Range finders... worth it??

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  1. BACKSTRAPASSASSIN

    BACKSTRAPASSASSIN Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Yeah but you are a cyborg...machine...not human....you don't count

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    I have never owned one or used one.
     
  3. Justin

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    :lol: Rangefinders vs. Ozonics is very apples and oranges to me. Sure, estimating range can be fun. I get it. But it can also be a very tricky thing even for the most experienced hunters. In archery the difference of a few yards can easily mean the difference in a hit or miss, or a clean kill and a non-recovered animal. Determining the distance of your shot is one of the fundamental keys to success with bow & arrow and I don't feel one iota bad about using a rangefinder.

    Carrying a machine that generates a gas to try and defeat an animal's nose is a whole separate level of technology that can be debated all day long.
     
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    I have a Bushnell Scout and use it all the time. In fact, two years ago,it was all I carried, optic wise.
     
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    Is it worth it to get binoculars with rangefinder built in or should I stick with just a range finder?
     
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    Another vote for Nikon Archers Choice
     
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    They are worth every penny. My judgement of distance is getting better off the cuff but not good enough to not use a range finder. Typically what I'll do is pre-range trees, rocks or whatever I can as soon as I sit down so I have those hard distances. I've even made range cards on 3x5 cards so I don't forget. This is handy so you aren't fumbling with your rangefinder while the animal is in front of you. Here's the one I've used for the last 1.5 years and it's been great. It's bow only so it's a bit cheaper. After getting my bow and other essential items to hunt, this was the first thing I bought.

    Amazon.com : Bushnell Team Primes The Truth ARC Bow Mode Laser Rangefinder, 4 x 20mm : Sports & Outdoors
     
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    Additionally if there is something you are going to spend a little more money on, optics and a good rangefinder would be a place I'd suggest to spend a little more.
     
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    Hard part is getting them to take the end of the tape in their mouth and walk out 20 yards before turning broadside.
     
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    They are pretty sweet if you can afford a pair.

    I've used both the Swarovski and Leica versions and they are phenomenal but pricey.
     
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    they are great hold and look through but I refuse to hunt with binoculars worth more than my truck....
     
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    I have a leupold rx1000 and Lecia rangemaster 1600b. They both been excellent . I wouldn't hunt without one.
     
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    I have the Leica 1600.
    I like it a lot.
     
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    I hear you Justin, rangefinders are just not for me. I use a GPS, a climbing stand, and a compound bow. I use technology to benefit me as well so don't think I am saying I am some kind of bow hunting purist, because I am not.

    Hunt how you guys want, not a big deal to me.
     
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    Back in the day, I splurged on a rangefinder. You know, the kind with the dials where you try to get the least blurry image and then look at the dial mark to see what the it reads. Guessing was more accurate. And so I did. For a long time. :)

    Currently we have a semi-functional Bushnell Scout, a Nikon pro-staff and a Leupold rx1000i. Soon we'll have a Sig Kilo. I like knowing the yardage. I have a very slow bow and a couple of long range rifles. :)

    I still have never used a peep sight. Because peep sights are cheating... like ozonics. heh heh heh....
     
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    I never really needed one because the farthest shot i have is 40 yards and i have landmarks for distances so i can get it into the kill zone without much trouble. I would however say that it would be worth it if you are hunting a new area and wanted to pick out range markers to use one from the tree that would be worth it.
     

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