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Old 02-20-2017, 20:34   #1
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Range Finder

Long range hunters, precision fanatics, and long distance leadslingers, what do you use as range finder?

I am looking for one to true my system at 600 yards min (per master Gene Econ) and preferably 800m (per Hodnett).

There's plenty options nowadays. So far in my research Bushnell is best priced with tons of feature, Vortex got the best warranty, and Leupold is now affordable with plenty innovations. There's an open box Leupold at Academy that's priced very well, so that's what I'm leaning for.

Do you guys do test like ladder/box test for scope to test how well the range finder performs?

Thank you for the education
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Old 02-20-2017, 21:05   #2
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I use a Swarovski 8X30. It is good out to about 1200 meters on non-reflective targets and 1600 Meters on reflective targets. It has been discontinued by Swarovski. I paid $1000.00 for it about 5 years ago. No complaints.
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Old 02-20-2017, 21:11   #3
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Watching this thread with interest - been considering a Zeiss Victory 8x26 T* PRF - about $600+ or -

Reportedly good out to about 1,000 meters.
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Old 02-21-2017, 06:30   #4
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Not Looking,, but I like the topic..

Anyone played with the SilencerCo Radius??

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SWR Radius, $999, AC1536

A rail mounted rangefinder capable of ranging out to a mile on a reflective target and attaching to a Picatinny rail in any orientation. When we first decided to create our own rail mounted rangefinder, we wanted something that would allow us to range out to incredible distances reliably without having to come off of the gun and without breaking the bank, and that's exactly what we're delivering to you. Additional features of the Radius include a user configurable display, continuous ranging for 12 hours with (2) CR123 batteries, and resistance to even extreme elements.

SWR's stated goal is to bring advanced technology to the public at an attainable price and with the announcement of a capability-heavy range finder for only $999, we've done just that.

https://www.*******.com/watch?v=4NI1vjjaBIg

https://www.store.silencerco.com/pro...nt=12534947652

https://www.*******.com/watch?v=FlkbN3XFkQg
I have a couple of their can's, so I get "NEWS" mails..
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Old 02-21-2017, 08:39   #5
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Bought a Leupold RX-600 a few years ago for about $250. It's rated at 600 yards but I've gotten ranges on flat metal surfaces out to 700 yards.

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Old 02-21-2017, 21:09   #6
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Weapon mounted- Wilcox

https://tnvc.com/shop/wilcox-raptar-...nfrared-laser/

http://www.wilcoxind.com/RAPTARtrade-P163.aspx

http://www.wilcoxind.com/RAPTAR-Strade-P175.aspx


Vortex offers massive .mil discounts BTW.

Suspect the processor is the same in many of them to several other brands.

Glass and laser resolution is a point of return on whomever you choose to invest in. Plan for how many years your investment is worth to you.

JJ,

I believe SiCo dropped that part of the company before the layoffs? Not sure if they kept product rights or support. They were trying to do what Wilcox already did with the Raptar. Pretty neat idea either way. I shot the wilcox version and it worked incredibly well. Would assume the same for SiCo. SiCo will win with price against wilcox, thats for sure.

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Old 02-22-2017, 08:57   #7
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I'm recommending the poor man's Leica Geovid: http://bushnell.com/hunting/laser-rangefinders/fusion. I'm using the 10x42 version and wouldn't trade it for anything less than a real Geovid. I appreciate the fact that it's binos and range finder in one; saves carrying two pieces of gear, makes it easier to glass an area for longer periods without eyestrain, and gives instant range to points of interest. Worth every penny I spent on it.
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Old 02-22-2017, 13:43   #8
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I chose a Vortex Ranger 1000 recently. I haven't used the laser in enough conditions to comment on it, but I've been very happy with the coated glass performance in different conditions. Nice clarity and brightness for a 6x22mm. It's worked surprisingly well for me in low light observation.

Best of all, it's lightweight, compact, packs nice and square in a utility pouch on my web gear with room to spare and has decent water resistance. I've had no complaints so far. It's become my default handheld optic, always on me in the field.

It can be mounted on a tripod, but if I'm bringing a tripod for stability, I'm probably bringing some larger optic as well.


http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/...00-rangefinder
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I actually have a photo of it in my CROPS CTR Rig thread here so you can get a sense of the size. I guess I actually bought it about 2 years ago now. Feels like "recently".

http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/...ad.php?t=50157
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Old 02-22-2017, 20:07   #10
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I'm recommending the poor man's Leica Geovid: http://bushnell.com/hunting/laser-rangefinders/fusion. I'm using the 10x42 version and wouldn't trade it for anything less than a real Geovid. I appreciate the fact that it's binos and range finder in one; saves carrying two pieces of gear, makes it easier to glass an area for longer periods without eyestrain, and gives instant range to points of interest. Worth every penny I spent on it.
I wish it has the thread for tripod though. Lasing 1000 yards and beyond takes very steady hands!
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:49   #11
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I wish it has the thread for tripod though. Lasing 1000 yards and beyond takes very steady hands!

I have been scanning ******* vids of the various models mentioned and noticed that "everyone" has the jitters..

I'm thinking that a rangefinder mounted on a weapon, with bi-pod, would be prudent?? OR having a spotter in tow with bi-pod mounted rangefinder??

Q??? 4X, 6x models?? at 1K yds,, are the non-variable subtending reticles like minute of house or barn??

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Old 02-27-2017, 23:23   #12
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I found this helpful:
http://rangefinderratings.com/huntin...range-shooting

Then there's the unobtainable
http://soldiersystems.net/2016/04/26...wilcox-raptar/
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Old 02-28-2017, 03:06   #13
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Bought a Leupold RX-600 a few years ago for about $250. It's rated at 600 yards but I've gotten ranges on flat metal surfaces out to 700 yards.
I've got the same.

It's no longer a high performance range finder.

But it suits my needs on range and out in the field for one handed use.

No complaints whatsoever, had it for years, and it's held up very well in some lousy conditions and treatment at times.
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link: In Stock: Wilcox RAPTAR S Rangefinder w/Eye Safe IR Laser 57300G02-LB, SALE PRICE $7899.99, Free Shipping

I need to skip a few beers to save up for one..
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For the cost of a M82A1 it better have free shipping!
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