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How to buy a good range finder for hunting

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Hunting range finders aren’t the cheapest piece of equipment you might want to purchase, so it pays off to do a bit of research before deciding to choose one model over the next. I’ll try to be as straightforward as possible as I’ve read a lot of articles on the topic and have come up with a set of tips and tricks intended for individuals who’d like to get as much value as possible.

 

bo1The first thing you ought to look at is the type of hunting you do. Just like some people use a rifle, others use a bow, so it goes without saying that the many kinds of range finders that can be found on the market today are somehow fitted to the purpose the user is trying to achieve. If you plan to use both your bow and your rifle or haven’t yet made up your mind on which one you’ll take with you on your next hunting trip, maybe you’d want to look at dual-purpose range finders. These are the only ones I’ve come across that can be used for both archery and rifle hunting.

 

Whichever your goal, the fact of the matter is that there are several features that should be given some thought to when trying to estimate the value provided by a unit. While some might argue that looking at the manufacturing brand isn’t the most important consideration, I beg to differ as I’ve noticed that some of the best products are from companies such as Nikon, Bushnell, or Leupold. Let’s face it. The higher the amount of experience a brand has when it comes to manufacturing range finders, the better will the product be able to serve you.

 

The next factor you ought to ponder is the design of the product per se. Obviously, it has to be as user-friendly as possible, in that you’ll need to find it very comfortable and convenient to use. Most range finders intended for archery are vertical and somewhat simple to use, and the neat thing about them is that they’re considerably more lightweight compared to their rifle hunting or shooting counterparts. In fact, products that should be utilized for rifle shooting have to be heavier because they need to offer a good degree of stability.

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Even though many hunters tend to think that bigger is always better, that might not be the case when looking at the magnification of a range finder. The higher it might be, the shakier the image. Chances are you’re looking for as much precision and accuracy as the item can offer you, so it might be a good idea to stick to models with a magnification of 7x or 8x. Regardless of the type of range finder you may want to spend your money on, you’ll have to check whether the display can offer you crisp and clear images that are both bright and dark enough to visualize comfortably.

In the end, your chosen model should meet your budget but also satisfy your requirements. As a side note, you might have to take some time to go through several customer reviews to see whether other buyers have expressed their opinions regarding the performance of the range finder they’ve purchased.

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Expensive fishing reels

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Carrying a fixed, open-faced spool design, a fishing reel doesn’t always have to be expensive. The design of fishing reels is pretty basic. You have a stationary spool positioned in line with your fishing rod. Spinning around the fixed spool is the rotor or line guide. Geared to mount below your rod, your fishing reel is held in one hand while the other hand turns the crank. Despite the greater price, what do fishing reels at the higher end of the spectrum really have? Let’s take a look at the Daiwa Millionare.

 

Quality construction and machining

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A fishing reel has to be light enough to enable you to handle long casting days. However, it should still be strong enough to withstand the torque of a big, fighting fish. High quality models feature all-metal components. The more expensive fishing reels are constructed with complex alloys that complement the lightweight metal used in their construction. Other reels feature airframe technology in their construction, with parts of the reel made lighter by drilling or machining out portions of them.

You can choose from all-metal, graphite or copolymer hybrid, and plain copolymer or graphite for the frame type. For a reel to be genuinely rugged and dependable, you will want it to be all metal. However, some less pricey reels offer improved designs with their metal-supported shafts and bearings. What is ultimately essential is for the bearings not to become misaligned too easily, overheat or wear too much in the midst of a fierce battle with the fish.

 

You want tighter tolerances for top quality bearing seats, with reduced wobble, longer bearing life and smoother cranking. A finely machined reel is able to handle pressure on the shaft well if the handle or spool does not move even slightly. Most likely, this is where a more expensive fishing reel proves to be a better choice.

 

Quality components

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Too much vibration and noise are signs of a poor quality fishing reel. They can also be annoying when experienced on a regular basis. Your retrieves are ultimately better with more bearings, which make for smoother reeling in and also reduce vibration and noise. That being said, a model with four quality bearings can provide better performance compared to a reel with ten poor quality bearings. Saltwater fishing reels need to be equipped with premium quality ball bearings. The investment you make in this kind of reel will be worth it if you look into what salt corrosion can do to an inferior quality reel.

For corrosion resistance, look for reels with bearings made of chromium added to stainless steel. Some fishing reel makers manufacture products using Anti Rust Bearings (ARB), which are top quality components. Bearing life is longer with high-grade lubricant used in premium quality units.

 

Reliable functionality

 

The suitable gear ratio of your reel is determined by the target species you will be fishing. In terms of drag, choose between front and rear adjustment. Larger fishing reels are engineered for bigger fresh and saltwater fish. They are also made to handle the heaviest line weights. Check out the line capacity of the spool before buying. Do not attempt to load line beyond the indicated size and capacity for the reel to avoid tangling or line breakage problems. Do think about your comfort and convenience when using the reel. While most reels offer ambidextrous designs, others are restricted to either left-hand or right-hand use.

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The bottomline here: buying a better quality reel brings fewer regrets in the long run. If you are to choose a top rated model, go for the Daiwa M7HTMAG Millionaire. This fishing reel delivers in all of the aspects mentioned above, with its impressive 5.8:1 Gear Ratio. Made of super lightweight aluminum alloy, this instrument boasts a super tuned machine-cut spool that provides superb balance. The carbon swept handle ensures a lightweight design with maximum control and leverage. The EVA double handle knob delivers user comfort. Equipped with high-grade brass drive gear and stainless steel pinion, this fishing reel features a strong, one-piece aluminum frame that ensures years of integrity. The power handle and infinite anti-reverse feature provide problem-free performance for years. The aluminum sideplate and frame resist corrosion and chipping for dependable saltwater and freshwater use. This is the best reel to get if you have the budget for it.

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2 RC cars every grownup should own

Radio-controlled cars or remote-controlled cars are vehicles that you can guide from a distance using a remote. As they are not as expensive as a real car is, participating in a competition using such a gadget is affordable and fun. Moreover, since you are not the one doing the driving, there are zero chances that you get involved in an accident and get hurt.

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Racing with such a car is also extremely affordable for everyone, as it doesn’t require a lot of money to buy one and the fees for participating in the races don’t cost more than a few dollars. As such, if you loved playing with toys RC cars as a kid and feel a strange need to go back to those times now and then, you can try participating in an event using a competitive car.

 

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One of the best cars in the RC category that you should “take for a spin” is the Traxxas XO-1. It is one of the fastest RC’s available on the market and it can also be improved if you use high-quality batteries and add useful accessories to it. It can reach 100 mph with its basic features, but it can go much more than that if you learn how to handle it well. In addition, it comes with a stylish design and is available in various colors. Even if it is a speed car, the manufacturers have ensured to make this RC easy to control and stable enough even at higher speeds.

 

borneo5The Traxxas XO-1 is a sport car, especially designed for speed races. Many RC addicts prefer operating off road vehicles that they can drive through obstacles and rough terrain. There’s a wide range of such vehicles from which you can choose and it is hard to pinpoint which is the best of them. However, an extremely adaptable and smartly engineered car is the Traxxas Stampede, a model that has been produced by the company since 1994. It comes equipped with a couple of great features from the factory, a 12-turn engine or a 3500Kv brushless motor. As it is easily upgradeable, you can improve its performances quickly. It is quite sturdily built and it won’t break at a stronger shock. However, even if it does, you can easily find spare parts for it and at a good price, precisely because it has been in production for so long and it is such a popular truck.

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The variety of vehicles available in RC vehicles racing makes it possible for anyone to take up this type of competition and allows veteran participants to try on new things. Nevertheless, if you want a competitive RC automobile, you must at least once drive one of the two mentioned above.

 

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My review of the Standard Horizon CPN700i

If you are usually navigating around the US for fishing purposes or others, you may surely want to acquire such a unit. The Standard Horizon CPN700i is a fully equipped chart plotter that may be used for a variety of tasks.

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The first reason for which you’ll want to buy this, is its extensive preloaded chart database. The plotter comes equipped with Jeppesen coastal navigation maps of USA, Alaska, Hawaii and Great Lakes, Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Central America. So, no matter where you go, this unit has your back. The charts are displayed on a 7 diagonal screen that offers a clear resolution and the possibility of being split into two separate images, so that you can have access at two different sets of information at once. For example, you can use one half of the screen to display a map and the other your internet browser. The device allows you to zoom on the map to give you a better idea on the area and other locations that you might miss at first sight. Additionally, it is designed to be visible even in sunlight, so you can easily mount it on the deck and have it prepared for any situation.

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You can navigate through its system using the three operating modes: the touch screen, the ShuttlePoint knob that controls the cursor and the push knob.

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The product has an internal GPS antenna that will help you calculate your course easily and efficiently. For a better GPS connection you can add an external antenna, as the signal may be lost in some areas. Also, the unit can be connected to Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi. Due to this unique feature, you’ll be able to stay connected, check your emails, your social media accounts and upload photos and news about your navigation adventures. In addition, you will be kept posted with the latest Jeppesen’s C-Weather forecasting that will inform you on temperatures, wind direction and speed, wave heights and other input that you may find useful.  Moreover, the unit is endowed with a USB port so that you are able to connect other devices to it. You can, this way, connect your iPod or mp3 player and listen to music or an audio book, as the panel has built-in audio speakers. However, if the speakers are not loud enough for your taste, you can connect another set of speakers using the auxiliary jack. If you have a video camera on the boat, you can also keep an eye on it using the plotter’s screen.

 

Lastly, the unit is fitted with a swivel mounting bracket that will allow you to rotate the display in any position you want to obtain a better view. With such an instrument around, nothing bad could ever happen to you or to your boat and you will be able to explore any place you want.

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