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Comments about Leupold Leupold RX-IV Digital Laser Rangefinder with 1500 Yard Maximum Range, Waterproof, Mossy Oak Brush, with Case:
If you want to use the more advanced features (i.e. True Ballistic Range) there is a steep learning curve. If you can't program and use a GPS or use the advanced features on a cell phone the advanced features here may be out of your grasp as well. If you're at least mildly tech savvy you'll still have to spend some time toying with it but you'll be fine. Especially if you do yourself a favor and read the instructions. (Yea, I know, I hate it to.)
The compass reading is limited to an azimuth reading (1-359 Degrees) and is only visible in a different mode from the range finding function. (Of course if you have this you probably have a GPS as well, right?) As a Marine quite proficient at dead reckoning (Map/compass) land nav I think this might could be handy in the valleys between mountains that tend hinder accurate GPS readings or in emergency situations (broken/lost GPS). It’s not nearly handy enough for casual use and not a good selling point. (Heck, the $2 ball compass I keep on my jacket is a lot handier.) I have used the azimuth reading to aim a satellite dish but I could have gotten as good/quicker results with a military type compass.
800-900 yards is the furthest reading I can seem to get. I stop getting returns freehand on trees at 600-700yds. The further, and less reflective, something is the longer the read takes and the more steady you have to be. I suppose on a perfect day mounted on a tripod shooting at a large solid reflective object, such as an office building or a mountain, you might be able to get a reading at the rated distance, maybe.
That being said; I got this to use hunting whitetail and elk. Seeing as how I'd rarely take more than a 200-250yd shot (I'm usually using a bow or muzzleloader) the range limitation isn't an issue for me and shouldn't be an issue for any ethical hunter, even a skilled one with a high powered rifle. (If you ask me, and I know you didn't, once you cross 300yards or so you've stopped hunting and moved on to just shooting. You may be a great shot and all but try not to confuse that with hunting. I also oppose to the use scent eliminators and blockers. So sue me.)
I've dropped it from stands twice (10-12yrds) with no visible damage, not even scratches. It did scare the heck out of me and some deer though.