View Full Version : Quality Range Finders

October 15, 2009, 11:47 PM
I could really use a quality range finder that is reliable on deer or even coyote sized critters out to 750-100 yards and is easy to use.
Can anyone make a good recommendation on something you have used?

A lower price is better, but I can find some budget if need be.

BTW, I don't shoot anything but varmints at insane ranges .... so no need to flame the "long range hunting" but I do find it handy to know how far out various things are before planning a stock or for being sure I will be in an area that is legal shooting distance from populated areas or structures once I've made the stock.

October 16, 2009, 01:19 AM
Bushnell Legend 1200

October 16, 2009, 07:50 AM
Nikon ProStaff 550 (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/standard-pod.jsp?id=0054152&navCount=1&parentId=cat20756&masterpathid=&navAction=push&cmCat=MainCatcat602007-cat20756_TGP&parentType=index&indexId=cat20756&rid=)

Have one, love it, and easy as pushing a button.

October 16, 2009, 11:08 AM
Leica also makes a very nice 1200 yd rangefinder. My older 800 yd model is easy to use and works reliably.

October 16, 2009, 02:42 PM
What do you guys find your maximum range of use to be under low light conditions on actual game animals?

Most range finders just give an extimate of thier maximum range under optimal conditions and reflective surfaces...which isn't really that helpful.

Dr. Strangelove
October 16, 2009, 04:15 PM
Leupold TBR-1000

It's a new toy, so no real animal experience yet. Very easy to use, ranged a streetlight 800 yds away which was the correct distance.

Zak Smith
October 17, 2009, 12:27 AM
Many long-range field match competitors have gone away from the Leica and Leupold to the Swarovski. It ranges in ideal conditions to 1999 yards and further than the other two (including the Geovids) in worse conditions.

October 17, 2009, 02:39 PM
i use a nikon buckmaster 800. the only negative about it is i archery hunt and it will not range under 15 yards. no biggy tho.

October 17, 2009, 04:25 PM
Another vote for Leica, I also have the LRF 800 great battery life and has worked flawlessly.

October 17, 2009, 05:51 PM
What about the bushnell yardage pro elite 1500? Is it an old model or something, I see it for sale at most vendors but its not listed on bushnell's website.
And how would it compare to the new bushnell legend 1200?

I'm looking at those two at the moment as they seem to be the most available locally and also two of the longest range (at least advertised range, I'm not sure about thier useful range on animals)
The Swarovski is double the price and is out of my affordable range.

October 30, 2009, 11:33 AM
I hunt in Wyoming, Colorado and California and use a range finder on all of my hunts. The best advice I can give you is to save a little $ then buy the Leica 1200. You will never regret it nor wish for anything else. I can not speak for the Swarovski but we have not had the best of luck with the Bushnell.

Zak Smith
October 30, 2009, 12:13 PM
The Swaro will out-range the Leica 1200 in both ideal and poor conditions. I used to own the Leica, now I use the Swaro.