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#2990810 - 09/03/16 12:54 PM Range finder?
TripleDeuce660 Offline
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Registered: 11/10/08
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Loc: Las Vegas Nevada
Thinking my next toy should be a range finder. It will really compliment my kestrel.

I only need something that is reliable to about 400 yards, as the farthest I really am going to shoot is 300.

Not looking to break the bank. What is a good bang for the buck range finder?
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#2990823 - 09/03/16 02:08 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
wilydawg Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 1072
Loc: Utah
Exceeds your requirements but the Sig Kilo 2000 is a hot ticket right now. I have a Leica and the Sig and the Sig doesn't take a back seat and for less money.

Can be had for around $400 if you shop around...
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#2990825 - 09/03/16 02:10 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: wilydawg]
xphunter Offline
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Registered: 11/01/09
Posts: 1688
Loc: Gillette, WY
Don't have the SIG myself, but for what you want, I think I would recommend the same.
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#2990847 - 09/03/16 06:17 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
liliysdad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 1196
Loc: Oklahoma
The Sig Kilo is the easy answer. I have and use a Bushnell Elite 1mile, and it works great...but had the Kilo been out when I bought it, thats what I would have.

Another option, for your pretty limited needs, is the new Sig Kilo 850. I have zero experience with it, but I cant see it being terrible if its anything likes its brother.

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#2990880 - 09/03/16 10:55 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
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I have the SIG kilo 2000. I like it so far what little I've played with it. As has been said, they can be had for around $400-425 new. Lots of dealers with this pricing on archerytalk.com
Lots of other range finders for sale there as well. There is a uses vortex 1000 for around $265 over there right now I think. I'm not associated in any way.
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#2991016 - 09/04/16 04:46 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
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Registered: 08/27/09
Posts: 2820
Loc: West
You could easily pick up a used Leupold RX-1000i TBR for around $200. But somehow I don't think you want used.

The Sig is the hot item recently, and I'd get one myself if I didn't already have a great working Leupold. No complaints out past 600 yards easy. 800+ you gotta hold steady and need a decent target.

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#2991126 - 09/05/16 05:13 AM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
Ghostman Offline
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Registered: 12/18/07
Posts: 546
Loc: Maryland
I have the Leupold shown above, bought it new a few years ago and it's worked flawless in all modes. If I had a need for a new one I'd buy a Leica or Sig Kilo.

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#2991159 - 09/05/16 09:49 AM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
MotoHunter Offline
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Registered: 01/03/10
Posts: 751
Loc: Newer Mexico
The Leupold RX 1000 or just a RX 600 will fill your needs for around $150 new.
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#2991182 - 09/05/16 11:19 AM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
alf Offline
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Registered: 03/25/07
Posts: 1248
Loc: SW Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: TripleDeuce660
Thinking my next toy should be a range finder. It will really compliment my kestrel.
I only need something that is reliable to about 400 yards, as the farthest I really am going to shoot is 300.

I'd spring for the Sig. A lot of rangefinders are only good for half of the rating under less than ideal conditions, so don't fall into the "I only need to go to 400 yards" idea.

Kinda like only building a 1 car garage cause you only have 1 vehicle.....

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#2991189 - 09/05/16 11:43 AM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
wklman Offline
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Registered: 06/17/13
Posts: 185
Loc: az
I've got the Leica 1600b. Love it. You can range things way out there and it's got drops for your rifle so all you have to do is hit the range button and it tells you how far it is and how much to raise your scope up in clicks. You can usually find used ones for around $600.00. A little pricey but well worth it in my opinion.
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#2991216 - 09/05/16 01:32 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: wklman]
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I bought a reconditioned Bushnell from Natchez about 10 yrs ago, like you I don't need long range. When I get to a stand I will range some of the landmarks and put the thing away. It has been rock solid for me.
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#2991251 - 09/05/16 03:41 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
Varminterror Offline
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Registered: 03/23/12
Posts: 2877
Loc: Kansas
I have two Bushnells, a Leica 1200, and a Leica 1600, my bro-in-law has a Leup, and one of my hunting buddies has a Nikon. I just picked up a Sig.

Handling and using all of these, the only ones I'd buy again are Leica and Sig. They all work, and they all run well, but the Leica and Sig get my vote.
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#2991348 - 09/05/16 08:19 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
bryan h Offline
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Registered: 02/19/14
Posts: 2337
Loc: Central Ohio
The Leica will always range anything you try it on great rangefinder.

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#2991375 - 09/05/16 09:26 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
TripleDeuce660 Offline
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Registered: 11/10/08
Posts: 2913
Loc: Las Vegas Nevada
I should probably also say my budget is around 300. I will look at the sig.

I primarily plan to use it when I sit down on a stand to range a few objects before I start calling. Also want to start big game hunting. I have got some hogs but want to get a speed goat and a deer when I move to Boise next year.

Will a rangefinder work on smaller critters like cotton/jackrabbits?



Edited by TripleDeuce660 (09/05/16 09:45 PM)
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#2991380 - 09/05/16 09:40 PM Re: Range finder? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
Varminterror Offline
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Registered: 03/23/12
Posts: 2877
Loc: Kansas
Probably not really, but you'll be able to read their range by hitting the ground near/under them. Most folks wouldn't even notice it's not hitting the bunny, and is reading the ground.
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