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Seems to be a good one Rich....I have the Bushnell which I got at Wal-Mart for under $100. Good +/- 1 yard to 750. Works great. Same 9 volt Batt for 3 years now. I range trees from my deer stands for reference points, which I then mark with colered tape. However it does say with mine only guarenteed distance to 350 on deer sized targets. If I was shooting over 200 yards in hilly/mountainous country believe I would have an ARC compesator model. Bow hunders use them a lot. Shooting Up or Down grade does affect the point of impact but for rifle dosnt really come into play under 200....I dont think.
 

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That Simmons looks like a good deal.
I have a Bushnell Trophy that works well for all intents & purposes.
Except - the button to activate is really hard to push. Takes a lot of pressure to get it to work. It could just be the one that I have and not typical of that make/model. With that said, I won't buy another one without testing it first.

SWO1 - you brought up an interesting point about rifles and bullet arc. Rather than hijack the thread, I'll start another.
 

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That Simmons looks like a good deal.
I have a Bushnell Trophy that works well for all intents & purposes.
Except - the button to activate is really hard to push. Takes a lot of pressure to get it to work. It could just be the one that I have and not typical of that make/model. With that said, I won't buy another one without testing it first.

SWO1 - you brought up an interesting point about rifles and bullet arc. Rather than hijack the thread, I'll start another.
I have the Bushnell Yardage Pro 450. Only one BIG button on the side to push. But if I dont push "Straight in" it also dosnt seem to want to work...

I looked up laser range finders and a lot of Interesting comments about them. Seems a lot of people dont know the proper use of them. Some Real winners:

Wont read under 15 yards
Wont read thru bushes
Cant pick up a golf flag/stick...useless
If it aint a Ziss it aint worth %$##
Deer dont stay put long enough to use it
 

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I think mine is a Bushnell and I love it. It has archery and rifle functions, a ballistic computer with data for most popular rounds, and an angle compensator that automatically gives horizontal distance and angle. It also has a target or background function for long distance ranging. If in target mode it will pick the target out from the background and give data. In background mode it will give a distance based on the average of the hits it gets. It was about 150 from Midway.

Confirmed: It's a Bushnell Scout 1000. Used it today.
 

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well guys I picked up the Simmons yesterday.
I went another store and checked out a few more before going to the one that had the one I was looking at,I liked the Simmons the best.
been outside looking at trees and stuff in the yard.
 

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that's funny, all the guys that I know who carry, them forget to use them, when in the field (buck fever). "I saw the buck and forgot I had it!" is the usual quote.
To a point, there is truth in what you say. At least in my case, that would be true most of the time.
Therefore, when I set up in my stand or blind, I range objects in my field of view as a reference and commit them to memory. So from that standpoint, I have found rangefinders to be useful.
Just my 2 cents.
 

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I used it a lot.
and being new to this hunting and such,I had no Idea how really far away things are.
take this pic here...it shows my carrot out just past the 100 yard mark,that way I knew right from the blind how far out the deer would be,if they ever came around.
I made up different markings for different distances.
75 yards,100 yards,and 150 yards.


these where out the day before on my corn line
 
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