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need to know.  which is best.  looking to range animals on hilly  mountains.  out to 1000 yards.  what do I need

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There's a good article about range finders in July issue of Shooting times. In short: 1 Bushnell is the largest, it's LCD dispaly is hard to see in low light, but it has Angle Range Compensation(ARC), cost -$500. 2 Nikon. The model they tested worked only up to 800 yards, cost-$360. 3 Leica had the best optics. It's LED dispaly automatically adjusts to lighting conditions, works up to 1000 yards, but it's the most expensive cost -$580. After reading the article  I bought Leica and I love it. I like the simplicity of it, no confusing modes or settings, just press the button and you get your range. Plus its very small and light.
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I have a Bushnell YP 800 and a Leica 1200.  The Bushnell is not a bad unit for a cheap price, but the Leica.....well suffice it to say that if you try the Leica, you won't want anything else.  Here is what I have found with all Rangefinders.  It is just plain HARD to range an animal at long distance.  The size and aspect angle of the target makes readings difficult.  You need a very steady rest.  You are much better off to range an adjacent tree.  I can tell you that the Leica 1200 will range a pine tree (not a very reflective tree) up to about 1250 yards and a leafy tree up to 1361 yards (my longest reading).  The Bushnell will read a leafy tree up to a little over 900 yards but only about 600 yards on a pine tree.  For fun I ranged some local cows in a pasture.  It was very interesting to find that black cows (Angus) will range no where near as distant as brown or red cows.  I could only range a black cow (large and broadside) at a little over 600 yards with the Bushnell and just a little over 700 yards with the Leica.  The Bushnell could range brown cows up to about 725 yards.  The Leica was easily reading over 850 yards, but that was at the end of the pasture.  At the speed that it was reading it, I have no doubt that it could do much further.

One of the Leica's biggest assets is it's low light performance.  This was a significant unanticipated bonus.  I could not tell this in the store, but when I got it home, I was surprized that I could see almost as good as with my scope.  The Bushnell and a friends Nikon 1200 were not even in the same league.  I consider this very important for my hunting, which is mostly in low light.
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I have a Nikon monarch laser 800, it works very well but it is not easy to see the readings in low light.  The backlight helps some, but it is still difficult to read.  Because of this I range the area I am hunting before it gets dark and know the distance to several things that stick out in my field of view (trees, stumps, etc.)  This way I have a feel for the range when something steps out, which is usually good enough when you're inside 300 yards or so.  This wouldn't work if you're stalking and are one the move, but it works for still hunting.  If the Leica works better in low light go for it, if you can afford it.  I might have to change sometime.  The nikon will work fine though.
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Originally posted by videohydra videohydra wrote:

There's a good article about range finders in July issue of Shooting times. In short: 1 Bushnell is the largest, it's LCD dispaly is hard to see in low light, but it has Angle Range Compensation(ARC), cost -$500. 2 Nikon. The model they tested worked only up to 800 yards, cost-$360. 3 Leica had the best optics. It's LED dispaly automatically adjusts to lighting conditions, works up to 1000 yards, but it's the most expensive cost -$580. After reading the article  I bought Leica and I love it. I like the simplicity of it, no confusing modes or settings, just press the button and you get your range. Plus its very small and light.


Which Leica where they testing??
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