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Range finder comparisons

Postby Craig Granquist on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:08 pm

Hi

I am trying to decide between 3 range finders to be used for hunting deer.

The three that I am cosidering are the Nikon Monarch 800, Bushnell Yardage Pro Legend 930 and the Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout 1000 with ARC.

Is the extra programming in the Scout worth getting?

Does the Nikon range through rain?

I would like to be able to range deer out to about 500 yards. Is there much difference between the NIkon and the Bushnells in this regard.

Regards

Craig
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Re: Range finder comparisons

Postby Steven_L on Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:01 pm

I used the Scout on two elk hunts last year and it's about the best unit out there for the money. All three you mentioned are competitive products. The longer the stated distance, the more likely you are to range off a non-reflective target at around half the maximum distance. All will work through rain, but it is possible to get an errant reading, since it takes light longer to go through water. You may sometimes get a reading that is a bit longer than the distance truly is. The Scout is my favorite so far, again, for the money, but it is competitive with the very best for almost all hunting scenarios. I have never had occasion to use any type of slope or angle feature on a rangefinder, but I have been in situations that if an animal was around, the feature may have been useful. Here's an article on choosing a laser rangefinder that you may find helpful: How to Buy a Laser Rangefinder
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Re: Range finder comparisons

Postby Samson B on Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:29 pm

Thanks for the brief comparision on Rangefinders.
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Re: Range finder comparisons

Postby Steven_L on Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:52 pm

You're welcome. My favorite rangefinder to date is the awesome Leica CRF Rangemater 1200. It's a bit more that what most folks want to spend, and it doesn't have the "cool" features that most people want, but I find mostly needless. This Leica, like ALL Leica products feature optical performance second to NONE. The picture's clarity and color resolution makes you cry and salivate. It is also as small as you need to fit in a pocket easily. Simply an awesome product, but it really won't do anything that other powerful rangefinders do. It's just a super quality product.
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Re: Range finder comparisons

Postby Craig Granquist on Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:34 pm

Thanks for your help Steve.
I am still trying to decide, but now I am considering the Leupold RX 750. Leupold make the claim that this product will range deer at 500 yards, and one of you online support people say that this is most likely true as Leupold are a trusted supplier. I have read information that claims the Bushnell Scout will range deer at 300 yards, this is confusing as the article that you suggested I read states that you should be able to range a deer up to half the maximum range in good conditions. What is the furthest distance you have ranged a deer with the Scout?

These products a similar in price and the distances that you can range deer, what do you believe would be the best product in performance and quality of optics?

Thanks

Craig
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Re: Range finder comparisons

Postby Steven_L on Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:26 am

I ranged some elk last year (or surrounding terrain) at a bit over 700 yards with the Scout. The air most days was clear and cold. To me, there's no difference between reading a big rock or a bare patch under an animal or a tree next to it. On the body only of an elk I can't say for sure. I would also tend to believe Leupold, but keep in mind that they mean in ideal conditions.
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Re: Range finder comparisons

Postby Craig Granquist on Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:46 pm

Thanks for your help Steve. Have you used the Leupold RX 750? If so how, did you find it?

Regards

Craig
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Re: Range finder comparisons

Postby Steven_L on Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:39 pm

No, but I use the RX-1000 sometimes. Good product, but I wish the reticle was brighter at times. It defaults to stupid mode, which I like. Press a button and it gives you a distance.
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