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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2016, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Range finder advice

I just returned from a deer hunt and need to replace my old bushnell since it will not range over 100 yards for some reason. I want to get something to also use on groundhogs at long distances.

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Re: Range finder advice

I have the lecia 1200 CRF and like it a lot
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I would buy the Sig Kilo 2000.
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Re: Range finder advice

I have a Vortex Ranger 1000. I have ranged a water tower out to 878 yards and a large boulder to 855 yards. They are durable, waterproof, and provide a clear crisp image. I paid $300 and I believe they just released the Ranger 1500. IMO If you are looking for something that performs well, durable, and is budget friendly go with Vortex optics.

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I wouldn't get a Leica 1200 over the newer Vortex or Leupold TBR.

The honest truth is you are going to be hard pressed to get any range finder to use on ground hogs. Range fingers typically need a large object to range correctly.

Using a landmark such as a tree or a large rock is doable, but a ground hog is pretty small to get an accurate reading.

I've owned a few range finders from the Leica 1200 to the Leupold TBR. I like the Leupold because you can use it to range for archery season and for rifles as well. The TBR will calculate for angles.
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I'm not a leica salesman, but mine does everything I want, archery and I have ranged groundhogs at a 1000, high reflective targets like buildings 1200 no problem. I use it for long range hunting and have ranged deer at a 1000 no problem. Not saying the others aren't good but the leica certainly is not substandard. You can get a used one for under $400. They now have a CRF 1600, if I replace my 1200 it will more than likely be another leica.
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I also own the same Leica and any of you that think there is no difference in optics are dreaming ! I've looked through every make you can imagine and about half out of the store...there is a big big difference in quality of image under all conditions... I think that all of them are reasonably accurate IF you and the instrument can see it...I've never been let down by my Leica ... Just like anything else, yes they are not cheap but you get what you pay for ! Take that extra $20 every week put it away and you'll be surprised how quickly you'll make the difference up... They are worth it ..
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I own an old Leica as well. I think it's the old 800. It's been used and mildly abused, and still good to go.

I am going to be buying a new one next year though.
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Cabelas as the Sig Kilo 2000 on sale for $379 which is a $150 off

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I have the lieca 1200 and the clarity in the glass is super!! Reads great,, tried Bushnell, Nikon, lupold nothing compares in quality, spend the extra and u won't regret..
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