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I was wondering what for rangefinders everybody is using ?
do you guys think there is a need for a guy to have the tru ach because I checked the distance from standing on the ground at the bottom of my tree to a gas well tank and it was 25 yds. I then climbed up to my stand which is at 25' and checked the distance again and it was 26 yds so are they really needed ? I only shoot out to 40 yds max !
 

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I have two rangefinders Leupold RX-1200i TBR/W and a Nikon Archers Choice and both have angle compensation. I really like both and I would get one with ARC, and your really not paying that much more to have ARC. I agree most level ground hunting from a treestand the difference is usually 2-3 yards. If you hunt steep terrain the ARC will come in handy. If your hunting a steep hillside and say your 20 feet in a tree your downhill side may be a 40 degree angle or more, a deer 25 yards down the hill your rangefinder will have you shoot that shot at around 15. I tend to go high in a tree when I can so ARC works for me.
 

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I hunt some hilly terrain and wont hunt without a rangefinder without the ARC. It is just one more thing to put me n the best position to make a good shot. Its definitely worth the extra money.
 

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Like others have stated, I hunt pretty high in a tree and some of the spots I hunt are steep, so I like the angle compensating features in my Vortex Ranger 1000.
 

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I would rank that feature below a few other things.

I currently run a Leica Pinmaster, which is just a white colored version of their CRF800. No angle comp, but it's got a nicely lit display I can see in dim light. It has stellar optics so I can see to range in bad light. It's light. It's tough, and when they say 800 yards, they mean it, as I've gotten hits on semi-reflective targets WELL past 800 yards.

I usually range a tree as level with my height as I can and as close to my reference point as possible. This does the same thing as angle compensation, without the added "stuff" being done by the RF.

Is it bad to have? No. All else equal, if you get it for little or no more money, take it and enjoy it. I wouldn't lose sleep over whether I had it or didn't have it, though.
 

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I agree.I also hunt in steep terrain but never felt the need to have an angle compensating rangefinder for bowhunting.I can't remember ever ranging an animal.I range trees to form a 30 yard circle of death around my tree and I range them at eye level.Having the ability to range in low light is the most important thing to me and Leica's are head and shoulders above every other range finder when it comes to that.
 

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What others have said. Save your money. Range trees around you at eye level.
 

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Ranging trees at eye level is what I have been doing for years ! I have a bushnell yardage pro that I've been using !
 
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