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I am thinking about a laser rangefinding rifle scope.  The Ziess is out that leaves Burris, Bushnell and Nikon. Are there any others? I want opinions on them all. I am going to mount it on a rock river LAR 8. Who has the best glass, rangefinder. What would make me choose one over another? Burris dose not impress me with the BDC reticle as it only works to 500 yards. Thanks in advance.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/03/2011 at 13:43
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One problem with a rangefinder rifle scope is that you can only use it when you're pointing the rifle at something. Also, nobody else can range for you (which, granted, you can do yourself with one of these scopes but sometimes it's nice to have someone else do that while you work the turrets). You will also only be able to use the BDC marks on the highest power, limiting field of view (granted, you really only need a rangefinder for long shots which tend to be taken on high magnification).

I've used LRFs like the Swaro and currently carry a lighter Zeiss for rangefinding and limited glassing. They're nice in place of carrying bins.
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I have used the Burris scope a little bit.  Got the chance to go to Florida and play with it with Respect Outdoors.  Thanks to Robert and Ted for that amazing trip.  Anyway the scope worked as advertised.  Did an impressive job for the little bit I got to play with it.  A couple downside for me where the size of it, and I was not too impressed with the glass quality.  And I own several levels of Burris scopes, and I have usually been impressed with the quality of the glass.  The rest of the scope was fine.  I am sure the Ziess will have better glass that the other three.

Anyway, having played with the scope, I tend to agree with jonoMT on his comments.  I carry a pair of Lieca Geovids on my hunts.  I can glass and range at the same time, and I love that. So much easier that carrying two different optics on top of the rifle.  Once I know the range, then I can go to my rifle if I want to shoot.

I hear the argument that you may not have time to range and then go to the rifle.  Well, that may be true, but here is my personal opinion on it.  Usual if that is the case, they are close enough I don't need to range them (my rifle is set so I point and shoot out to about 350 yards).  Or they are far enough away, that maybe I shouldn't be taking the shot if it has to be done that fast.  I have taken plenty of long shots, and there is either time to set up for the shot or if not, they are far enough away that I have time to move to a better shooting point, or wait.  Whether you go with a ranging scope, or a regular scope, a person still needs to know their limits.  The ranging scope are a great piece of technology, but without practice, they won't do the person much good on long shots.
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