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    I used the Vortex Ranger yesterday while out shooting. It's good out to 600 yards but didn't get any ranges after that. I tried big rocks, trees, side hills but it wouldn't give me anything passed 600. And I'm fine with that since I kill most big game animals at 400 or less and try to always get with in 200. My only negitive I found with it is this. When you push the button to get the cross hairs up to mark the target you want a range on you push the button again to get the range and the cross hairs go away while the Ranger gets the yardage. I don't like that. I'm used to having the cross hairs on the screen while the laser is getting the yardage so I can consentrate on keeping the cross hairs still on the target. When the cross hairs go away I don't have reference point to keep the range finder still. Other then that I'm happy with it. I have to look to see if there is an option to keep the cross hairs on the whole time. I hope so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    I used the Vortex Ranger yesterday while out shooting. It's good out to 600 yards but didn't get any ranges after that. I tried big rocks, trees, side hills but it wouldn't give me anything passed 600. And I'm fine with that since I kill most big game animals at 400 or less and try to always get with in 200. My only negitive I found with it is this. When you push the button to get the cross hairs up to mark the target you want a range on you push the button again to get the range and the cross hairs go away while the Ranger gets the yardage. I don't like that. I'm used to having the cross hairs on the screen while the laser is getting the yardage so I can consentrate on keeping the cross hairs still on the target. When the cross hairs go away I don't have reference point to keep the range finder still. Other then that I'm happy with it. I have to look to see if there is an option to keep the cross hairs on the whole time. I hope so.
    Did you try holding the button down to scan? I dont have one on me at the moment but I recall the crosshairs staying on the screen while using it. Might be a software bug. If you dont have time I can contact vortex for ya and see if its a glich. I remember getting ranges on reflective targets out past 600 for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardstalk View Post
    Did you try holding the button down to scan? I dont have one on me at the moment but I recall the crosshairs staying on the screen while using it. Might be a software bug. If you dont have time I can contact vortex for ya and see if its a glich. I remember getting ranges on reflective targets out past 600 for sure.
    Yes I did try that and it still went away. I'll mess with it a bit and see if it's a option. If not I'll take you up on the offer. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    Yes I did try that and it still went away. I'll mess with it a bit and see if it's a option. If not I'll take you up on the offer. Thanks
    For sure, my review would have been a bit different if I was in your shoes. Dont settle for less than advertised. it clearly states "1000yds on reflective targets". Id hate to see you have to live with a subpar piece of equipment. If its a glich and you need it for something coming up im sure they will get you a new one before you have to send in your old one. Ill vouch for ya if thats the case.

    Even though you dont hunt past 4-500 when you take that 338 out I know its fun to lob one 1000+ just to see a vapor trail. Might as well know how far your shootin.
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    In my experience most range finders are only reliable to about 1/2 of their advertised yardage. The only one I have used that was reliable at ranges near the advertised range is Leica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardstalk View Post
    For sure, my review would have been a bit different if I was in your shoes. Dont settle for less than advertised. it clearly states "1000yds on reflective targets". Id hate to see you have to live with a subpar piece of equipment. If its a glich and you need it for something coming up im sure they will get you a new one before you have to send in your old one. Ill vouch for ya if thats the case.

    Even though you dont hunt past 4-500 when you take that 338 out I know its fun to lob one 1000+ just to see a vapor trail. Might as well know how far your shootin.
    There is def a problum with it. My buddy has the same one and the cross hairs do NOT go away. I would be willing to bet that this also could have been the cause if not getting better ranges. I have to say IMO Vortex is the best and things happen and in no way will this give Vortex a bad rap for me. The products are awesome and affordable.

    When I get the replacement I will go to the range again and start over. The 338 likes the 900 yard gong for sure. Thanks Hardstalk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    In my experience most range finders are only reliable to about 1/2 of their advertised yardage. The only one I have used that was reliable at ranges near the advertised range is Leica.
    I agree. Most of the range finders I've had including Vortex says it will range to 1000 on reflective and 500 on a deer. That is at least what Vortex says and has been about the same for most in that price range.
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    The cross hairs on all the Rangers go away as with yours Ikeepitcold. And you have to hit the button 3 times when first turning it on to use. I don't mind the cross hairs disappearing, my friend hates it so he is looking for another rangefinder. My family has a ranch leased out to a university and the research they are doing has the land sectioned off into small areas with animals in each parcel. When ranging the cattle the furthest distance I could get was 298 yards. The furthers object I could get was 589 yards. I ranged some large cylinders (painted white) and there are around 15 off them in three rows, offset from each other, and the furthest one of those I could get on a bright sunny day was 876 yards.
    With all this said, I think yours is normal Ikeepitcold and if you are getting ranges that far on game I'd say it is above average I was ranging big cattle and it couldn't pick them up very far. Also I'd go with the Leica 1000-R CoHiCntry.
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    That doesnt sound like very good performance clackin.

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    I don't think it is, and hope it didn't sound like I thought it was that is just the range finder I have and the report I have on it. However, for the range finders in that price range I think it is probably standard performance. I think the Nikon Riflehunter 1000 will go farther and the Bushnell G Force 1300. I don't think most people are ranging animals on flat ground with nothing behind them, like I was, so when guys are picking up animals out to 600 yards with the mid range finders I think it is picking up the background-but that doesn't matter as long as you are getting a range.
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