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Looking for opinions #7297541
07/01/21 07:12 PM
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Eau Claire Wi
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I am considering getting a range finder for hunting. Looking for economical options as id like one for myself and one for The Boy. I am not interested in long range shooting. They will be used for squirrels with a 22, bow hunting, and deer with a rifle under 200 yards. I see a few under a hundred apiece but as I've never even looked through one I wouldn't know what was better. Not sure they can be used for squirrel sized game or if leaves would give false readings or even if someone can see a small animal like that in a tree against a dark background of leaves or a bright background or sky. I won't pay more than 300 for both if it gets higher than that I'll just keep hunting the way I've been doing it for 30+ years lol


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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297544
07/01/21 07:17 PM
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Sandhills Nebraska
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At 200 yards I personally wouldn't spend the $ on a rangefinder..
I have never owned one.

Last edited by Gary Benson; 07/01/21 07:17 PM.

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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297549
07/01/21 07:27 PM
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Eau Claire Wi
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I know the 200 yards is really max distance and yeah for a deer rifle it's sighted in to be on at 200 so no real need. More for shooting 22 to its maximum range on squirrels. I put a couple scopes on our 22s with mil dots but haven't plinked much with em yet. The range finder is more that I want one so I might get one but its not important enough to go broke getting a couple


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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Gary Benson] #7297550
07/01/21 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Gary Benson
At 200 yards I personally wouldn't spend the $ on a rangefinder..
I have never owned one.


He also said for bow hunting. And for his kid
I agree if just gun hunting for me but others don't have my experience.

Sig kilo 2000 is what I bought because it's accurate picked up much better than my Leopold rx 1000 I used to use.
I think it was in the low $225 ish range. Best I have found for the price.

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297558
07/01/21 07:36 PM
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I found one on Amazon. Don't remember the brand. Bout 100 bucks. I know that isn't any help, lol but what I figured out is get one with lighted display. Mine works great, but if it's low light you can't read the numbers on the screen

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297568
07/01/21 07:42 PM
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Eau Claire Wi
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Good to know. Like I said I know nothing about them and I'm looking for any and all opinions.


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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297586
07/01/21 08:15 PM
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In my experience with range finders you need to get one that claims almost double the distance you want it to read. I had a 600 yd range finder that had trouble with deer at 250 to 300 sometimes depending on light and other factors.

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297592
07/01/21 08:22 PM
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Swords Creek, VA
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Trap Setter, I have a Nikon that I have used for years with no problem. Think I paid around a 100 bucks for it. Eric

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297599
07/01/21 08:31 PM
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Eau Claire Wi
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Bearded, how small a target will it mark?


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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297604
07/01/21 08:36 PM
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Swords Creek, VA
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Have used it on groundhogs, and have ranged squirrel while sitting in the deer stand. It is waterproof and I believe it is shock proof. I have dropped it out of the tree stand a couple of times and it still works. Eric

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297607
07/01/21 08:37 PM
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Good info! thank you


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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297609
07/01/21 08:39 PM
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I use mine for a lot of things measuring acreage, target setup pretty accurate compared to my old wheel/counter great for turkey hunts mines a bushnell supposedly good to 600 yds had it for years no issues for me it was a 100 bucks well spent


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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297781
07/02/21 07:31 AM
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I agree with Gary that there is no need for one inside of 200 yd for hunting. However, you asked some other questions too. Regarding leaves: Yes, many will read the closest thing bouncing the signal back which is often not the target object in brushy country. Some have a "last target" feature to prevent this type of reading error and provide a reading to the farthest target sending a signal back. You won't be able to get a range to a squirrel in a tree directly, but you should be able to read the distance to the tree trunk. Also, the distance rating is for highly reflective objects like road signs, your truck, and large flat rocks. Reliable readings of softer targets like animals or trees is typically about 1/2 the advertised distance.

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297798
07/02/21 08:04 AM
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Get one for farther than you need. They dont normally work as far out as they say. It will be good for the boy to use. To sit at a rifle range as a kid and shoot a target with nothing around to judge distance and then hunt in the woods and see a big buck 300 yards away and not know how far it is. Plus it will give you something to do with the kid while you sit bored in the woods. You can guess yardage and then use the rangefinder. Last year a bunch of us were shooting 300 yards and we all used different range finders to set the distance. Cheap and expensive ones were all very close.

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297801
07/02/21 08:05 AM
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Thanks EdP


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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297810
07/02/21 08:12 AM
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I use the rangefinder I use for golf. Precisionpros. Only issue it has is it has a wider beam so sometimes it picks up behind the target. Fog kills it though because it breaks thee beam.

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297813
07/02/21 08:16 AM
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I got a Vortex from Academy and I love it. From a gun purchase I had a $100 off coupon.


I only shoot rabbits and squirrels from plinking distances but I do use the range finder if I set up on hogs or predator calling. I range tree trunks near the trail entrances or other places I expect a critter to show up. Like CMJ says you can make a little game out of it and train your eye at the same time


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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297833
07/02/21 08:43 AM
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Here is a little different game for you to play with range finder to teach the boy a trick.. Prior to all the GPS stuff. I used to use my range finder or one the boss had. I have small Nikon boss had bigger 1000 yard Bushnell..
I used it to triangulate corners of search grids or start point of transect line.. Can even dial in trap location out in a field by picking 3-4 points to range.. Sure is not as quick as walking to a spot with GPS.. Once your in general location you can get close enough to kick traps out of the snow though. For what I was doing I had a map to work off with distances noted. Anyway some thing to play with more to learn the unit and range to eyes.
My little Nikon wasn't expensive and I've had it for years think it's 200 yards. I've used it squirrel hunting more to just range distance of different trees. Then after shoot squirrel maybe range the limb.. As a kid I of course had none of the fancy gizmos.. I learned a lot of my ranging by eye and comparing to things to foot ball field. I carry my range finder deer hunting too. Will look at something say to my self how far is that. Then range it just to see how close I'am..
Where I deer hunt is wooded so 100 yards is long shot. I have head shot squirrels out at 60-70 yards with my 17HMR. I only know that by ranging the limb after the shot.. I really just play with my range finder.

Mac

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Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297869
07/02/21 09:40 AM
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I bought a cheap one 2 years ago for bow hunting. It was under 100$. I wish I woulda saved that to put towards a better 1. It works good for setting the practice target and ranging the bigger trees around when in a stand, but it is hard to get a good reading past 30yards. Trees need to be fairly good sized past 20 yds to get a good reading.(like as 12"+ diameter) It's a little better than guessing the yardage when I have the time to scan with it and get a good reading. I have yet to use it on a live target as I wouldn't waste the time with the unit I have as I would likely miss an opportunity.

Re: Looking for opinions [Re: Trap Setter] #7297874
07/02/21 09:49 AM
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I got a range finder for my Wife so she could find the range and cook me a meal.

Hahaha! Jk


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