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Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

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they look pretty similar in terms of specs and i cant decide which one to get? anybody have any experience with either of them or have a preference one way or the other?
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

never used the Leupold but have had a Bushnell for 5 years and had one problem which they fixed for free and did it in a timely fashion.
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

I can only speak for the Medalist.

I have one, it's fantastic. I used an older Bushnell for years and hands down the Medalist with Pinseeker blows away the older technology.

The Medalist is lightweight, incredibly accurate, uses 9 volt batteries that are available anywhere and last forever. I don't know why anyone would choose any other laser, even the Bushnell 1500 has very little over the Medalist. (trust me, I need no readings over 900 yards)

I use my Medalist for every approach shot, and a few other times each round scoping out hazards, beverage chicks and whatnot. It's never failed to grab the target quickly and accurately.

As far as the Leopold goes, from what I read, it's a great unit. Not sure what the big deal is on selecting reticles is, but for some, that appears to be a can't miss "feature". I also think that it's waterproof which on some days would be one less thing to worry about.

For convenience, accuracy and speed, I'd challenge any unit on the market.

I bought my Medalist for $145 new from Ebay. Not sure what the GX-1 goes for, but I'd be amazed if it's less than that.

I don't think you could go wrong with either unit.
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

Originally Posted by Mr3Putt View Post
I bought my Medalist for $145 new from Ebay. Not sure what the GX-1 goes for, but I'd be amazed if it's less than that.
They're both $299 retail. eBay, sure, you can probably find either for half off.

I'm going to stand up for the Leupold. I think it's a better system. It's smaller and easier to hold. And they advertise here, but I only let them over someone else because I believe in their products. Our review of the GX-I came out well before they began advertising.

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Medalist               Leupold GX-I
--------               ------------
4x magnification       6x magnification
300+ yd range (flag)   350 yd range (flag)
PinSeeker              PinHunter
Weather resistant      Weather resistant
1.8 x 4.4 x 3.8        1.5 x 4 x 2.75
9V Battery             Widely available watch battery
2Y Limited Warranty    1Y Warranty
Includes case          Selectable Aiming Reticles, Includes case
> 6.8 oz               6.8 oz
Horizontal Design      Vertical Design
(Couldn't find the weight of the Medalist, but I'm 95% sure it's more.)

I like the vertical design, the smaller size, the higher magnification, and the reticles on the GX-I. I like nothing more about the Medalist.
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

I chose the GX-I simply due to the more compact size. It felt more com

It has performed excelent, no problem picking up a pin quickly. Can quickly scan to front and back of green too if you can see them from where you are standing.

-E
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

Until June 30, 2009 there is a $50 rebate on the Medalist. You can get one factory fresh for $299-$50.

$249 net.

Here's the form
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

My friend has a Bushnell Medalist and he is quiet happy with it
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

I too have a medalist and although it's a bit bulky compared to some of the newer range finders, I have no real problems with it's size or performance. Althought I'm sure the Leupold is also an excellent range finder, I can't really say anything about it because I've never used one.
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

My leupold has been very reliable, and i like the fact that you can choose your aming recticle. I bought one after i read the review by iacas, and have had no need to switch to any other. The case it comes with is very cool, and has a handle, so you can hook it up to your bag for easy acesss during your round.
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Re: Bushnell Medalist vs Leupold GX-I

I also have a Leupold and I love it.

Cant go wrong with either one.
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I am looking at the medalist tomorrow, and the guy is asking $159.00.  I will try it out on a few flags and other items at my club to make sure it's working properly.  If it checks out, I think I will buy it.  He says he was recently given a GPS as a gift and says he doesn't need both, but I'm a little concerned with the price being lower than what I see on e-bay and other places......but if it works I think I will buy it.

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