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 As I try to keep up with the times I wonder if we ever go to far. These rangefinders wow they are neat. I use one for golf but, it's all about the beer not the golf. Hunting, well, I love to hunt probally more then any hobbie or sport I do. The only one that is equal and may have an edge is ice hockey at 46 I still play but, the quality let's just say again I'm 46. I am geared in the newest lightest hockey equipment out there, works well LOL... Rangefinders look cool to me but, does it take away from the hunt. you know scouting, guessing trying to scope if you have that shot or not. I am not putting down rangefinder i am just curious to what most hunters think about them or feel about them.
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To make an ethical clean kill one must know exactly where one's bullet will impact. To know where ones bullet will impact one needs to know the trajectory of the bullet and the distance to target. While one does not need to use a rangefinder to accomplish that task it does make the task more simple.  On thing that I do bow hunting is measure distances of 15, 20, 30, 40, 50 yds from the stand and use flagging tape to mark the distance which I have done both with a rangefinder and with a long tape measure.  I have a couple of deer stands that I hunt from time to time with some success and accordingly I have placed 100 yd and 200 yd and 300 yd steel post markers in the ground. Electronics can fail but they are nice when they work.  Rangefinders have saved many an animal from running away wounded so I would recomend you use one or select to hunt at limited distances which you practice at say under 200 yds for most.  As distance increases trajectory compensation becomes more critical and a good mildot scope can aid in determining distance should you not wish to use electronics you can use math.
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 Can you recomend a good finder from $200-300 range  preferably closer to $200? Would it be advantageous to use one in think woods?
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I had a Bushnell, before finally upgrading to a crf1200, and I really liked it a lot. It was an older model but it did the job it was intended for and did it well.

Looking at the current Bushnell's this one seems to fit your budget. One of my hunting buddies has this model and it's real nice.

http://www.swfa.com/c-2272-bushnell-scout-1000-rangefinders.aspx

If you could spend a little more this one's better.

http://www.swfa.com/c-188-bushnell-yardage-pro-legend-rangefinders.aspx


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If you shoot under 300-350 yards with a typical hunting rifle (.30-06, .308, .270, etc.) just find your MPBR zero for an 8" vital zone and nothing more than a decent scope and load are needed. Longer than that and you will need to know range accurately. You can use a mil dot or similar reticle but if you are off more than 5-10% estimating your target size, i.e 20" deer (brisket to shoulder) vs. 18" or 16" you could end up being +- 50 yards off - enough to easily miss or hit poorly. In that scenario a good rangefinder is essential, as are target knobs and a field-verified drop chart. Wind then becomes a factor too.


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