SIG SAUER KILO 2000
7×25 DIGITAL LASER RANGEFINDER
After doing so many laser rangefinder reviews, I often wonder if rangefinder manufacturers maybe cringe a little when they hear my name. It is no secret that I am very critical of rf’s. Why? Because they supply the single most important piece of data for any long range shooting solution, the distance. I insist on good, accurate ranges, under many field conditions, even when I set them up to fail. So, how does this new Kilo 2000 from SIG meaure up? Let’s have a look.
Upon opening the box you will find. The RF unit, CR2 battery, lanyard, a very nice heavy box for storage, an owners manual, and a nylon carry case (not pictured because mine was from a SIG field Rep and I didnt get it) but the instructions say it will be included.
Reading the manual, you will learn that the Kilo 2000 has an adjustable eye cup, handy for use with or without glasses. The unit has a light magnesium housing. A very stiff to turn diopter focus (that is good to hold your favorite position). The unit can be set for yards or meters. The optic is 7X 25mm, can be set for line of sight or angle modified range. The display intensity automatically adjusts to ambient light conditions, triggered by a small sensor. The scan mode refresh rate is 4 times per second. The dispay inside will show you these items that you have chosen from the menu for set up. Range and “Y” or “M” for Yards or Meters. “LOS” for line of sight or “AMR” for angle modified range. And last but not least, the battery life indicator to let you know if your CR2 battery is alive and well. Also you can set your RF for “Best” or “Last” target. Best is the recommended setting, but you have the option to set it to “last” if you are hunting in heavy foilage and wish it to ignore the near foilage. Beam divergence is a nice 1.4 mrad. I like a beam tight and this is not as tight as some, but tighter than many we have seen in the past. This is important to me, and I am glad to see these companies listening to us that have requested tighter beam divergence to limit the grabbing of reflective items we do not wish to range that may be near the path to our intended target. The unit is said to be accurate to +/- 2 yards at 1000+ yards. Will range trees to 1500 yards. Deer to 1200 yards. Reflective items to 3400 yards…… What??? 3400 yards??? Oh I can’t wait to test that one Ha Ha!!
Then comes the Guarantee. Five full years for workmanship or defects. Nice!!
Ok, enough of the boring reading of the little book. Like we use to say in racing, “Let the test beating begin!” So off to the field we go. For the field test I brought along my Leica 1600 CRF to compare. The Leica is about $300 higher than the Kilo 2000 retail, but this is the best thing that we can get that is close to the same price range and is a unit many long range guys use and trust. Then, to verify distances, I brought along my Vectronix PLRF10. At nearly 8 times the suggested retail of the Kilo, the PLRF10 will set the stage for accuracy in any condition, and it is a proven accurate unit.
Ok first up trees. And I ain’t spending a lot of time here. I don’t eat trees and I don’t shoot trees. But the SIG manual said trees to 1500 so let’s range a few.
First up, a tree at 714.5 yards just to get a feel of things. The Kilo gives the yardage reading to the 10th of a yard. Cool, but really not necessary. I would be just as happy leaving the unusable point whatever off. Wow, the ranging reticle circle is large. Way large. Take a look.
I like precise reticles. Small circles or small boxes like the Leica are ok. But to steal my heart they would have had to give me a fine crosshair like the Vectronix has. Way more precise, especially for something like a prairie dog or coyote.
So, I settled on a tree at 860 yards to test the Kilo 2000. PLRF said 860 on the nose. Three sample distances were taken. Leica said 860 each time. Kilo said 860.4, 860.4, 860.4. Very nice!!
I also had previously ranged a tree with the Kilo at a mile right before dark one night. I don’t think it will range trees that far in all conditions. But the manual said “trees up to 1500” so I say this is an accurate statement.
Next I found some antelope in flat ground. Not an easy target to range. But we did well. Remember, these are live targets and could move while I was switching from unit to unit. So lets not let a few yards be an issue here. Again, three sample ranges. PLRF 10 says, 661 yards. Leica, 659, 659, 659, Kilo says, 662.4, 662.2, 662.5. great. OK, enough with the tenths of a yard stuff. I am dropping them from here on out.
Overcast day, antelope again, way out there. PLRF10 says 1232, 1233, 1233. I guess he took a step Ha! Leica, no go. Would not touch these. Kilo says, no go either never got it to read one. Thats ok, manual says deer up to 1200. I guess we better find some deer.
I found some at about 600 yards. PLRF10 says 600. Leica says 600 all three times. Kilo says 598 but again I think they moved or I was on the wrong deer as they fed. As you can see the HUGE reticle circle will enclose 3 or more deer at 600 yards.
Let’s have a look at a single deer at 600 yards.
More mule Deer, overcast skies again. PLRF10 says 999 yards. Leica says in 10 tries 998 and 1005, only read these twice with some snow cover on the ground. I am sure these grazing deer were moving a little while I was trying to get a reading. Kilo says…….. nope. Didn’t grab a one in 15 tries.
So let’s get a little closer. Mule deer again, PLRF10 says 953 yards. Leica says 953, 951, 952. Kilo says, 950, 950, 950. So both the Leica and the Kilo likes the conditions better here. Just a little closer, but maybe not as much snow or could have been a little darker as it was later and the sun under the clouds was not as much over head.
Now! The beam divergence test. This is where I set the RF’s up to fail. Targets inside a timber where you have to sneak by trees. Or just over sage brush on flat ground. Or just over the top of a hill to a farther hill with a target.
Conditions are still overcast. Target is a bush where the beam has to go between two trees to get there. PLRF10 says 920 yards. Leica says, 920, 920, 920. Kilo says, 919, 919, 920. Remember the kilo is giving me tenths too. So all very close.
Another bush between trees. PLRF10 says 894 yards. Leica says 894, 894, 894. Kilo says, 893, 894, 893.
Last test and a very tough one. Sage brush bush just over the top of another sage brush bush on pretty flat ground. PLRF10 says 511 yards. Leica says 510, 511, 511 Kilo says 509, 509, 509 and if I really crowded it, the slightly larger beam would grab the near bush at 378 yards. But in all fairness, I give the Kilo a pass here. It did much better than I expected as long as I keep the target in the middle of the oversized reticle circle. Good job Kilo!
OK, Grin. What about this claim of a reflective target “up to 3400 yards” Headed to the highway to find a road sign. First up a no passing triangle sign. PLRF10 says 1320 yards. Leica says 1319, 1319, 1319 Kilo says 1319, 1319, 1319
Let’s move out on the same sign. PLRF10 says 2235 yards. Leica says ………… won’t touch it. I should note I have never seen a reading from the Leica over 1999 yards, ever. And never seen the PLRF10 past 2999 yards ever. I am not sure but this could be a programing limit?? OK, Kilo the floor is yours. Kilo says 2235, 2235, 2235. wow!
OK, let’s stretch her out here and this was the next day in full sun. The Kilo would not read every single time. But held steady or on scan it did read the sign in full sun at 3010.0 yards as shown. Also the sign is to the left of the road, I moved the RF as I put my phone up to it for the pic. Now, the Kilo would not read the next sign. But it could have been over 3400 yards, and this was full midday sun. The manual said “up to 3400 yards” So, serve me up a big helping of crow please. This is huge for us ELR guys. Just screw some old license plates to your target and range away at over a mile and a half.
Lastly, I must talk about the speed of the Kilo. It is lightning fast to give readings. Also the scan mode works like a champ. Just hold the fire button down and move from target to target and the distance is there. Let off the button and the last target distance is displayed. The other fun thing I did was get on the back license plate of a truck going away from me. The Kilo kept refreshing very fast and I watched the distance count up to well over 2000 yards where the truck went out of sight. Pretty cool.
In summary, this is one heck of a laser RF for a retail price of about $500. I don’t think it can or will be beat for a while without spending more money. As for gripes? I will really complain about the oversized reticle aiming circle. They blew it there. But you can’t have it all. Also, I carried this unit with me for a few weeks in my pack and in the truck to use it whenever I could. The magnesium case is light and strong, but it is not holding a finish well. Already it is showing wear with some loss of finish. Not a big deal to me. I know you can’t have it all in this price range. So other than the reticle size, AWESOME job SIG SAUER!! One heck of a unit at a price just about anyone can handle.
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