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Laser Rangefinders

Postby Charlie U » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:12 pm

I've never had a rangefinder, but it's something I have been wanting to get for a few years now. I hunt on property that is a mix of open field and woods, so my shots range from 30 yards out to 300 or more. A good rangefinder would be very useful.

So many models, brands, and options make it a difficult choice. Usually with optics you get what you pay for, but I really don't have the budget to handle a high end rangefinder. What rangefinders do you all recommend that offer a good balance of durability, reliable function, and bang-fer-tha-buck?

Right now I'm considering the Vortex Ranger 1500 and the Nikon Monarch 7i VR.
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Re: Laser Rangefinders

Postby sbrGrendel » Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:36 am

The SigSauer Range Finder is a good one too, the 2000 yrd one. You can get it at a great price too, look at the range it will giv for a reflective item and a animal. Plus look at what they are able to do besides give you distances. You will think I don’t need this or that and over time you find yourself using that feature or need it and don’t have it.

When I get a LRF, I will definitely look hard at the SigSauer Kilo 2000 when I priced them the last time I was about to get one they where in the 325-350.00 range but I’m sure you could find a nice one that’s lightly used for less. I would also look at the Kilo 1250 and I’d definitely look at the 2200MR but that's got a lot of features that I Wouldn't use
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Re: Laser Rangefinders

Postby plant_one » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:05 am

ive got an older bushnell 800, and it seems to work well - but iw as on a super budget when i picked it up.


if yore shopping at the $400 price point or so - i dont think anything in that class is going to disappoint you. and if it does, a quick trip to the retailer for an exchange should make things easy.


i'd say - if you can - head to a big box retailer that offers several selections, and ask a clerk to escort you out of the store for a demo so you can decide which one you like better. take all 3 out and start ranging targets with all three. see which is the easiest to get a return with, how consistent they are, etc. i'd say within 4 or 5 mins you could have one of 3 or 4 picked out :)
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Re: Laser Rangefinders

Postby Jim in Houston » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:21 pm

Don't get more range finder than you need. If you are shooting the 450, anything that will give you 600 yards is more than enough.

I have a Redfield, which was bought out by Leupold. When you call Redfield for service, you get Leupold. I have had two problems. The little plastic cover over the battery compartment fell off. I think it is only glued on, and it is not necessary for the range finder to work. Anyway, Leupold sent me a couple as replacements.

After I had not been hunting for a while, I could not get the range finder to turn on. I sent it in to Leupold and got it back, fully functional in a couple of weeks.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1018442512/redfield-raider-650-laser-rangefinder-6x
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Re: Laser Rangefinders

Postby Thom28 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:51 pm

I had been using a Bushnell that I bought years ago and it served the purpose, but it puked this fall during archery season. I did a bunch of research on the net. I was down to 2 LED range finders the Leupold RX-1200i TBR/W with DNA Laser Rangefinder 6x OLED Selectable and the Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 Laser Rangefinder 6x Rubber Armored Green.
I use a rangefinder mostly for archery and both these had the features I wanted. They were both in the same price range and then Cabela's put the Leupold on sale for $100 off on their Black Friday sale so that is the one I purchased.

I am very happy with it. I was looking for an LED rangefinder so that I could use it in low light and be able to read the yardage. This was one of the faults that I had with the Bushnell. It was black yardage and unreadable at dusk. This new Leupold works fantastically at dusk. I tried it out the last couple of evening sits of our rifle season.

Well worth the money.
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