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Jamez
10-27-2008, 10:23 AM
So far I'm thinking Bushnell® Yardage Pro® Trophy Rangefinder
(http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?id=0027402711963a&navCount=20&podId=0027402&parentId=cat20756&masterpathid=&navAction=jump&cmCat=&catalogCode=QX&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat20756)
as the range finder. I'm not really planing on taking more than a couple hundred yards. I'm not reading alot of nice things on the review for alot of these. This seemed to be the less bashed. I'm looking aroubd $250ish

Garmin GPSMAP® 60 (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?id=0030216227150a&navCount=6&podId=0030216&parentId=cat21350&masterpathid=&navAction=jump&cmCat=MainCatcat602025-cat21350_TGP-cat21350&catalogCode=QX&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat21350)
or
Garmin® Rino 120 GPS/Radio
(http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat602025-cat21350_TGP-cat21350-cat21350_TGP&id=0014978224900a&navCount=32&podId=0014978&parentId=cat21350&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=XJ&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat21350&hasJS=true)
I'm not hearing many good things about the 120, but it reads really great. I'd like to get the 120 but not if it's not that great. I just want locations, maps, ect, and something thats somewhat simple to use.

Also the
Midland Camo XT511 Base Camp Emergency Radio (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?type=product&cmCat=Related_IPL_229452&id=0047359229203a)
with the
Midland GXT775 VP3 Radio Pack (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?type=product&cmCat=Related_IPL_229203&id=0058417229318a)

PatriotnMore
10-28-2008, 9:23 AM
If you hunt, having a range finder, GPS, and radios are great tools.

Personally, I have the Leupold RX-IV, Magellan explorist 400, and midland GXT950 GRMS/FRS radios.

I feel most of the range finders, GPS and radios on the market are very good and will serve you well, choose what fits your hunting needs/skill level, and I would recommend using the same type of radios (not necessarily model) as others you hunt with will be using.

Stockton
10-28-2008, 9:39 AM
I grabbed a 120 when they first came out. The green one with the standard LCD screen so no color. Biggest thing when i bought it was it had to read MGRS. Neat feature is the radio built in as well. Saves from carrying another device. Everything about it is great and its seen its share of land in three countries. I still use it to this day. Radio is really cool when someone else is running the same as you(RhinoXXX). You can run a scrambled transmission and be able to see where your buddy is. Works just fine as well with any other FRS/GMRS radio so dont let that keep you from it. Updates are still offered free and they're easy to get from Garmin. Battery life for me has been dependent on the days use. As far as being easy to use...if you're familiar with any GPS device or FRS/GMRS radio then you'll enjoy it. But like with any electronic device it all depends on your learning curve. Come to think of it, its probably been one of the better investments in personal gear that has never needed replacement solely due to function. Color would probably be pretty cool but not a necessity.

Jamez
11-15-2008, 9:37 AM
I've read that certain GPS's have signal problems in heavily wooded areas. True or not so much?

StraightShooter
11-15-2008, 10:32 AM
I've read that certain GPS's have signal problems in heavily wooded areas. True or not so much?

Not so much. With some of the older ones you may have problems. For example I have an old gamin etrex that doesnt pick up signals very well in dense woods but it does well enough. Since I bought that one the have developed much more sensative recievers. I bought a pair of practically brand new Rino 130's on ebay and they work great. I highly recommend them. Im not sure how they compare to the 120's but they should be good too. You can get great deals on them on ebay so keep an eye out. I also have a leupold RX-II rangefinder which has worked great for me. It is highly water resistant and I have put it through alot while hunting in alaska. The TBR function is nice especially if hunting in hilly terrain. Mine will range out to 750 yards on a clear day and out to 550 yards on a cloudy day. If you do get a GPS try to find one that is less that 5 years old and preferrably less than that as the sensativity of the gps recievers has increased greatly since then. Good luck.

Black Majik
11-15-2008, 12:34 PM
Go for the Garmin 60Cx instead. It'll have a color screen and better reception.

http://www.amazon.com/GARMIN-Without-Barometric-Altimeter-Compass/dp/B000CSWHCY/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1226773617&sr=8-1

$254