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Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by red rick, Jan 31, 2015.

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  1. red rick

    red rick Member

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    I am looking for a rangefinder . I mainly hunt from a treestand .

    Cabela's has the Leupold RX-1000i TBR with DNA on sale for $300 dollars and the RX-1200 for $400 dollars .

    A local person has a Leica Compact Rangemaster 1200 for $450 .

    Which would you choose ?
     
  2. allaroundhunter

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    How far do you expect to be using it?
     
  3. red rick

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    Mainly with a bow , so not very far .
     
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    Then definitely not the Leica. It's minimum range is something like 20 yards.

    The Leupold 1000i would work just fine.
     
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    Hey man.
    I have the RX 1000 and I really like it for what it is, but it has some limitations I wasn't exactly expecting.
    It is really only capable of ranging soft targets (read: deer) up to about 475 yards.
    Between 1-400 yards, it is absolutely as great as you'd hope for it to be.
    400-500 yards often requires a couple tries at ranging.
    500+ yards is usually only possible on large reflective targets like grain bins and such.
    The optical quality is ok, but not exactly as great as I was hoping considering the nearly 500 bucks I paid for it.
    That said, if your getting it for 300 bucks, and understand its limitations, it should be just fine.
    My hunting partner uses a Nikon that he paid about 350 dollars for, they seem like near equals in useability.
    Good luck with whatever you choose.
     
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    Nobrainer, Lieca over Lupeypold all day long!:banghead:
     
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    He is bow hunting, and the minimum range on the Leica is 20 yards....

    I love Leica rangefinders, for long range they will run circles around the Leupolds. But this is one time when they aren't the best choice.
     
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    In terms of quality, Leica for sure.

    Under 20 yards, who needs a rangefinder?
     
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    Do you bow hunt? I always range close objects to get an idea for how far a shot will be. 10 yards, 15 yards, 20 yards, doesn't matter. I still like to know exactly how far my shot is going to be.
     
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    I did for years, as a kid. And it wasn't with a sighted compound bow either.

    The OP heard your opinion, and two others, which were just as valid as yours.
     
  11. gamestalker

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    I have the Leupold RX1000i well actually we bought 2 more of them thanks to the sale at Cabela's, and it's a very good RF. In fact, I hunted all month long with it, up through yesterday afternoon, and in the pouring rain with that RX1000, it performed flawlessly, and among other things, it has a rain mode.

    Buy the Leupold!

    GS
     
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    I have been using a few different models the past 5 years and can give you a little advice. First off since you are bow hunting from a tree stand make sure whatever model you pick has angle compensation built in (like the ARC feature from Bushnell), can range as close as 5 yards, and has back lit crosshairs and distance readout (the plain LED black is very difficult to pick out and read in low light or shadows). The models with 1000 ranging ability are great for long distance rifle shooting and are best compared by how quickly and accurately it can take long distance readings. Bow hunting is short distance affair requiring different features.
     
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    Not very high end, but I have a Simmons brand that works good. I think if you spend more you obtain better operation at long distance and on certain surfaces. For short range, you may get by spending less. Just an option.
     
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    Redfield's is a decent unit for Bow, it doesn't have all kinds of features, but it is very basic and easy to use. and the price is nice.
     
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    +1 on the Leupold, although I got mine on sale for about $200 at Sportsman's Warehouse.
     
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