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Rangefinder

Postby GoGriz1234 » 06 29, 2020 •  [Post 1]

I am hoping to pickup a rangefinder from a 4th of July sale. After reading through here and looking at all the options, it seems a little overwhelming. I am looking to spend between $180-300 and would use it for both rifle and archery hunting. Any suggestions or wisdom for me?

Thanks!
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 06 29, 2020 •  [Post 2]

Jeff, I picked up one of these before my Idaho rifle boom stick hunt two years ago. Like you, I was in the market for something that would work for rifle hunting as well as archery. I'd always had a rangefinder for my bow hunts, but, the model(s) I owned had limited range and certainly weren't optimal for rifle hunting. The little Sig is rated at 1200. With decent weather conditions (no heavy rain or fog), I'm able to accurately range distances out to around 700-800 if I remember correctly (farther than I'd be shooting with a rifle. Worth a look while you're shopping. Oh, price point is pretty decent I think.

https://www.amazon.com/Sig-Sauer-Findin ... B07DX2WMD1
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby Trumkin the Dwarf » 06 29, 2020 •  [Post 3]

I went with the sig 1600, their lowest cost unit to have a red lighted display. So far no complaints!
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 06 29, 2020 •  [Post 4]

Trumkin the Dwarf wrote:I went with the sig 1600, their lowest cost unit to have a red lighted display. So far no complaints!


The red light is certainly a nice feature.
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby GoGriz1234 » 06 29, 2020 •  [Post 5]

Thanks for the super quick feedback guys! Two votes Sig - great to know - I’ll see what sort of deals come up for this weekend!
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby Tigger » 06 29, 2020 •  [Post 6]

Vortex Ranger 1800. Love it. reads out past 1,000 easily.
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby ishy » 06 29, 2020 •  [Post 7]

Three for sig.
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby Swede » 06 29, 2020 •  [Post 8]

I am very satisfied with my Vortex. I know nothing about the Sig, but considering the cast of characters who are promoting it here, I would be skeptical. :lol:
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby Lefty » 07 01, 2020 •  [Post 9]

My daughter has a Vortex and works fine for archery rifle and at the range

I have a 7,8 , year old less than $100 Bushnell works for what We need
The biggest drawback is in low light the glass seems poor quality
The magnification is 1.5 , fine for archery. The crosshairs are not accurate and another point needs to be selected on distant small targets
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby phall » 07 03, 2020 •  [Post 10]

Have sig and vortex recommend both. Although i did have to return the vortex for replacement twice. But rarely use the sig. vortex is smaller lighter and more compact so i use it more often
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby GoGriz1234 » 07 05, 2020 •  [Post 11]

Thanks for all the input! As always, there is a wealth of knowledge here. I ordered a Sig and it comes tomorrow! I’ll report back on this thread at the end of the season just to have another boots on the ground review for the archives.
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby Ubrerer » 09 16, 2020 •  [Post 12]

Canon/Minolta/Olympus/Mamiya fixed lens camera, most are shutter priority though - not that it matters, just change the shutter speed if you don't like the aperture selected by the camera.
I use a Canonet QL19, shutter priority, excellent lens and viewfinder, very good build quality.
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby Swede » 09 23, 2020 •  [Post 13]

Ubrerer: I don't know if you just misread the thread title or are not familiar with range finders. Range Finders are an instrument used to tell you the yards or meters to an object such as an elk. They are mostly used by bow hunters, and gun hunters shooting at long ranges.
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby wawhitey » 09 23, 2020 •  [Post 14]

Sig rangefinders are where its at. Top quality stuff, super quick, crazy long ranging capability, just awesome. Unbelievable what you get for the price. My vortex is just a spare that rides in my truck now for emergency purposes. Not to crap on vortex, i use quite a few of their products, but sig just has the rangefinder thing nailed. All the other companies will have to step it up big time to compete. I dont think anybody out there can touch sigs performance vs cost ratio on rangefinders.
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby DaviddsD » 03 18, 2021 •  [Post 15]

One more for SIG.
I didn’t have a chance to use Vortex but experts say the Ranger 1800 is better than SIG Kilo series.
https://wildproofgear.com/best-rangefinders/
My only complain about SIG is poor vision against a dark background. Anyway, overall experience is very positive.
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby Indian Summer » 03 18, 2021 •  [Post 16]

Welcome aboard Dave! How about a quick intro?
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Re: Rangefinder

Postby Swede » 03 18, 2021 •  [Post 17]

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