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Most peoples ability to make clean hits at 300 yards is questionable so I have a problem with 99% of the sportsmen(?) who feel the need to have 800 yard rangefinders.

I see crippled animals every fall and it is sickening! If the animal appears to far it surely is..............
 

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I have the Bushnell YP-1000 and the new Scout which is rated to about 670 yards. It fits into a shirt pocket and reads further than anyone should be shooting. IT is what I'd recommend.

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If you are willing to invest 30 minutes a day getting used to it, consider obtaining a binocular that has a mil scale reticle. I have used them since 1994.

This is a reticle, usually in the right barrel, that superimposes a graduated series of marks on your field of view. Knowing the average dimensions (height OR length), you can quickly calculate the approximate distance of the target.

The purpose of the reticle for hunting IS NOT to furnish the range for a ridiculous shot -- because this IS NOT HUNTING. This is target shooting at live targets.

You'll get much more of a "rush" getting close enough to spit on your elk, pronghorn, mulie -- whatever. And there's also quite a thrill getting very, very close, then spooking the game with a sound or movement. I could tell you stories . . . but I'll save them for another time.

It assists you to determine if the target is worthwhile stalking, and about how long this stalk will take. It's a tool, not a crutch.

A hidden benefit is that you don't need to carry more crap with you.

You'll need binocular for western hunting regardless. And Zeiss-Jena, Carl Zeiss-Wetzlar, Hensolt, Leica, Docter Optic, Elcan, and others offer the reticle. Most of these are beautifully refurbished military binoculars. Carl Zeiss-Wetzlar, for example, offers retrofitting reticles in several of their binoculars.

My apologies for the sermon and, perhaps, too much information.
 

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I have the Bushnell Legend, and in use over snow covered fields find the max. range much less than the max. quoted in the literature. Point being, "the best is often just enough" for the field conditions where cntrast adversely affects the performance.

Hope this helps, Rol
 
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