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anybody using these?

I looked at the Vortex and Nikon variants today at Cabela's. Any guess who won the comparison??? By a MILE !!!


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If your eyes are anything like my 57 yr old ones, the Nikon was the easy winner when I compared them. The laser RF was much faster, and could read farther too.

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I borrowed Judd's Vortex Fury a couple months ago. The glass and the laser were both impressive. I could see fine detail at 350 yards well past legal light. The farthest I tested the laser was on a cedar at 1050 yards.



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I have had the Zeiss 10x45 BRF since 2012 and had the Geovid before that.
Can't imagine hunting without a BRF of some flavor.

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Both were very good attempts by the manufactures, but I found the Nikon's more appealing as well.


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I have used both the Leicas and Swaros. Hard to tell much of a difference. If I had to I would lean towards the Swaros. The functionality of them is quite convenient. One less item to carry. One thing to consider is if you have one eye that has better vision than the other be sure and look through the binos with one eye while ranging something. I donít recall which but the laser read out in the Leicas is on one side and for the Swaro itís on the opposite side. So, if thatís a major issue for you, you sure donít want to buy the binos that have the built in laser read out being projected in your weaker/blurry eye. Not aware of any binos that has the laser read out viewed in both optics. I donít have any experience w/ the Vortex or Nikons.

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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I borrowed Judd's Vortex Fury a couple months ago. The glass and the laser were both impressive. I could see fine detail at 350 yards well past legal light. The farthest I tested the laser was on a cedar at 1050 yards.

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The optics are on par with the Viper HD's, pretty darn good, not exceptional. I had the Nikon and Vortex side by side in Cabelas parking lot on a cloudy day (best test I could do). This particular Fury wouldn't range past 600 yds, while the Nikon would go to 900 or so. The only reason I'd buy the Vortex is because of the warranty.

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Yep, as usual the Vortex suked. Plus the Nikon's Eye relief was better than Vortwx for us old azz glasses wearers.


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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I borrowed Judd's Vortex Fury a couple months ago. The glass and the laser were both impressive. I could see fine detail at 350 yards well past legal light. The farthest I tested the laser was on a cedar at 1050 yards.


Judd had Vortex, not Swarovski RF Bino's???!!!! This is not like him. $$$ 2cents


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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
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I borrowed Judd's Vortex Fury a couple months ago. The glass and the laser were both impressive. I could see fine detail at 350 yards well past legal light. The farthest I tested the laser was on a cedar at 1050 yards.


Judd had Vortex, not Swarovski RF Bino's???!!!! This is not like him. $$$ 2cents


Judd and I both can buy Vortex sigificantly less than retail, but only once a year.

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From the ones I've tried and owned, i still carry a terrapin and swaro el's. The Bushnell's range better than any other ones I've tried, but the glass isnt acceptable. The swaro's are fantastic glass but they can have a little trouble bouncing a target in certain conditions and the display can be hard to read. Leicas let me down on a elk hunt under 800 yards. I haven't tried the Zeiss, but i have been told they are on par with the swaro's. I wish someome would make a pair that range and read as good as the Bushnell's but with swaro or Zeiss glass. Untill they do ill carry what I know works when it has too.

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I want a Terrapin, bad. I wish Vextronix would replace it.


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If Meopta would import their MeoRange bino/rf unit I may be more interested in these combined units. IMO, RF technology is speeding ahead much faster than bino/glass technology, which is why I've kept them separate.

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IMO, RF technology is speeding ahead much faster than bino/glass technology, which is why I've kept them separate.


This. I prefer to update separately, although I can certainly understand the appeal of a single unified device.


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I love my Leica Geovids

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I bought the Nikon LaserForce binos on Black Friday at Cabelas and have used them several times deer hunting. The range finder is very good, I was able to range tree tops at 1600 yds. The glass is good with better clarity/contrast than my Leupold 10X50 binos but don't quite have the light gathering ability of the Leupold.


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Thanks Joe, Cabelas is having a deal where I can get $120 points on my Cabelas Black card. Might have to pull the trigger and sell my Vortex Talons and Leica 1200 scan


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I want a range finder that displays the number of scope clicks I need to dial instead of yards. Do these do that or do you need a Leica?

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No they don't have ballistics read out. They do account for inclination though. They are fast and provide near instantaneous readings but for some reason I have to press the button twice when first ranging.


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I want a range finder that displays the number of scope clicks I need to dial instead of yards. Do these do that or do you need a Leica?


Gunwerks and Sig offer rangefinders that calculate ballistics and give holdover in MIL or MOA. They are not binoculars. Just rangefinders. Theyíre supposed to be excellent units, too.


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I want a Terrapin, bad. I wish Vextronix would replace it.


Nikon is suppose to be unvailing a new LR that will revolutionize the industry....what ever that means. We shall see.

For price hard to beat sig on stand alone unit and Lecia on Binos.

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I want a Terrapin, bad. I wish Vextronix would replace it.


Nikon is suppose to be unvailing a new LR that will revolutionize the industry....what ever that means. We shall see.

For price hard to beat sig on stand alone unit and Lecia on Binos.


Been looking hard at the Sig. Looking forward to what Nikon does.


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Leupold is coming out with a TBR/DNA 2800. If it performs anything like my 1200 TBR it should be fantastic.

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My Bushnell has a built in ballistics calculator. It's a bit of a pain to get it all set up, but it's accurate.

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I do not use the ballistic calculator model, just range..
I use different calibers often so I use a ballistic app and have data on each rifle.

They are such an "easy" to use bino too.. they have a great depth of field so if you are glassing at 100 yards into trees and then go to 300 yards you still have a great in focus view. I have a pair of Trijicon HD 10x42s as well, I take them both out and and my son uses the Trijicons, with them, you have to be on the focus wheel as you change distances...


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