Swarovski vs Bushnell

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  1. Clay1

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    This is an odd question with some special circumstances that are not available to everyone. Without going into too much detail, I can buy this pair of Swarovski for 1/2 price: http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/brow..._SEQ_104525280?WTz_st=GuidedNav&WTz_stype=GNU

    or I can get this Bushnell for $250: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shoo..._SEQ_104525280?WTz_st=GuidedNav&WTz_stype=GNU

    The reason that I am having such a hard time pulling the trigger is that the Swarovski is a premium beauty at a FANTASTIC price, but stretching my available funds for this purchase and they don't have any kind of angle compensation.

    The Bushnell have ARC built in and the price is what I have budgeted for this purchase.

    I not only want to rifle hunt, but turkey and bow hunt and with the bow the angles compensation becomes a bigger issue. When reading this review for rifle application the Swarovski is the clear winner: http://www.6mmbr.com/rangefinders.html

    So stretch the budget now for a higher quality rangefinder that really doesn't fit all of my applications or but a less capable rangefinder that meets my current applications fine but isn't as good for ranging beyond 400 yards?

    Thanks for the comments.
     
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    So,.......still about 50% more for the Swarovski? If I could do it, I sure would.
    You get what you pay for when it comes to optics!
     
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    According to the cabelas site the bushnell will range to 1000 yrds? Where did you get the 400 yrd limit? One of the reviews on Cabela's page said the guy had no problem at 490 and felt comfortable out to 600.

    I would buy whatever meets your needs best. If the Swarovski doesn't do everything you want, then why spend the money on something you may not be happy with?

    Found this one mentioned in your article as well, looks like a little more cost than the first Bushnell but has more range... http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shoo.../Ne-4294966721?WTz_st=GuidedNav&WTz_stype=GNU
     
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  5. Clay1

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    No, 100% more - double. One is a thousand dollar piece of glass and the other is about $300 retail.

    One thing about rangefinders is that what they will range at a distance is as important and how far they will range. An example would be a popular Bushnell 600. On a highly reflective target ( a big street sign) it will range all the way to 800 yards. On a tree or other large object, it will go to 600 yards, but and here is the BIG BUT, on a whitetail they will only range to 200 yards if you read the fine print.

    The Swarovskis can and did range antelope in the 1200 yard range according to the review that I posted earlier. Many of the 1000 yard rangefinders really can't range a whitetail much past 400 yards. The Swarovski's are superior glass, and a superior rangefinder but 100% more than I was planning on spending.

    I probably should buy two different pairs, one for long range rifle hunting and one for bow hunting. Frustrating decision indeed.

    Rick
     
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    This is independant review that I posted earlier:

    http://www.6mmbr.com/rangefinders.html
     
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    Unless funds are unlimited, get what you need.
     
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    Oops,.....looks like math is not my best subject today.
    I also bow hunt, so the ARC feature would be a plus for me.

    As far as just rifle hunting, the Swarovski would be my choice.
     
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