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Rangefinder choice?????

I am looking at ideas for a Christmas present.  I don't own a rangefinder, but I would like one for local archery.  That means, I really don't need it for over 50-75 yards, so I don't need one of the $750 ones.  And our weather is pretty much always dry, so I am not worried about that.  Finally, these are all on sale for $99 at Cabelas. 

Has anyone tried any of the 3, and what are your opinions?  Of the 3, I have only used Bushnell products before, and not had a prolem with them.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Home/Holiday-Hot-Buys-Optics%7C/pc/105625080/c/107066880/Bushnell174-Sport-450-Laser-Rangefinder/731214.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fhome-holiday-hot-buys-optics%2F_%2FN-1104356%2B10000050%2FNe-10000050%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Home/Holiday-Hot-Buys-Optics%7C/pc/105625080/c/107066880/Simmons-Vertical-Rangefinder/755810.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fhome-holiday-hot-buys-optics%2F_%2FN-1104356%2B10000050%2FNe-10000050%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Home/Holiday-Hot-Buys-Optics%7C/pc/105625080/c/107066880/Wildgame-Innovations8482-r400-Halo-Laser-Rangefinder/752255.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fhome-holiday-hot-buys-optics%2F_%2FN-1104356%2B10000050%2FNe-10000050%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU

 

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Of those three choices I

Of those three choices I think I would go with the Bushnell.  For one I have that same model and it has worked very well for me no complaints.  I have a buddy that bought one of the WildGame nation ones and ended up taking it back and buying a different one.  he was whitetail hunting and it would not pick up the deer in low light conditions.  Good luck on your choice and let us now what you get and how it works.

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That's exactly what I was

That's exactly what I was looking for, someone who has used it.  I was leaning towards the Bushnell, but was going to settle for the Simmons because the Bushnell was wtill $150 or so at the time.  But, I logged on yesterday to check the Simmons, and saw the Bushnall had dropped to match it. 

Like I said, the weather is never bad here, but how do you find the bushnell for fog, rain, etc.?

I went ahead and asked my wife for the Bushnell, so if it's a lemon, I'm coming after you!!!! lol

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Sounds like it may be too

Sounds like it may be too late cuz Mrs. Claus already has the order in but consider what you might need the unit for later, not just what is needed now.  Draw an antelope tage for the top eastern part of the state or a deer tag in the Sierra's & you just might want a rangefinder that'll reach out more than 100 yards. 

As for durability of Bushnell, I've got an old (at least 10 years now) Bushnell rangefinder that just won't die.  Though sold as working out 600 yards, with the right conditions and target it's accurately read out to almost 700 yards.  Just wish the damn thing would break though.  As being on of the first generation units, it's too big (almost as big as my 10x40 glasses) & I'd kinda like to have the angle compensation option too.

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