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Kilo, Leica, Leupold Rangefinder?
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Contributors to this thread:
OFFHNTN 23-Jul-18
Kurt 23-Jul-18
Dale06 23-Jul-18
Trial153 23-Jul-18
ohiohunter 23-Jul-18
tkjwonta 23-Jul-18
HUNT MAN 23-Jul-18
Bill Obeid 23-Jul-18
Bou'bound 23-Jul-18
Mule Power 23-Jul-18
Treeline 23-Jul-18
planebow 23-Jul-18
Tilzbow 23-Jul-18
Kurt 23-Jul-18
Worthless 23-Jul-18
Backpack Hunter 23-Jul-18
Buffalo1 23-Jul-18
OFFHNTN 24-Jul-18
APauls 24-Jul-18
OFFHNTN 24-Jul-18
OFFHNTN 25-Jul-18
Ucsdryder 25-Jul-18
Tilzbow 25-Jul-18
carcus 26-Jul-18
OFFHNTN 26-Jul-18
Carnage2011 26-Jul-18
LINK 26-Jul-18
Tilzbow 26-Jul-18
Ermine 27-Jul-18
a'Lish 27-Jul-18
Missouribreaks 27-Jul-18
Greg S 27-Jul-18
From: OFFHNTN
23-Jul-18
I have narrowed my choice for a new rangefinder down to the Sig Kilo 2200, the Leica 1600 - R, and the Leupold 1600 rx tbr/w. Does anyone have any experience with any of these?

From: Kurt
23-Jul-18
Leupold 1600 w/dna is a great Archery rangefinder. I was totally happy with the predecessor 1000 w/dna then the display started acting up at 6 years old. Warranty was 2 yrs but Leupold took care of me with the 1600 for a nominal charge.

From: Dale06
23-Jul-18
I’ve had the Leica 900 for about 10 years. It’s been flawless.

From: Trial153
23-Jul-18
Lecia

From: ohiohunter
23-Jul-18
I have a sig 2200. For archery its a bit much, but I've ranged objects over 1700 without a bipod. The red readout is fantastic.

From: tkjwonta
23-Jul-18
I really like my Sig kilo 2200, both for archery and rifle

From: HUNT MAN
23-Jul-18
I have the Leupold and love it

From: Bill Obeid
23-Jul-18
I also have a the Leupold 1600 . It has never failed me.

From: Bou'bound
23-Jul-18
Leupold does not belong in the same conversation as the Leica and the sig. great units.

From: Mule Power
23-Jul-18
I hated my Leupold. Love my Leica.

From: Treeline
23-Jul-18
Have tried using Leupold range finders several times. Not impressed. Leica has performed flawlessly for many years.

From: planebow
23-Jul-18
I have the Sig 2200 and like it over the others that I tried.

From: Tilzbow
23-Jul-18
I’ve owned all three. If you’re interested in angle compensation the Leica only gives it after the line of site range is displayed for a moment. The Leupold is a fine range finder but the display doesn’t automatically adjust to ambient light conditions. I settled on the SIG 2000 and I’ve found no weaknesses with it.

From: Kurt
23-Jul-18
If you want a rangefinder for long range rifle hunting, I agree, the Leupold isn't optically as good as the Leica, nor will the rangefinder range as far (Leica meets stated yardage, Leupold came in at 80% for my 1000 yard units). However I have a Leica 1000R and it is my backup for BOWHUNTING to my top of the line Leupold. I like Leica optics, but not the angle correction programming in the two Leicas I've owned...the 1600B from 2012 wouldn't angle correct for less than 110 yards and the 1000 R from 2014 takes about 3 seconds to give the angle corrected yardage after the actual distance is displayed....seems like an eternity on a stalk. Also, in scan mode, the Leica only reported actual yardage, no angle correction. The Leupold 1000 and 1600 with TBR/DNA give instant angle corrected yardage and angle corrected yardage in scan mode.

That said, I believe the latest Leica rangefinders have corrected the issues noted above, but I have no experience with them.

From: Worthless
23-Jul-18
FWIW my buddy left his Leica on his ATV, then promptly ran over it. They fixed it, no hassle

23-Jul-18
I have no complaints with my Sig.

From: Buffalo1
23-Jul-18
Better get Kota-man’s input before you purchase. He is official “consumer reports” for Bowsite !

From: OFFHNTN
24-Jul-18
LOL Buffalo1. Agreed, but I think Corey is chasing sheep right now.

You guys have confirmed what I have found in talking to others and reading reviews, there is no clear cut winner here. I've read so many good and few bad about all 3 of those rangefinders. I might to just pick one and go with it.

From: APauls
24-Jul-18
I'm running on about 10ish years on my Leupold RX1000tbr. It's been flawless the entire time and I still love it.

From: OFFHNTN
24-Jul-18
APauls, I agree, my main rangefinder for...........at least 8 years has been a Leupold rx ? It still works fine and has never let me down while bowhunting, but I am looking to upgrade to something that is faster and has a red LED. I will give my old one to my son. I also have Leupold binoc's and rifle scopes and all have been great.

From: OFFHNTN
25-Jul-18
I went and looked/tried all 3 today. I have eliminated the Leica 1600-R, but added the Vortex Ranger 1800 to the short list. It is hard to get passed their impressive warranty. I think it has come down to the Sig Kilo and Vortex, the Leupold has slid to 3rd.

From: Ucsdryder
25-Jul-18
I played with the older vortex and it was slooooowwwww, not sure if they fixed that issue. I went with the rx1200tbr. Very happy after 3 years.

From: Tilzbow
25-Jul-18
If you’re planning to hunt open country in bright sunlight be sure to check the display outside against light colored backgrounds to ensure you’re able to read it easily. The Vortex fell short in that area for me while the SIG was slightly behind the Leica. One other item to check is whether or not the unit is waterproof or weatherproof. I chose the SIG because of the angle comp, how quickly it provides the range, and the display but when I bought mine it was only weatherproof. There wasn’t one unit at that time that met all requirements so I ended up compromising.

From: carcus
26-Jul-18
I've owned 4 range finders, couple bushnell where good but my last was getting old and not waterproof, then I got a vortex ranger 1000, what a POS, was slow, really slow, sold it and got a leopold rx something, its awesome

From: OFFHNTN
26-Jul-18
Most of the beefs against the Vortex are with the older Ranger 1000. The 1500 was an upgrade due to the slow 1000, the 1800 is supposed to be as good as the 1500 with a bit more range.

Tilzbow - That is interesting cuz I thought the Leica had the weakest display out of all of them.

From: Carnage2011
26-Jul-18
I own a Sig and a Leica. Both of them are phenomenal but the Sig is my favorite. It's fast, the scan mode is awesome and i like the display. I have owned Leupold and Vortex in the past and I don't believe either of them are in the same class as the Sig and Leica.

From: LINK
26-Jul-18
If it’s strictly for bow hunting the Leopold is more than enough. It’s what I use for archery and coyote hunting with a rifle as well. If you need quick readings out past 400 for long range rifle shooting it’s hard to beat a Leica.

26-Jul-18
you don't need much of a range finder for archery....I like my Leupold. been a decent unit for both archery and rifle out to about 1000 yards or so, which is 300-400 yards farther than I need.

From: Tilzbow
26-Jul-18
OFFHNTN,

Leica and SIG both had two display settings. One automatically adjusts display brightness to ambient light. The other has a manual setting with few brightness levels that are user selectable. The Leica you tried out might have had the display set on manual.

All that said I’m color blind so what I see in a red display is way different than most.

From: Ermine
27-Jul-18
Leica has been great for me

From: a'Lish
27-Jul-18
Love my Leica 1600R.

27-Jul-18
Leica for serious work.

From: Greg S
27-Jul-18
I have the leupold 1200 and really like it. 100x better than my Nikon that I had prior to it.

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