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Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« on: July 31, 2015, 08:16:20 PM »
I am finding that a ton of rangefinders are specific to one or the other.....as far as what they work best for.  Is there a rangefinder that will do both as well as have clear optics. 

I have a leupold and it is way to complicated to switch back and forth from archery (close range) to rifle / longer ranges.  Just a mess of options that makes it not user friendly. 

I have owned and do not like the swarovski.  I did not like the display and how heavy / bulky it is. 

So what is out there that you guys have used and liked that is multi purpose, has angle adjustment for archery / rifle, great optics and simple to use??

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 08:24:40 PM »
Ok too weird, I haven't been on hunt wa in years and came to check on range finder advice.
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2015, 08:27:11 PM »
Leica because the red display instead of black shows against a dark backdrop
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2015, 08:27:35 PM »
Bushnells arc system is pretty sweet, rifle cartridges are grouped into about 8 or 10 different groupings and for archery it will give you a true hold based on range and angle. Switching back and forth is super easy, just the 1 mode button.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015, 11:12:48 PM »
Don't get caught up in rifle range or bow range. A yard is a yard, regardless of what you shoot. Any difference they try to convince you of is 100% marketing. Buy the one with the features you want and is easy to use.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2015, 11:11:00 AM »
Don't get caught up in rifle range or bow range. A yard is a yard, regardless of what you shoot. Any difference they try to convince you of is 100% marketing. Buy the one with the features you want and is easy to use.
Honestly I have a Leupold tbr 1000 and it seems to work great in both modes.  Accurate through windows and what really got me is how accurate it was through fog.  I bought one after playing with my uncles during the late archery hunt in the Nile last year.  I got mine for about $250.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2015, 12:10:03 PM »
TBR 1000 also.  Use for both Bow and Rifle.  Pretty easy to switch between the two.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2015, 02:04:16 PM »
Leica hands down. For all around use

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2015, 06:04:22 AM »
Leica hands down. For all around use
:yeah: just picked up the leica 1000r last night and it is sweet. Really clear and super fast readings.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2015, 06:46:39 AM »
I was going to say that I'm not impressed with the Leupolds. But it sounds like you already found that out. For me it wasn't the different settings it was the function. The 750 barely reads to 450. The 600 actually will range further than the 750 but the 600 doesn't have the TBR.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2015, 07:07:34 AM »
I was going to say that I'm not impressed with the Leupolds. But it sounds like you already found that out. For me it wasn't the different settings it was the function. The 750 barely reads to 450. The 600 actually will range further than the 750 but the 600 doesn't have the TBR.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2015, 07:50:05 AM »
I was going to say that I'm not impressed with the Leupolds. But it sounds like you already found that out. For me it wasn't the different settings it was the function. The 750 barely reads to 450. The 600 actually will range further than the 750 but the 600 doesn't have the TBR.

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I don't shoot that far. However I like to know how far the target is so I know how much closer I need to get to make the shot. It also helps in deciding which route to take to close in on the shot. 
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2015, 08:29:32 AM »
I was going to say that I'm not impressed with the Leupolds. But it sounds like you already found that out. For me it wasn't the different settings it was the function. The 750 barely reads to 450. The 600 actually will range further than the 750 but the 600 doesn't have the TBR.

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I don't shoot that far. However I like to know how far the target is so I know how much closer I need to get to make the shot. It also helps in deciding which route to take to close in on the shot.
Exactly. I use my rangefinder frequently while antelope hunting to plot an approach. "If I can get to that knoll at 1100 yards, I will be 300 yards from the antelope." I also use it to mark a waypoint on my GPS for an animal: take a compass bearing, range the distance, enter it in the GPS, and I can make a blind stalk. They can be far more useful than many people give them credit for.
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2015, 08:36:21 AM »
FYI
I made my first rangefinder purchase, Nikon ProStaff 7, at Dick's in Renton last weekend.
That unit sells for $299 everywhere, Dick's is discontinuing them, I paid $179 for an unused unit.
They had two display models left after I bought mine.
I think it will be a decent unit for golf and rifle/archery rangefinding and will report back after I get more experience with it.
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2015, 08:51:37 AM »
I was going to say that I'm not impressed with the Leupolds. But it sounds like you already found that out. For me it wasn't the different settings it was the function. The 750 barely reads to 450. The 600 actually will range further than the 750 but the 600 doesn't have the TBR.

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I don't shoot that far. However I like to know how far the target is so I know how much closer I need to get to make the shot. It also helps in deciding which route to take to close in on the shot.
I would agree with that...with my TBR 1000 I have no problem reaching out to 750...that is good enough for me.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2015, 06:20:22 PM »
I've had several, (and still have a few) rangefinders.  Leica is by far the best one I've ever had.  No "switching close/far", no programming for rain/fog, or anything.  Just push the only button on it, and that is it. 

Surprisingly it's got real decent glass it it!  I actually used it on a hunt to glass with, as it was way more clear than the binoculars I had. 
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2015, 10:14:39 PM »
I use the Nikon Rifel hunter for both archery and my 06.  It is REALLY simple you have 2 modes. angle commentator is ON of OFF that is it. for the close stuff you only need range down to the yard and if you are shooting farther than 500 yards you need a high end range finder just for the rifle. mine does good double duty for a reasonable price. I almost fell for the nikon archer but pulled my head out in time. You wont be sorry.
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2015, 07:07:10 PM »
Leica hands down. For all around use
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2015, 07:29:19 PM »
I don't understand where Leica gets all the love, I know they make great glass but I have binoculars so I don't use a rangefinder for glassing. I get that the Leica will range farther than most but he said he wants one for multipurpose rifle and bow. Personally I think for multipurpose use a bushnell with ARC is the answer. Wanna know your bullet drop at 400 yards, select the proper rifle cartridge grouping and you're in business. Lets say you are bowhunting and you have an extreme uphill or downhill angle, no guessing required use the bow mode and it will give you actual yardage, as well as the compensated yardage to actually shoot for.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2015, 07:59:36 PM »
I liked the Leica also but the price point was not what I was looking for so I took the fact that I liked the red image and went with the Vortex Ranger 1000.  It worked awesome during early archery, too bad I didn't do my part.  The range really pops with the red.  I had a Leupold 750 and I liked that but the Vortex is better in my opinion.  Both had/have a great warranty so that helps too.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2015, 08:07:44 PM »
I have run Leica for the last ten years. They have the fastest response I have seen. I can generally get it to Bounce a read off the antler of a bedded 4 point buck that's in Archery range. I have tryed the Swarovski and it's very slow.
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2015, 07:53:56 PM »
The Leica is one of the better range finders out there for rifle hunting, unless you want to spend at least double. For archery hunting, I prefer the Leupold.

I still haven't found a range finder I really like to use for both. Right now I run the Leica 1600B for rifle hunting, and the Leupold 1000TBR for archery. That is the best system for my uses. The Leica is better in every way, except it doesn't give angle correction under 100 yds, so I won't use it for achery.

If I had to choose just one rangefinder for everything, I would go with the Leupold 1200TBR. I bought one for my dad , and I'm testing it now.
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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2015, 09:50:45 PM »
Leica.

I have a Nikon Monarch 1200, and it is fine. The Leica is the best I have ever used though.  I just don't need that good of a range finder, what I have works just fine.  It's not the best, but it's plenty good enough. 

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2018, 01:27:27 PM »
I'm really interested in the Vortex 1000, it seems like a great choice as a universal rangefinder. I even found a solid review on it here, https://outdooropticshq.com/best-rangefinder-hunting-reviews/, however, I want to know how it compares to the Leupold RX-1200 because there is a sale on them currently. Thanks.

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Re: Best Rangefinder for Archery / Rifle
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2018, 11:14:35 PM »
I'm really interested in the Vortex 1000, it seems like a great choice as a universal rangefinder. I even found a solid review on it here, https://outdooropticshq.com/best-rangefinder-hunting-reviews/, however, I want to know how it compares to the Leupold RX-1200 because there is a sale on them currently. Thanks.

I run the Vortex 1000, and really like it, for archery and rifle hunting. Like the Leica, it is a red display. After using that, I would not buy a range finder with a black display. Both the Leica and Vortex have a simple display, and don't put a bunch of stuff you don't need in there. I would strongly recommend checking out one of those.

 

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