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Hunting Rangefinder

Postby Sponxx on Mon May 11, 2009 4:42 pm

Hello, I am looking for a rangefinder to use when hunting. I hunt out west, and sometimes it is thicker woods, sometimes flatland, sometimes along canyons.
I am looking for a rangefinder that can provide accuracy in measurements on animals at 600 yds at least (no! not planning on shooting that far out :oops: )
I loved the leica CRF 900 that I tried, but I know the range incline is a nice feature to have specially if hunting inclines. Also tried the Bushnell ARC 1000, but seemed like it has a lot of clutter on the screen. Anything in the leica class, that has a clean screen and just reads horizontal distance to target? (no need to get "holdover" measurements, since they vary with load).
Should I just pick the leica and be happy with it? Is the angle correction that important at shooting distances with a flat shooting caliber like the 7mm Rem Mag?
Thanks!
Sponxx
 

Re: Hunting Rangefinder

Postby Steven_L on Mon May 11, 2009 4:59 pm

I've come across a few instances in the last couple of years that the incline feature may have helped with, and one instance for sure. It was on top of a cliff looking pretty much straight down. That being said, I still think the Leica CRF 1200 (not the 900) is the finest rangefinder a hunter can have, besides the incline feature. The picture is so beautiful through the superb Leica glass that nothing compares. I have found another great rangefinder in the last two weeks. The new Leupold RX 1000. It has everything you can ask for. The screen is not too cluttered, it has enough distance for long shots, it's pretty small and the optics are very clean. A drawback is that it may not range a deer at 600 yards. The maximum distances listed for rangefinders are for large reflective surfaces under ideal atmospheric conditions. One complaint I might mention about the Leupold is that the LED reticle, even when set at the lowest setting, is pretty bright. But I like this one a lot.
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Re: Hunting Rangefinder

Postby Sponxx on Tue May 19, 2009 9:56 pm

Steven, thanks for the info.
What is the difference between the CRF 1200 and 900, besides the ranging capabilities?
the leupold looks nice... is the display too bright during daytime hours?
thanks!
Sponxx
 

Re: Hunting Rangefinder

Postby Steven_L on Wed May 20, 2009 8:11 am

The distance is the difference between the two Leicas. Reticle brightness is not an issue with any rangefinder in the daytime, but just in low light conditions when your eyes have become accustomed to the light.
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