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frostfire
02-20-2017, 20:34
Long range hunters, precision fanatics, and long distance leadslingers, what do you use as range finder?

I am looking for one to true my system at 600 yards min (per master Gene Econ) and preferably 800m (per Hodnett).

There's plenty options nowadays. So far in my research Bushnell is best priced with tons of feature, Vortex got the best warranty, and Leupold is now affordable with plenty innovations. There's an open box Leupold at Academy that's priced very well, so that's what I'm leaning for.

Do you guys do test like ladder/box test for scope to test how well the range finder performs?

Thank you for the education:)

mark46th
02-20-2017, 21:05
I use a Swarovski 8X30. It is good out to about 1200 meters on non-reflective targets and 1600 Meters on reflective targets. It has been discontinued by Swarovski. I paid $1000.00 for it about 5 years ago. No complaints.

tonyz
02-20-2017, 21:11
Watching this thread with interest - been considering a Zeiss Victory 8x26 T* PRF - about $600+ or -

Reportedly good out to about 1,000 meters.

JJ_BPK
02-21-2017, 06:30
Not Looking,, but I like the topic..

Anyone played with the SilencerCo Radius??


SWR Radius, $999, AC1536

A rail mounted rangefinder capable of ranging out to a mile on a reflective target and attaching to a Picatinny rail in any orientation. When we first decided to create our own rail mounted rangefinder, we wanted something that would allow us to range out to incredible distances reliably without having to come off of the gun and without breaking the bank, and that's exactly what we're delivering to you. Additional features of the Radius include a user configurable display, continuous ranging for 12 hours with (2) CR123 batteries, and resistance to even extreme elements.

SWR's stated goal is to bring advanced technology to the public at an attainable price and with the announcement of a capability-heavy range finder for only $999, we've done just that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NI1vjjaBIg

https://www.store.silencerco.com/products/swr-radius?variant=12534947652

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlkbN3XFkQg



I have a couple of their can's, so I get "NEWS" mails.. :D

mojaveman
02-21-2017, 08:39
Bought a Leupold RX-600 a few years ago for about $250. It's rated at 600 yards but I've gotten ranges on flat metal surfaces out to 700 yards.

35NCO
02-21-2017, 21:09
Weapon mounted- Wilcox

https://tnvc.com/shop/wilcox-raptar-lite-es-class1-infrared-laser/

http://www.wilcoxind.com/RAPTARtrade-P163.aspx

http://www.wilcoxind.com/RAPTAR-Strade-P175.aspx


Vortex offers massive .mil discounts BTW.

Suspect the processor is the same in many of them to several other brands.

Glass and laser resolution is a point of return on whomever you choose to invest in. Plan for how many years your investment is worth to you.

JJ,

I believe SiCo dropped that part of the company before the layoffs? Not sure if they kept product rights or support. They were trying to do what Wilcox already did with the Raptar. Pretty neat idea either way. I shot the wilcox version and it worked incredibly well. Would assume the same for SiCo. SiCo will win with price against wilcox, thats for sure.

Peregrino
02-22-2017, 08:57
I'm recommending the poor man's Leica Geovid: http://bushnell.com/hunting/laser-rangefinders/fusion. I'm using the 10x42 version and wouldn't trade it for anything less than a real Geovid. I appreciate the fact that it's binos and range finder in one; saves carrying two pieces of gear, makes it easier to glass an area for longer periods without eyestrain, and gives instant range to points of interest. Worth every penny I spent on it.

Maple Flag
02-22-2017, 13:43
I chose a Vortex Ranger 1000 recently. I haven't used the laser in enough conditions to comment on it, but I've been very happy with the coated glass performance in different conditions. Nice clarity and brightness for a 6x22mm. It's worked surprisingly well for me in low light observation.

Best of all, it's lightweight, compact, packs nice and square in a utility pouch on my web gear with room to spare and has decent water resistance. I've had no complaints so far. It's become my default handheld optic, always on me in the field.

It can be mounted on a tripod, but if I'm bringing a tripod for stability, I'm probably bringing some larger optic as well.


http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/ranger-1000-rangefinder

Maple Flag
02-22-2017, 13:49
I actually have a photo of it in my CROPS CTR Rig thread here so you can get a sense of the size. I guess I actually bought it about 2 years ago now. Feels like "recently".

http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50157

frostfire
02-22-2017, 20:07
I'm recommending the poor man's Leica Geovid: http://bushnell.com/hunting/laser-rangefinders/fusion. I'm using the 10x42 version and wouldn't trade it for anything less than a real Geovid. I appreciate the fact that it's binos and range finder in one; saves carrying two pieces of gear, makes it easier to glass an area for longer periods without eyestrain, and gives instant range to points of interest. Worth every penny I spent on it.

I wish it has the thread for tripod though. Lasing 1000 yards and beyond takes very steady hands! :munchin

JJ_BPK
02-23-2017, 08:49
I wish it has the thread for tripod though. Lasing 1000 yards and beyond takes very steady hands! :munchin


I have been scanning youtube vids of the various models mentioned and noticed that "everyone" has the jitters.. :munchin

I'm thinking that a rangefinder mounted on a weapon, with bi-pod, would be prudent?? OR having a spotter in tow with bi-pod mounted rangefinder??

Q??? 4X, 6x models?? at 1K yds,, are the non-variable subtending reticles like minute of house or barn??

:eek:

frostfire
02-27-2017, 23:23
I found this helpful:
http://rangefinderratings.com/hunting-rangefinder/best-rangefinder-for-long-range-shooting

Then there's the unobtainable :(
http://soldiersystems.net/2016/04/26/usasoc-sniper-comp-winners-used-wilcox-raptar/

Flagg
02-28-2017, 03:06
Bought a Leupold RX-600 a few years ago for about $250. It's rated at 600 yards but I've gotten ranges on flat metal surfaces out to 700 yards.

I've got the same.

It's no longer a high performance range finder.

But it suits my needs on range and out in the field for one handed use.

No complaints whatsoever, had it for years, and it's held up very well in some lousy conditions and treatment at times.

JJ_BPK
02-28-2017, 06:01
Then there's the unobtainable :(
http://soldiersystems.net/2016/04/26/usasoc-sniper-comp-winners-used-wilcox-raptar/

link: In Stock: Wilcox RAPTAR S Rangefinder w/Eye Safe IR Laser 57300G02-LB, SALE PRICE $7899.99, Free Shipping (http://www.opticsplanet.com/wilcox-ratar-s-rangefinder-w-eye-safe-ir-laser.html)

:D I need to skip a few beers to save up for one.. :D

35NCO
02-28-2017, 17:10
link: In Stock: Wilcox RAPTAR S Rangefinder w/Eye Safe IR Laser 57300G02-LB, SALE PRICE $7899.99, Free Shipping (http://www.opticsplanet.com/wilcox-ratar-s-rangefinder-w-eye-safe-ir-laser.html)

:D I need to skip a few beers to save up for one.. :D

For the cost of a M82A1 it better have free shipping! :)

frostfire
02-28-2017, 22:55
link: In Stock: Wilcox RAPTAR S Rangefinder w/Eye Safe IR Laser 57300G02-LB, SALE PRICE $7899.99, Free Shipping (http://www.opticsplanet.com/wilcox-ratar-s-rangefinder-w-eye-safe-ir-laser.html)

:D I need to skip a few beers to save up for one.. :D

I am so glad I got multiple engine leaks that I don't have to worry about saving up for that one :boohoo Anyone got Honda Fit/Toyota Prius for sale?

craigepo
03-01-2017, 10:50
Some of the range finders have a type of "true ballistic ranging", wherein the range given is based on range and angle of shot. I'm curious as to how this mechanism works on actual shooting.

pyreaux
03-04-2017, 20:41
I was able to play with the sig rangefinders at Shot Show. They seem to be quite nice and they may be worth looking into. Obviously it wasn't in field conditions and there's only so far you can see in the building, but the one seemingly thorough review I found seemed quite positive.

Harv
06-17-2017, 16:45
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjC1_Sg7sXUAhVK4yYKHeqoCA8QFghMMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.midwayusa.com%2Fproduct%2F569 694%2Fbushnell-elite-1500-laser-rangefinder-7x-black&usg=AFQjCNF_0K66TRQLiTeH9DT_rA9at8Q_AQ&sig2=i1O0aNIlQuut5IH8xA3yzg"]http://https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjC1_Sg7sXUAhVK4yYKHeqoCA8QFghMMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.midwayusa.com%2Fproduct%2F569 694%2Fbushnell-elite-1500-laser-rangefinder-7x-black&usg=AFQjCNF_0K66TRQLiTeH9DT_rA9at8Q_AQ&sig2=i1O0aNIlQuut5IH8xA3yzg

I have a Bushnell 1500 Elite that I have been very happy with. The one I got is one the Army supposedly issues out on a limited basis. Has a UCP patterned case and a big yellow laser warning sticker on it (How I know its really Army issue).

Lases out to steel plates at 600 yds with no issues.

also has a tripod thread hole on the bottom. Runs off a 9V battery. built well and has an easy menu to nagivgate from yds to meters.

Penn
06-18-2017, 00:35
zero ability, but if I can put a round on target at a 1000, its worth your time.

https://www.gunwerks.com/

frostfire
10-02-2017, 22:50
https://shop.brownells.com/optics-mounting/rangefinders/elite-1-mile-arc-conx-rangefinder-sku590000005-107245-206185.aspx?cm_mmc=PPC-_-Itwine-_-Google-_-590-000-005&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIneWA27zT1gIVgUCGCh04twDYEAYYASAB EgInm_D_BwE

brownells has it on sale for $279.99 which cheaper than expertcity! :eek:
So if you are a savant with computer and apps, this one might be for you.
I'm saving up for a smaller, more portable unit

Papa Zero Three
10-03-2017, 01:48
Take a look at the SIG KILO 2400 model. It's a solid performer in its price range. They have other models if the 2400 is outside of your budget that are also excellent choices and lower in cost.

For most shooters, the SIG KILO series of LRFs will be more than adequate and are reasonably priced when it comes to LRFs. Anything that performs better than the SIG KILO series currently is in the Vectronix/$15k and up range.

motivated99
10-03-2017, 09:25
I've had pretty good luck with the Bushnell 1 mile ARC. It's affordable (only $300) and I've used it to hit E type targets out to 960m.

Peregrino
10-03-2017, 18:33
Spend a little extra money. http://www.bushnell.com/all-products/laser-rangefinders/elite-1-mile-conx-combo You'll thank me later. ;)

TJ11B
10-03-2017, 21:45
Spend a little extra money. http://www.bushnell.com/all-products/laser-rangefinders/elite-1-mile-conx-combo You'll thank me later. ;)

Now that’s pretty cool. Basically turn your smart phone into a ballistic computer. High speed stuff there. I don’t think my Wife would agree I could afford it though. :D

Papa Zero Three
10-03-2017, 22:36
I forgot to mention that the KILO 2400 has an onboard ballistic calculator (applied Ballistics), which aside from Field firing solutions and ColdBore ballistic calculators, is hard to beat when it comes to Ballistic computers.

Here are the complete specs:

https://store.appliedballisticsllc.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=6001

Description
The KILO2400ABS is the world’s most advanced rangefinder featuring an embedded Applied Ballistics calculator, onboard environmental sensors and Bluetooth for synchronizing custom profiles with a free, downloadable ballistic app for your iOS or Android smartphone. Includes a tripod adapter, smartphone jack WindMETER, ballistic nylon Molle kit bag and nylon carry pouch, lanyard, 3 spare batteries, and SIG SAUER Tactical pen/stylus to get you up and running for long range precision target shooting and hunting.

The Sig Kilo 2400 ABS does not require a connection to the app to provide ballistic solutions. The app is only required for building and loading profiles on to the device. The Kilo 2400 operates completely on its own or when connected to the app. The choice is up to the operator. Further more, there is no limitation on the ballistic solution. While some range finders put a limit on how far they will provide firing solutions (500 yards, 1400 yards) the Kilo 2400 does not.

Features:
1. AB Ballistics Engine – Most accurate ballistic solver on the market. Trusted by professionals.
2. Gun Profile Management – Build, Edit, and Upload from the App to your device.
3. Multiple Profiles – Store up to 4 profiles on the device. 100 Profiles In App.
4. Ballistic Calibration – Muzzle Velocity and/or BC Calibration ability.
5. Custom Drag Models – AB was the first to develop a publically available system/library with Custom Drag Models. More accurate than G1/G7 BCs.
6. G1/G7 Tested Library – Users can choose CDM or G1/G7 when profile building.
7. Aerodynamic Jump, Spin Drift, & Coriolis Effect are all calculated in the system(Embedded sensors adjust for this in real time).
8. Muzzle Velocity Temp-Table – Ability to train for muzzle velocity shift with temperature shift.
9. Free App – Comes with a free app for managing/using the device.
10. LightWave™ DSP Technology – Fastest and longest distance rangefinder engine.
11. Scan Mode with HyperScan™ Technology – Refreshes at 4x per second with RangeLock™.
12. Live Feed from sensors – When connected to the app , the readings on each screen will live update and display in the app.
13. Lumatic™ OLED Display – Automatic brightness adjustment, or custom set brightness level.
14. Customizable Reticle – You can change the look of the reticle by adding/removing parts of the milling grid.
15. Wind Meter Included – WeatherFlow Audio Jack Meter included to get wind speed and direction or input the wind speed and direction manual.
16. Target Mode – First, Last or Best options.
17. AMR Mode – Angle Modified Range (Inclination) can be turned on/off.
18. LOS Mode – Line Of Sight (No Inclination Calculation Adjustment).
19. Target Speed and Direction – Input via the app for calculation into firing solution.
20. Sensor Override ability – You can override the current sensor readings and input your own parameters such as Temp, Pressure, Direction of Fire etc.
21. Metric Support.
22. Compact Form Factor.
24. Unique Housing/Color – Magnesium, Flat Dark Earth, with Applied Ballistics Medallion.
25. Performance – 25% Performance Improvement over the Sig Kilo 2000.
26. Adjustable Timeout – Adjust the timeout on the LRF from the app to 30(Default), 60, or 180 seconds.


Included Equipment
1. Free App for Android & iOS.
2. One Piece, Solid Machined, Tripod Mount.
3. TYR Water Resistant Molle Gear Bag.
4. Padded Ballistic Nylon Case.
5. Wind Meter.
6. Sig Sauer Tactical Pen/Stylus.
7. Lanyard.
8. 3 Batteries.


Technical Specs
Compact Form Factor – 4.2in(107mm) Tall x 1.3in(33mm) Wide x 3in(76mm) Tall
Housing – Magnesium, Flat Dark Earth, Housing.
Lens – 7x25mm monocular with SpectraCoat™ anti-reflective coating.
Performance – Deer (1400 Yards), Trees (1800 Yards), Reflective Steel (2000 Yards+).
Field of View (FOV) @ 100 Yards – 35.67 ft.
Angular FOV – 6.78 degrees
Laser – 905nm
Laser Divergence – 1.3 Mils (4.4 MOA) Round.
Weight with battery – 7.5oz/215g
Exit Pupil – 3.6mm
Eye Relief – 15mm
Readings: Temperature, Pressure, Humidity, Density Altitude, Direction of Fire (Compass), Inclination (Vertical Angel to Target), Range.
Bluetooth BLE – Android/iOS/PC Compatible. Theoretical Max Range 100Meters(Perfect World).