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I'll give it try. I never got the hang of judging long distance in the military. I'm pretty good judging to about 120 yds. After that it's a coin toss. That's a really good idea though. I'm sure if anyone sees me using it, they'll just think I have a monocular.

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I've taken a few elk and deer well inside of 100 yards. There's really very little need to take a shot at a big game animal much beyond 200 yrds with about 300 yards being the absolute maximum reasonable distance for even well experienced hunters. Any distance beyond that and a hunter is just putting their ego ahead of any respect for the animal, just my opinion. Though I'm sure that some hunters will violently disagree with my view.

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Re: Range Finder
jfrench wrote:
I was thinking of getting a range finder. How many of you use one? Are they reliable? And what should I be looking for in one while shopping?

....Take up golf ..great way to judge distance ..range finder is just a pain in the azz to haul around after while for all the good it will do you ! Talk to the Hand

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I use a Nikon Monarch 800 and it works great. Here's what advice I can offer:

1. When a manufacturer claims distance capability, know what they're measuring against. What matters is how far it'll range a non-reflective target. Game and trees don't reflect, unless you're hunting goats or dall sheep. Big difference -- I've ranged white buildings at over 1,000 yards, but it won't reliably pick up an animal until much closer.

2. It doesn't matter if your rangefinder will accurately range out to 1,000 yards if you're not comfortable taking a shot beyond 300.

3. Half yard accuracy is nice, but doesn't matter unless you're bowhunting at close range. Beyond that, your point of aim won't change if it's 152 yards vs 152.5.

4. You're late to need if you're looking through a rangefinder at an animal instead of your scope. Rangefinders aren't something you want to fiddle with when an animal presents itself. Instead, use it to lase various targets in your field of view so you have a good idea how far the animal is when it appears. If you know your distances, you can focus on the shot.

5. Rangefinders are worth their weight in gold when you're in the field and verifying your zero. No matter where you are, you can put exactly 100 yards between you and any given target.

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I agree with we have to much technology with us. However i do like having my rangefinder with me. I feel a little more confident with it.

i will and do leave the gps at home though. I personaly don't know why people need them. But to each his own.

tim

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GPS is one thing I never leave behind. Here's an example of why.

This fall we had a couple guys go up to the North Slope for caribou. They intended to bow hunt, but after an unsuccessful day decided to hike the required five miles off the road to rifle hunt. Hunter 1 had a GPS, Hunter 2 didn't. On the way in, they split up and both got kills. But they couldn't get them out that night and returned to the truck.

The next day they went back out. That night, Hunter 1 got back to the truck and turned on the lights for Hunter 2. Hunter 2 didn't arrive. He'd started back across the tundra, and headed for a light he thought was a truck. By the time he figured out he was headed for a light on the pipeline and was lost, it was too dark to continue. Long story short, he spent the better part of three days and two nights alone out on the tundra in subzero temperatures before he found his way to the road nine miles away from the truck.

I don't take chances -- getting lost is too darned easy.

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Ex,

I think it might be hard for some people who have not seen the tundra to really appreciate how featurelesss it can be.

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