Real quick on range finders

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  1. theprofessor

    theprofessor 6 pointer

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    Prime Day on Amazon has seen a bunch of these on sale for increasingly appealing prices. Lemme ask y'all a couple quick questions:

    1. "Golf" vs "hunting' rangefinders--is there really a difference? Are any of you hunting with a golf rangefinder? Does it work ok?
    2. Has anyone tried one of these $70-80 jobs? Gogogo, Anyork, etc? Is it really worth it to plunk down $1-200 more for a Vortex or some such?
     
  2. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

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    It’s worth it. I put money down on a Nikon 15 years ago. And it still does good. Lens are a little scratched from pocket use with no caps and paper towels to clean them with. But that my fault. Spend the money and get a good one. You won’t regret it
     
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  3. bdbrown66

    bdbrown66 8 pointer

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    For the money, it's hard to beat the Sig Sauer Kilo series.
     
  4. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 12 pointer

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    I got a bushnell in 2009 or 10 and it’s been great. I think it was around 100-150
     
  5. dirtstalker

    dirtstalker 12 pointer

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    Ive had a 100 dollar simmons from dunhams for about 6 years now. It does what i need it to. Does up to i think 500 yrds..thats a helluva lot further then i need to know. I take the battery out at the end of season. Using the same battery i put in it new.
     
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  6. luvtohunt

    luvtohunt 10 pointer

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    I've got one of the bushnell brand ones that was equivalent to the older yardage pro 400. This one is the upright camo version but still think it was less than a hundred new 6-7 years ago. had zero issues with the exception of one dead battery lol
     
  7. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 12 pointer

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    I think mines a Simmons come to think of it. No issues. Still on the original batteries too
     
  8. Drahts

    Drahts 12 pointer

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    Always get the best optics you can afford. Your optics can make or break your hunt.
     
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  9. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Nikon 440 is 15 years old. Nothing fancy but works like new
     
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  10. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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    I've got a Simmons, sounds like maybe the same as your alls. I gave maybe 80 bucks for it one year on sale. Had it about 6-7 years too. Might upgrade to one with angle compensation if it ever craps out, but still going strong.
     
  11. gettin bit

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    I have been running the redfield raider for well over 10 yearS and I think it was around $150 new. I have left it in the rain over night a couple times and it still works like it always has. Just this year I lost the cap that holds the battery in the unit. So I called up Leupold and they had one in the mail that day free of charge! I would buy another if this one got lost or broken.
     
  12. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

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    My next one will be a Leupold
    ABC6D250-FC03-45F0-8EBA-B54AF46F2929.jpeg I’ll save up and get it next year. Unless Christmas is really good this year. This is one of five things on the list. But she will probably get me the gift on the list that’s $80. Lol.
     
  13. rabbit dawg

    rabbit dawg 6 pointer

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    I’d also recommend getting one with a red readout. The black read outs are hard to see in low light.
     
  14. xilk123

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    I've got the simmons, was less than $100. Going on 8-9 years now without a problem. Forgot it laying outside on the trampoline one night beside where I was practicing and it rained all night and never caused an issue. Only complaint I could nit pick compared to some of the higher end ones is it may be +/- a half yard cause it don't show partial yards it rounds up or down.
     
  15. dirtstalker

    dirtstalker 12 pointer

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    Agree with the yardage rounding..but its never caused me an issue. Mine has something rattling.on the inside..has been for a few years now, but it still works.
     
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