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I was looking into getting a range finder as a gift for my dad for his birthday. Does anyone have suggestions as to which one would be a good one? I am looking to spend about $100-$150 but could if it's worth the money I could go all the way up to $200. I am on a starving college student budget so I can't break the bank for him.
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Hi guys, I have a nikon range finder for sale here. Nikon has great glass and gives very reliable readings at a good price. Leica is the best one i have used, I know that some of you will disagree but it is my 12cents worth. Some of the bushnells seem flimsey to me as you can shake them and they raddel.I hope this helps. Ollie
 

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I've had a Nikon 400 for a couple of years and I'm totally satisfied with it. It has 1/2 yard accuracy to 100 yards, scan mode, long battery life, and a nice bright display. The new models are a 440 and they are priced around $200 most places I checked.
I bought a Bushnell first and it had a short in the switch that drained the battery. I sent it back and got the Nikon.
 

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I have had a Leica LRF1200 and now have the Leupold Windriver 800 binocs. Both are great, but I like the Leupold better for what I do (varmint hunt). The leica was a great unit but is a monocular and I use binocs anyway to scout out p dogs.
For the best value I would recomend the Nikons. Look around on the used market and you can get something there resonable. The Leicas seem to be made of gold and hold thier value very well (bought mine for 412.00 and sold them 1 1/2 years later for 400.00).
 

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Ok thanks it seems everyone recommends nikon for the cheapest, I looked at a few sites but the problem with just looking at cabela.com or something is that you get prices but you don't really know if what you are buying is any good of course the site is going to say all of the range finders are great because they want you to buy them. I was just wondering what people had tried and what had worked out.
 

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$150-200 price range

Come on guys, he said his budget won't take him over $200, so that leaves out MOST of the models suggested!! To help with a little bit of this question with my "first hand experience", and not just a preference of brands, there is nothing wrong with the Bushnell, Nikon, or Cabella's brand, as far as their lower end range finders! Other are better, but a little to a LOT more expensive! Average guy, doesn't need, unless, he's got a pocketfull of extra cash! Some are easier to hold, carry, and some have more power on magnification as well as range, BUT, my bet is, your dad will rarely shoot more than 300-400 yards, and very seldom that far! I hunt Canada a lot and we shoot a lot of "open shots at coyote's, deer, bear, and the occasional wolf, and still don't use the rangefinder as often as one might think you would, but it has save me a few times, when I almost shot for wrong yardage!!
These things are optics, and best bet is get the best you can afford, but don't break the bank, and watch the ads and auctions, as stated, and sometimes a deal on used pair, brings smiles even more!!! Still have some Bushnells, by the way!!!
 

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Thanks Backwoods. Well he may need it for up to about 600 yards it's for a .308 rifle and also for .22's at shorter ranges obviously. I was just wondering if it was really worth getting or if I should just wait it out for a while until I can afford a nice one for him. Is the jump in price really worth the product that you get? As in, are the more expensive range finders more accurate or are they just smaller and more sturdy. If my dad had a range finder he wouldn't abuse it much
 

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I just got a Bushnell 800 from Natchez, $202.00 or so with shipping. Took it golf with my wife just to try it out, ranges the flags out to about 385 and ranged a golf ball on the fairway at 186. Took it to the desert to shoot some prairie dogs, it did fine, ranged one dog at 298 although I'm not sure it was the dog or the dirt around the hole. I like it pretty well except that I wear glasses and the eye relief is not as good as I would really like but acceptabe, I just slide my glasses up when ranging.
 
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