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    Range Finder

    It may be because I haven't been stalking long enough (10 years), but I've yet to meet anyone who uses a range finder.

    Now most of my stalking is in woodland, but I've also been up to Scotland many times with friends and we all wonder just who it is that buys them.

    Am I just mixing with the wrong crowd? Are they really good and I'm missing out. I'd be interested to hear from someone who uses one.

    Just interested...



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    I borrowed one from a friend who has one and they are useful. Now thinging of buying one.

    They do give you more confiendce in taking the shot as there is less of a chance of shooting to high or to low due to over or under estimating of how far they are away.

    However if used on a regular piece of ground you'll probably use it three or four times as you will have worked out how far key features of your ground are and therefore estimate how far the animal is if it show's 10 ft away from hedge line you know is 150ft away from you etc.

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    Range finders

    After a cool stalk in the borders I found my binoculars had ice inside them,
    and having a closer look at the price you have to pay for a decent pair of binoculars I thought I would go for a good pair,
    after a lot of sole searching I opted for a pair of Leica 8 x 42 Geovids, while out stalking in april found I could not see my muntjac through my 8 x 56 schmidt and bender scope but could still see enough to sex my animal,
    countless times I have been proved wrong by my distance guessing as have most of my mates
    Very expensive but worth every penny

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    Range Finders

    I've had one of the Zeiss Diarange scopes since May and with the 6.5 mm rifle it's on have used over 200 bullets most on the range but a good number on Deer and vermin. Ultimately I want to make sure the bullet placement is spot on ensuring a clean humane kills every time. As for people saying you are likely to use the scope for all viewing, rubbish identification and suitability are all much easier with binoculars, just in the split second before the shot is taken check the distance, personally I will have made the decision to shot before the rifle comes to hand.
    Yes lots of money, but you get what you pay.

  5. #5

    Range finders

    I'm using a .243 and 80grain bullets. It fires them out so flat Ive never seen any need for a range finder. It seems to me that if the deer is at 100 or 150 yrds, I'm going to put the cross hairs on roughly the same place.

    Also, particularly when stalking in woodlands, I don't think there are that many times, when I would have time to use one of these gadgets.

    I can see there may be a benefit on the hill or plain, but not for me. If you guys think they're invaluable that's fine, but I don't think you'd necessary achieve better shot placement.

  6. #6

    Range Finders

    Personally I have never used one.

    From my experience down the range the amount of bullet drop over my "killing range" say up to 200 yards is small and would not make any difference to the point of aim. Foe information I use a 0.243" 80gr calibre rifle.

    However, if it gives people extra confidence in their shot placement until they can gain more experience then I suppose it must be a good thing albeit expensive.


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    Do a google on "point blank range trajectory". If you sight your modern rifle properly, there is no need at all for range finding to more than 350 meters. It makes rangefinders obsolete for all my hunting, since I won't shoot past about 300 meters on anything. If I can't get closer than that, I need to work on my stalking, not my shooting.

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    Interesting thread.

    I suspect that the degree of deviation from horizontal at which one is shooting, is MUCH more significant that significant than an exact knowledge of the range. To understand this, we all have to go back to our school-days (remember cosines?) Of course, those of us shooting slower bullets may need to consider this more than those with blood and thunder, light speed calibres.

    But of course, getting the adjustment for shooting up or downhill, is an ADDITIONAL concern, not an ALTERNATIVE concern. If we get the range wrong by a bit, and the adjustment for inclination wrong by a bit, and they are both wrong in the same direction - then, we have a possible aggregate POI discrepancy that might prove to be significant.

    I don't have a rangefinder at the present, but I'm thinking of ordering one - if only for an additional thrill of retail therapy.

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    Bought one once, used it for about a week, and then sold it on,personally ranges @ which I shoot, a few yards mis estimation hasn`t made alot of difference, then again, I like the old fashioned thinking,use a good lump of lead I use 30-06 with 180 grains. and I know my rifle, and am reasonable @ judging distances, roll of wire = 50 yrds, how many rolls of wire to the animal, is a bit old fashioned but thats the farmer coming out

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    Black wolf interesting to here you use a zeiss diarrange firstly are they any good? Secondly I have the swarovski laser range finder scope on my .17hmr at present I was debating about moving it up to the 6.5x55 I am purchasing next do you think this would be worthwhile?

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