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    Vortex Ranger 1000

    Though the Bushnell seems nice, I'm contemplating between Leica and Vortex. It would be nice to have ballistics integrated, but of course the price point would certainly change

    TV-PressPass, I'm looking at you. I saw the video you posted some time ago on the other board.



    After a couple of years with one of these, how is it holding up?

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    Have a Vortex, seems very good. Easy to use, durable tactile feel and accurate.

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    I have this! I love it. I've only had it about a year, but it hasn't let me down yet.

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    No answer here. No answer on Facebook. What gives, TVPP?

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    I looked at one and they are behind in terms of technology and they aren't cheap either. Bushnell rangefinders get very good reviews and hold over values in inches, MOA and evn Mils now. They aquire the target faster as well. Leupold have the same features but are not reviewed as well.
    One nice feature that Vortex has that nobody offers is a lifetime guarantee..pretty much unheard of in electronics.

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    I've given up on TVPP. I did some research of my own. I think I prefer the Leupold. It's $100 more, but Cabela's has it on sale for $100 off. I also discovered the Leica CRF 1000-R. It's more expensive, but someone is selling a near-new one for the same price as a new Vortex. The lifetime warranty on the Vortex is nice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awndray View Post
    I've given up on TVPP. I did some research of my own. I think I prefer the Leupold. It's $100 more, but Cabela's has it on sale for $100 off. I also discovered the Leica CRF 1000-R. It's more expensive, but someone is selling a near-new one for the same price as a new Vortex. The lifetime warranty on the Vortex is nice though.
    Leica 1000-r would be what I would buy if you know for sure its not a scam, and in mint shape. Id pass on the Leupold and probably buy Vortex.

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    Figured I'd give you guys an update. Mine crapped out after two hunting seasons. It turned on, but would never provide me with a range. So I called, they said send it in, and in less than ten days I had a brand new one in my possession. Not bad at all, but I hope this one lasts longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awndray View Post
    I've given up on TVPP. I did some research of my own. I think I prefer the Leupold. It's $100 more, but Cabela's has it on sale for $100 off. I also discovered the Leica CRF 1000-R. It's more expensive, but someone is selling a near-new one for the same price as a new Vortex. The lifetime warranty on the Vortex is nice though.
    Awe crap! Should have PM'd me on here! When did you ask on FB monsieur? I find they filter too much these days. Sorry this is so damn late!

    Mine's still going strong. I like the Ranger 1000, and if I were going to buy a second rangefinder I'd bite the bullet and get a Terrapin.

    A few things:
    • I'll never buy a rangefinder with integral ballistics. Their charts will never be as good as the charts you can get from a proper ballistic calculator. I like JBM, but Strelok and iSnipe are good too.
    • I'll always buy a rangefinder with angle compensation. It's not always a lot of distance, but if you're in valleys and moutains or treestands it can change your math.
    • I try to get the simplest readout I can, which is why I like the Vortex. When the distance is compensated, thats all I see. When the distance is not compensated, it gives the raw numbers so I could calculate it myself.
    • I really like the damn belt mount. Clip it on molle, clip it on belts, clip it inside the pack so its not rattling around to the bottom. You name it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustBen View Post
    Figured I'd give you guys an update. Mine crapped out after two hunting seasons. It turned on, but would never provide me with a range. So I called, they said send it in, and in less than ten days I had a brand new one in my possession. Not bad at all, but I hope this one lasts longer.
    That Vortex warranty seems pretty kickass. I fortunately haven't needed it for the binoculars I've been kicking around for the last two hunting seasons, and I look forward to buying one of their scopes when Bushnell Elites on sale stop ambushing me.... That said, my Bushnell 1200 ARC has been pretty good to me. It's biggest downfall is in low light, very dark glass right around dusk/dawn, especially if it's cloudy out. I have managed to use it out to 1000 yards too, a stand of white poplar makes a decent substitute for the reflective target they speak of in the manual. Now if only I could shoot that far....

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