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Leica Rangemaster Review CRF 1600-B & CRF 2000-B Rangefinder

Before we go into our Leica Rangemaster Review lets talk a little about the Leica brand. The Leica brand has a great reputation with its top notch optics, excellent choices of construction materials, use of premium components and first class workmanship. The Leica rugged rangefinder range makes Leica rangefinders extremely reliable and robust. Unfortunately, they are also relatively more expensive than other comparable makes as you might expect.

We will review the Leica Rangemaster CRF 1600-B and the newest in the range the Leica Rangemaster CRF 2000-B. We will also be mentioning the Leica Rangemaster CRF 1600-R as a cheaper option for bow hunting. As you will see below your choice of rangefinders is strongly bound to what to want to do with it.

Ballistic Calculations

The Leica CRF 1600-B also features Leica ballistic function ABC, (Advanced Ballistic Compensation). It accounts for temperature, air pressure and inclination angle. This offer holdover values displayed in one of three output modes:

  • 1  provides linear holdover value in inches or centimetres
  • 2  provides true horizontal distance equivalent to target in yards or meters
  • 3  provides holdover in “1/4 M.O.A”  (or mil radian)

The unit has 12 pre-programmed ballistics curves

The unit has 12 pre-programmed ballistics curves as the just like the older CRF 1600. Holdover values are now given from 100 yards to full 880 yards. The older CRF 16oo ranged to only 500 yards.

So the Leica CRF 1600-B corrects out to 880 yards in units, .1MILS or MOA, plus inches or cm, clicks or Ballistic/Angle compensated distance. The adds 300 yards more sight in than the Leica CRF 1600.

The rangefinder calculates ballistic corrections based on LOS distance, temperature, inclination angle, pressure, sight in distance, and using a selected ballistic curve from the 12 presets.

The Leica CRF 1600-B will work for hunters wanting to…

  • use a minute or mil based reticle
  • hold over in inches or cm
  • dial distance on a custom cut turret.

The unit can be programmed in Imperial (US) or (EU) metric units. So each group setting (US/EU) must be set up first. Each group has 12 ballistic curves to choose from. You choose the group most matching your cartridge/load. The output the equivalent horizontal distance, holdover, or clicks of adjustments. Also, bear in mind that the Leica CRF 1600-B can only correct in a range between 100-880 yards and this might be an important consideration for bow hunters at distances up to 100 yards! A cheaper and better option for just bow hunting might be the Leica Rangemaster CRF 1600-R which can range from 10 meters.  

The Leica CRF 1600-R  still offers the same 1600 yard ranging ability but sells for about $200 less and might be a bow hunters choice. For shooters, up to 880 yards, the Leica CRF 1600-B  output modes cover all the bases a shooter could want for compensated elevation corrections.

Shooters operating beyond 880 yards can still access line of sight distance, the angle of inclination, temperature, and atmospheric pressure data provided by the unit. Using this data they could use a separate device for ballistic calculations or try the newer Leica Rangemaster CRF 2000-B  with its correct ranging up to 1200 yards.

Leica Rangemaster Review – Technical Spec CRF 1600-B Rangefinder

  • body made of durable carbon-reinforced plastic
  • Determines range out of 1600 yards
  • magnification x6
  • red LED display
  • features scan mode
  • AquaDura coating on external lens
  • waterproof to 3.2 feet water depth 
  • dimensions 4.5 x 1.3 x 3 inches
  • weight approx. 8.1 oz. incl. battery
  • Eye-safe, invisible-light laser compliant with EN and FDA Class 1
  • included CR2 lithium battery
  • 2-year warranty
  • carrying case

Leica Rangemaster Review – Technical Spec Leica CRF 2000-B Rangefinder

  • body made of durable carbon-reinforced plastic
  • Determines range out of 2000 yards
  • magnification x7
  • red LED display
  • features scan mode
  • AquaDura coating on external lens
  • waterproof to 3.2 feet water depth 
  • dimensions 4.5 x 1.3 x 2.5 inches
  • weight approx. 6.4 oz.  excluding. battery
  • diopter compensation ± 3.5 diopters
  • accuracy ± 1m/yards to 500 m/yards; ± 2m/yards to 1825 m/yards
  • front lens diameter 24 mm
  • Eye-safe, invisible-light laser compliant with EN and FDA Class 1
  • included CR2 lithium battery
  • 2-year warranty
  • carrying case

leica rangemaster reviewThe Leica CRF 2000-B Rangefinder also weighs in at just 6.4 ounces and is waterproof to a depth of 3 feet. The pocket sized Leica CRF 2000-B compact rangefinder also measures just 4.5 inches in length and is 2.25 inches tall. The 2000-B, with its 7x magnification and 24mm objective lens, make a highly respectable monocular with the same magnification of most binoculars.

The field of view is 347 feet is not spectacular. But eye relief of 15mm (i/2″) should be sufficient for all users even if you wear glasses. The Leica CRF 2000-B offers all the features of the 1600-B but with more accuracy and range.

All Leica rangefinders have fully multi-coated glass. They are among the best you can get and give you a crisp, clear view of your target in most light conditions. Like the CRF 1600-B, the Leica CRF 2000-B also comes with a useful “scan mode” where a user can cycle through targets in the rangefinder’s line of sight as it displays the changing target ranges.

Consequently, serious hunters are likely to invest in Leica quality, range and accuracy. But you have to trade that off against the prices which are in many cases a few hundred dollars more expensive than competitive rangefinder makers.

Conclusions: Leica CRF 1600-B Rangefinder & Leica CRF 2000-B Rangefinder

Notice, in our Leica Rangemaster review, we have seen both models have a good range of 1600/2000 yards with bright and clear optics. Many users also report in twilight conditions their Leicas outperform competing models. They both measure and use ballistic factors like air pressure, temperature and incline to perform an accurate and fast reading.

The Upside

Also, some owners say these are the fastest and most accurate results of any rangefinder they’ve ever used. Furthermore, we found buyer reviews claiming they got accurate readings on larger objects out beyond 2000 yards in good conditions. Also, some owners say they successfully measure more obscure and smaller targets at 900-1000 yards in bright sunlight.  The auto-compensating display brightness works very well in poor and bright light conditions as many users have reported. Being waterproof down to 3ft ensures also helps in dropping accidents in puddles and the like.

The Downside

  • Also, the Leica B models are priced at the higher end of the medium price bracket.
  • Again, there is also no manual override for the automatic display adjustment which may be a problem for some users with unusual light sensitivity.
  • The unit doesn’t include a tripod mount which also would be very useful for the hunter at ranges 800 yards plus
  • Also, there is no corresponding wind compensation feature like that found on the  LEUPOLD RX 1200I TBR/W DNA RANGEFINDER. Ironically the Leupold only compensates for wind correction.  So clearly, there is room for improvement all round if the aim is to produce a complete ballistics software.

Furthermore, in this Leica Rangemaster Review, we found LEICA RANGEMASTER rangefinder’s owners were almost universally content with their purchases and stayed loyal to the brand in spite of the non-trivial investment.

Because of the Leica brand, they have a history and big lineup of rangefinders. With powerful optics and a host of useful and advanced features, the Leica CRF 1600-B Rangefinder and the Leica CRF 2000-B Rangefinder are a class act. Also, remember your choice of device depends largely on what you use it for.  So our dear readers, don’t forget the points we made above about choosing the right rangefinder for you in this Leica Rangemaster Review. Happy hunting!

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