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    Question Swarovski Range finder

    Hi, anyone got one and are they any good? Thinking about getting a set as I don't want to carry around a set of bins and a range finder. I currently use SLC 7X42 which are excellent.

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    Redmist has one and swears by it, of course as he is getting older he may need to invest in a proper pair of bins!!

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    I had one a couple of years ago, rated it very highly to be honest but I PX'd it for a syndicate place as I had a set of Bins also. To be honest, I'd stick with the binos, rangefinding comes with practice.

    Easiest way is to measure 100m, then pace it, I am 108 steps on flat ground, practice this when out walking anywhere. Look at a fixed point, (that's not 20m away, but upto what you think is about 250m), then pace it, after a relatively short time, you should get good at it and be generally within 20m, which for stalking will be more than accurate enough. Another method is to "Bracket", knowing that it's more than 70m but not as far as 100m, estimated 85m then, or, it's more than 120m but not 150m, estimated 135m, again, for stalking, more than accurate enough you can practice this and then pace to confirm.

    TJ
    Position and hold must be firm enough to support the firearm
    The firearm must point naturally at the target without any undue physical effort
    Sight alignment (aiming) must be correct
    The shot must be released and followed through without disturbing the position

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    dont they fail optically much earlier than a set of bins? my leica one certainly does?

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    I use them exclusively, but they are definitely a compromise.

    The 8x30 single tube fails in low light well before decent 8x42 bin's or a 50mm scope.

    I am pretty much blind (not completely) in the left eye, if both worked, I would have the bin's. They are light, and work reasonable well, but I am thinking of buying the bins anyway for the bigger lens.
    Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tartinjock View Post
    I had one a couple of years ago, rated it very highly to be honest but I PX'd it for a syndicate place as I had a set of Bins also. To be honest, I'd stick with the binos, rangefinding comes with practice.

    Easiest way is to measure 100m, then pace it, I am 108 steps on flat ground, practice this when out walking anywhere. Look at a fixed point, (that's not 20m away, but upto what you think is about 250m), then pace it, after a relatively short time, you should get good at it and be generally within 20m, which for stalking will be more than accurate enough. Another method is to "Bracket", knowing that it's more than 70m but not as far as 100m, estimated 85m then, or, it's more than 120m but not 150m, estimated 135m, again, for stalking, more than accurate enough you can practice this and then pace to confirm.

    TJ
    You missed the "squad average" method!

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    There is a large barn across the fields from the back of my house. It just happens to be 600 yards exactly from one point in the middle of the garden. If I range the barn with the swaro and get it exactly 600yards, I can take two large steps towards the barn, ping it again and get 598 yards.

    That is a +/- 1% margin of error at 600yards. Pretty accurate I think.
    Brian.

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    I've had some for 18months. No hesitation recommending them, optics are excellent, I do use them instead of bins and don't feel I need anything more unless in the highlands where a bit more magnification is nice. They will range to 1999yds in ideal conditions, over 1000yds routinely.

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    Very impressed with mine , not that i have had any other make as i have had no need to change, i quite often take them in the mornings as opposed to both bins and rangefinder as the light will only get better,
    As for them failing MUCH earlier well, i use swarovski 8.5 x 42 el's and there is not much in it between them really, basically if they are starting to "fail" and you need to range "it" then go home instead. The only down side is that they are a bit bigger than the leica's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deer man View Post
    You missed the "squad average" method!
    But there is only normally me there, so it would be my average

    TJ
    Position and hold must be firm enough to support the firearm
    The firearm must point naturally at the target without any undue physical effort
    Sight alignment (aiming) must be correct
    The shot must be released and followed through without disturbing the position

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