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 Post subject: Range finders
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Anybody here use a range finder?
I'm currently lusting for this one
Vortex® Ranger 1500
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 Post subject: Re: Range finders
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Can't say as I have one, Husk. Don't do enough long gun shooting to justify it... maybe Mo has one, or Scott,
or Jason or Walt or... ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Range finders
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 Post subject: Re: Range finders
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The only way I can gauge distance at these kind of ranges is to think of a football field. Is it
more or less than that? 50% more? Twice? That's where I run out of steam. lol

Where I shoot, it's hard to guess the range....at least for me it's not easy

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 Post subject: Re: Range finders
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It would be cool to have...Or depressing. "That's 100 yards? I can't see 100yards?" "What about 50 yards? That's 50 yards? I can't see 50 yards?"

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I've thought about getting one but the berms at the range I shoot at are already measured.

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srtolly wrote:
I've thought about getting one but the berms at the range I shoot at are already measured.

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That would be handy.
I don't know of any ranges around here, and I've thought about starting a gun range, but I don't know if I want the liability or if I could put up with the stupid people who invariably show up to ruin everyone else's fun.
The problem with buying a high priced range finder is that I don't know how much I'd use it.
Oh sure, I'd use it a lot the first week, I'd have everything measured 6 ways from Sunday, but how much would a guy use it after that?
I guess it'd be handy hunting deer

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Ive got one I bought from sportsmansguide... it ranges out to 800 yds. I have never used it shooting, but I have it if I ever need it. ;) Got a electronic wind gauge too.... same thing.

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waltham41 wrote:
Ive got one I bought from sportsmansguide... it ranges out to 800 yds. I have never used it shooting, but I have it if I ever need it. ;) Got a electronic wind gauge too.... same thing.

How pricey was it?

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Husk... Not sure what happened above... Meant to quote your post but appears I edited it. 'pologies!

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 Post subject: Re: Range finders
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The only way to measure a range like yours is with a range finder. Otherwise, Google maps or Google Earth is the way to go if your part of the woods has been mapped. They are both fairly accurate IF you have landmarks to use. Fairly accurate does NOT mean precise however. There is a limit to how close to the ground any individual map will be. My guess is your section of woods is not well mapped since there is really no public need for it. The map of my place only lets me see clearly down to about 300ft above ground, that's really not close enough for precision measuring.

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 Post subject: Re: Range finders
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Husk... Not sure what happened above... Meant to quote your post but appears I edited it. 'pologies!

No problem, I catch myself doing that once in a while too

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Randy wrote:
The only way to measure a range like yours is with a range finder. Otherwise, Google maps or Google Earth is the way to go if your part of the woods has been mapped. They are both fairly accurate IF you have landmarks to use. Fairly accurate does NOT mean precise however. There is a limit to how close to the ground any individual map will be. My guess is your section of woods is not well mapped since there is really no public need for it. The map of my place only lets me see clearly down to about 300ft above ground, that's really not close enough for precision measuring.

When I look at mine, it's just a fuzzy flat surface

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Yup, but if you CAN make out any landmarks it could get you close. A bullet flies rather flat compared to the terrain. A range finder measures a flat line, so does a map (unless it's a topographic map). So it can get close. I measured my hay field by hand with a 300' tape measure and by using Google maps; the difference was negligible really. I can make out the type of pickup truck in my drive so mine zooms in OK.

I've always wanted a range finder myself because I have had monocular vision from birth. I have never had any depth perception beyond experienced guesstimation.

Even so, a GPS would do the same thing and do it MUCH cheaper. Plus, it can go everywhere with you and get you there in most cases. But even it has limits, my GPS is a Garmin, a good product, not great. It's accuracy is only 10feet, which is good when I'm in a 40foot bus, it lets me know which end I'm on. :hmmm: :funny: A hand held backcountry GPS should have more accuracy methinks. :dunno:

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Hust IIRC I paid about 70 for the rangefinder and 30ish for the wind gauge.. The rangefinder is a bushnell.

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