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#5584893 - 02/05/15 05:20 PM Best Rangefinder
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I am looking for the best rangefinder for out west hunting. It will also be used for some bow hunting, but mostly out west. I have an older model Leupold but it is kind of complicated to use, so I would like one that is user friendly. All of my scopes are Leupold, but my best binoculars are Zeiss. I would like to keep the price under $500 if possible. What brand and model do most of you recommend. Thanks for the info.

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#5585498 - 02/05/15 09:26 PM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Lone Ranger]
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How far do you want to range? That's important info,in answering your question.

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#5585567 - 02/05/15 10:09 PM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Lone Ranger]
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Leica

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#5585647 - 02/05/15 11:10 PM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Brother in-law]
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Out to about 400 yards or so. I probably wouldn't shoot that far though. My longest shot ever was 320 yards.

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#5585766 - 02/06/15 06:16 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Lone Ranger]
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Leica all the way.

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#5585793 - 02/06/15 06:46 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Lone Ranger]
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I have a Leupold 1000, I'm lucky to get 600 on trees with.

Have a Terrapin that ranges anything I can shoot.

That said reading the specks on the 'new' Bushnell Elite 1600 Arc Rangefinder 7x26 or Elite 1 Mile ARC sound promising and within your budget.

$439 on Amazon (And yes I shop on Amazon way, way too much)

Bushnel Arc Elite 1 Mile







Edited by Rockfish Dave (02/06/15 06:56 AM)
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#5585794 - 02/06/15 06:48 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Lone Ranger]
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Originally Posted By: Lone Ranger
Out to about 400 yards or so. I probably wouldn't shoot that far though. My longest shot ever was 320 yards.


My vortex covers that with ease. As would the luppy 1000

But if you want the best(meaning optics and furtest range)-- Leica

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#5585810 - 02/06/15 07:01 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Lone Ranger
Out to about 400 yards or so. I probably wouldn't shoot that far though. My longest shot ever was 320 yards.


My vortex covers that with ease. As would the luppy 1000

But if you want the best(meaning optics and furtest range)-- Leica


Optics I'll give that to Leica but range? No.

Vectronix has the edge on anything that is available to civilians. If you can find a Terrapin used that is the lowest cost model (since discontinued). Vectronix


Edited by Rockfish Dave (02/06/15 07:02 AM)
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#5585824 - 02/06/15 07:13 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Rockfish Dave]
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Originally Posted By: Rockfish Dave
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Lone Ranger
Out to about 400 yards or so. I probably wouldn't shoot that far though. My longest shot ever was 320 yards.


My vortex covers that with ease. As would the luppy 1000

But if you want the best(meaning optics and furtest range)-- Leica


Optics I'll give that to Leica but range? No.

Vectronix has the edge on anything that is available to civilians. If you can find a Terrapin used that is the lowest cost model (since discontinued). Vectronix


The Vectronix and Leica aren't in the same category exactly. In the sub $1000 the Leica is hard to beat.
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#5585944 - 02/06/15 08:22 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: dee]
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Originally Posted By: dee
Originally Posted By: Rockfish Dave
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Lone Ranger
Out to about 400 yards or so. I probably wouldn't shoot that far though. My longest shot ever was 320 yards.


My vortex covers that with ease. As would the luppy 1000

But if you want the best(meaning optics and furtest range)-- Leica


Optics I'll give that to Leica but range? No.

Vectronix has the edge on anything that is available to civilians. If you can find a Terrapin used that is the lowest cost model (since discontinued). Vectronix


The Vectronix and Leica aren't in the same category exactly. In the sub $1000 the Leica is hard to beat.


True, there just was no qualifying statement. Just the blanket statement he made above, and is agreed that it is not accurate.

Still i if had to do it over again I'd give the Bushnell a hard look. That's just me though.


Edited by Rockfish Dave (02/06/15 08:24 AM)
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#5585979 - 02/06/15 08:35 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Lone Ranger]
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True.

I'll second the Bushnell they are really bringing a lot to the table these days. They also showed a new range finder at shot that has bluetooth for syncing to a Krestel and ballistic app.
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#5586378 - 02/06/15 11:31 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: dee]
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How about the Leica 1000R CRF Rangemaster, would this be a good one?? It sells for $599.

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#5586405 - 02/06/15 11:48 AM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Lone Ranger]
dee Offline
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Originally Posted By: Lone Ranger
How about the Leica 1000R CRF Rangemaster, would this be a good one?? It sells for $599.


Yeah. The 1600b is a bit better for not much more though.
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#5586425 - 02/06/15 12:00 PM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: dee]
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I will definitely take a look at it. Is it worth the extra $200?

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#5586504 - 02/06/15 12:56 PM Re: Best Rangefinder [Re: Lone Ranger]
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I've been using a Bushnell for about 6 years and have ranged out to 600+ yards, accurately.
It is simple to use, just push a button. Smaller targets are sometimes difficult just trying
to hold still on them but I'd think that's the same with all models.

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