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Rangefinder Suggestions

Rangefinder Suggestions
« on: August 01, 2016, 02:19:30 AM »
I'm building up my inventory for an eventual elk hunt, and am looking for a good rangefinder. Although I wouldn't shoot one at that distance, if a big bull is standing at 800 yds, I'd like the rangefinder to be able to tell me. I understand you get what you pay for, but it will be easier to convince my wife it if costs around $400 or less. Any suggestions?
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Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2016, 02:49:40 AM »
I have a Nikon, which is great out to 400, but if I were buying for longer reach, I've been told by people I trust the Leica is the best for hunting, until you need something which will range waaaaaay out there. The 1600 is the one you want but it'll run you about $600 at Eurooptic.com.
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Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2016, 07:57:56 AM »
Ive been looking at range finders a good bit lately and have heard good things about the Halo brand. Read alot of good reviews on them also on amazon.
They are kind of low end though.
Sig makes the Sig Sauer Kilo 2000 Graphite rangefinder which will run you about $500 on amazon. A friend of mine swears by his.
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Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2016, 11:45:43 AM »

Sig makes the Sig Sauer Kilo 2000 Graphite rangefinder which will run you about $500 on amazon. A friend of mine swears by his.

How far will that one accurately range a non-reflective object?
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Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2016, 01:19:26 PM »

Sig makes the Sig Sauer Kilo 2000 Graphite rangefinder which will run you about $500 on amazon. A friend of mine swears by his.

How far will that one accurately range a non-reflective object?

This is straight off the item description on amazon plus I asked my buddy but all he could say was a heck of a long ways.
Couple that with the ability to range reflective targets at 3,400 yards, trees at 1,500 yards, and deer at 1,200 yards for simple, intuitive long distance ranging

"The shot of the century" June 27th 1874, Billy Dixon shot an Indian standing beside Chief Quanna Parker from "about a mile away" ending the 2nd Battle of Adobe Walls
The shot was made with a borrowed Sharps 50-90. He didnt think his own 45-90 Sharps had the range.

Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2016, 02:30:04 PM »
Yep, that one fits the bill! I may not be able to shoot that far, but it lets me know how far I have to close the distance.

I found it on opticsplanet for $500. And my wife didn't throw a fit when I showed her. Thanks for the help!
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Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2016, 12:36:05 PM »
Give us a report on it when you get a chance. Glad you found what you were looking for
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The shot was made with a borrowed Sharps 50-90. He didnt think his own 45-90 Sharps had the range.

Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2016, 12:23:22 PM »
Nikon Prostaff 7 here good enough for $360.

Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2016, 01:39:59 PM »
Nikon Prostaff 7 here good enough for $360.

How far can it range a deer/elk?
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Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2016, 05:03:17 AM »
The reflective is 1200 yds, in reality its probably only about 800 yds if conditions are perfect.

Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2017, 10:38:58 PM »
I have the Vortex Ranger 1000 and its worked well out to 800m, I haven't ranged anything further than that to date. They are easily had under $400 new now and you can't beat their warranty.

Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2017, 08:31:39 AM »
I had my heart set on the Sig Kilo 2000, but now it's listed as "discontinued." I'm standing pat at my 800m benchmark for ranging non-reflective targets (deer/elk). I think this Leupold may fit the bill. Has anyone had any expecience with it?

http://www.opticsplanet.com/reviews/reviews-leupold-rx-1200i-w-dna-laser-rangefinder.html
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Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2017, 01:54:58 PM »
I picked one up last spring to hopefully use if I get drawn for a cow tag in Colorado in 2017. I've only tested it out to 500 yards here in Minnesota, I've never shoot past 400. I have no complaints so far, it's easy to use and was accurate when I tested it at the range. No idea how it would be on non reflective targets at 800 yards, it's tough holding any range finder on any animal at that distance.
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Re: Rangefinder Suggestions
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2017, 10:59:37 AM »
I've got a Leica 1200 that I use with a Leupold CDS dial scope.It works well out to 1500.If you were to buy a Leica 900 I'm sure it would probably range to 1000 easy.
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2017, 11:04:13 AM »
Here you go.Factory new for under 400 bucks   http://www.gunbroker.com/item/620629919
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