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Best archery range finder?
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:44:32 PM »
 Sorry if this is already been talked about if there is a thread already on this subject could you point me that direction. If not I was looking at the vortex ranger 1000 ,  but I am concerned that the shorter ranges may not be as accurate if the rangefinder is built for long distance, do any of you know if accuracy for a long range, range finder is diminished when you're shooting objects at 20 to 60 yards ? Thoughts?

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017, 06:12:52 PM »
Not sure on the Vortex but I'm fond of my Leupold rx-1200i. It has bow mode which compensates angles up to 125yds. Works great at cllose range.
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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 06:36:42 PM »
I don't think close range accuracy has anything to do with max range.  Max range is the combination of laser strength & sensitivity of the sensor.  Accuracy is about the smallest amount of time the unit is able to measure with the onboard electronics.

I've heard mixed reviews of the vortex rangefinders... not terrible, but no the best.

I just upgraded from an old bushnell to a Sig 2200.  It's great around the archery range & 3d shoots, and crazy fast, but I haven't used it for a hunting season yet...

My biggest frustration with rangefinders is how they work in fog & mist.  I haven't tested my sig out in the fog, but every other unit I've used has been terrible. 

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2017, 07:18:00 PM »
I have a Leica and it is the best you can get.  It is about 2 years old but it is top notch.  Angle compensation for archery and a red display. It is the Leica  r 1000 and can't complain about anything.  Hope this helps.

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2017, 08:16:12 PM »
I have a Leica and it is the best you can get.  It is about 2 years old but it is top notch.  Angle compensation for archery and a red display. It is the Leica  r 1000 and can't complain about anything.  Hope this helps.
i have the Leica 1200 but it's way too big, it's about 6 or 7 years old.  I'll check out the newer one, thanks.  Mine doesn't have angle comp.

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2017, 08:23:03 PM »
I wouldn't be worried about accuracy with a decent rangefinder, it is a computer making calculations.

I have the Vortex and it works great.  Something happened one day and it went wonky.  They sent me a brand new one to my door in under a week for free.

Some other companies have good warranties as well, I would chose one that does.

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2017, 06:25:29 PM »
Get one with angle compensation so you'll get the true horizontal range. Other than that look for one you like. At the end of the day, a yard is a yard & it's a little computer in a box doing the math for how long it takes that beam of light to go out & come back.

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2017, 08:51:33 PM »
Nikon Pro archer or hunter. I have the pro hunter goes out to 550 yards. I like it for the simple 2 modes angle comp on or off.

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2017, 10:20:57 PM »
Thinking about the Nikon, I have a Nikon monarch that is damaged and they'll give me a discount to upgrade. 

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2017, 10:38:15 PM »
For archer simple is better IMO

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2017, 11:48:05 PM »
I agree with the simplicty comments.
Archery is for closer ranges.
Don't waste money on one that ranges out a mile.
Look at single button minimal menu range finders.
Arc is important.
Some people don't like the readout to be black because it can be harder to read in low light. Mine has black readout display, but I haven't had any issues with reading it. If it's too dark to see the readout then its too dark to take the shot.
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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2017, 06:55:58 PM »
I am running a Kilo2000.   Knowing you shoot longer distances at times it might be a great all in one fit. It is super quick reading and easy to see eye relief.

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2017, 09:17:01 PM »
Seahawk has a good point about black displays. My next one will have a red display

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2017, 09:59:05 PM »
I bought a nikon archers choose years back when it was first introduced and i was just getting started archery hunting. I liked it for its simplicity but my biggest gripe was later when I found the black read out very difficult to read in low light or even mid afternoon in the timber where the background is dark, it makes identifying your target and ranging a bit of a pain at times.  Worse so in late season archery elk on the west side. Fog and most performance wasn't the best.

My biggest regret came when I started to shoot guns more and the archers choose would only range just a tad over 100yds. Very annoying if you do any recreational rifle shooting at any distance over 100yds.

Angle comp is on every range finder just about these days and usually can be set to automatically turn on when powered up. I chose the sig kilo2000 for its lighted reticle,  range and ability to track and range a moving target reliably. I think performance between any range finder in fog and heavy mist is going similar across the board. There's isn't much you can do when a actually physical barrier is obstructing your laser.  And the amount of fog and mist someone describes there rangefinder working or not working in varies from person to person as much as the fog does.

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2017, 10:41:19 PM »
Vortex ranger here. Thing is solid as a rock. Only complaint is it struggles to range under 20 yards or so sometimes. Not a big deal but still would be nice to know.
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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2017, 10:42:44 PM »
Get one with angle compensation so you'll get the true horizontal range. Other than that look for one you like. At the end of the day, a yard is a yard & it's a little computer in a box doing the math for how long it takes that beam of light to go out & come back.
^ True angle comensation is important, it would blow your mind when some 80-100 yard shots downhill use your 20 yard pin.
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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2017, 08:00:48 AM »
Angle comp is on every range finder just about these days and usually can be set to automatically turn on when powered up. I chose the sig kilo2000 for its lighted reticle,  range and ability to track and range a moving target reliably. I think performance between any range finder in fog and heavy mist is going similar across the board. There's isn't much you can do when a actually physical barrier is obstructing your laser.  And the amount of fog and mist someone describes there rangefinder working or not working in varies from person to person as much as the fog does.
You might be surprised, some of the new rigs, or ones like your Kilo2k do better in poor weather .  I had a Nikon Archers advantage last year and in any fog at all it would just say 15yrds.  I tried it last year when I got my Kilo2k, side by side.  Kilo read a stop sign at end of road thru snow @ 1038yrds (could barely see stop sign with naked eye).  The Nikon said 235yrds....

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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2017, 12:03:46 AM »
Angle comp is on every range finder just about these days and usually can be set to automatically turn on when powered up. I chose the sig kilo2000 for its lighted reticle,  range and ability to track and range a moving target reliably. I think performance between any range finder in fog and heavy mist is going similar across the board. There's isn't much you can do when a actually physical barrier is obstructing your laser.  And the amount of fog and mist someone describes there rangefinder working or not working in varies from person to person as much as the fog does.
You might be surprised, some of the new rigs, or ones like your Kilo2k do better in poor weather .  I had a Nikon Archers advantage last year and in any fog at all it would just say 15yrds.  I tried it last year when I got my Kilo2k, side by side.  Kilo read a stop sign at end of road thru snow @ 1038yrds (could barely see stop sign with naked eye).  The Nikon said 235yrds....

That is good to hear, and i would expect the technology to be better. I got mine just in time for late archery season last year but only got to use it 1 day in the field before a bagged a cow and that was it for my inclement weather testing. My archers choice wouldnt read more than 20yds, and a Leopold and Bushnell range finder produced around the same time performed just as poorly when the weather was bad.


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Re: Best archery range finder?
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2017, 05:20:29 PM »
Ok, so I went to buy the sig kilo850 today at pro bass, it's on sale for 169.00.  Before I bought it I looked at a few others.  After looking through the ones with red (lite up) reticles there was no way I was going to buy the black reticle models, night and day difference!!  The vortex ranger 1000 is on sale for 299.00, with my 100 dollar gift card it was a no brainier for me!  They currently don't have them in stock so I had to order on line.  Looking forward to using it in the field, smossy, the guy behind the counter ranged a box at 6 yards.