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Which rangefinder do you use?
« on: August 28, 2017, 07:22:13 PM »
Hey folks.  Curious what your experiences have been when Vortex vs Leupold vs Nikon rangefinders. 

I've been looking at things like the Aculon by Nikon and the RX-650 Leupold, but after looking over warranties I realized that not even Leupold offers their usual lifetime warranty on their rangefinders. 

So my choice now is to spend ~$150 on a Nikon or Leupold and live with the fact that I might have to replace it, or blow a little more $$ and get the ~$300 Vortex Ranger 1000, knowing Vortex will fix or replace it for any reason ever. 

What do you think?  This will be my first rangefinder.  I'm a rifle hunter for deer/elk/bear and currently use a 7mm-08 so I don't mind the 500-650 yard range limits on the cheaper units--I won't be shooting that far anyway. 

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 07:32:51 PM »
You won't get 500 to 600 on the cheap units even though they claim it.

Leupold for archery and Leica for rifle.

Then the Sig Kilo came out and I would have gone that route in place of the Leica.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 07:41:51 PM »
You won't get 500 to 600 on the cheap units even though they claim it.

Leupold for archery and Leica for rifle.

Then the Sig Kilo came out and I would have gone that route in place of the Leica.
Why not the Vortex?  Is there something about it I should know?

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 07:46:45 PM »
My Leica has been reliable for years. 

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 07:48:08 PM »
The reviews I recall on here and the impression I get is you will not get consistent read outs at the range you mentioned with the vortex.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2017, 07:49:09 PM »
My Leica has been reliable for years.

Agree.  Don't regret the Leica at all.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 07:50:35 PM »
Research the threads on here and I bet you set your sights on the Kilo.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2017, 07:57:17 PM »
Agree that you don't get near the claimed range with hunting conditions.   

In my experience you get about 50-65 percent of the optimal range claim.   

I went cheap the first time. Wish I'd saved the money.   

I do like the longer range Vortek.... but I'm a Vortek fan. 

If you'rer interested in Vortek, hit up elknut1 on here. He sells it, and I have found him to be very knoledgeable and totally trustworthy.   
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017, 07:59:30 PM »
I have a Leupold Rx 600 that has served me well. I upgraded last year to the Sig Kilo 2000 and it's great.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2017, 08:13:20 PM »
Just spend the extra few dollars and get a leica best rangefinder you can get

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2017, 08:28:02 PM »
I went and looked at most of those you are looking at.  A lighted cross hair is the best way to go, I bought the vortex ranger 1000.  Haven't recieved it yet but it was very impressive in the store. 

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2017, 08:37:13 PM »
I have a Leica 1600 and a Sig Kilo 2000. The Sig gets more use.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2017, 05:58:49 AM »
Sig Kilo.  $209 on Camofire right now. 
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2017, 06:27:58 AM »
Sig Kilo.  $209 on Camofire right now.
FYI, I don't believe that one has lite up redicles.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2017, 06:39:46 AM »
Vortex 1500

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2017, 07:54:33 AM »
I have Leupold rx 1000i tbr and has been great. Would have gotten the Leica if I had the money .

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2017, 08:02:40 AM »
Leupold or Leica.  Had great luck with Leupold.  Wouldn't touch anything Vortex.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2017, 08:11:46 AM »
Kilo 2000, the new model.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2017, 09:06:28 AM »
I purchased the Vortex Ranger 1000 2 years ago.  It is great when you have 100% clear line of sight.  However, it picks up the tiniest intervening object if there is one - raindrop, blade of grass tiny twig.  I tried to get it to range a mule deer in very light brush last archery season - even when the crosshair was on the deer and in the clear, it was under-ranging, 28, 35 when I KNEW it was farther.  I finally gave up, gave it my best old-school range estimate of 40 yards - and shot right under the brisket.  More like 46 I guess, that's hunting :)
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2017, 10:33:52 AM »
Leupold or Leica.  Had great luck with Leupold.  Wouldn't touch anything Vortex.
Why the ban on Vortex?

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2017, 11:42:20 AM »
For $209 on Camofire you can't go wrong.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2017, 11:54:13 AM »
Leica all the way... Was out Antelope hunting last year with a member on here as we were leaving truck he mentioned he forgot his rangefinder. I told him not to worry I had mine ( a Vortex) we got into a nice herd of goats between 200 and 300 yards out my Vortex just flat would not pick them up.  Hunted later in the season and friend had a Leica simply put is was just amazing on everything we ranged.  I talked with other big game guides all were using Leica.  I am now using a Leica and absolutely love it.  A lot of prairie dogs and gophers in the past 3 weeks wished I never had it.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2017, 12:03:28 PM »
Leupold or Leica.  Had great luck with Leupold.  Wouldn't touch anything Vortex.
Why the ban on Vortex?
Every single person that I personally know has had issues with their Vortex stuff wether it is a scope, binocs or range finder. It is a good thing that their warranty is so great because you will more than likely need it. There is a reason that you see a lot of Vortex stuff for sale on this site and many others.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2017, 12:19:10 PM »
My Leica has been reliable for years.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2017, 01:57:06 PM »
Thanks for the advice folks!  I found a deal on a Sig Kilo 1250 for $179.99 so I jumped on it.  I'll let you know my thoughts once I've had a chance to use it! 

 

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