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#1 hutchey

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:58 am

Hi,
I'm curently using a .22 Rim and am also going to be doing a DSC1 shortly and am looking for a recommendation for a rangefinder suitabkle for both.
Have been looking at the Bushnell and Leupold ones with ARC or TBR etc.

Anyone got any suggestions etc please?

Thanks.

#2 JohnGalway

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:54 am

If you can afford to, save up for a Leica. Even one of the older box like models. You won't need it for the .22 but when you move up calibres it'll pay for itself because of the quality.

I haven't used other models really save for a Nikkon 440 ProStaff years ago! I wouldn't wish that on anyone 'cept the lad I gave it to (now let's see will he see this post LOL :tongue2: @ S).......

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:50 am

Save the money and buy Leica or Zeiss. Swarovski Laser Guide is also top quality but a bit big and expensive.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 04:34 pm

Hi --


I have the LRF900 Leica and use it daily.

It is effectively a x8 monocular which when you press a button, gives you the distance in yards (can be Euros if you prefer!)

Nice and simple, and brilliant optics.

Main thing though. The information is displayed via red LED's in the centre of the field of view,so you can use the Leica in poor light / at night.

I have seen others which have LCD displays and are next to useless in poor light.

I use mine for foxing, (NV / Laser to mark / Range finder for distance / holdover / bang.)


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Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:02 pm

i have a few friends who have cheaper range finders and they all seem spot on with the more exphensive stuff,my top tip leupolds make things look further away rather than closer so give them a miss.i now use a nickon 1200 and its great.had many leupold scopes and there customer service is second to none but there rangefinders are poor compared

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:36 pm

I just bought a hawke 600 really clear
£120 seems solid and does what I want it to,
Great piece of kit

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:27 pm

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:44 pm

Thanks folks, I can't contact the person in the link as I need to wait for my details to be authorised.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:48 pm

I found the swaro to be utter crap,, pain in the ass red readout that was torture to try and make out.

Lieca was Ok, but I bought an Opticron that performs equally as well as them all and cost £130.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:10 pm

but I bought an Opticron that performs equally as well as them all and cost 130.


I didn't know they made range finders. I have a pair of their binoculars and they're fantastic :yes: Everyone who looks through them are always ooo-ing and ahhh-ing.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:49 pm

Yup, me too, I have the DBA Opticron binos and they are bloody amazing,

Just to recap,, it`s a rangefinder,, if it tells you the range and cost 130 quid,, why would anyone spend 1300 quid just cause it has a swaro badge on it ??

I know the glass is great on german binos,, but the jap rangefinders are just as accurate for a fraction of the price.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 07:52 am

Cheers for all the info, just one more question.

Is it really worth having the ballistic / terrain option?

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 03:54 pm

Cheers for all the info, just one more question.

Is it really worth having the ballistic / terrain option?


Don't know, you can buy scopes that will do a lot of work for you if you pick the right one and learn how to use it (I did and no I haven't lol)

I would buy the one for sale TBH, the older 800 meter box like models go for 200, it's a good deal :yes: If you don't like you'll easily get the same money back.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 05:50 pm

Cheers

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 08:17 pm

Save the money up and buy a Leica CRF, I have tried Leupold and Newcon, both are poor in comparison to Leica.

I liked my CRF1200 a lot but have since sold it and my Swartovski binos and bought a pair of Leica Geovid rangefinder bino's.


Cry once, buy once, get a Leica unit.


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