Laser Rangefinder Guide

Discussion in 'Scopes, Optics, LRFs, Spotters, BoreScopes' started by Forum Boss, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. PainterJohn

    PainterJohn Silver $$ Contributor

    Dec 29, 2009
    LEICA CRF 1200= Great value ,great performance,great reliability, great accuracy. Simply LOVE this rangefinder.

    I am a hunter........and I NEVER hunt without it.

    Equip me with a pair of LaCrosse Alpha Burley 1000's, Cabela's wooltimate windshear, an x-bolt stainless stalker 243, Steiner Predator 8x42's and a Leica CRF 1200 and I will NEVER return home without game unless it is by choice.

    HIGHLY RECCOMMEND the LEICA 1200 CRF to all...........Merry X-mas!
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  2. tactical squirell

    tactical squirell

    Dec 31, 2010
    could not afford the leica, i went for the nikon 1200s.
    its easier on the budget. optic is good.
    sso far, i'l satisfied.

    its for hunting and i always end up taking measures on big objects; its easier than trying to aim on a deer at 600M
    usually i will map and range the aera before hunting when possible, i just remember my ranges and set my scope to the average.

    theres no fancy illuminated reticle, i think i prefer it that way. the nikon reticle have nothing in the middle, just center the target withing the wweird crosshair. as long as you hold the button it keep telling you the range, when i dont get reading i just moove it around and usually it gives me something.

    suposed to go at 1200. . . .didnt test it yet.

    if you can afford the leica, it seems to be the best, if you cant, nikon isnt a bad one either.
  3. Clark


    Nov 1, 2005
    My Lecia CRF1200 was perfect, but I had to let my brother have it.

    They don't make them anymore, and so I got a CRF1600, the new model.

    They are the same to me. The furthest out I have killed is at 510 yards.

    I have lost 3 GPS units while stalking in the pre dawn dark. I have started tethering the rangefinder with a lanyard, so I don't loose it too.
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  4. dskinner103


    Feb 5, 2011
    Thank you for the heads up on the article you referenced. Now, after reading it I am torn between the Leica LRF and the Bushnell Elite 1500. I like the waterproof claim from Bushnell, like my 4200 Elite scope as hunting is not always done in perfect weather but I do not want to regret not saving a little longer for the Leica. So many decisions!!!!!!
    Thank you everyone in advance for your input. My hunting and reloading mentor will tell me to buy the Leica after I tell him I posted this article.
  5. JamesnTN

    JamesnTN Silver $$ Contributor

    Nov 22, 2004
    Here's an in depth review of many of the top rangefinders.
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  6. 284winner

    284winner Gold $$ Contributor

    Dec 6, 2015
    Late chimming in on the rangefinder topic. Not to compare my Nikon 1200 with many of the optically superior ranging units out there but I've loved my 1200 since purchased. It actually ranges roughly 1000 yds on many things non reflective. Ive ranged mail boxes in rural areas from over 700 yards. Ground hog burrows on hill sides. Large trees and land marks near shooting locations. I've been very satisfied with this product. For the $$$ I think it's a steal. Looking to upgrade soon. Just because this as a 10+ year old unit.
  7. Nvreloader


    Nov 1, 2012

    I am running a 1200 Newcon RF,
    Have been using it since they hit the market several yrs ago,
    Has numerous kills out to 800yds with Rock chucks sitting on Granite boulders, Coyotes out to 660yds sitting in the Sage brush,
    Deer, Speed Goats and Elk out to 550yds+ etc.

    It works better than my son's Bushnell etc.
    One thing is to have a new battery at the start of hunting season,
    works very well in Hot or Cold weather.


  8. L W P

    L W P

    May 29, 2016
  9. T-shooter


    Mar 30, 2017
    I took a chance and bought an off-brand rangefinder from Amazon figuring I'd send if back if it didn't meet expectations. A Uineye for $175. I got the highest rated one which is suppose to be good out to 1,950 yards. I don't know about that but I have measured just over 1,800 yards several times and it is accurate to the yard from what I can see on Google Earth measuring from point to point. At that distance (a house) I had to use a tripod. I have measured out to 1,350 yards handheld and it's repeatable. On closer distances, at 100 and 200 yards, it's within a foot and those locations were measured with a 150' tape measure. Also have a built in level and had 8X magnification. I couldn't be happier with it. Only thing that needs improved is a lighted viewfinder.
  10. Flouncer

    Flouncer What the heck it works for me !! Gold $$ Contributor

    Dec 6, 2010
    I also bought a Unieye off Amazon and tested it against objects later confirmed with Google Earth GPS at 1,000 yards. I have not used it to make a game shot with. But IMHO some of the high end units are throwing away about $0.90 on the dollar if you only need a simple single function accurate range finder. I haven't dropped it on rocks, submerged it, stepped on it or thrown it yet but so far working as advertised. It's 8x and only has one single function, on or off. I don't need a $800 lens on a plastic range finder that fits in my pocket.
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  11. KY-Windage


    Jun 28, 2018
    Quality of glass matters! I recently got a Leica 2400 for $550 and I am delighted with it.

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