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I'm looking for a recommendation on a range finder that meets these criteria. First, be able to range out to 1,000 yards. Not one that claims to have the range, but actually works well out to 800+ yards. Next, lighted readout a must. Last, angle compensation if that is even possible at those yardages. I already have 2 very good range finders out to about 400, but I want to be able to range farther. I also looking for models that you have field tested, not looking for manufactures spec sheet. Thanks!
Take a look at the Sig kilo 2200. I think cabelas is running a sale on them now.
Buy a Leupold 1200 RXI I believe. You will not regret it.
Extremely happy with my Vortex Ranger 1500.
vortex 1500 I can get consistent readings on moose at 500-600 yards under almost any situation. Sometimes if they are wide open i can consistently range them out to 800. The longest range I have ever got a reply on was a little over 1200 yards on a white radio tower service building, but thats not the norm. Id give it a 800 yard capability under normal field conditions. It works great for bowhunting and its adequate for the distances I shoot with a rifle.
The sig has had the most consistent positive reviews between it and the vortex. The sig will comfortably range 1k, off a tripod you can double that depending on your target. The red read out is a nice feature as well. Its gonna be hard to beat that sale.
The biggest issue with having the range finder work at great distances is the person using it. If it cant be held still/steady, it aint gonna work very well.
Using a unit that is considered a '1500' and to reach extended ranges, I would use a tripod or bipod [which your gun probably has to shoot those distances]
We've had both the Vortex and now have Sig Kilos. We like the Kilos better. A friend of ours who does a lot of 1,000 shooting competitions is our go-to for what to get. The best is the Gun Werks but at over $1,000, that ain't happening. Bang for your buck is now the Sig Kilo.
I had an elk spotted for my dad and he was hiking up to me to get a better look at the bull. He dropped his Vortex on the hike up and hopefully I'll find it in a couple of weeks when going back to my favorite vantage point. Long story short, it was Black Friday and Cabela's had a sale. We both ordered Sig Kilos from the side of the mountain waiting on this bull to stand for the shot. He did and I had to be the good son and pack the SOB off the mountain--but I did get a new rangefinder for Christmas!
I used the Sig in a lot of 3D shoots this summer and it is good to go for archery.