Range finders... worth it??

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  1. ChrisKill22

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    im looking to buy a range finder but im not looking to spend a ton of money. I would be happy if i could find one for around 100$, but if im going to get one i want it to work , so any suggestions
     
  2. Jeepwillys

    Jeepwillys Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Range finders are definitely worth it. As to which one to buy you'll get a lot of different answers. I use a Nikon Archers Choice.
     
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    kurveball18 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Yes, Nikon
     
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    Another vote for nikon archers choice
     
  6. Justin

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    I think it's more of a 2 part answer.

    1. YES, they are definitely worth it. In fact, to a bowhunter a rangefinder is worth it's weight in gold.

    2. Is it worth it to spend a fortune on one? Personally, I don't think so. While they fancy ones are nice to have, they usually have a lot of bells and whistles most bowhunters don't need. I'm not sure $100 is going to get you something that's reliable and going to last, but $150 - $200 should definitely do the trick.
     
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    macsolocam Weekend Warrior

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    Glass clarity, red LED light up display that's easier to see your cross hairs on your target, smaller, lightweight, .... these are not always bells and whistles, sometimes these are necessities.

    I've found that half the range finders in the case at work that are in the 100$ market are very hard to see your target through. If you have a 300-450$ vortex, Leopold, or leica next to a 100$ halo you easily see the difference.

    If you can try to find a shop that has them unboxed so you can play with them. I believe Leopold makes a sub200$ range finder that's solid. Also keep in mind you'll get a better warranty with a better range finder


    "Couldn't think of a good Signature"
     
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    frantzracing0 Weekend Warrior

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    I love my little Nikon Aculon. Think I paid right at $150
     
  9. remmett70

    remmett70 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    It all depends on where you are hunting, I always know the distances in the shooting areas I have. I've measured them out ahead of time. I will never get a shot over 30yards so I have no need for one.
     
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    Another vote for Nikon Archer's Choice Max
     
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    I have a Wild Game Innovations Ranger Finder. I bought it for around $125 last year at Bass Pro. Well worth it. I do not think it is necessary to spend more money if the majority of your hunting is for deer out of a tree stand or ground blind.
     
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    Definitely worth it and check eBay? You can generally find one with ARC or what every they call it now for around 100.00
     
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    I have been using a Nikon Prostaff 3 for several years and love it. Bright, clear easy to use, I paid $149 for it on sale. It is brighter than the Bushnell my friend has. The only thing I don't like is the black text. It can be hard to see in low light.

    -Mike
     
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    Well worth the money. Knowing the distance is critical to hunting.
    You do get what you pay for. I'm using a Nikon 7i now.
    If I were hunting a lot, I'd have a Sig Sauer Kilo.
     
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    Agreed! I have the Archer's Choice too.
     
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    I have an archers choice, it seldom goes with me in the field and when it does I seldom use it. I'd sell it if I didn't hunt the west occasionally. It's a luxury to me, a little practice and knowing yardage is pretty easy.
     
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    BACKSTRAPASSASSIN Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I hardly use mine....when I do need it though it's one of those things that makes it worth every penny....if you will rarely use it grab something cheap....you can always dump it and upgrade later....I think the halo one I have was 100 bucks....works great

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    Part of the fun for me is having to estimate the distance under pressure and having to contain my scent using the wind and thermals. I don't have any desire for a range finder or ozonics. That is just me and I don't feel like my hunting is any harder than others because I choose not to use those options.
     
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    Bushnell with ARC has worked well for me.
     
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    I bought a bushnell off Craigslist for $50 guy said he used it for 2 seasons.. I mean I didn't picture a range finder taking much wear and tear so I scooped it up. Looked at the box.. $279.99 sticker still on it. Works great and I love it, just keep an eye out for deals
     

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