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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #50 on: October 02, 2017, 10:21:59 PM »
I picked up two of the Sig Silo 2200, very disappointed for sure! I read so much hype about them being hands down better than the Vortex 1500 -- Simply not true! I talked to the Sig rep & he mentioned it could be the batteries that were used so he sent me two upgraded ones that are used in the 2400 models. (Duracell's) No difference in them. Our 2200's are best used in 0-900 yards at best, in most cases 800 yards is the best it will do & that's after you click the button a 1/2 dozen times! Once we did get a skosh over 1000 yards. The 1500 is brighter & will laser ranges side by side if not better than the Sig. I sold one of the Sigs & will be selling the other shortly. I have no idea how some here claim 2000 yards+ with this model. It simply is not true for us, as I mentioned I was very disappointed with them. Too, they have no way to attach them to your pack? The Vortex have a metal belt clip & slides perfectly on my packs horizontal chest strap.

  It doesn't matter to me who owns what but those considering the 2200 may want to check out other units first!

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Your experience is definitely different than the majority of the experiences shared around here. 
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #51 on: October 02, 2017, 11:08:56 PM »
Leica 1200 is what I have now.  I sure like the new G7 BR2500 Ballistic Rangefinder 7x reviews that came out.
Like the “shoot to” correction it does to correct yardage to your turret conditions. Was surprised sig didnt have this - I wrote them twice suggesting simple table lookup feature.  Going to be a shootout with sig 2400 and G7 with both $1499 street price for king of the rangefinders.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #52 on: October 03, 2017, 05:33:28 AM »
dscubame, no doubt about it, this is why I picked them up. I read many good reviews here on them. I believe guys are exaggerating the heck out of them. The two I had (still have one) aren't getting 1/2 the distances some here are claiming? What gives? I talked with the Sig Sauer Rep & he said I should easily get 1500-1800 yards. These haven't came close to it. They are at best an 800-900 yard unit. I f I were to purchase a new unit that needed to range 1500 yards consistently in would be the Leupold 1600 B -- Just sharing my honest findings!

  Do you own a 2200? If so what ranges are you consistently receiving?

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #53 on: October 03, 2017, 05:51:35 AM »
Are we talking live settings or reflective targets?

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #54 on: October 03, 2017, 06:09:58 AM »
I have a Leica 1600 and a Sig Kilo 2000. The Sig gets more use.

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The Leica 1600 was a wedding gift from my wife and has a bit of sentimental value attached to it. If that wasn't the case I would have two Sigs.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #55 on: October 03, 2017, 07:04:06 AM »
dscubame, no doubt about it, this is why I picked them up. I read many good reviews here on them. I believe guys are exaggerating the heck out of them. The two I had (still have one) aren't getting 1/2 the distances some here are claiming? What gives? I talked with the Sig Sauer Rep & he said I should easily get 1500-1800 yards. These haven't came close to it. They are at best an 800-900 yard unit. I f I were to purchase a new unit that needed to range 1500 yards consistently in would be the Leupold 1600 B -- Just sharing my honest findings!

  Do you own a 2200? If so what ranges are you consistently receiving?

  ElkNut/Paul

I have the Leica and was skeptical of the Sig due to price as I have found the less expensive ones not work as advertised, not even close.
I would expect what you experienced but with so many folks raving about them, over time I came to think maybe there is something there.
I most definitely trust what your saying just goes to remind a guy that once again you get what you pay for and do good research for yourself.  With your experience and background I consider a product review from you part of good research unless you have a business relationship or some other reason to be hyping Vortex. 
A little off topic and not to be accusatory here but so many relatively higher profile folks in the hunting industry giving good reviews to not so good products or not so good reviews to good products to help encourage the companies to continue flooding them with free gear and other perks, it's too bad.  Can't blame a guy for being skeptical with reviews and not just in this industry but most if not all others as well.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #56 on: October 03, 2017, 07:47:58 AM »

 Sorry, I meant Leica 1600 B. As far as research goes no I didn't go to any extreme looking for the perfect unit, I went by what I read here & on Rokslide. Many raved about it getting well over 2000 yards consistently, there were some that had the same issues I'm having but I decided what the heck I'll pick them up & see for myself. I even sent one back to Sig to check out, they sent it back saying it was perfectly fine along with the new duracell battery.

  I wish it would perform like some say it does! I've tried it on mountain sides, trees, rocks, buildings, roof tops, you name it, it's like pulling teeth to get it to range 900 yards. No way will it do it on 3-4 clicks or holding down on scan mode.

  Who here is reputable/trustworthy? I will send him this unit to check out for a week, I'll even send a pre-paid shipping label to send it back. I would like someone else here to see what this unit does for them!

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #57 on: October 03, 2017, 07:55:00 AM »
Elknut.  I added a little more to my previous reply and my intentions are respectful and hope to be taken that way.  With that said I do enjoy and appreciate what you do in the industry.  A thank you from me.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #58 on: October 03, 2017, 08:17:40 AM »
I picked up two of the Sig Silo 2200, very disappointed for sure! I read so much hype about them being hands down better than the Vortex 1500 -- Simply not true! I talked to the Sig rep & he mentioned it could be the batteries that were used so he sent me two upgraded ones that are used in the 2400 models. (Duracell's) No difference in them. Our 2200's are best used in 0-900 yards at best, in most cases 800 yards is the best it will do & that's after you click the button a 1/2 dozen times! Once we did get a skosh over 1000 yards. The 1500 is brighter & will laser ranges side by side if not better than the Sig. I sold one of the Sigs & will be selling the other shortly. I have no idea how some here claim 2000 yards+ with this model. It simply is not true for us, as I mentioned I was very disappointed with them. Too, they have no way to attach them to your pack? The Vortex have a metal belt clip & slides perfectly on my packs horizontal chest strap.

  It doesn't matter to me who owns what but those considering the 2200 may want to check out other units first!

  ElkNut/Paul

Your experience is definitely different than the majority of the experiences shared around here.

I have heard others say the Sig Quality Assurance is not up to snuff.  He is not alone.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #59 on: October 03, 2017, 08:40:43 AM »
How a range finder is used effects the results.

-Shaky hands and no tripod = reduced range  (I am convinced this is my problem)
-Target composition: the larger, harder, flatter, and more perpendicular it is too you the better (grass, deer fur, anything dew covered, and evergreens seem to be the best at diffusing the beam).
-Sunlight, Fog and Rain = reduced range (If sunny try shooting something in the shade from a shaded position or wait for a cloud to cross over the sun.  It will help, but your range will still be reduced.)
-Dirt or Scratched lens = reduced range
-Beam divergence (KILO2200 is 1.3MILRAD so its 4.68" at 1000 yards, most range finders are even bigger which can make ranging a distance target difficult to impossible if not enough laser is hitting the target or its hitting something else.)
-Not 100% sure on this, but I bet humidity has an impact too.

I did not get to try the Vortex outside the store, so my choice was based solely on the reticle difference and the menu layout.  Previous to that I was going to get one or the other due to price, claimed performance, and what reviews had said about them.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #60 on: October 03, 2017, 08:41:18 AM »
dscubame, I understand your question & it's a legitimate one! I am a Vortex Dealer & have been for 9 years, I also bought a Swaro 80 HD Spotter & I own 10x42 Swarovision binos. I compare them & use them at times. Of course those are another subject! Just saying I'm not Vortex or nothing!

  I sadly agree that with so much Pro Staff B/S out there these days it's tough to know who & what is legit & what's not! This is a big reason I buy these certain items so I can make my own comparisons. At 62 I'm not interested in lying to folks, I like to see products stand on their own merits. This is what I did with the Sig unit, it does not stand up to what the actual hype is, at least not in the two units I had! How many more will it take to find that one that does? It shouldn't be that way.


  I'm serious about sending a trustworthy guy this one I still have, it's 2 months old, he will see what I see! Thanks!

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #61 on: October 03, 2017, 08:43:57 AM »
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #62 on: October 03, 2017, 08:45:35 AM »
Thanks Paul and I meant it when I said I trust you.  Thanks for not taking our conversation as negative and I believe we are on the same page.
Dialogue on forums can be difficult at best sometimes and was a pleasure with you.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #63 on: October 03, 2017, 08:48:54 AM »
LEICA GEOVIDS 10 X 40, best thing since sliced bread

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #64 on: November 21, 2017, 01:38:08 PM »
Being a died in the wool Leopold scope guy, I went with their RX-600 range finder.  Bad idea.  After just 2 full seasons, the battery case cover just disintegrated on me.  Leica will be my next purchase.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #65 on: November 21, 2017, 02:09:48 PM »
Own a Leica Rangefinder. Love it.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #66 on: November 21, 2017, 03:08:06 PM »
I've had a couple leupolds...never get close to their advertised range even in ideal conditions.  I have their RX TBR 1200 model and if I can pick up a 6-700 yard reading its extremely rare.  In hunting conditions it seems sometimes difficult to get 400 or 500 yard readings.  I was so disgusted it with it after my last elk hunt when I got home I found a guy selling an old leica 1200...that thing is awesome!  While it doesn't have the angle corrections, it actually works at long distances (1000+) in less than perfect conditions!
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #67 on: November 21, 2017, 07:35:19 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 #68 on: November 21, 2017, 07:46:27 PM »
sig kilo 2000. been very happy with it until my last trip in extreme cold it had trouble ranging. could have been the snow, couldn't verify.
had leupold rx1000?i before that, was very serviceable as an archery unit, lacked much for rifle.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #69 on: November 21, 2017, 07:47:27 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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As soon as I can afford it, I am switching over to another brand of binoculars. Had to send a pair of binos in 5 times in 3 years before they replaced them. My other pair fell apart after 3 years of use everyday and a going to send them in for a new pair. Don't own any vortex rifle scopes or range finders and never will. A buddy is selling a pair of Leica binos and is going to give me a hell of a deal on them. Binoculars first then a step up in range finders will follow. I bought a Leupold rx 850i TBR off of a member and love it.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #70 on: November 21, 2017, 08:17:28 PM »
Any reviews on the Vortex Ranger 1500?

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #71 on: November 21, 2017, 08:25:32 PM »
One more day left on the Cabelas sale for the Sig Kilo 2200 $349 (regular is $499).  My furthest so far with the Sig 2200 has been 1849 yards.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #72 on: November 21, 2017, 08:39:55 PM »
I use the Leupold 1200i, not happy at all though. It does  not consistently give range reading and next to never ranges anything after 600 yards.

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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #73 on: November 22, 2017, 10:21:39 AM »
Leupold RX3 is what I have used for the past 11 years.  I didn't need anything crazy and it was my first rangefinder, so I purchased second hand because they were there in front of me.  I use it for bowhunting and turkey hunting, mostly, so for that it works just fine.  When I am calling bears I will range some distances at the start of the stand to different landmarks.  On a good surface it can range out to 800 in clear weather.  Good surface and rain 400 yards.  Poor surface - 400-500 yards with some coaxing (multiple punches on the button), Poor surface and rain 200-400 yards, or I am looking for a better surface.  This is all hand held.

I do like the compact size, clear optics, reticle, ballistic comp, and battery life.  It has also been very durable and immune to horrible weather. 

I am pretty old school though with my hunting.  I know the ballistics of my rifle, and don't dial in ranges.  I don't shoot anything further than 400 yards with a rifle (unless I am lobbing bullets at a running coyote), and I bowhunt with a longbow so I can eyeball up to 40 yards pretty easily.  I do stretch my barrel turkey hunting so it's nice to know how far out my field of fire is.  My brother in law had Leica Geovids and those seemed to work on everything you pointed them at.  So take this review for the :twocents: it's worth.
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Re: Which rangefinder do you use?
« Reply #74 on: November 22, 2017, 10:42:21 AM »
One more day left on the Cabelas sale for the Sig Kilo 2200 $349 (regular is $499).  My furthest so far with the Sig 2200 has been 1849 yards.

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