Posted 19 July 2007 - 03:40 PM
I have to disagree with John on this one. I bought a Bushnell Yardage Pro 800 for $190 about 18 months ago on sale. It ranges very well, never had a problem ranging stuff. However, the optics are not great. It's 6x magnification, the optics are a little darker than I'd like, has a small eye piece, and it's not terribly clear. Don't get me wrong, it works just fine for ranging normal stuff like tree trunks, bushes and shrubs, dirt clumps, rocks, etc all the way out to 600 yards easy, and out to 700-800 yards on larger targets like elk, trees, rocks, etc. No complaints on the accuracy or on repeatable readings. It's just the optics that are less than good. It's worth the money if you're only going to spend about $200 on a budget. The new Leupolds are much much clearer and brighter, and of course they also cost twice or thrice as much. As far as I understand it, the laser stuff for ranging is pretty similar in all the different models in the regular consumer grade rangers. The big difference is the quality of the optics and the nifty new micro computer programs that figure angles, temp, and all those whistles and bells. For pure rangefinding ability and accuracy, I really doubt that a Leica 1200 is any more accurate than my Bushnell 800 on standard targets at reasonable/typical ranges such as under 500 yards on regular sized targets like deer, trees, clumps, etc. I could be wrong, but that's my personal experience.