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I am looking for a new range finder. I have a Leopold and I am not very happy with it. They claim it will range to 700 yards but I can’t even get this range finder to work out to 500 yards. I do like the size of it but where I hunt there a lots of long shots. Any suggestion on a better range finder thats works.
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Contact Leupold, if they say it will do it, they will guarantee that it does it.
They are great warranty people ,so I hear

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I did call them, there suggestion was to use a tripod, just what I want to carry around all day.

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I just bought a Bushnell Elite 1500 ARC from Cabelas- it was on sale for $299 for the MossyOak New Break-up- it was originally $499. Put a battery in it tonight and shot a tree at 1100 yards from my porch. I'm really looking forward to putting it thru its paces.

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I have the Leupold rangefinder. I think the fartherest I have been able to range something was something over 600yds, not much tho. The ability of the finder will depend on the refelective surface and the size of the target. I tried to range a building with heavy shadows once, under 200yds, and couldn't do it. Picked another spot that was brighter and picked it right out.

I believe that if I was going to start taking shots at animals at the ranges you suggest, I'd spend the $3000+ on the Leica Gevoid or something similar to it. Of course if you lack the skills to make the shot in the first place then the range finder would be a waste of money.

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Your are probably right about the better range finder. I have always used Leopold products and have been very happy with them. I am heading for Wyoming this week for a deer hunt and we will be stopping by cabellas in Utah. I will probably buy another range finder. I will also look at the Bushnell too.
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I will give you $10.00 for it.

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I already sold it for 200

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I looked at the Bushnell before getting the Leupld. Couldn't get it to work right Needed a better reflective surface than the Leupold.

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I have heard that there have been several complaints about the Leopold range finder not being able to range out to 700 yards like they state. The maximum distance that I has worked for me was 500 yards that was just after trying it several times. I like the size of the Leopold range finder because its small and light weight, not big as some of the other ones out there. Did you get a Bushnell range finder?
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I purchased a Bushnell 600 when they first came out and it works great!

It's a little bit on the larger size compared to the models out today and will scan to the yardage specified + a little bit more. It has all the different modes: Precision Scan, Zip, Rain, Reflective. I use it all the time and it's about the same size as my Nikon 10x25 compact binoculars.

I have to admit though,.. I'm not very impressed with their newer line up. I purchased a new Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout 450 for my boy,... there aren't any different modes like mine, and it seems to have a hard time acquiring the object your trying to distance. I can use my older model and it acquires it quite easily go to do it with his and it will think about it for a while eye roll and sometimes just ignore it. I would have thought the technology would have gotten BETTER in 10 years not go backwards. Brick Wall,)

So I'd suggest actually trying your choices before buying,... if it won't acquire your target and distance it for you in a acceptable time frame, you might as well not purchase one at all. Maybe a GOOD MIL-Dot scope would be the right choice. Think Yes

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