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Old 03-01-2012, 06:40 AM   #1
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Need a new range finder not sure what to get any help would be appreciated.
Will use it for archery hunting only so would like one with the inclination adjuster .
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I am going to upgrade mine this year as well and have been looking at the Bushnell Scout w/ARC....cant say it is the very best but great reviews...and will be big upgrade for me!
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There are a bunch of really good models available nowdays. I have the Leupold RX-II and while it's a fantastic tool and quick to deploy; the black reticle and data fields are difficult to pick-up in dark timbered areas.
If I were to purchase a new one; I would definitely opt for the colored / lighted reticle model. Just my .
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:37 AM   #5
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What's your budget? And is archery the only hunting you will do?

Leica Geovids are awesome and I suspect the new Swarovski EL Range are just as great. Premium bino and range finder all in one.

The Nikon rangefinders is a good choice as well.

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This one works fine



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whatever you get, i would suggest one with angle compensation. i still just have one of the plain nikons. it works good, but angle compensation would be nice
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whatever you get, i would suggest one with angle compensation. i still just have one of the plain nikons. it works good, but angle compensation would be nice
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whatever you get, i would suggest one with angle compensation. i still just have one of the plain nikons. it works good, but angle compensation would be nice
Great suggestion. Mine dosent have this feature either and I wish it did
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If its not handy, you wont have time to use it. I like my Leica 1200 with the Cabelas case that hangs around your neck. If you have to fumble with getting it out of your pocket, then put it back away before shooting, its probably taking too long.
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What's your budget? And is archery the only hunting you will do?

Leica Geovids are awesome and I suspect the new Swarovski EL Range are just as great. Premium bino and range finder all in one.

The Nikon rangefinders is a good choice as well.
Probably in the 250 to 350 range
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There are a bunch of really good models available nowdays. I have the Leupold RX-II and while it's a fantastic tool and quick to deploy; the black reticle and data fields are difficult to pick-up in dark timbered areas.
If I were to purchase a new one; I would definitely opt for the colored / lighted reticle model. Just my .
Does the leupold rx2 come with colored/lighted reticle ?
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For your price range check out this review:
http://www.laserrangefinderreview.com/dual-purpose/

I picked up the Nikon RH 1000 and love it. I don't think you can beat it for the money.
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For your price range check out this review:
http://www.laserrangefinderreview.com/dual-purpose/

I picked up the Nikon RH 1000 and love it. I don't think you can beat it for the money.
I have a Nikon archers choice that I don't like , it feels like I'm looking through a toilette paper roll , hard to find objects in timber, feels like the field of view is way to narrow. No problems ranging objects , just finding them, I wonder if all the Nikon range finders are going to feel that way for me?
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I would chime in in on what I feel is obviously the best laser rf for archery, but I am certainly biased...
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I bought a Bushnell 1500 with Arc a couple years ago. Very nice piece of equipment and no disappointments. Not the cheapest, but also not the most expensive.
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Archers choice Max seems to be a nice unit also.
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I would chime in in on what I feel is obviously the best laser rf for archery, but I am certainly biased...
So start chiming, I want to hear your bias's, and why your biased.
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I have a Nikon archers choice that I don't like , it feels like I'm looking through a toilette paper roll , hard to find objects in timber, feels like the field of view is way to narrow. No problems ranging objects , just finding them, I wonder if all the Nikon range finders are going to feel that way for me?
I'm not sure, I haven't used an archers choice before. I was looking for a good dual purpose when I came across that review. My riflehunter 1000 is worlds better than the bushnell I had previously and the field of view seems excellent. Sounds like that's not the case with the archers choice.
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So start chiming, I want to hear your bias's, and why your biased.
I am one of the inventors of the neverguess rangefinder. It is worn on your arm, so you can use it at full draw. It always shoots in angle comp mode. The display lights up red. It also has scan mode.
Our new models are way smaller and lighter than the original.
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Probably in the 250 to 350 range
There is a Leupold RX 1000 in the classified section right now for $200.
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Saw this at the Sportsman show, it looks very interesting.



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I am one of the inventors of the neverguess rangefinder. It is worn on your arm, so you can use it at full draw. It always shoots in angle comp mode. The display lights up red. It also has scan mode.
Our new models are way smaller and lighter than the original.
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Does the leupold rx2 come with colored/lighted reticle ?
Negative, that's the only issue with it that I found; but I think the RX-1000 does.
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The best rangefinder I ever used has been my brain. It works really good if I shoot a bunch all year long and know my limits.
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I have a nikon 800 about 3 years old . I bought used for $150 it has worked flawlessly for several seasons. I use the longer range for bear cougar and yots that I may incedently encounter while bow hunting. I like the 800 yard range cause I use it alot to see how far It really is down in the hole.
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Your brain is the best,nikon close second.
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The best rangefinder I ever used has been my brain. It works really good if I shoot a bunch all year long and know my limits.
I agree - about the only time I use mine is during practice to train my brain and occasionally in the field to verify a distance on a calling setup.
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Neverguess FTW. Less movement, range at full draw. Its a No Brainer. I really like this product and the newest model is nice with scan mode, angle comp. and built by local hunters.
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For your price range check out this review:
http://www.laserrangefinderreview.com/dual-purpose/

I picked up the Nikon RH 1000 and love it. I don't think you can beat it for the money.
I also went with the Nikon RH 1000 for both archery and rifle. I absolutely love it. Simple to use, has the angle comp and lighted reticle. Some reviews have said they did not like the lighted reticle but I personally have not had and issue. Simple one push button and bame. Short yardage to long range yardage with angle comp. Good price too. My oppinion.
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I am one of the inventors of the neverguess rangefinder. It is worn on your arm, so you can use it at full draw. It always shoots in angle comp mode. The display lights up red. It also has scan mode.
Our new models are way smaller and lighter than the original.
I have two friends who shoot with these and they swear by them. I am going to borrow one to give it a try myself, if they are everything my friends say they are I will have one myself for elk season.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #31
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+1 for the Leupold RX-ll TBR W/ DNA. I bought mine last year and used it for both archery and rifle hunting. It works well in the fog and rain. It is hard to read in bright sunlight, but this was NOT an issue while hunting. I also had many questions about this product before it was even available for sale and I sent emails to Leupold and had my answers very quickly.
The TBR works out to 125 yards in bow mode, which is way more than I need but fun if you have the room to shoot that far.
I ranged a deer in nasty rain and fog atleast 4 times and got readings of 406 and 408 yards. I was pleased with being able to get the reading because the weather was not favorable. I know this is a problem with nearly all RF, just not mine!
But if I had the money I would go for the Leica geovids
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The best rangefinder I ever used has been my brain. It works really good if I shoot a bunch all year long and know my limits.
Has your brain been peer reviewed?
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I used to have a Nikon that had an 8X view finder, I thought it was going to be the ticket. I wish I would have bought the Bushnell with a 6X view finder. As was mentioned above, it was difficult to find your target and on top of that it was difficult to hold it steady enough to get a good reading. I cann't remember if I ever killed an elk after using the range finder on it, but I can remember several that I ranged that had moved before I could get to full draw, so the golden opportunity was lost. Kevin
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