In a sea of range finder...

Discussion in 'Scopes & Optics' started by Reno911, Apr 16, 2018 at 9:59 AM.

  1. Reno911

    Reno911
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    I am thinking it is about time to buy a range finder. I’ve decided it is time to stop guessing distance or using GPS at home afterwards to verify the actual distances. These techniques have done me good, but it’s about time. That and I’ve been doing a lot of work with ODF on lane development out in Tillamook and it would be handy.

    I’ve looked through a bunch. Played with a bunch. However, I really can not tell much of a difference other then glass clarity. Is that the main difference?

    Any pointers, advice, models, etc that are better or recommended?

    I don’t hunt much anymore so size and weight are not much of an issue. I really don’t need anything that can read out to 1000 yards as I’ll likely just stick to GPS to verify those type of distances. Honestly the special features to assist with arc or bullet drop aren’t needed either.

    Thanks guys and gals.

    Reno911
     
  2. SA Shooter

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    KISS is a good practice to follow for these. An easy to read display, clear glass and accuracy are the basic features to look for.

    Understand that a lot of affordable laser range finders don't do well with low light or dark targets but for a day at the range you don't need night sight capability.
     
  3. Barefoot African

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    I would NOT recommend any of the Leupold RX TBR rangefinders. These are branded under several manufacturer labels (e.g. Vortex). Optics are stellar. Internal ribbon between sub-board — cable fails after 3-4 years. Even with little or no use, no battery in unit warm dry environment. Maybe you get lucky with yours but many of us did not.

    Symptom is LED output red fades to nothing over time
     
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  4. Kurt82

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    Assuming that you want something that is accurate. You probably will still end up with some features you don't want or need. You only need a really cheap model based on what your using it for, but the problem is that those usually don't give really accurate readings, will only work on a good reflective target. I would go with a lower end Nikon for around $150. Should last for along time and do what you need. I have prefer my Leica, but I've owned Nikon, Leupold, Vortex in the past.
     
  5. j8tnub

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    What rangefinder do you use now?
     
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  7. Barefoot African

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    I don’t -went and got a Kahles scope with a mil reticle. Learned to estimate with the help of quick lookup home spun tables. Not super quick, but not to slow either.
    Were I to drop coin- the Nikon Monarch 3000
     
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  8. B5Ben

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    I’ve had a couple and they have been Bushnell. They are ok and work. Mine have been simple and easy. No angles or bullet drops given. I do like my current one over my last. I like a higher fixed magnification. It helps me ensure I’m looking at the right spot for the measurement.
     
  9. j8tnub

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    Nikon is made in the same place as Leupold and Vortex.
     
  10. Barefoot African

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    Same Factory? Did not know that.

    I looked one over and gave it serious consideration. Design looked significantly different. Both the VR image stabilization and the laser receiver. Also the 5 year warranty.
     
  11. j8tnub

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    Yep. Same place.
     
  12. Barefoot African

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    I guess I am greatful I resisted. Tossing out serious coin on electronics is less than satisfying. I like good glass.

    I Like Uncle Sam tested and approved stuff like the PVS-14. Cannot bring myself to get a FLIR. I sense a pattern… old guy pattern! :)
     

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