle compensation modes pretty gimicky myself.
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