I bought a range finder from Bushnell last summer to use during archery and rifle season. The thing was supposed range atleast 400+ yards and even farther on a large object. Anyway, it started acting goofy and wouldn't work past 100 yards. I sent it back to them and they told me it isn't covered under warranty and it will be $113 to fix it! The thing cost me $250 and didn't even make it through one fall. I never dropped it, or even got it wet. It is the Yardage Pro Scout. Just be forwarned to not buy that thing, mine also ate batteries in a very short time and the battery is like $12. Better buy a Nikon or Leica.
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Sounds like you got the old "lemon", I have a Bushnell Yardage Pro 600 that is at least 10 yrs old, good for 20-600 yds, and even farther on reflective targets. I use it for archery, and for Elk hunting out West. It uses a 9 volt battery that I have changed three times in 10 years. It is very reliable for me! Disappointing to hear that your unit wasn't covered under a warranty, those things are typically bomb proof!
Wish Bushnell felt the same way!
Probably have to spring for a Leica.
Bummer...I got a pair of range finding binoculars that go to 1000 yards..great on woodchucks...still work great!
I may have a solution.
Funny how they aren't consistant with customer treatment. I had a Bushnell Yardage Pro 600. Lasted many years, rain, hits, falls etc. Finally went coocoo on me. Seemed it leaked water. Sent it back. First they say it was my fault and that the thing was not waterproof, only water resistant. However I proved to them that they had it listed in the magazine I bought it from as waterproof. (Other magazines did have it listed as water resistant). They researched it and found that I was right so they honored it and repaired it free. But sometime later I busted it again and decided to just go and buy the newer "Legend" model that IS listed as waterproof in all it's advertisements. You either got an individual lemon or it's that cheaper model you bought? You know the old saying, "you get what you pay for". A friend has the Leica 800 yarder I believe, and it's real nice also. Sorry you got screwed.
...and I have to say that I am less than impressed. It doesn't work out past 150 yards half the time. Will only go close to 400 under ideal conditions such as perfectly clear weather and shooting at a large metal building. You can forgert about ranging fields or hillsides past 250.
I bought mine mainly for bowhunting, so I am not out a ton. But nonetheless, when I need it for longer yardages it doesn't perform. You too often get what you pay for, but $200 is still a lot of cash and should get you better than this.
i had a problem with mine as well, but they fixed mine for nothing....even though the warranty had expired. i had mine for a little over a year when all of a sudden it was out of focus. i had hardly used it at all and it spent most of its time in the original box. I called, and then shipped it in, and they repaired it. all i was out was the shipping.
however, i was trying to use it this past muzzeloader season and i couldnt get it to work at 200. i thought it was just a low battery. now you have me worried.
I got their official letter today, then said it was made in 2001, and the warranty is only good one year. The thing is, i bought it in 2004! Not my problem the merchandise didn't move at the store I bought it from.
Terry, you have mail.