Need a new rangefinder.
Well sence I planted my rangfinder on the mountain this fall I am in the market for a new one. I want to be able to range deer at a minimum of 600 yards and also want angle compensation for bow hunting. Just wondering what every one likes and dislikes about what they have.
I have the Leica CRF 1000 and love it. The optics are super clear and bright, its about the smallest one on the market that I know of, and quickly and accurately ranges.
What's your price range? There are a few guys on the forum that are very good at explaining quality, functions and options of various range finders.
My current range finder is the Bushnell Legend 1200 with ARC. This unit has workrd very well for me. Ranging deer size objects @ 600 yrds will not be a problem. Check out the Bushnell website for all the details.
There is a new rangefinder coming out by vortex soon. If it is as good of value as there optics are you surely will not go wrong there. Its called the ranger 1000. Guess well just have to wait and see. Lightweight small design.
I got tired of carrying around 2 pieces of optics and bought a Swaro mono/range finder combo. The glass is 8x and crystal clear and the rf ranges out to 1500 yds. Small and compact, works for me ...was less than $1000.
Thanks every one for the advice. Will the Leica CRF calculate angle?
Check out the g7 as well(long range). I have noticed range finders that are more for long range do not do well for how hunting close range for a bow. They work just not the best.
Price is undeterninded, and I both bow and rifle hunt.
The Leica 1600 is aimed at rifle hunters, and does not have angle compensation. Bushnell's Elite 1500 ARC (now called the 1600 ARC) has all the features you want. I have a non-ARC Elite 1500 and it will range way, way out there accurately. the optics aren't as good as the Leicas, but they are good enough to see your target.
My buddy has the Bushy 1000 ARC and it does not range nearly as far or fast as the Elite 1500 does. The ARC feature works as advertised, however.
I own a Leupold 1000 without an angle compensation mode. Works great for me in early season and for summer shooting of coyotes. However if any snow hits the ground it just wont work much or well past 200 yards.
I did alot of hands on research to determine what LRF would work for me. I do bow hunt, but on the ground and not up in a stand. I dont personally care if it has angle compensation features or not, however you may if you stand hunt often.
Bright red colored LEDs are more useful to me than black. Especially on a dark shadowy background.
Battery meters are a nice feature to double check you equipment with before headed in the field.
If I was to replace my LRF with any other one it would be the Leica Rangemaster 1600. As stated above it is perfect for LR shooters, however it would work well for bow hunting. I have tried it personally in the field and it works flawlessly in the snow as well. The bright LED display is nice and always is easy to see.
The Swaro is a great piece....with one major exception. Its display is an orange color....it washes out in super bright sun, on snow or light desert backgrounds. Its performance otherwise is superb!