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Posted: 12/26/2004 5:06:56 AM EDT
Hey Guys,

My folks got me a Bushnell yardage pro 500 for Christmas--i was all excited as I;ve beeen wanting a LRF for quite a while. Well needless to say it sucks a big one. Cant get the thing to read over 300 yards on non refelctive, and reflective mode doesnt work at all. So its going back. When it goes back I will have the option of getting another, or upgrading. Now I could upgrade to the 1000 model, or spend a buch more money and get either the cabelas, or a leica one. The bushnell is a fine piece of glass--the controls just aint working so hot right now.

ANy one out there have any experience with Bushnell LRF's? WHats the concensus on a nice LRF. I'm going to be using this for high power, ranging for the M14, and eventually a 50 Bmg.


Link Posted: 12/26/2004 1:42:05 PM EDT
I considered buying the same one. I was looking for one that would meet the minimum criteria of:

- capable of ranging either a brown cardboard IDPA target, or a deer, out to 400 yards.

I called Bushnell, and asked which one would get it done. The guy told me that the minimum one he could guarantee that would do this is the Yardage Pro Legend, which is of course, pricier. I found mine online for a little over $300 bucks. I am very satisfied with its performance.

Yardage Pro Legend

In addition to being very useful, its pretty indestructable. I stupidly left it in my treestand over night, in a driving rainstorm. No damage, worked perfectly.

I know its too late, but you should have called them first. They don't bullshit you. The maximum range rating on LRF is under ideal circumstances, on ideal targets. Throw in variables, and all bets are off.
Link Posted: 12/26/2004 1:48:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2004 1:49:24 PM EDT
Same post about a month ago. I posted that my Bushnell 800 Compact is fantastic and lots of people chimed in and agreed. I have had no problems at all with my 800 Compact and compared it side by side to a friends Leica. (The Leica kicks magor ass and has much better glass, way clearer)
The Bushnell and Leica gave the same readings within a foot up close and a yard at the longer distances.

I am very happy with my Bushnell, but very impressed with the more expensive Leica.
Link Posted: 12/26/2004 2:02:38 PM EDT
In optics, you get what you pay for.

Sure, there are some turds, and some bargains.... but for the most part, see the sentence above:
Link Posted: 12/26/2004 2:06:49 PM EDT
I have a Leica LRF1200:

Just save till you can afford it. Seriously, it's worth it.
Link Posted: 12/26/2004 2:11:17 PM EDT
I have the newcon optik 1600 and it will range brown/black objects out to 1100-1200 yards. It reads shiney/white objects out a little past 1650.
Link Posted: 12/26/2004 2:19:29 PM EDT

Link Posted: 12/26/2004 2:32:36 PM EDT
Leica 1200 is the way to go.
Link Posted: 12/29/2004 9:03:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/29/2004 9:12:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By QuietShootr:
I have a Leica LRF1200:

Just save till you can afford it. Seriously, it's worth it.

Who did the camo job on your target rifle, how did they do it, and how much? It looks really good.
Link Posted: 12/29/2004 9:15:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2004 9:16:44 AM EDT by NewbHunter]
Swarovski has a new one out that supposedly ranges to 1500 yards. I haven't tried it out yet though, so I really don't know how good it is, but if it's anything like the rest of the products they make I'm sure it's top notch. Of course it's also $800

In my experience the Leicas have been more reliable than the Bushnells in varying conditions, but we've had customers who are very satisfied with the Bushnells as well.
Link Posted: 12/29/2004 9:20:00 AM EDT
Bushy YP 100 here. On very bright days, it doesn't work that well at extreme ranges on non replective stuff. For hunting/outdoors stuff, it you've only got trees etc to range off, you could do better.

Urban wise, though, if you can find a stop sign, windshield, etc, it will range over 1k yards.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 6:35:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 6:41:17 AM EDT
Leica LRF 1200. Save your money and buy it when you can.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 10:46:35 AM EDT
Ditto. That's what the guys in the sand ask for ... Leica 1200s. Around $ 525.00 if ya shop.

"The Godfather"
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 10:51:39 AM EDT
I've got the YP 1000 and so far it's not only been surprisingly accurate but durable as well. (I've dropped mine-sans case-3 times on concrete and it still operates just fine)

I lased a tree once and it read 190 yards, I thought it was well over 250.

I paced it off and the rangefinder was correct.

Spend more if ya like, but my Bushnell seems to be doing fine.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 10:52:05 AM EDT
I have a Tasco 800 I bought for $149 from Sportsmans Guide. Works well for me. On large objects I can range out to about 600, and once I ranged out a 700+ on a van.

I mostly shoot in competition where the range is known, so I don't have need for anything fancier. But it is fun practicing range estimation with it.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 11:07:07 AM EDT
And yet another case of "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR."

My wife and I bought her Dad a Bushnell Yardage Pro 800. It's nice and he doesn't no any better because he's got nothing to compare it with. When I got my .50cal I saved up and got myself a leica LRF1200. Wow... All I've got to say is IT'S WORTH THE MONEY. I've taken consistant readings off rocks at over a thousand yards. If quality is what you're after... get the Leica bro.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 11:08:54 AM EDT
bushnell,,,yardage pro 1000,,,,+1
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 11:18:08 AM EDT
I just bought a Bushnell YP 500 from Cabelas. I haven't made it to the range with it yet, but I know how far away everything around my house is. I believe that the Bushnell will be enough for what I want to use it for. I could not justify $500 for a rangefinder. That kind of money is for guns.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 9:38:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 9:43:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mike_Mills:
Leica 1200 is the way to go.

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