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laker220

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Cold Weather Rangefinder
« on: September 17, 2019, 08:47:52 AM »

Looking for a range finder that will function well in cold weather (down to -20F range).   Any advice or experience that can be shared would be greatly appreciated.    Been reading a lot and canít find enough good info.   There seems to be issues with the lasers functioning well below about -10 on a lot of models.   I have been considering Leica, Vortex or Sig as I also like their warranty.
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Re: Cold Weather Rangefinder
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2019, 10:34:04 AM »

I can recommend the Lieca , but the expensive , you could see about using your scope reticule if itís marked in moa / mrads
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Re: Cold Weather Rangefinder
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2019, 09:35:53 PM »

The sig rangefinders work well in colder weather but I have struggled to make it work while snow is falling.  I keep mine inside my jacket until I pull it out for ranging
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Re: Cold Weather Rangefinder
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2019, 09:14:36 PM »

I use the Sig Kilo 2200 and think it the best range finder I've ever used for the money...the ballistics app is also good with it paired to the range finder.
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Re: Cold Weather Rangefinder
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2019, 10:19:29 PM »

Hey dog I have the same rangefinder, I have several targets set up at 340, 460 and 930 yds consisting of 24Ē disk blades and the sig ranges them well and far better than the Leupold 1200.
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Re: Cold Weather Rangefinder
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2019, 10:17:47 AM »

Hey dog I have the same rangefinder, I have several targets set up at 340, 460 and 930 yds consisting of 24Ē disk blades and the sig ranges them well and far better than the Leupold 1200.

I switched from a Leupold as well...was never happy with it and expected more from it...the BDX app with the Kilo is amazing...highly recommend it as a very economic long range combo for target shooting or hunting...

I ditched the Leupold a couple years ago when I was on a hunt in Saskatchewan and it would not range deer consistently in varying light conditions and weather, out there we shoot coyotes and deer out to a 1000 if conditions are right and ranging them properly...can't have a range finder that wont work in that mix.
I know a lot of people talk down about long range hunting but thats usually people who haven't put the time in.  With a good gun, drop chart and range finder every shot is like pulling the trigger at 100yrds in my mind.
obviously there are ethical limits but if you know your system and what your projectile is capable of you can set your own limits.
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Re: Cold Weather Rangefinder
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2019, 02:01:12 AM »

I agree dog, with wind being the only caveat
It is hard to estimate the wind when it varies over 1 k
I have a vavuude wind meter that gives direction and speed over 5 mph or so that I like.
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Re: Cold Weather Rangefinder
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2020, 09:35:59 PM »

Guess I lost track of this one.   Still havenít purchased a rangefinder.   Reinstall condsidering either a Leica or a Sig Kilo BDX. 

One issue I have with the BDX is the software doesnít seem to allow me to enter a custom zero.   From plying with it a little I have to use a preset zero (eg. 100, 200 etc).  I use the PBR method and usually zero my 30-06 at about 240.

As for the Leica, really like the 2400 series.   

Still concerned about experimenting but I just may have to pick one and go for it.
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Re: Cold Weather Rangefinder
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2020, 11:24:56 PM »

I along with my buddy tried to range a deer while snow was falling
He took a shot thinking target was 400 yds when it was closer to 300
He shot high and sent the next 4 rounds over its back
We saw the big buck later that day at about 1200 yds so hopefully it spread itís genetics
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