After years of carrying an RF and some binos, I decided to simplify it by buying a combo. I bought a Swarovski . The RF portion is really great as is the monocular. I consistantly range out to 1500 yds with no problems. The mono is 8x and crystal clear. I paid less that 1,000 for it...not bad when you consider the price of binos & rf individually. I am very happy with my selection.
To clarify, I only recommend the Elite 1500 rangefinder from Bushnell. The other Bushy rangefinders are pretty lackluster, IMO. The Elite is not great optically, but it is good enough. My friend's Leica 1200 blows the Elite out of the water as a monocular. The Elite is also kind of bulky. What the Elite does do is range a long ways accurately. It consistently gets longer readings faster than the Leica, although the Leica is pretty good too. I think the Swaro, Leica, Zeiss, and Bushy Elite are the best long-range rangefinders available to hunters. I haven't used any of the high-end Nikons, though.
Originally Posted by Grantbvfd
Eventually I am going to move to a binocular/rangefinder combo as the ergonomics improve. So far I really like the Zeiss combo the best. I really hope Vortex comes out with one soon.