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#1 outdoorplay

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:20 PM

I was looking and was thinking of getting the Bushnell 1000 yrd,
but then I was like wander what the rest of the guys use so, hell found the best back back of my life this way.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 05:08 PM

I have Leupold 700 and love it..........then again im a bird hunter what do I know......

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 05:19 PM

I have the Bushnell 1000 arc. Not a big fan. Its temperamental and slow.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 05:20 PM

I have a Bushnell 600 and like it (even got run over last spring turkey hunting & still works)............ :thumbs-up-ani:


Then again I'm a big game/turkey/varmint/upland/waterfowler hunter........So, what would I know......................... :lol:
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 06:22 PM

I have a Bushnell 1200ARC. Not super easy to use, but it is accurate, gives up/down angle, and can be set up to read out hold over for a wide variety of rifle loads and archery.

I'll remember that jab next time you are sailing birds a quarter mile away in all directions with your 150 yard volleys you dogless savage.

 

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 06:55 PM

Have the nikon 550 prostaff, sucks no angle and dark at low light. A friend had a Leica that had a red illuminated box with I think 6pr that was very nice.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 07:52 PM

Here is my personal evolution of rangefinders.

Leica 800. Good, hard to hold steady, simple

sold it and got the swarovski. Worked much better at long distances and in bright light conditions. Also hard to hold steady and carrying cast was stupid.

Sold it after using Leica Geovid rangefinder/binocs. Can never go back to having a separate rangefinder. Easier to hold steady, no messing around with another gadget. Only way to go IMO.
I gave up my all time favorite binocs 10x42 leica ultravids to go to the geovids. Binocs are heavier, great glass, and everything is at your fingertips.
Try holding any rangefinder out there on an animal on a fairly flat field. I have found that you range it 5 times and get 5 different ranges, with the geovids you can hold way steadier than a monocular.

We did buy the nikon rifle rangefinder because it has angle compensation for bow hunting. Zach carries it.

Will eventually buy the swarovski binocular rangefinder because they have angle compensation built in, but, they are still a little to pricey. I expect the price will go down in the next couple years.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:23 PM

I have an old Bushnell Scout - it's small and works well, but no arc. Had some Cabelas points so I got the Nikon rifle with arc - it works well, but it's a little too big. I always keep it around my neck and tucked in a shirt pocket. I also keep cow calls around my neck when elk hunting, so I've had a few tangles. I should probably find a better way to carry all of it. I like the idea of the bino\range finder combo, but I like my binos too much to replace them.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:20 AM

I used to have the Nikon 800. It works great in low light out to 350 yards. Went on a hunt in snow and it wouldn't range 300 yards. Sold it about 5 years ago and bought the Swaro. It will range 1,000 all day every day. Some people say "well I will never shoot out to 1,000" Well, you may not but if your game is 1,000 out at least you know how far you have to stalk before getting a shot. Am planning on getting the Swaro range/binos eventually. If you spend the money on a quality piece of glass now you won't have to jack with selling a piece of crap later.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:47 AM

I bought a Bushnell 1000 years ago and it worked well, but last year I noticed it only ranges out to 500-600 yards (with a new battery). A couple of days it snowed and was freezing and it didn't perform that well. I am sticking it in my golf bag. I went with a Zeiss for hunting.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 09:25 AM

Leica Geovid 10x42.... Also have the Nikon Archers Choice for the angles. Love both.... I would have missed my buck this yera without the angle compensator. Ed F

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:03 AM

Mike (ODP),

I think the bottom line is the German glass is FAR FAR superior. And if you can afford it. It's the only way to go.

If I had gotten into bow hunting earlier in life and really back into big game hunting. I would would own Swaro's binos for sure. I used some Leica Bino/rangefinders one turkey season that belonged to one of the San Diego Padres (Ryan Klesko and trust me he could afford them..... :lol: ) and they were pretty cool. They were a little bulky tho.

For us guys that not only can't really afford German glass especially rangefinders. The Bushnells, Nikons, Leupolds, etc. work pretty darn good.................... :two-cents:
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:35 PM

Mike, strongly consider getting the rangefinder in the binoculars. I bought my 10x42 Leica geovid rangefinder binocs for $1500 on ebay. You have Leica glass and Leica rangefinder for $1500. Sell what your using now and it may even be a wash.

I was supposed to sell my ultravids, but, still have not been able to make myself do it. I am sure I can get $1500 for them though.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:04 PM

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Paul,

Are these the same as yours?
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:14 PM

Bushy 1200 ARC no problems works great, but Paul's right the monocular is harder to hold on the target if it's small or far away.




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