I notice these days, more and more people seem to have acquired or be talking about acquiring rangefinders and/or rangefinding binoculars.
My rifles, or more precisely the cartridges I've chosen and the loads I have developed for those rifles, shoot flat enough to give me PBR's in the order of 180 yards and I rarely shoot deer much beyond that distance. Truth to tell, I usually shoot deer at ranges of between 40 and 120yds. Not that I would be shy of taking a 200 yarder but after that I begin to feel the odds of a clean, solid hit start to fall off rapidly. What with windage and target movement and driver error and all.
So, do other's shoot much further off than me... and NO, I'm not trying to start yet another "long range sniper" debate here. I just wonder why the fashion for the expensive bits of kit that rangefinders (particularly the rangefinding bins) are.
Clearly others have decided they "need" these bits of kit which I know I don't need and I'd be interested to know why.
Is it because of poor trajectories from, odd cartridge choices, or using light loads, or using excessively heavy for calibre bullet choices, or choosing bullets with poor BC's, or having short barrels and compromised muzzle velocities, or what?
Or are they, as I tend to suspect, for the most part, just a fashion statement and/or another gadget for playing with?
And, for goodness sake don't take the huff if you actually do need to measure and record every distance. Though I would also be interested to know why you would feel the need to do this. Atb~Tamus