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- 1 Rangefinders vs. Rangefinder Binoculars?
- 2 What Makes a Good Rangefinder?
- 2.1 Type
- 2.2 Ruggedness
- 2.3 Target Priority
- 2.4 Viewing Distance
- 2.5 Power Source
- 2.6 Scan & Horizontal Modes
- 2.7 Reticle
- 2.8 Accessories
- 2.9 Warranty
- 2.10 Stop & Think!
- 2.11 Intended Use
- 2.12 Legality
- 2.13 Size
- 2.14 Weight
- 2.15 Battery Life
- 2.16 Special Features
- 2.17 Accuracy
- 2.18 Optical Quality
- 2.19 Angle Compensation
- 2.20 LCD VS LED Displays
- 2.21 Budget
- 3 Leading Rangefinder Brands
- 4 The Best Rangefinders on The Market Right Now
- 4.1 1. Sig Sauer Kilo2200BDX
- 4.2 2. Zeiss Carl Optical Inc Victory
- 4.3 3. Vortex Optics Ranger
- 4.4 4. Bushnell Tour V4 Shift
- 4.5 5. Nikon Black RANGEX 4K
- 4.6 6. Upland Optics Perception 1000
- 4.7 7. Nikon LASERFORCE Binocular
- 4.8 8. ATN Auxiliary Ballistic Finder
- 4.9 9. Leupold Rifleman Scope
- 4.10 10. Leica RangeMaster Finder
- 5 FAQs
- 6 Final Words
Sight is maybe the most important sense that people have, and we have one of the most advanced ones in the whole animal kingdom. Even still, while we can recognize millions of colors and adapt to light and dark environments with ease, we can’t see very far now, do we? And people like archers and hunters who are very dependent on their sight need something so they can see their target better -- and here comes the rangefinder.
A rangefinder is an optical piece of gear, similar to a miniature binocular that attaches to the shaft of your gun or the body of your bow and augments your vision in so many ways that it is practically mandatory part of your tactical equipment for professional hunting and archery. So, instead of me blabbering on and on, let’s get right into what makes not only a good but the best rangefinder.
Rangefinders vs. Rangefinder Binoculars?
While in this article, we will be mainly focusing on rangefinders, nowadays rangefinder binoculars have become more and more famous, with their combinations of standard binoculars and a rangefinder resulting in one less thing to carry. This, though, doesn’t make rangefinders, just the opposite. They are much lighter and smaller, so if you are going on a quick whitetail deer hunt, carrying as low weight as possible is a priority.
What Makes a Good Rangefinder?
Buying a rangefinder is not as difficult as it looks. With proper research and market study, you will be able to find out which hunting rangefinder suits you the most. But if you do not put enough time in finding the right one, there is a great possibility of you ending up with a rangefinder, which is not ideal for you. So, make sure to take a look at the following points before you make the purchase of a new hunting rangefinder.
This is the main difference that determines what kind of rangefinder you will buy -- is it an optical or a laser one.
The optical ones rely on manual magnification and a reticle to determine the distance. While they certainly have a lot fewer features, they are much more rugged and durable, and the fact that they don’t require batteries makes them more reliable too.
On the other hand, we have a little bit heavier, but much more technologically advanced laser optics that even the military uses. They are essentially a small computer capable of calculating the distance using a laser, which at first may sound very high tech, but its actually very simple.
Like all pieces of gear that will be taken out in the field, you need something rugged and durable, that will allow you to use it even in the harshest of weather, from rain to snow. Don’t get hung up on numbers and IP ratings though, just look for a rangefinder that can take a beating and function perfectly.
Target priority on a laser rangefinder means it is calibrated or customizable to find either an aggregate or a simple measurement. To simplify, this means that you can choose for the unit to find the closest, farthest, or average distance that it is pointed at. This is a crucial feature during both hunting and golfing because even if there is an obstacle in front of your target, you can calibrate the rangefinder in such a way that it won’t interrupt the measurement.
There is both selectable and automatic target priority, but both will do an excellent job in denser areas that will be a challenge to both simpler laser ones and optic rangefinders. And even if it’s not the most important thing you will be looking for in your rangefinder, try to find a model that has it because you never know when you may need it.
While you may get a rangefinder with a range of 1000 yards and above, if it doesn’t have a magnification feature, it will be practically useless to you. Most models out there have a four or 6x magnification allowing you to get a close up of your target without sacrificing viewing distance. At first, you may think that this will probably be a feature you won’t use, but every hunter and golfer can tell you that zooming on a target is crucial to succeeding.
Obviously, the optical rangers have a huge advantage over the laser ones, because they don’t need any sort of power source to operate, so no matter how long the hunt or the course is, you won’t be stopping to change batteries.
But if you do insist on using the additional features of a laser rangefinder, get yourself ready to buy a huge stock of batteries, because you will definitely need them. If you are in a rural area, try to buy a rangefinder that uses common batteries that won’t require you to buy expensive models from the internet.
There are models with rechargeable batteries, but they are better for golfing because then you will have a close source of energy at hand, but for hunting, a rangefinder with changeable batteries and a pack of spare ones will definitely be a better choice.
Scan & Horizontal Modes
These two features are used only in specific situations, and they aren’t a 100% must. If you need to collect a lot of data quickly about your surroundings tough, for example, if you’re boar hunting with a bow and waiting for a boar to come in, then having a quick scan, will save you a lot of trouble.
The horizontal flip, though, is a very overrated feature, and if you are spending additional money for it, better stop now and use it on something else because if I may be honest, it’s practically useless.
Reticles are a lot like knives, and simpler is better. Most, if not all, rangefinders have an LCD display that allows you to see the measurements and the reticle. This display is easily washed out with light, easy to fumble with during stress, and very easy to confuse if you aren’t practiced with it.
You need to get very familiar with your gear; otherwise, no matter how advanced the display is, it will be useless to you. Some rangefinders have a whole bunch of features that help you predict shots and have ballistic reticles familiar to rifle scopes, and while I can’t deny that, I love using them, in the long run, simple reticles are better.
A rangefinder is not a very complicated tool, so there aren’t many accessories for it out there. Most of the time the manufacturer will include a strap and a carrying case, and hardly ever a battery, but if you buy a product that has these extras, you know that the company cares about the consumer and puts real thought in what they do.
Most reputable brands out there offer a multiyear or even a lifetime warranty, so stick to ones that have a warranty. Otherwise, there is a huge chance that there is something fishy going on, and the product is not what it says it is.
Stop & Think!
Before you go shopping, determine some boundaries of what you need because if you go over the top, you may end up with something that has a bunch of features that you aren’t going to use, and they will slow you down significantly. On the opposite hand, make a list with all must-need features and search thoroughly for what you need because there is a model for every enthusiast’s needs.
What you plan on using your rangefinder for is the biggest external factor that affects your purchase.
A laser rangefinder for golf has a totally different set of features and priorities than a unit made primarily for hunting. And while yes, the fact that they are essentially the same tool means that there will be a lot of crossovers between hunting and a golf rangefinder, but each one will have specific features that will help you to accomplish your task a lot easier.
Hunting rangefinders are mostly camo or black, while a golf one will be a bright color that isn’t very well suited for stealth. The hunting rangefinder will also have special software for bullet and arrow that makes is much more accurate.
The golfing unit, on the other hand, combines a longer battery life with a lot more precise reticle and a farther magnification to carter to the needs of a professional golf player.
Most of the time, there aren’t many legal restrictions when it comes to rangefinders, but in some states hunting competitions and golf tournaments don’t allow them as they allow for less-skilled contenders an unfair advantage. But if you are using them in your own terms, there won’t be any problems.
The two things that you need to consider when it comes to size is to make sure the unit is as small as possible, as to be carried easily and even be hung around your neck for quick access and be shaped well enough to be held comfortably without much effort.
The best balance when it comes to weight is to choose a model that cuts as much weight as possible because, after a long day of hunting, you will start to feel the rangefinder take its toll on you, while still keeping all the features you need and a quality casing. Remember, cutting weight shouldn’t mean cutting corners.
Optical rangefinders don’t have to deal with this, but for laser ones, the battery life is one of if not the most important feature, because even if you have the most powerful laptop in the universe, what good will it do to you if its battery was only 2 minutes.
- For golfing, especially, get a model that will last you the whole afternoon.
- If your rangefinder is a bit power hungry, try using rechargeable batteries
- You should always have a spare set of batteries.
Like we touched upon above, every rangefinder is specialized for a specific task, so you will find many different special features, like ballistic speed counters, hole markers, and so on. You shouldn’t overpay for features you won’t be using, though, so think very carefully about what exactly do you need and how often you are going to use it.
Some sports require more accuracy than others. A golfer will appreciate a +/-1 yard while a competitive shooter or long-range hunter will need a minimum of +/- .5 yards.
- Decide what you’re willing to settle for.
- Set a price range of what you’re willing to pay for.
- Get a unit that you can live with.
A better unit will correct a user error better, and even if you don’t fully utilize its performance, there isn’t such thing as too much accuracy.
Like camera lenses, like binoculars and all-optical instruments, the quality of the glass makes a huge difference, no matter the situation. If high optical quality is important to you, and it should be, then look for brands that are known for outstanding lenses.
Nikon, Leupold, Leica, Bushnell, and Vortex are great starting places, and they have some of the best rangefinders in the world. Be careful, though, because while these brands offer the best glass, they also have a hefty price behind them.
Тhіѕ іѕ а fеаturе thаt wіll trulу gіvе уоu ассurаtе mеаѕurеmеntѕ whеn уоu’rе іn unрrеdісtаblе оr ѕtеер tеrrаіn. Наvе уоu еvеr trіеd lаѕіng frоm а trее blіnd оnlу tо mіѕѕ yout target by 30 yards. If this happened to you, its probably because your rangefinder lacked angle compensation.
Аnglе соmреnѕаtіоn іѕ hіghlу undеrrаtеd. Іt’ѕ аn аbѕоlutе muѕt іf уоu wаnt tо аvоіd іnјurіng а tаrgеt whеn kіllіng thеm іѕ thе gоаl, аnd іt соuld аlѕо mеаn а соmрlеtе mіѕѕ. Тhе truе hоrіzоntаl dіѕtаnсе аllоwѕ уоu tо knоw thе rіght dіѕtаnсе tо аіm fоr thаt grаvіtу wіll hаvе аn еffесt оvеr уоur ѕhоt. .
LCD VS LED Displays
At first glance, you may not give a lot of thought to this decision, but when the light of the afternoon sun shines directly in your optics, meaning you miss the deer that was only 200 yards away, you will start to regret your ignorance.
LCD displays are great in a lot of light, with their clear black reticles and resistant to reflection screen, but when it comes to late at night or the early morning, nothing can beat the bright red glow of an LED display, which will be a much better choice no matter what.
So, the best thing to do is to narrow down your most common hunting hours and then choose the type of display that suits you the most. When it comes to LEDs, try to find a rangefinder that has adjustable brightness, so it doesn’t destroy your vision during the blackest of nights.
This is a very hard topic when it comes to optics because this type of tech isn’t like most types of gear, and it isn’t getting what you pay for.
While there are deals that the more you spend, the better off you are; an inexpensive rangefinder can give you all the information you need for making an accurate shot at a distance but may lack refinements and quality of glass that will matter in the long run.
Don’t worry, though, after we look at some of the best brands that you can find on the market right now, and we will look at the best bang for your buck rangefinders, so you won’t need to worry about the complicated pricing that the world of rangefinders offers.
Leading Rangefinder Brands
There are so many good brands putting out quality products now, and if you stick to a well-known company, it’s more likely a good buy.
There are definitely lemons from everywhere, but for the most part, companies stick to their section of the market and serve a specific group of people and budget range.
Known for their strange and angular designs, Halo makes a good range of extremely good feeling rangefinders that utilize quality optics for a good price.
- Very good beginner laser rangefinders. Though they lack a lot of luxuries and create comforts, they have a bare-bones and dead reliable approach to building gear.
- They are easy to use since you won’t find a ton of settings on these rangefinders.
- Their odd shapes make them easy to hold even with gloves.
- Their smaller sizes make them comfortable to wear on a lanyard for quick hunting, in which they are the best, not so for golf.
For a beginner, you really can’t go wrong with Halo. They have reasonable prices, easy to use features, and that will be easy to learn. So if you are a young hunter, or you are just getting started, consider them, because it will make your journey a lot easier.
Bushnell is a huge company that makes dozens of different kinds of optics that serve every part of the market and budget spectrum. They are the most common brand found, and as such, they are reliable and honest with their costumers
- They make different models and play around with designs and features more than any other company. This has led their competitors to copy their lead and to come out with features very like theirs.
- They make it possible for rangefinders to tell you if your shot is clear for an arrow or a bullet.
- They have rangefinders that can factor in elevation, the angle between you and your target, and predict the distance that your bullet or arrow travels and use that to tell you how far to aim or which pin to use.
They continue to make huge improvements with each iteration, while still managing to keep the prices down, so they are the everyman company, and this makes them a favorite choice among most Americans. They don’t skimp out on material too, so you know you’re getting your money worth.
Simmons is your typical budget brand that still manages to put decent materials in their models.
They have models of game cameras, scopes, and laser rangefinders as well as soft gear, and some general use items like knives and flashlights. Their laser rangefinders are very underrated, and for what you are paying, you are getting more than some of the more well known and respected brands out there.
If you’re in the market for a laser rangefinder that simply gives the measurement without useless additional clutter, you will like Simmons’ simplicity.
- They make different levels of quality, and they can generally be found for about half of what their competitors charge.
- They aren’t that durable, but for the price, they can be hard to beat. They go on sale very often so you can pick up a decent rangefinder under $100 that’ll get the job done.
While their budget nature may be alluring to starters, I would personally opt for a better brand because, in most cases, they lack some features that are mandatory for beginners. So if you are planning to get your kid into bowhunting, this isn’t that good of an option, but if you just want a budget option and you are a seasoned hunter, this is the one for you,
Nikon is an optics powerhouse that makes everything from medical equipment and DSLR lenses to eyeglasses and sporting optics. They are known for their huge variety of classes all the way from the middle to extremely high-class dual-purpose rangefinders.
- Their best feature is the crystal-clear glass they produce and the well thought of controls. While some companies are known for their complicated hardware, Nikon offers an easy to use interface, that even a kid can use.
- All their products are on the smaller side of the spectrum, being considerably lighter than their competitors.
- They use commonly found batteries and are engineered well enough to have a pretty good battery life.
They are widely spread amongst both golfers and hunters and offer a great all-around experience that I can offer to anyone without much hesitation.
Leupold is, without a doubt, the great American optics giant. They almost have a monopoly on American made optics, having contracts with both the police and the military, and this isn’t without reason -- they offer some of the most high-quality glass for rangefinders there is.
- As far as sporting optics go, they are a medium to high-end brand even with their entry-level products.
- Their newer models are preferred even by professional golfers, so they really have a broad appeal.
Their hunting specific models leave a little to be desired, especially for the price. But their golfing and general outdoor models are on a whole different level. If you do have the money to get a Leupold, they are a phenomenal option for people who want a high-quality rangefinder that will outlast them while also having an unbelievable level of refinement.
This is a low-end company that is good for anyone looking for a featured rangefinder for less money. They achieve this by being a drop-ship import company that repackages rangefinders, so you really get a band for your buck here.
- They have a very large product line, with a model for every person’s needs
- For their price, their dual-purpose models offer much more features than their American counterparts for much less money.
- They’re also one of the few manufacturers who make units that use common batteries.
- The only downside is that they lack the quality materials and rigidity of more high -- end brands.
If you aren’t set on buying all American items, and import companies aren’t a problem for you, this is the best entry-level company there is.
The Best Rangefinders on The Market Right Now
1. Sig Sauer Kilo2200BDX
1. BDX (Ballistic Data Exchange)
2. Auto Illuminated Holdover Dot
3. Four Range Updates per Second
4. Powerful Battery
Not to be blunt, but in my opinion, the Kilo 2200 BDX rangefinder is the best on the market. When Sig Sauer originally created this unit, they didn’t have it designed for their BDX technology; however, even then, it was still the top rangefinder on the market.
By adding BDX (ballistic data exchange), they made an already exceptional unit even better, by adding an automated illuminated holdover dot via Bluetooth and an app. But that’s not all, because before they added BDX, 2200 was actually more expensive than their new unit. So ina sense they took an old product, cut down the price and made it even better, what more can you want.
Its specs aren’t anything to scoff at, too. It has four range updates per second in scan mode, and angle modified range for tree stand hunters automatically calibrates brightness for changing light conditions and even a lifetime warranty, which always a welcomed addition. With a range up to 3400 reflective, 1400 Deer and 1800 Trees, a common and powerful battery like the CR2 and as little weight as possible while still remaining a durable and rigid product, this is truly a high-end model.
At the end of the day, with an Infinite warranty and so many features that you won’t find on many other models, the hefty price of the unit is somewhat understandable, and if you really want the best, choosing the 2200BDX is the way to go.
2. Zeiss Carl Optical Inc Victory
1. Ballistic Info System
2. Magnification 8x
3. LotuTec Clear View
4. IP 68 Rubber-Armored Case
Zeiss is and has been one of the leading European optics brands, and as such, they make excellent rangefinders that are a little bit on the expensive side, but they make up for it with quality. The Victory PRF laser rangefinder with Ballistic Info System is no exception, as it is one of the best models on the market right now.
Like their binoculars, this rangefinder features high-performance optics which provide 8x magnification combined with the Carl Zeiss T multi-layer lens coating which ensures crystal clarity and the best possible light transmission for a clear image even in low light conditions as well as the LotuTec that makes sure that neither snow nor rain will be an obstacle to your lens.
In addition, while it is the smallest of all Zeiss models, it is still rugged and durable enough to withstand a drop a or a hard beating, because the sensitive electronics are contained and protected inside of an IP 68 rubber-armored case. Plus, this range finder is easily operated because just by pressing a button, you can get fast and accurate readings of the distance within half a second of releasing the button.
On the other hand, the unit can be placed in Scan mode by simply pressing and holding the button as the unit is swept across the field of view to provide multiple distance measurements and a number of targets.
And last but not least, it features a Ballistic Information System that uses an internal ballistics table for given calibers and bullet weights at given muzzle velocities combined with the current distance measurement to provide accurate hold over distance measurements for your gun.
Overall, if you can get over the high price and European origin, this rangefinder from Zeiss has some of the best rangefinder technology on the market in addition to excellent build and quality brand name behind it.
3. Vortex Optics Ranger
1. Targets Out to 1800 Yards
2. Built-In Angle Compensation
3. Line of Sight (LOS)
4. Lifetime Warranty
Vortex is an excellent American company that is a favorite to many hunters, not only because they are a quality piece of equipment, but also because they offer amazing customer service if something breaks you just send it back, and they will replace it. This is something rare nowadays, so take note of it.
The industry-leading lifetime warranty isn’t the only trick up its sleeve though, not even close. It has range deer out to 900 yards, targets out to 1800 yards, a built-in angle compensation designed for tree stand hunters, a Line of Sight (LOS) mode that displays the actual line of sight distance and the huge bonus of being fully waterproof.
The rangefinder is very accurate, +/- 3 yards @ 1000 yards even when they are magnified at max, which is 6x times, and if you have used a rangefinder before you know that that is a lot. The lens are pretty big, 22mm, to be exact, which allows a lot of light to pass through, and thus it will give you a much clearer image.
The rangefinder uses standard CR2 batteries, and with its easy interface and low weight, this is a really comfortable piece of gear. Overall, if you want an American made, tough and feature-rich rangefinder, you have found it here.
4. Bushnell Tour V4 Shift
1. Golfing Special
2. Dedicated Hole Scan
3. JOLT Technology Pin Seeker
4. Made in The USA
This here is our first Bushnell rangefinder, and if you haven’t heard them, they are one of the best brands for rangefinders from the USA, with their excellent customer support and affordable range of products, from budget all the way to high end.
This exact model is focused more on golfing, with special features like a dedicated hole scan and more magnification, so if you go out with your friends at the weekend to makes some rounds on the golf course, you have an excellent contender.
It is also very feature-rich, with a slope Switch Technology and pin seeker with JOLT technology, it is accurate to +/- 1 yard, and it ranges 1, 000 yards and 400+ yards to a flag. The 5x magnification, plus the fast focus system and the class 1 laser with low power output, wrap all of the additional features into a nice package that makes the Tour V4 an excellent golf rangefinder for both newbies and enthusiasts alike.
5. Nikon Black RANGEX 4K
1. Maximum Range of 4000 Yards
2. Red OLED Display
3. Five-Stage Selectable Brightness
4. Best Shot ID Technology
Maybe you’ve heard about them before from their DSLR cameras and lenses, but Nikon makes and has always made quality glass, which has made this Japanese company one of the most beloved rangefinder manufacturers. It has an amazing maximum range of 4000 yards, 1700 for trees, and 1500 for deers.
Its red OLED display provides you with an amazing level of visibility, and its automatic or five-stage selectable brightness means that you have a great contrast on your target no matter what time of the day it is. For incline or decline shooting angles, the RANGEX is equipped with Nikon’s ID Technology that delivers the one number you need for determining your best shot
Featuring Nikon hyper read function for extraordinarily fast, positive measurements, the rangefinder’s Integral monocular offers the bright, sharp view Required for target spotting and acquisition. Оverall, you have one great piece of tech from a well-known company that will give you high-end performance at a little higher than average price.
6. Upland Optics Perception 1000
1. Range of 1000 Yards
2. Magnification 6x
3. Waterproof Rubber Armor Case
4. Amazing Grip
This rangefinder from uplands optics, as you may have gotten by its name, has a pretty good range of 1000 yards, which for its class and its price makes it a pretty good contender to even higher-end models. The Perception 1000 is a near-perfect lightweight and affordable laser rangefinder perfect for either the bowhunter or rifle hunter in the family. This alone allows it to compete with some of the big wigs like Nikon and Leica.
With a range up to 1000 yards and accurate up to 1 yard, the Perception 1000 allows you to take ethical shots with accurate updates on-the-fly in a lightweight package, not to mention its good looks and the 6x magnification.
Its waterproof rubber armor case, combined with the textured exterior, gives it an amazing grip and outstanding durability. This offering from Upland Optics bridges the already small gap of rifles and bows in an inexpensive and excellent way, which makes it a must for every budget hunter out there.
7. Nikon LASERFORCE Binocular
1. Approximate Range 1900 yd
2. Outstanding Deer Range
3. Bright OLED Display
4. Horizontal Target Distance
This here is familiar and, at the same time, foreign because it looks like a normal pair of binoculars, but its actually a magnificent combination of made from Nikon, and the results are as astonishing as you may expect. You get a good range, approximately 1900 yards, and the best thing, the tree, and deer range are also very close, with 1400 and 1100, respectively.
One of its most outstanding features is its OLED display, characteristic to most Nikon models. Very bright and clear, the display has 4-step intensity adjustment so you can read it easily under any lighting conditions and against various subjects, with single or continuous measurement up to 8 seconds.
Displays in increments of 0.1m/yd, when shorter than 100m/yds and in 1m/yd at 100m/yds and over. And if you are the type of person who forgets to turn off their tech, the rangefinder has an auto turn off feature after 8 seconds of no use.
Nikon’s advanced ID Technology provides the horizontal distance to the target, even when ranging at various incline or decline shooting angles—up to an incredible +/- 89 degrees (nearly vertical up or down).
The reflective mirror coating is applied on the mirror surface of the roof prism unit, providing for bright images and protection against the elements. ED (Extra-low dispersion) Glass corrects chromatic aberration, so you ger images with nice contrast and true colors.
8. ATN Auxiliary Ballistic Finder
1. ATN Smart Scope Connection
2. Smart Ballistic Calculator
3. Pack Hunting Tracker
4. Single Button Control
The ATN ABL 1000, as you may have gotten from its name, offers a pretty nice range of 1000 yards, which is combined with a nice set of long-range features and designs that all in all make an excellent for its price laser range finder. Not to mention that with just a single button press, you can connect to your ATN Smart Scope and give you even more information.
The features don’t end here, though. The ABL 1000 has a so-called Smart Ballistic Calculator, which with just a press of one button, integrates with your Smart Scope and shifts your reticle to the new POI (Point of Impact). And while on paper, this may sound very complicated tl;dr -- this is a button that changes your target, and when hunting a pack, this is amazing.
But its place in the ecosystem of ATN doesn’t end here, with its Smart HD that is compatible with most of the ATN models. And what is more, if you record a video, you will be able to see the range in yards, accuracy and all. What is the point for having the new four series ATN device, if the target is too far to shoot at responsibly? Well, ABL is your answer.
Mount it in minutes, to the front of your ATN Smart sight, and turn your scope into any future hunter’s dream. You can control the ABL through your view with a simple one-button operation. Once ranged in on your target, your POI (Point of Impact) is instantly adjusted, and you are ready to make your shot.
Just don’t forget to keep those hands steady. With all those amazing features, that are a little bit undermined by its low maximum range, combined with its reasonable price and easy to set up attachment, this offering from ATN is an excellent choice for starters.
9. Leupold Rifleman Scope
1. Armored Waterproof Case
2. True Wind Ballistic Range
3. Advanced OLED Display
4. Accurate IA System
This slick black variant of the RX 2800 is one of the best of the market, with its whole set of amazing features, a strong armored waterproof case to protect the advanced tech inside, and all this is combined with a pretty hefty price, but a price that reasonable for what you get.
Another great feature is the True Ballistic Range with the wind (TBR -- W) technology accounts for incline, range to target, and your ballistics information all the time. With an AI system called the Alpha IQ, you get an even more accurate reading no matter how complex the terrain is.
Adjustability is the name of the game with this rangefinder, as it not only has three reticle options -- Plus point, duplex, and Duplex With plus point, but also an automatic and manual adjustable brightness on its advanced OLED screen. Overall, with an amazing set of features that make its high price reasonable, the RX 2800 is maybe the best professional rangefinder.
10. Leica RangeMaster Finder
1. Rаnge Dіѕtаnсе -- 1600 уd
2. LЕD Autоmаtіс Dіѕрlау
3. Intеgrаtеd Inсlіnоmеtеr
4. Вuіlt-іn Bаllіѕtіс Pаrаmеtеrѕ
Тhе Rаngеmаѕtеr іѕ thе ultіmаtе росkеt rаngеfіndеr nо rіflеmаn ѕhоuld gо wіthоut. Іtѕ 1600-уаrd rаngіng dіѕtаnсе іѕ іmрrеѕѕіvе ѕіnсе Lеіса саn асtuаllу dеlіvеr rеѕultѕ оut thіѕ fаr–іt’ѕ nоt јuѕt а сlаіm. Асquіrіng dіѕtаnсеѕ оn dееr аbоvе 1000 уаrdѕ іѕ nоt аn іmрrеѕѕіvе fеаt fоr thе СRF, іt’ѕ whаt іt dоеѕ dау іn аnd dау оut. Аѕ а Lеіса рrоduсt, іt fеаturеѕ іtѕ brаndѕ ісоnіс іmаgе quаlіtу wіth аn LЕD аutоmаtіс brіghtnеѕѕ dіѕрlау.
Іt іmрrеѕѕіvеlу fеаturеѕ buіlt-іn аіr tеmреrаturе аnd рrеѕѕurе ѕеnѕоrѕ аnd аn іntеgrаtеd іnсlіnоmеtеr tо furthеr рrоvіdе ассurаtе dаtа. Вuіlt-іn bаllіѕtіс раrаmеtеrѕ рrоvіdе оn-ѕсrееn dаtа іn thе fоrm оf аn аnglе соmреnѕаtеd dіѕtаnсе, а hоldоvеr vаluе, оr numbеr оf сlісkѕ tо mаkе thе аdјuѕtmеnt.
Wіth аll thіѕ іnfоrmаtіоn аvаіlаblе іn јuѕt оnе орtіс, уоu’ll bе еquірреd tо mаkе thе bеѕt ѕhоt роѕѕіblе thе fіrѕt tіmе. Ноwеvеr, уоu wоn’t bе аblе tо іnрut уоur оwn bаllіѕtісѕ іf уоu dоn’t fіnd а mаtсh wіth thе рrеѕеt орtіоnѕ. Тhіѕ mау bе а dеаl brеаkеr, but уоu саn bе ѕurе thе рrісе іѕn’t. Rаngеfіndеr bаllіѕtіс tесh іѕ mоrе аffоrdаblе thаn еvеr, аnd thе СRF 1600 R саn bе уоurѕ rіght nоw. Ѕurе, іt’ѕ ѕtіll аn ехреnѕіvе unіt, but іt’ѕ а Lеіса – іt’ѕ аlwауѕ wоrth thе соѕt.
How does a rangefinder work?
Similar to throwing a ball at the wall and having it return, all rangefinders work using a similar concept. The user pushes a button, laser beams hit the desired target, and bounce back, providing an accurate distance reading based on the time it took the beams to return.
How much does a rangefinder cost?
Similar to other hunting optics, rangefinders vary significantly in price. The high-end rangefinder will run anywhere from $250-$700 while the cheaper, lower-end models cost $70-$250.
What is the best golf rangefinder?
The Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Laser Rangefinder is the best golf rangefinder on the market. It’s used by many PGA Tour Pros as well as club professionals across the United States.
Who makes the best rangefinder?
Vortex, Swarovski, Leica, Leupold, and Bushnell all make a quality rangefinder. Remember, when it comes to optics, you get what you pay for (so, spend what you can afford).
Until Elon Musk installs microchips in our heads and we have bionic vision, having the ability to augment our sight by just pressing a single button on a very compact device is invaluable. A rangefinder is helpful not only to a seasoned hunter, who is watching over his pray but also to a master golfer, who is preparing for his next whole. Suffice it to say. Whatever you may choose in the end, if you plan on engaging in either of these activities, a rangefinder is a must.