Leica Rangemaster 1000-R CRF Rangefinder

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leica rangemaster crf 1000 rYard Range: 10-1000 yards
Magnification: 7X 24mm objective lens
Display Type: LED/Red
Dimensions: 4.45″ x 2.95″ x 1.34″
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes
Angle Compensation: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of sight/Slope
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Hunting, Target Shooting, Golf

Our Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars


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Update - 2019.11.24Leica has discontinued the Rangemaster CRF 1000-R. As of today, you can still find both new and reconditioned (used) models available for sale online however the rangefinder is no longer in production. Newer alternatives to the CRF 1000-R are the CRF 1600-R (which ranges to 1,600 yards) and CRF 2400-R which ranges to a massive 2,400 yards!


Leica Rangemaster CRF 1000-R Review

The Leica Rangemaster CRF 1000-R is compact and lightweight and can range out to 1000 yard distances. It has Leica’s Advanced Ballistic Compensation (ABC) Technology and is tripod adaptable to be mounted for steady and close-up viewing with the 7X magnification. As the most affordable Leica rangefinder available, you won’t be disappointed.

This Rangemaster is holding an almost perfect rating, just like the other Leica rangefinders we have reviewed, with quite a few of them saying how Leica has done it again.

There’s little room to wonder why this top-rated rangefinder is so popular among its consumers when it’s built with the same sturdy construction, easy readability, and precise measurements that’s expected of all of Leica’s products.

  • Fully weatherproof
  • Extra accessories included
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Angle Compensation
  • Long-lasting battery life

  • Price


Rangemaster CRF 1000-R Rangefinder Q&A:

What does the CRF on the Leica Rangemaster 1000-R stand for?

CRF is the abbreviation for Compact Range Finder. It’s one of Leica’s smaller rangefinders measuring in at approximately 4.45 x 2.95 x 1.34 inches. This is ideal to carry around with you in a coat pocket, and it’s also lightweight at half a pound.


How will the LED display on the CRF 1000 stand up at various times of the day?

The CRF Rangemaster 1000-R has an LED display instead of an LCD display. Although some might prefer the high-tech capabilities of an LCD display, the simple and no-fuss readings and operation of this rangefinder makes the LED display easy to read and use.

It automatically adjusts itself to the lighting conditions of your surroundings so that the readings are always as bright as possible for you to read comfortably no matter the time of day. Finally, a rangefinder you can use in any light!


How much life can I get out of the CR2 lithium battery in the Rangemaster CRF?

The convenient thing about the power source for the Rangemaster 1000-R is the ability to purchase it practically anywhere. You can get about 2000 measurement readings out of the one battery. It’ll also indicate the battery is running low by blinking. By then you might have about 100 readings before it’ll die completely, but just be aware that you’ll lose range power as the battery declines.


How user-friendly is the CRF 1000-R rangefinder?

This rangefinder comes with two buttons for easy use. One push of one button will give you the distance reading and the other button will tell you the angle. You have the option of using it in either linear or angle compensation modes so you can still get accurate readings whether you’re out in a field or in the mountainous woods.

It’s single use operation is ideal for those who want to minimize their chances of missing their target due to accidentally being led to a menu screen or other such “high-tech” interference.


Can I mount the CRF 1000 rangefinder to a tripod?

Yes, this rangefinder is tripod mountable, although that comes as a separate purchase. This can make it ideal to set up for long hunting periods in one area. With the right mount, you can also mount it to your rifle.


Leica Rangemaster CRF 1000-R Features:

  • Waterproof up to 3 feet
  • 1,000 yard rangefinder
  • LED display automatically adjusts to light conditions
  • Easy use operation
  • Linear and Angle Compensation Modes
  • 7X Magnification


Our Verdict on the Leica 1000 R

The aim of it is, the Leica CRF 1000-R is an excellent starter rangefinder from the Leica brand. While it’s beyond starter and entry level buys, it’s definitely going to be used and abused in the hands of a pro. It’s definitely got a price tag that matches some of the best of what other brands have to offer.

Speaking of those other brands, there’s the Bushnell Elite 1-Mile ARC that can outdo the Leica in yardage distance. It’s pumped with tons of features that might swing you Bushnell’s way.

But if you want maximum features with maximum yardage, the Leica Geovid which we review here is definitely in that ball park. It might even outdo your expectations on what you think might want!

Sticking with Leica is like your body’s natural movement when hunting. You stick with your gut, aim for the kill zone, and tag that trophy! Put a tag on Leica and you’ll be out of tags this season.

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Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.

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