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Im in need of my first rangefinder but only got about $200 to spend right now. I was looking at the redfield 500. Anybody got any experience with em. I will be ranging out to 500yds in the field. Is there a better rangefinder for the money?
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What are you ranging? ie, what the size of your intended targets
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Everything from steel to coyotes.
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I'd look at this one before I'd get the redfield personally but thats just cause the redfield is so new even though its just a generic leupold

 
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I'm not sure the Redfield will range Yotes at 500 yrds, a building yes an animal ????????
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Most range finders advertise the maximum range sighting on semi reflective targets. In the field on brown furred animals you only get about 75% of that advertised range. Sighting on targets are black like cows or bear it may only accurately read at 50% of advertised distance. I made the mistake of getting a 440 yard range finder to learn that I needed a 1000 yd range finder for my needs. The first $200 was wasted for my education. Save to get the Leica 1000 CRF and you will never be sorry.  
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

I'd look at this one before I'd get the redfield personally but thats just cause the redfield is so new even though its just a generic leupold

 
I picked up one of these from a buddy. I paid the same price as on the sample list, and think it is money very well spent! I have not ranged any coyotes yet, but have ranged juniper trees at over 800yards. By the way here in AZ juniper's are rarely over 7-8 foot tall, and about that big around. It might not pick up the critter, but it will read the tree next to it.
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I went with the bushnell thanks for the advice guys. Highly appreciated.
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Good choice.

I think the Redfields use the Leupold Rangefinder technology, which is pure crap.
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Is bushnells good to go?
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Matt, what is your preference?  Are you a Leica fan? 
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The Leicas are great, but I use a Bushnell Elite 1500.  The glass leaves something to be desired, but the ranging capabilities are impressive.
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Thanks for the advice guys. Recieved it today and i am extremly pleased!!!
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Which Bushnell model didi you get?  I was looking at 1000 vs 1200.  Only $40 difference, so not sure which ones to get.  
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I got the 800 yardage pro. if its only a $40 difference go with 1200 you will have more acurate readings at further distances, and the confidence you'll have with knowing that is worth the money. I was planning on spending a whole lot more to get a really good one. But im having my gall bladder taken out theis week and it aint cheap. But i am more than happy with my unit. It aint the best but its more than enough for anything ill use it for.
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Thanks.  I believe I am gonna go with the Bushnell Legend 1200.  I have some time until hunting season so I will wait and see if they go on sale/
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