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#1 findangle

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 08:33 PM

Hey guys I was looking at getting myself a Leupold RX-III Digital Rangefinder and was wonderingif anyone had used any of the leupold rangefinders...and how well they picked up targets and ranged-any input will help! thanks guys

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 11:02 AM

I bought a RX-II just before deer season this year. It's a great rangefinder but I think I'm going to sell it and go with a Bushnell Elite 1500. The ONLY complaint I have about the Leupold is that when I'm trying to use it in my blind, it will not read past the shoot-through netting. It keeps saying "3 yards". The Bushnell supposedly has a setting that will read through it, otherwise I'd just keep the Leupold. About 2 weeks ago I used it to range a couple deer on the side of a hill at 535 yards. I don't think you'll be disappointed. The Leica fan club should be chiming in anytime now... :653:
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 11:35 AM

Buy a Leica Wes and you won't have to buy another rangefinder again. The pros and guides all buy the Leica for a reason. I've tried all but the new Leupold and the reason I haven't tried it is I have a Leica.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 12:44 PM

OK, now I am curious. I plan on purchasing a range finder some time in the near future. I want it to read out to 1000 yards. I have heard that the specs given are somewhat generous to say the least, something along the lines of: 0 to 800 yards but 0 to 500 on Deer size objects. So who builds one that you could actually get an honest reading from, on Coyote sized objects, at 1000 yards?I didn't intend to hijack this thread, mods fee free to move it :653:

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 01:45 PM

I like mine use it all the time I have the RX-II ranges out to 750 yards.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:21 PM

I'll have to agree with SJ. I recieved a Leica 1200 for Xmas. I took it out today and ranged a coyote at 595 yds. and a small juniper tree at 1155 yds. The optics are great, and it acquires distance very easily. Also works great at night, due to the red display. I've used 2 different busnell's in the past, they work alright, but dont hold a candle to the Leica.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:10 PM

OK, now I am curious. I plan on purchasing a range finder some time in the near future. I want it to read out to 1000 yards. I have heard that the specs given are somewhat generous to say the least, something along the lines of: 0 to 800 yards but 0 to 500 on Deer size objects. So who builds one that you could actually get an honest reading from, on Coyote sized objects, at 1000 yards?I didn't intend to hijack this thread, mods fee free to move it :smiley_kewlpics:

I'm not postitive, but I don't think they make a rangefinder that can range a coyote sized object at 1000 yards. You have to understand how a rangefinder works. As the laser goes out, it is like a cone. The farther out an object is the wider the laser is. Most rangefindes will hit the ground before a coyote at about 400 yards making them useless on a coyote past that distance. Like the guys said before me, a leica will go out a little farther, but not even close to 1000 yards on a coyote. The better the rangefinder, the tighter the pattern is on the laser.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:29 PM

Thanks, I did not know the laser was conical, I just assumed it would be a narrow beam. I will have to do more research on the matter before I jump in and buy something that wont suit my needs.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:49 PM

Buy a Leica Wes and you won't have to buy another rangefinder again. The pros and guides all buy the Leica for a reason. I've tried all but the new Leupold and the reason I haven't tried it is I have a Leica.

But can you rangefind through small branches & brush with the Leica, or do you need a line of sight that's 100% clear? Could you do me a favor and give your Leica a try through some see-through mesh at about 2 or 3 feet and see if you can get an accurate reading on further objects? I've heard nothing but good about the Leica products but I'd hate to spend the money just to end up in the same situation.
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:52 PM

All laser rangefinders have compromises. You will need a clear line of sight to the object you are ranging. Most of them range with an accuracy of + or - a yard. With a coyote on a hillside at 1000 yds the laser beam will cover more than just the coyote. But, you will get a reasonably close range readout, if you can hold the rangefinder on your target. Gather up a bunch of your friends that have rangefinders and go out in the field. Make sure you get the Leupold and the Leica in the group. Test the bejesus out of all of them. Then go back to town and buy a Leica. :DMine is an old original 1200. The only thing I'd trade it for is a Geovid. Well, maybe not, the Geovid is a lot of extra stuff to carry around when you're crawling over boulders and dodging rattlesnakes.Edit : Most have a minimum range. On my Leica it's about 20 yds. Standing 2 yds back from a screen door it ranges the trees out back at 50 yds while ranging through the screen.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:02 PM

I understand you need a fairly clear line of sight, I'm not expecting to range through trees or even a whole forest. I just need to make sure that some light mesh or a branch or two isn't going to alter the reading. My RX-II will range just fine if there's a couple branches but will not go through the mesh.
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:08 PM

I'm not postitive, but I don't think they make a rangefinder that can range a coyote sized object at 1000 yards. You have to understand how a rangefinder works. As the laser goes out, it is like a cone. The farther out an object is the wider the laser is. Most rangefindes will hit the ground before a coyote at about 400 yards making them useless on a coyote past that distance. Like the guys said before me, a leica will go out a little farther, but not even close to 1000 yards on a coyote. The better the rangefinder, the tighter the pattern is on the laser.

Yes, they do. They're the Swarovski Laser guide and Leica Geovid BRF. I was able to range deer at 1100 yards with my Swaro and a highly reflective target at 1900 yards. Even my older Nikon Buckmaster 800 was able to range deer beyond 600 yards.
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 11:27 PM

My Dad just got the RX III but we haven't got a chance to use it yet.
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 06:18 AM

Here is a good deal on a Leica 1200http://www.cameralan...x.pl?page=40525

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:01 PM

hey DEERSLAM if you could post the results...and thoughts on that rx III that would be greatly appreciated!




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