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Offline browney5er

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Range finders for bow hunting
« on: July 14, 2017, 09:44:10 PM »
What range finders are you guys using and why?
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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 09:59:03 PM »
I just recently bought a Bushnell Team Primos The Truth ARC 4 x 20mm Bow Mode Laser Rangefinder.

Since I bow hunt I don't need something that will range a mile away.
I picked it because it met certain criteria.
It is a trusted brand name.
It has a warranty.
It had very good reviews.
It had the arc feature, which figures the adjusted distance for uphill/downhill shots.
It is very simple to use.
I found it for around $150.

This is the first range finder I have owned. I have always relied on my own judgement of distance before, but decided that it would be a useful tool to have.
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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 10:03:18 PM »
Leupold RX100i with DNA/TBR. Since I'm not solely a bow hunter I can use it while rifle hunting as well. So far its proven accurate on both settings and its got a Leupold warranty.
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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 08:02:30 AM »
Vortex Ranger 1000.  They make great products and stand behind them.  Also wanted one with a red display instead of my old Nikon which was black. 
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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2017, 08:10:37 AM »
https://www.camofire.com/index.php

Hurry before the sale is over.....you won't regret it.  I love my signature rangefinder.

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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2017, 10:19:02 PM »
https://www.camofire.com/index.php

Hurry before the sale is over.....you won't regret it.  I love my signature rangefinder.

Were you meaning the Sig Sauer that Camofire had today and yesterday? the 850 and 1250 were both featured,
 I saw that deal, but went to Ebay and it was a better price- I picked up another Kilo 850 so now Hubby and I both can have one on us. 129 or so.

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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2017, 09:52:30 PM »
Leopold. I have a Bushnell as well that I thought I lost so that's why I bought the Leopold. The Bushnell does has black readouts so it's very hard to read in low light but still shooting light. Leopold has red. That is the main reason I bought it to make it easier to see and I highly recommend something more visible than black. They read within a half yard of each other. I like both. Do not buy a halo rangefinder. My wife got one a while ago as a gift from my parents, we don't use it after finding out it reads 5 yards further over other range finders I've compared it to. It's very heavy compared to others as well. I don't recommend that brand to anyone. My wife a couple years ago shot a slower bow and in 1 day shot over 2 bucks right over their backs. 5 yards for her bow at the time at 35 yards was quite a bit. Neither deer ducked as I was watching. After that day is when I tested it.

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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2017, 11:21:52 PM »
I like my old Bushnell range finding binoculars, only have to carry one piece of equipment that way.  I'd like to upgrade but man, they are getting spendy.

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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2017, 01:44:13 AM »
Leupold RX100i with DNA/TBR. Since I'm not solely a bow hunter I can use it while rifle hunting as well. So far its proven accurate on both settings and its got a Leupold warranty.

I have the 1200 but they can't be beat either way.
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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2017, 12:00:22 PM »
Just got the Vortex Ranger 1000, amazing warranty but the big thing for me was the red read out. I can't tell you how many times I have ranged something early morning then had to look up to find some sky so I could MAYBE see the read out.

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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2017, 12:18:06 PM »
For bow hunting and muzzle hunting, I use the leupold rangefinders.
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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2017, 12:24:59 PM »
Had a Bushnell yardage pro sport 400 for many years, just upgraded to the Vortex Ranger 1000 for the lifetime warranty and I liked the display
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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2017, 03:44:03 PM »
Vortex ranger 1500. Great warranty. As others have stated a red DRO helps in low light situations. Has angle comp as well as scan mode. I tested the calibration on mine and it's dead on. I recommend everyone check there calibration. Randy Newberg released a video a few days ago about this if you're not sure how to. I've had a few less expensive range finders and the calibration on 1 of them was way off. I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for.


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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2017, 03:58:11 PM »
I have a Nikon Monarch Gold 1,200
It works fine.  I have had it a long time.   

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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2017, 06:30:29 PM »
Thanks for all the input, I was leaning towards the leupold and I think I still am. Thanks again.
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Re: Range finders for bow hunting
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2017, 07:31:54 PM »
Can't go wrong with leupold. Great product and they fully stand behind it.


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