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Old 05-17-2022, 09:48 AM   #1
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Recently lost my Nikon 440 I've had for 20 years (or it was stolen out of my truck console when I left the doors unlocked this week). Gonna give it another go at searching for it but wanted to start looking at some respectively priced rangefinders for bowhunting. I'm not interested in $400 1000 yard units as I bet I haven't ranged anything over 60 yards in 10 years.. I just need to tell me if something is in bow range. I've search at Academy and Scheels and there's a bunch of new names out there. Don't want junk but don't need Cadillac either. Would like it to be easier to read with these aging eyes.......And go..
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Old 05-17-2022, 10:05 AM   #2
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I got this one off Amazon and love it. Best of all is it’s rechargeable and it holds a charge for a long time. I figured I could try it out and if I didn’t like it, I’d only be out $75 but I love it. Going on my 2nd year with it.

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Old 05-17-2022, 11:53 AM   #3
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Academy. Bushnell or wild game for around 100
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Old 05-17-2022, 02:49 PM   #4
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Ping ArrowSmith and get a price on a vortex crossfire. Lifetime warranty will serve you well. More than capable rangefinder, specially for bow range. It should be under $200.

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Old 05-17-2022, 02:52 PM   #5
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I’ve got a Simmons. I think $70. Works great, at least for bow hunting.
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Old 05-17-2022, 03:09 PM   #6
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Iíve got a Simmons. I think $70. Works great, at least for bow hunting.
Ive got one of those too I think. Uses a 9 volt battery so its easy to find batteries anywhere.
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Old 05-17-2022, 03:16 PM   #7
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I have been using Bass Pro's brand for years!!
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Old 05-17-2022, 03:40 PM   #8
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Ive got one of those too I think. Uses a 9 volt battery so its easy to find batteries anywhere.
I looked they are about $80 now. Yes mine uses 9v.
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Old 05-17-2022, 03:46 PM   #9
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Good info fellas.. Thank you. I remember Simmons from back in the day and didn't know they were still in business
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Old 05-17-2022, 03:47 PM   #10
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Search function is your friend.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ht=rangefinder

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I’ve had the same Nikon for as long as I can remember. Never let me down… but more to be desired honestly

I too have no need for range. I want red display numbers and decent low light… arc would be good but not a must

Friend bought a halo…. I’m pretty sure that what the world through the eyes of a bluegill look like. Terrible
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Old 05-17-2022, 04:22 PM   #12
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Bought my son a halo and if I loose or decide to junk my nikon thats where Im going
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Old 05-17-2022, 06:37 PM   #13
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1 against HaloÖ 1 for Halo back to back.
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Old 05-17-2022, 06:43 PM   #14
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Picked this Bushnell up at Christmas and used it at San Antonio TAC.

I am happy and feel the price is reasonable.

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Old 05-17-2022, 06:56 PM   #15
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I like my Leupold rx-650 I got several years ago for about $60 on clearance.

With Father's day coming up you may be able to get a deal on a RF geared towards golf at a discount.
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:00 PM   #16
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1 against HaloÖ 1 for Halo back to back.
I'm on the fence when it comes to Halo. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:01 PM   #17
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Ping ArrowSmith and get a price on a vortex crossfire. Lifetime warranty will serve you well. More than capable rangefinder, specially for bow range. It should be under $200.

https://vortexoptics.com/crossfire-h...ngefinder.html
I love mine.
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:03 PM   #18
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There are many golf ones out there that are cheap compared to hunting 1s. Same function

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Old 05-17-2022, 07:04 PM   #19
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:33 PM   #21
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:34 PM   #22
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:38 PM   #23
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I Bought a Muddy

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Old 05-17-2022, 07:43 PM   #24
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:59 PM   #25
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The Nikon will range through mesh. Not all of them will. Not sure if that matters to you.
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Old 05-17-2022, 08:28 PM   #26
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I'm not interested in $400 1000 yard units as I bet I haven't ranged anything over 60 yards in 10 years.. I just need to tell me if something is in bow range.
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The Nikon will range through mesh. Not all of them will. Not sure if that matters to you.
Mine wonít
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Old 05-17-2022, 08:30 PM   #28
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Thanks fellas for the ideas...
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Old 05-17-2022, 08:41 PM   #29
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Yeah I don't think that falls under budget or
😄😄😄😄. My son has the Maven. Great range finder. I do not want to afford it either. I use the Halo that I purchased at Academy for $99 on sale. Works fine for me.
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Old 05-17-2022, 10:22 PM   #30
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. My son has the Maven. Great range finder. I do not want to afford it either. I use the Halo that I purchased at Academy for $99 on sale. Works fine for me.

Just yanking your chain Byron.
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I may have one I will part with. Let me check my hunting stuff this weekend.
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Old 05-17-2022, 10:55 PM   #32
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I have a halo. It works, but its not the easiest on the eyes and that was something you requested. Target and distance are a bit harder to see to me.
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Old 05-17-2022, 11:24 PM   #33
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Good thread.
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Old 05-18-2022, 11:38 AM   #34
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Take a look here at a comparison of all Vortex rangefinder models.

https://youtu.be/5-IqEtuEY_U

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Old 05-18-2022, 11:44 AM   #35
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Recently lost my Nikon 440 I've had for 20 years (or it was stolen out of my truck console when I left the doors unlocked this week). Gonna give it another go at searching for it but wanted to start looking at some respectively priced rangefinders for bowhunting. I'm not interested in $400 1000 yard units as I bet I haven't ranged anything over 60 yards in 10 years.. I just need to tell me if something is in bow range. I've search at Academy and Scheels and there's a bunch of new names out there. Don't want junk but don't need Cadillac either. Would like it to be easier to read with these aging eyes.......And go..

I bought my son a rangefinder from Walmart when he got into bow hunting 3 years ago. Not expensive and it works. We compare all the time with my Nikon and it is as accurate. Good little unit. Do not remember the brand. After reading the entire thread it was the Simmons.


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Old 05-18-2022, 11:49 AM   #36
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Have you checked the Igloo store?

Just get the Sig with the ored display....old man
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Old 05-18-2022, 12:59 PM   #37
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You can't get more budget than this.

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Old 05-18-2022, 02:00 PM   #38
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I bought my son the GoGoGo 900 yd unit off Amazon for $79. It kicks the crap out of my Leupold and my Dad's Vortex. I was blown away. It will range a cow at 700yds and trees at 900.
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Old 05-18-2022, 02:08 PM   #39
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Sig kilo

This^^^^^

The red letters/numbers are way easier to see in low light. Also, my Kilo 1600 works great thru the netting in my blind windows. My old Nikon would not do that. Price point under $300.

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Old 05-18-2022, 03:01 PM   #40
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Take a look here at a comparison of all Vortex rangefinder models.

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Old 05-18-2022, 03:18 PM   #41
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Been using a Vortex cross fire for the last 3 years. No complaints
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Old 05-18-2022, 04:47 PM   #42
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I got the Vortex Crossfire last year for the red display. It works good, but display is a little bright in dark.

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Old 05-18-2022, 04:49 PM   #43
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Saw this one on sale at Midway USA today while looking around.

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Want to order tonight…..

Vortex I know has red display

Does sig kilo 1000 have red?
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I got the Vortex Crossfire last year for the red display. It works good, but display is a little bright in dark.

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Isnít the display intensity adjustable?
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Looks like I need the 1600 to get red display
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Isnít the display intensity adjustable?
Yes. Mine has 3 brightness levels. Works good for low light, but not after dark.

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Old 05-24-2022, 12:04 PM   #48
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If you haven't bought one yet go all in. lol

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Old 05-24-2022, 12:41 PM   #49
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Man I loved my nikon 440. It's small and didn't have any of the rubber on it like all the new ones have. It slipped right in and out of a shirt pocket with ease. It quit ranging after about 2 seasons and when I sent it to nikon for repair they wanted more than I paid for it to fix it. For some reason I still have it but it hasn't worked in 20 years. Good luck finding one you like as well as that one. I have a Bushnell now and hate it. Too big and rubber coated doesn't make it easy to get in and out of a pocket.

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Old 05-24-2022, 12:51 PM   #50
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I bought a Peakpulse off of Amazon for $90. Don't know if it will range thru mesh but it ranges thru the windshield on my golf cart just fine so I bet it would.
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