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    Rangefinders....

    I locked the 7 year old thread, because time moves on.

    Rangefinders have come a long way in the past half decade.

    I'm always happy to discover a better rangefinder.

    Please feel free to discuss or cuss. I've done both.

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    Re: Rangefinders....

    But zombie threads are so cool......

    So, I'll just copy and paste what I posted in the zombie thread. Because I'm lazy that way..

    While we're revisiting the topic of rangefinders, I did recently get a new one. I can't really give much of a range report. Haven't used it at the range or in the field yet. I got the ATN LaserBallistics 1500. The 1500 is it's max range designation, being 1500 meters. I have no expectation that it will actually reach that far and get a good reading, but that's what it says. I have used it around the house and so far I'm satisfied with it. I believe I paid about $275 for it. The furthest reading I've been able to get with it at home was a tree just over 1100 yards away. I was also able to track a vehicle starting at just more than 1000 yards and following it to about 900 yards. I have not been able to check it against other rangefinders for accuracy. But, it is far better than my very old Bushnell 500 yard rangefinder. It also reads up and down angles. But the main reason I got it was for the Bluetooth function, so it can be paired with my X-Sight to provide range and angle information to my scope. It can also be paired with a smart device and use the ATN ballistics app to (supposedly) give you scope adjustment data for any scope. I have not got into that yet and I tend to be skeptical of it until I try it and see how it works.

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    Re: Rangefinders....

    have a Nikon Prostaff about five years old. 600 yard range with angle adjustment. Happy with it but haven't used it above 300 yards.

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    Re: Rangefinders....

    I'll end up with a Vortex.
    Why?
    1. Lifetime warranty.
    2. Good reviews.
    3. I "know a guy."

    I've still got an OLD bushnell a member here sent my way. Probably even before the thread that was locked was even thought about. And I'm sure it's at least twice as old...
    It still mostly works. Can't remember the specs, but it don't matter. 350-400 is about all it will do on a reflective surface like my truck or a washing machine. (At my buddy's range)
    But if it can read it, it's still accurate. I can range off trees usually to 100 yards. Any further can be iffy, at best. But, it's served two guys well over its life time.
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    Re: Rangefinders....

    I’m guessing your Bushnell is probably about the same as mine. Big, clunky thing. Takes a 9v battery. Works pretty much just as you described. Pretty cool how technology has progressed with these things. My new ATN takes 1 CR2 battery and is not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes and was able to range a tree at over 1100 yards, over and over again without fail.

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    Re: Rangefinders....

    Guess nobody sprinkles dirt from a raised hand well knowingly squinting in the distance anymore
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    Re: Rangefinders....

    Quote Originally Posted by early View Post
    Guess nobody sprinkles dirt from a raised hand well knowingly squinting in the distance anymore
    I did for a red hot minute. But after dribbling dirt into my $1K scope a couple times, I bought a rangefinder.

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    Re: Rangefinders....

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    I’m guessing your Bushnell is probably about the same as mine. Big, clunky thing. Takes a 9v battery. Works pretty much just as you described. Pretty cool how technology has progressed with these things. My new ATN takes 1 CR2 battery and is not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes and was able to range a tree at over 1100 yards, over and over again without fail.
    It's HUGE. And yes to the 9 volt. And IIRC, only certain brands of 9 volts fit.
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    Re: Rangefinders....

    My Bushnell ARC has been fine going on 4 years.
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    I have a five year old Nikon that works very well out to about 500 yards - more than adequate for my needs. I paid less than $300 for it, new, at Academy I think.

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    Re: Rangefinders....

    I have been using a Bushnell for a number of years. It takes a 9v battery, but I don't consider it clunky. It's about like carrying an extra pair of binoculars, and I've ranged to nearly 800 yards with it. Granted I was ranging my truck, but at the same time Mike (Linefinder) was ranging just me with his Bushnell pin spotter (correct me if I have it wrong, Mike).

    I guess I'll stick with that for now.
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    Re: Rangefinders....

    Quote Originally Posted by JerryBobCo View Post
    I have been using a Bushnell for a number of years. It takes a 9v battery, but I don't consider it clunky. It's about like carrying an extra pair of binoculars, and I've ranged to nearly 800 yards with it. Granted I was ranging my truck, but at the same time Mike (Linefinder) was ranging just me with his Bushnell pin spotter (correct me if I have it wrong, Mike).

    I guess I'll stick with that for now.
    Actually, I was ranging your truck since you'd taken it to check out the deceased pdog, and you ranged me at my bench. We both came up with the same yardage.

    I'd love to find a laser that works well on antelope past 350 yards. Especially since I can't seem to get within 700 yards of one nowadays.

    I also remember you stopping about halfway there and walking around your truck. I couldn't figure out what you were doing. Turned out, when I fired a shot at another pdog, you thought you'd blown a tire.

    Good times.

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    I am a confessed LRF snob...I have three
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    Re: Rangefinders....

    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie Bishop View Post
    I am a confessed LRF snob...I have three
    Which is the best?

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    Re: Rangefinders....

    Quote Originally Posted by Linefinder View Post
    Which is the best?

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    I haven’t hunted in years, but way back when I did hunt I had a range finder that looked like a pair of binoculars. You would adjust the apperature until what you were looking at came into focus and then you’d read the yardage off the dial on the side. I only used it to 300 at most but it worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFLshooter View Post
    I haven’t hunted in years, but way back when I did hunt I had a range finder that looked like a pair of binoculars. You would adjust the apperature until what you were looking at came into focus and then you’d read the yardage off the dial on the side. I only used it to 300 at most but it worked.
    I have a Swedish mortar crew optical rangefinder. Works great against any target in any weather conditions. But, it weighs about 20 lbs, and is, mildly stated, a bitch to set up. Against colony varmint targets beyond 500 yards there's nothing better.

    But I used it on the last serious shot I took at antelope. Adjusted the scope for 700 yards and let her fly with full confidence we'd be eating grilled backstraps that night.

    Unfortunately, I'd forgotten that being Swedish, this thing read in meters, and I should have dialed 770 yards.

    I sure scared the crap out of them though.

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    I have a Sig Kilo 2000 purchased last spring.

    Way more than I need for 95%+ of the hunts I go on.

    Longest distance I've ranged an animal (WT doe) has been 135 yards.

    I've lasered a stopsign down the road & the Sig read 825 yards, which was prudy close as best I could determine.

    Works well, and I'm pleased with it.

    I know there are updated versions of the Sig and others, but untill this ceases to function I feel adequately equiped.


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    I was happy with my Leupold RX-600 and I'm just as happy with the RX-1200i that I bought to replace it. I've been playing around with it and the size, weight, and operation is identicle to the older one that I had. For the price, it's a pretty good value but then there are several good rangefinders out there right now in that sub 300 dollar price range. I considered the Sig 1250 for a while but decided on the Leupold because of my past experience with one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjames777 View Post
    have a Nikon Prostaff about five years old. 600 yard range with angle adjustment. Happy with it but haven't used it above 300 yards.
    Exactly what I use....unfortunately it was in my boys bag while I was deer hunting. When I shot my deer at 375 this past fall, I used my scope turned up to 9x to determine the distance. Certainly not as accurate, but it does work.
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    I have a Sig Kilo 2000 that seems to be pretty accurate. I'm hoping to put it to more use this year.


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    Re: Rangefinders....

    I’m still using a roughly 8 year old Leupold Rx-1000, which predated the DNA versions and the Rx-1200 by a couple of years. It uses a single CR2 battery and is has a “bow” mode with angle adjustment to account for slower projectile speeds (along with a standard mode for firearm projectiles, of course). I bought it shortly after I returned from Africa, and having traded my old Bushnell for a warthog hunt with a local landowner, was in need of a new one.

    It’s still going strong and is the rangefinder I’ve used on all of the turkey/big game hunts I’ve posted about here. Sure, it really only gets a good reading on deer-sized game out to about 550 yards under ideal conditions, but if I can’t get a reading, I’m nowhere near close enough anyway.
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