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    I am looking for a good laser range finder under $300. I have been looking at leupold and the Bushnell. Just not sure what all I need to be comparing, never looked given them any thought before. Any ideas?

    Thanks!
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    Before taking any of my advice for granted on here research the legal ramifications thoroughly I am not the Troopers nor am I the Judge that will be presiding over your case/hearing. Please read the hunting and sportfishing regulations and feel free to interpret their meaning on your own.

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    ive heard good things about the nikon laser 800. Can be found at ebay for under 300.00. Ive never been overly impressed with bushnell optics, never have tried theyre rangers though. A guy at sportsmans optics counter said the leupolds have been coming back with probs. Take that with a grain of salt, as sometimes they arent that knowledgable or reliable, but I guess he does maybe keep tabs on returns.

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    • #3
      There was a thread about this same topic a little while back on the bowhunting forum, you might check there for more info. I have narrowed my search down to the Nikon and the Bushnell scout pro in the 800 and 1200 yard models. I am actually going down to Cabelas tomorrow to test um out...I will let you know what I think on the other end of the weekend.
      Joshua

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      • #4
        nikon 800

        If you can't find a nikon 800 on ebay, try to come up with a little more cash to get one. I've used my father's and it is worth it. He also has a number of the scopes and we both use their binos too. Clear/bright optics and easy to use. Maybe I'm biased??

        BucknRut-Don't get too used to "going down to Cabelas tomorrow to test um out", because you can't do that up here Sure Sportsman's is nice, but I've heard it's nothing like the big Cabelas down there. I need someone to drag me outta Sportsman's when I'm in there. I can't imagine being in the main Cabelas store. I'd try to hide out in a tent over night! And of course I'd be broke at the end of the day too

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        • #5
          Thanks for the input, I hadn't even thought of Nikon. I have their binos and spotter so not sure what happened there? Have to start lurking on ebay again. Always been a bit of a Leupold fan been using their scopes for years.

          Mod Elan I know what you mean about Cabelas, all my life I had wanted to go in one. Summer of 2005 I was in Texas when they opened the two stores there. I am sure my wife is glad we were only there for a couple of months. We managed to spend more than we should of every time I managed to trick her in to going there.
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          "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell

          Before taking any of my advice for granted on here research the legal ramifications thoroughly I am not the Troopers nor am I the Judge that will be presiding over your case/hearing. Please read the hunting and sportfishing regulations and feel free to interpret their meaning on your own.

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          • #6
            I promised a report

            I had the opportunity to compare a ton of stuff at Cabelas this last weekend and Rangefinders were on my list. I was considering the Nikon and the Bushnell in the 800 and 1200 yard range.

            My Criteria (in no specific order):
            • Clarity of glass
            • Simplicity of functions and use
            • Weight/size
            • Comfort
            • What my eye is most comfortable with
            My observation and opinions:
            • Nikon’s glass was far superior to Bushnell’s
            • Both were extremely simple to use and functions were fairly simple
            • Bushnell weighed less and was smaller in size, but not that noticeable
            • Bushnell was far more comfortable in my hand and made for easy one-handed use
            • Despite the size and comfort of handling the Bushnell, the eye comfort of the Nikon was more crucial to me
            The Verdict….Hung Jury!

            …AND THEN I MADE THE MISTAKE of trying out the Leica Rangemaster 1200!

            My observation and opinions:
            • Unbelievable glass!
            • One job, one function…one button!
            • 4.5”x2.3”x1.3”, 7.76oz…fit in my shirt pocket!
            • Easy to steady, easy to operate…like it was made to fit in the palm of my hand!
            • I could look through it for a minute or a day with NO strain to my eye!
            The Verdict…As soon as I justify spending $600, its mine!

            Disclaimer: I did checkout the Swaro and it did not compare to the Leica.
            Joshua

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            • #7
              Thanks for the comparison Joshua. Guess I am settled on the Nikon 300. Now I just have to convince my wife and mom thats what I want for Christmas.
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              "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell

              Before taking any of my advice for granted on here research the legal ramifications thoroughly I am not the Troopers nor am I the Judge that will be presiding over your case/hearing. Please read the hunting and sportfishing regulations and feel free to interpret their meaning on your own.

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              • #8
                Bronco.....

                Originally posted by broncoformudv View Post
                Thanks for the comparison Joshua. Guess I am settled on the Nikon 300. Now I just have to convince my wife and mom thats what I want for Christmas.
                I never have a problem convincing them what I want...it's GETTING that I have the problem with

                Good Luck!

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                • #9
                  SWFA, a good dealer for optics, is selling a new Leica Rangemaster 1200 on E-bay for $460 + $12 shipping. A bit better than $600, eh?
                  I may be slow, but I get where I'm going!

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                  • #10
                    .338-06?????

                    Originally posted by .338-06 View Post
                    SWFA, a good dealer for optics, is selling a new Leica Rangemaster 1200 on E-bay for $460 + $12 shipping. A bit better than $600, eh?
                    Was that an auction item or a in-store item. I couldn't find it and it's been a while since you posted, but thought I'd ask.

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                    • #11
                      Nikon Monarch 800

                      I just bought a new one off ebay for 260.00 plus 5.00 for postage. Thats better then the 359.00 you see all over town. Can't wait to try it out!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BucknRut View Post
                        Was that an auction item or a in-store item. I couldn't find it and it's been a while since you posted, but thought I'd ask.
                        I thought it was an e-bay store item. SWFA is a big optics dealer out of the second largest state-Texas. They have a website, www.riflescopes.com, if I remember correctly.
                        I may be slow, but I get where I'm going!

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