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Best Rangefinder #5584893 02/05/15 11:20 PM
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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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How far do you want to range? That's important info,in answering your question.


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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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Leica all the way.

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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)

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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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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
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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.


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

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Originally Posted By: Rockfish Dave
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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.


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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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.

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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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How about the Leica 1000R CRF Rangemaster, would this be a good one?? It sells for $599.

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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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I will definitely take a look at it. Is it worth the extra $200?

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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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Terrapin and Leica are fantastic of course.
But Bushnell has really stepped up their game the last few years.

I have been very impressed and am expecting the Arc Elite 1 mile any day.

I dont need a Terrapin but would love to have one!


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Originally Posted By: ccoker
Terrapin and Leica are fantastic of course.
But Bushnell has really stepped up their game the last few years.

I have been very impressed and am expecting the Arc Elite 1 mile any day.

I dont need a Terrapin but would love to have one!


If you would be so kind, I,d appreciate your impression and post up when you can I'm very interested in how these perform.

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Gunwerks G7 BR2, no others compare. When you shoot long range this is the only rangerfinder to have here out west. We ranged a deer last year on my mule deer hunt here in New Mexico. I could not get a solid reading with my Leica, I used my friends G7 BR2, locked solid every time.

The functional range of the G7 BR2 is 1500 yards with 2000 max yards.

$1600, but you will simply be amazed. I still haven't bought one yet lol, but sure will here in the future before this falls deer hunt. The deer I ranged was at 844 yards sitting in a draw.

http://www.gseven.com/products/g7-br2


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I have been using the zeiss t-prf for years now. It doesn't get much talk, but it is a quality rangefinder for under 700 dollars.
1300 yards is about the usable range, which is more than enough for me. It goes everywhere with me.

As funds allow, I will likely get a leica hd-b or something equivalent. As of right now, carrying my vortex viper hd and t-prf will have to work......and has been for years now.


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Gunwerks G7 BR2, no others compare. When you shoot long range this is the only rangerfinder to have here out west. We ranged a deer last year on my mule deer hunt here in New Mexico. I could not get a solid reading with my Leica, I used my friends G7 BR2, locked solid every time.

The functional range of the G7 BR2 is 1500 yards with 2000 max yards.

$1600, but you will simply be amazed. I still haven't bought one yet lol, but sure will here in the future before this falls deer hunt. The deer I ranged was at 844 yards sitting in a draw.

http://www.gseven.com/products/g7-br2


The BR2 is cool, but has one HUGE downfall. MOA only. That kills it for a ton of us long range shooters running mil/mil optics.

I've played with a BR2 and I've played with some of the 10-$20k Vectronix units, and it is night and day difference. I'll be buying a Vectronix unit when I can afford one.

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Good reading right here.


http://precisionrifleblog.com/2013/11/25...rmance-results/

I wish the swarovski El range were included in these series of tests, but apparently swaro wanted no part of it.

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Originally Posted By: Rockfish Dave
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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.


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


Blanket statement? You must of completely missed the OP's $500 question. 1300 yards and under-- lecia


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Originally Posted By: 6.5x47Lapua
I have been using the zeiss t-prf for years now. It doesn't get much talk, but it is a quality rangefinder for under 700 dollars.
1300 yards is about the usable range, which is more than enough for me. It goes everywhere with me.

As funds allow, I will likely get a leica hd-b or something equivalent. As of right now, carrying my vortex viper hd and t-prf will have to work......and has been for years now.



I'm moving to the HF-b this year in 10x. Had no problem ranging out to 1600 yards with geo's but ergonomics is huge step up in the HF-b. I still can figure out why Swaro put the bottom on the left side

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I will definitely take a look at it. Is it worth the extra $200?


Yes. I sat on a ridge in CO and had no issues with 1600 yards. I did get it to 2k a few times.

First time button reading every time I'd say 1300


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