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Looking for a Good Range Finder #8065441 11/26/20 04:24 PM
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Need a bit of input, looking for a range finder that will not break the bank. Looking at reviews on the Vortex, Nikon, Halo its all over map. Cost 200-250 Input please


Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8065454 11/26/20 04:34 PM
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I use the Vortex Ranger and have been very happy with it. It compensates for angle and has a red reticle that gives a bit better contrast in low light. Also comes with a lifetime warranty. Looks like they retail at Academy for $350, but I believe I paid around $250 last year when it was on sale.

Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8065557 11/26/20 05:33 PM
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I bought the Vortex Ranger 1800 last year after falling in a river and submerging my Bushnell Scout 1000. Bushnell would give me a discount on a new but it amounted to about $50. Nothing wrong with the Bushnell except it wouldn't read in heavy fog. I think that's true of most $225 rangefinders. I talked to Vortex directly and they do give military/veteran discounts. Told them my story and they said the warranty would apply if I ever submerge one again. Their warranty is lifetime, regardless of owner. Covers almost everything except theft or loss. Some on here might say "you'll need it with Vortex". Used it for antelope and deer this year and no complaints whatsoever. I like the red read out. I checked it one foggy morning and I got reads out to about 250 yards. Not sure this is a dependable point because it would obviously depend on how foggy it is. That morning the fog was intense. Sure, it's not a Leica, but most lower priced rf's are not. I believe after the discount, it was $300 for the 1800 I think I read somewhere that the Vortex is one of a couple models that is listed as waterproof. Not many are.

Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8065761 11/26/20 09:06 PM
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I started out with a Nikon 600 RF, which would read a muddy hog, a deer, or a coyote at 400 yards, but not 410 yards. 400 max was it. The other side of my hay field is 500 yards, and I wanted one that would range that far. After much internet research, I went with a Sig 1250. Mistake. It just was to finicky to reliably range critters. I returned it and got a Leica 2000B (I think that’s the model). It’s great. No problems at all.

So, if 400 yards is all you need a midrange Bushnell or Nikon should do just fine.

And I should mention that a lot of RF reviews rate the units on ranging targets. My old Nikon would range a shiny target way out past 600 yards. What matters to me is how far will it range a muddy hog. To me that’s a real world use.

Leica....


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Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: 603Country] #8065980 11/27/20 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by 603Country
I started out with a Nikon 600 RF, which would read a muddy hog, a deer, or a coyote at 400 yards, but not 410 yards. 400 max was it. The other side of my hay field is 500 yards, and I wanted one that would range that far. After much internet research, I went with a Sig 1250. Mistake. It just was to finicky to reliably range critters. I returned it and got a Leica 2000B (I think that’s the model). It’s great. No problems at all.

So, if 400 yards is all you need a midrange Bushnell or Nikon should do just fine.

And I should mention that a lot of RF reviews rate the units on ranging targets. My old Nikon would range a shiny target way out past 600 yards. What matters to me is how far will it range a muddy hog. To me that’s a real world use.

Leica....


Cameraland was running the Leica 2800 at $550 a few weeks ago. It’s back at $750, call Doug and grovel and buy the 2800 and never look back.

FTR I have a Leupold 1000 TBR and a newer Sig 2200KILO. Both are solid and the Sig is surprising. I got it on sale for $250.

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Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8065996 11/27/20 01:39 AM
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Sig Kilo 2000 or newer.

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Originally Posted by el_cazador713
Sig Kilo 2000 or newer.


Yup


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Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8066078 11/27/20 02:58 AM
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Sig Kilo2000 on sale for $249.97 right now at Bass Pro. I paid twice that for mine a few years ago. Best range finder I've ever used.

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Originally Posted by el_cazador713
Sig Kilo 2000 or newer.


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Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8066429 11/27/20 04:38 PM
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Sig, runs circles around my Leupy 1600TBR, and RF was superior to my Geovid 2200's.

Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8066458 11/27/20 04:55 PM
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Sig Kilo 2000 is a great buy!!

Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8074955 12/03/20 09:54 PM
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The sigs are tough to beat.

Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Steve Schmidt] #8074984 12/03/20 10:20 PM
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The new sig 2k is not the old sig 2k. It’s a speciality make for Cabelas and doesnt have auto reticle dimmer/brighter.
You have to jump up to I think 2400 for it now. With that said new 2k is hard to beat at that price point


With that said I love my sig.


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Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: Huskerron] #8075907 12/04/20 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Huskerron
I bought the Vortex Ranger 1800 last year after falling in a river and submerging my Bushnell Scout 1000. Bushnell would give me a discount on a new but it amounted to about $50. Nothing wrong with the Bushnell except it wouldn't read in heavy fog. I think that's true of most $225 rangefinders. I talked to Vortex directly and they do give military/veteran discounts. Told them my story and they said the warranty would apply if I ever submerge one again. Their warranty is lifetime, regardless of owner. Covers almost everything except theft or loss. Some on here might say "you'll need it with Vortex". Used it for antelope and deer this year and no complaints whatsoever. I like the red read out. I checked it one foggy morning and I got reads out to about 250 yards. Not sure this is a dependable point because it would obviously depend on how foggy it is. That morning the fog was intense. Sure, it's not a Leica, but most lower priced rf's are not. I believe after the discount, it was $300 for the 1800 I think I read somewhere that the Vortex is one of a couple models that is listed as waterproof. Not many are.

I bought the same one 3-4 years ago. I have been happy with it. It has been dropped left outside etc. So far happy as i could be with it. I bought vortex because they are the only ones with a lifetime warranty. My son dropped it on a bare concrete floor and I cringed, but said well it has a warranty. No marks on it and works like new.


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Re: Looking for a Good Range Finder [Re: el_cazador713] #8076432 12/04/20 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by el_cazador713
Sig Kilo 2000 or newer.

This one.
I got a used Kilo 2000, extremely happy with it, I have ranged reflective targets up to the 2000yd range. Animals at 400yd with ease, never had chance to range animals past that.
Also has incline feature for archery

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Love the Nikon 1000i

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