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#1 Whitetiger

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:26 PM

Got my check for my rifle I won. Tomorrow, Im going to pay off my buck mount & I'll have enough for a new range finder to replace the one I got wet last year. Which range finder should I or would you choose from Cabela's.


Simmons vertical rangefinder- reg. $169.99 on sale for $149.99 - has a 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 reviewers

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the new Nikon prostaff 3 rangefinder- not on sale reg. $179.99 - has 5 out of 5 stars 1 reviewer

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:14 PM

My current rangefinder is the Nikon Riflehunter 500. After owning this for a couple years now, I'll never buy another rangefinder without angle compensation again.

That said, if I had to purchase from Cabela's and had a sub $200 budget, I'd most likely buy this... Link
Bearing in mind that, while I've owned Simmons rifle scopes, I've never owned one of their rangefinders.
Thus, I can not speak for their accuracy or reliability.
The Bushnell and Nikon rangefinders I have owned have been both accurate and reliable.
One of the Bushnell's had a battery drain issue while some users seem to get "lemons" from Nikon.
(If you get a "winner", you're golden. If you get a "lemon", Nikon's customer service seems to be hit or miss.)

Hope any of that helps.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:37 PM

Thanks. & with the rebate, Its cheaper then what I was looking at.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:44 AM

For the money the Nikon would be my choice and most low end rangefinders work well out to 400 yards but beyond that on a bright day there is a huge difference. I have had bushnell and luepold and both had trouble ranging past 400 yards on a bright day. They range farther on over cast days.
We spent the big bucks and got a lieca and it ranges consistently no matter the day 500 to 1200 yards.
One trick is to shade the front objective or wear a black glove to cut the reflection from your hand down for longer ranges.
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