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I've read through some reviews here, but haven't quite got my questions answered.  I am looking for a good rangefinder, and my range will be 600 yds maximum; most easily between 300-500yds.  Where I hunt is fairly mountainous, so I would like to have a rangefinder that accounts for incline/decline.  I am looking at the Nikon I mentioned, Leupold RX-III, and possibly a Bushnell.  The problem with the Bushnell is most deer-sized targets range only at 300 yards or less.  I can't find much info on the Elite 1500 though (with the ARC).

Maybe I don't even need the incline/decline stuff.  I was also looking at the Nikon 800 or 1200.  I have no doubt the Leica is better, but it's a little out of my price range.  I may decide on it, but I really needed the help on the Nikons, Leupold, or Bushnells.  I'm not sure I need the Leica for the yardage I mentioned.  I just want something to consistently range around 600 yards.

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I got a chance to play with one of these for a while last weekend.  http://www.swfa.com/c-801-bushnell-elite-1500-rangefinders.aspx It actually ranged distance better and farther than my Leica 1200.  It was picking stuff up beyond 1200 on the first try, it would take me several tries to get it.

Optically not near as good as the Leica, but it was not bad at all.  I though it was better than the Leupold that I used to have.  I had a Leupold RX-III or 4 don't remember which now, but I did not care for it at all.  It had a hard time ranging anything beyond 500 yards. 
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 I liked the reviews of the Riflehunter 550, and most everything about it.  What I haven't been able to find out is how far out it can most consistently range.  I am primarily concerned about deer sized targets, but haven't found much info on anything.
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Unfortunatly most rangefinders will have issue with deer sized targets beyond 3 to 400yds. I also did a great deal of research in this area. I have tried a few different RF's and have come back to Bushnell. As stated earler the bushnell reads faster and if you buy one with range beyond what you expect to need, you will not have to try repeatedly to get a measure. If I see a deer that I can't get a read on I will shoot the wood line or something in the deers area. If you are ranging a deer on an opposing slope you should get a read, if its the ground behind you are still in a 3+/- yrd. reading. Good luck! let us know what you get.
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The Sample List has some Nikon Riflehunters on it at a great price.  I may go with those.  Like I said, I just need something to range consistently 450-500 yards, and I've read here that you can trust the Nikon refurbs.  
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If you are looking at these for deer or coyote hunting beware they have problems detecting animals at 400yrds and beyond you may want to up grade to a longer yardage one I have a Bushnell supposed to be good for deer to 400yrds ....fat chance sometimes 350yrds? I think this goes for Nikon-Bushnell-Leupold?

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Yep, I would be using it for deer hunting.  This Nikon is one of the few that doesn't give you an idea of ranges; although I read somewhere that Nikon was conservative with their ranging.  I've heard the Leupold RX-III isn't very good, but at least you have an idea of ranging capability for various game.  
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Yes and sorry I cant make a recommendation , they all are better than nothing, Ive good luck with my Bushnell just does not range as far as advertised, so I will be upgrading to a longer range model but have no preference at this time.
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Originally posted by deuceswild deuceswild wrote:

Yep, I would be using it for deer hunting.  This Nikon is one of the few that doesn't give you an idea of ranges; although I read somewhere that Nikon was conservative with their ranging.  I've heard the Leupold RX-III isn't very good, but at least you have an idea of ranging capability for various game.  
 
I wish you had means to compare. My experience with Nikon is they make great scopes, but the R/F's I've used were finiky and slow to read even when well within their max range.
Well, slow compared to the bushnell and I'm not saying Bushnell is the best. There are some high end R/F's that will smoke a bushnell, but for the money a bushnell 1000 very hard to beat. I hope you get a chance to try before you buy. Either way Good Luck!
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Just a quick update.  I did do some comparison, and finally chose the Leica.  It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I figured it would probably cost less in the long run.  Awesome glass, but that wasn't really a selling facor; that's what binos are for.  Still it is nice.  What I like is the reliability of ranging.  Press the button, get a range.  EVERY TIME.

Thanks to everyone for their input.

Jim
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