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Rangefinder info

Postby Antlion » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:56 pm

There is a large amount of rangefinders , various prices. I was looking at the Nikon Prostaff 3i. Does angle compensation make a difference, is it needed?
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby Bernhardt » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:13 pm

I wont say that it is the alpha and omega, but it is realy handy at times. You never have to worry if you need to compensate. You put the pin on the spot and release the arrow

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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby Eraser » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:38 pm

The 3i also has target priority which allows to range through smaller obstacles like branches.
I have one and never had an issue ranging. Very good rangefinder
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby MrBallistic » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:13 am

Buying a rangefinder is kinda like buying a car.......how much do you spend and what extras do you want in it.

I agree with the above, angle integration is a must IMO. Takes any guesswork out the picture. There are a number of good makes with these features in.
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby Antlion » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:57 pm

Any input on brands?
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby Eraser » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:40 pm

Antlion wrote:Any input on brands?


I'm a firm believer in the Nikon Pro Staff rangefinders. Most accurate rangefinder under all conditions that I know of, especially in shade on a dark target.

Keep in mind, you set your bow to your rangefinder, thus even if the one you get is not that accurate, as long as it is constant, you will be OK.
It is very seldom that you need angular compensation but when you do, it is nice to have it.
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby MrBallistic » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:50 am

Vic I was shooting a field and a chap had the latest Nikon no more than a week and it wouldn't work properly, maybe a factory fault but for a RF to be over 5K that shouldn't happen....just saying.
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There are some brilliant names out their but as I said depends on what you what to pay. Best is to look at them and make your own mind up.
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby SV MAD » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:56 am

for rifles, angles is yes.

Bows, if you need to work out the angle, then you are to far from the animal (or the shot is to angled

For me a normal RF has always worked 100%. YMMV
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby MrBallistic » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:07 am

SV MAD wrote:for rifles, angles is yes.

Bows, if you need to work out the angle, then you are to far from the animal (or the shot is to angled

For me a normal RF has always worked 100%. YMMV


Maybe, waterholes and elevated blinds may still provide challenges dependent on setup. One could always range before climbing up into the blind if the RF doesn't have the function.
Mine has the AI in for ABO and field comps where there have been angled shots. Best of both so to speak.
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby Guardian » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:10 pm

It seems that the Prostaff 3i is good value for what you get for under R4000.
Nikon has always produced good quality products including rangefinders.

I've had two Bushnel Scout rangefinders long ago. Both had their LCD's packing up and got useless.
I now have a Leupold RX-1000 DNA with TBR (True Ballistic Range) that has brilliant optics. It was a bit more expensive than the old Scout but I could see into dusk with them whereas the cheaper options couldn't.

If the coatings on the Prostaff 3i is good, it should be an excellent rangefinder.

The angle compensation has helped me a lot. It's almost standard now in most upmarket rangefinders. You suddenly come over the bank of a river bed and the fallow deer is standing below you. Will you remember to aim low if you don't have a rangefinder with angle compensation? Trust me there will be a time that you will need it.

One last thing. The Prostaff 3i has 6x magnification which is great. My Leupold also has 6x magnification and I never carry binoculars anymore, unless I have to judge a trophy (which I don't) or have to spot from far. Decent 8x binos have better field of view and a bit more magnification, but are heavy and cumbersome to carry along all day.
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby Bernhardt » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:55 pm

SV MAD wrote:for rifles, angles is yes.

Bows, if you need to work out the angle, then you are to far from the animal (or the shot is to angled

For me a normal RF has always worked 100%. YMMV


With hunting you will probably not need it every time, but with the competitions which you shoot extreme angle you will struggle to compete if you dont have it. Two yards miss read on an 80 yard shot can be the difference between a 5 and a 3 pointer.

I am very glad that I had it this weekend!
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby MrBallistic » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:05 am

You shot well for the 1st time on a field. That 80pounder with so many arrows :shock:
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Re: Rangefinder info

Postby Bernhardt » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:02 am

Thanx Allistair!

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