The Top 15 Best Laser Rangefinders for Bow and Rifle Hunting in 2017: Ratings & Reviews

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When choosing the best laser rangefinder, you will likely notice that they fall into two different  categories consisting of those that are intended for golfers and those that are intended for hunters.

This article will focus on brands and models of laser rangefinders that are specifically designed for rifle and/or bow hunters.  While there may not seem to be much difference between these two types, each has features that are specially designed for its intended purpose.

Rangefinders are obviously much different than binoculars (we’ve already broken down the best binoculars for hunting here on this page) but one thing is the same – you should be looking for the highest quality that you can reasonably afford.

Some units are specifically designed for close range use and as a result,  they lack magnification.

Others models are intended for very long range use and thus have superior glass optics with multi-layer coatings, large Objective Lenses, and large Exit Pupils for superior light transmission and ultra-clear sight pictures.

In addition, they may have other such features such as lighted reticles and multiple targeting and ranging modes.

A laser rangefinder designed for golfers can certainly be used for hunting and vice versa, hunters will greatly benefit from purchasing rangefinders that are specifically designed for hunting just like hikers will benefit from getting an ABC watch specifically made for hiking.

Below you will find our comprehensive comparison grid of each rangefinder along with a detailed buyer’s guide that will help you identify key points to consider while making a rangefinder purchase.

Comprehensive Comparison Grid:

View on Amazon:Use:Our Rating:Price:
Simmons Rangefinder, 4x20LRF 600Multi Purpose$
Bushnell Michael Waddell Bone Collector EditionMulti Purpose$
Nikon ACULON Laser RangefinderMulti Purpose$$
Wildgame Innovations Halo XRTMulti Purpose$$
Simmons LRF600 CamoMulti Purpose$$$
Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Victory PRF MonocularRifle Hunting$$$$
Leupold RX-1200i w/DNA Laser Mossy OakRifle Hunting$$$$
Nikon 8358 Monarch Gold 1200Rifle Hunting$$$$
Nikon Riflehunter 1000Rifle Hunting$$$$
Bushnell G-Force DX ARC Camo Laser RangefinderRifle Hunting$$$$
Bushnell The Truth Bowhunting RangefinderBow Hunting$$$$
Nikon ARROW ID 5000Bow Hunting$$$$
Nikon Archer's Choice Max Bow Hunting$$$
Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARCBow Hunting$$
Wildgame Innovations Halo Laser RangefinderBow Hunting$

Include  in the Matrix are 4 Columns:

1.Image: Click to view more details and user reviews.
2.Use: What purpose the rangefinder is typically used for.
3.Rating: Our Rating of the Product
4.Price: These are approximate prices.  Generally Speaking: $ = under $110, $$ = $110 to $150, $$$ = $150 to $200, $$$$ = $200+

The rangefinders included on this chart actually only begin to scratch the surface.  So many manufacturers and models exist that there is no way that we could have listed everything.  However, many exceptional rangefinders here are included at every price range and from a wide variety of quality makers.

Feel free to use the quick jump menu below to make it easier to find the details that apply to you.

A Buyer’s Guide – What To Look For:

First of all, you need to understand that all laser rangefinders operate by firing an invisible, tightly focused, beam of light at a given target and then measuring the time it takes for said beam of light to be reflected from the target and return to the rangefinder.

This is what calculates the distance to the target.

Because of this, they are adversely affected by hazy atmospheric conditions, glare, any objects between the rangefinder and the target, and any target that is not highly reflective.

All laser rangefinders feature a reticle which is the crosshair or other type of aiming point you see when looking through your rangefinder.

However, many of them use LCD displays that often appear as black lines that you superimpose over the object you want to range but, this type of reticle is often difficult to distinguish against a dark background or in low light conditions.

Some rangefinders have illuminated reticles which are actually LEDs instead.

Even though the brightness of the LEDs is adjustable, in bright conditions they can be overwhelmed by the ambient light such that they cannot be seen even at the highest settings.

Because of this, when your eyes are accustomed to the lower light levels, the reticles are often so bright that they impair your night vision even when set to the lowest settings.

Also, this same issue pertains to the other information displayed on your screen such as yardage numbers and modes.

Therefore, the best option is to choose a rangefinder with a backlight LCD screen which gives you the capability to view your information in all light conditions.

The time of day you hunt may impact the type of rangefinder you should buy.
The time of day you hunt may impact the type of rangefinder you should buy.

Also, when hunting, both the size and weight of the objects you carry are very important.

Therefore, when purchasing a laser rangefinder, it is best to look for one that is both lightweight and compact in size.

In addition, when hunting, there is often very little time between the moment you spot the game animal and the time that it disappears from view.

So making sure you choose a rangefinder that is easy to operate is also a good choice.

Furthermore, laser range finders operate in two different modes depending on how they were designed.

For instance, when a laser rangefinder ranges the first object in its line of sight and ignores more distant objects, the rangefinder is said to be operating in First Priority Mode.

However, if it disregards the first object is sees and ranges past it to a more distant object, the unit is said to be operating in Second Priority Mode.

Laser range finders that operate in First Priority Mode are best suited for golfers because a golf course generally provides an unobstructed view of the flag.

If you range on the flag using First Priority Mode rangefinder, it will calculate the distance to that flag and not to the people or trees behind it.

First Priority Mode Rangefinders provide very accurate readings on open ranges with unobstructed views.

On the other hand, laser range finders that operate in Second Priority Mode are better suited to hunters because hunters often must range their targets through woods, across brushy clearings, or across agricultural fields.

Having the rangefinder ignore the closer objects is a useful function. However, some laser range finders do have a function that enables the user to switch between First Priority and Second Priority modes using a “pinpoint” or “bullseye” reticule which tends to make the rangefinder more versatile.

Rangefinders are often marketed using the maximum distance that the particular unit will read but, it should be noted that even though the manufacturer’s specifications for a particular laser rangefinder may list a maximum distance of “X” number of yards, it will only range objects at that distance under optimal atmospheric conditions from highly reflective surfaces.

However, when encountering heat waves caused by a warm day, glare caused by snow, or even hazy conditions caused by air pollution, any rangefinder’s ability to range objects over long distances will be severely impaired.

Most of the time, a game animal such as a deer can only be ranged at one half to one third of the stated maximum range.

On the other hand, some models of laser range finders also feature a given amount of magnification just like binoculars and, although magnification does not extend the range over which the rangefinder can measure accurately, it does make it easier to range small objects because they appear larger in the viewfinder.

Of course, a high degree of magnification is not particularly useful if your sight picture is not clear and thus, more expensive models of laser range finders often feature high quality glass lenses and anti-reflective coatings but, you will also pay more for these premium features.

Last, it should be noted that in addition to laser range finders operating in either First Priority Mode or Second Priority Mode, many models are also available with numerous additional modes such as Horizontal Mode and San Mode.

In fact, the Horizontal Mode is particularly useful when hunting in mountainous terrain because it uses Trigonometry to calculate the correct distance to a target at both inclining and declining angles and thus, it provides an accurate distance measurement even when aiming uphill or downhill.

Scan Mode, as the name implies, enables the hunter to range the distance of multiple objects by holding down the Scan button and then moving the rangefinder back and forth across the viewing area.

Some models even have integral ballistics tables that enable the rangefinder to calculate not only the distance to the target, but to also calculate the amount of “holdover” for a given caliber and bullet weight at a given muzzle velocity.

5 of the Best All-Purpose Hunting Laser Range Finders for the Money:

There are many different brands of rangefinders that are specifically for bow hunting and rifle hunting, but then you have a few select models that serve as “jacks of all trades.”

The five rangefinders below will do their job for any type of hunting and you can even use them on the golf course if you choose.


Simmons LRF 600 Traditional1. Simmons Rangefinder 4x20LRF 600

The Simmons brand is pretty synonymous with quality in just about every optic that they produce.

They produce some of the best rifle scopes for hunting on the market that fall within a reasonable price range and they do not fall short with one of the top all purpose rangefinders in the 4x20LRF 600.

The Simmons has an LCD display that lets you judge your targets at 10 yards all the way up to 600 yards.  Like many of their rifle scopes they use some of the more advanced technology on the market with producing the optical lens.

One of the better features of the 4c20LRF 600 is that it’s completely weatherproof making it a great piece of equipment for any long term hunting expedition.

While the Simmons does not have some of the more technologically advanced features that some of the other rangefinders do (see the Zeiss Victory for an example), it does carry with it one of the more reasonable price tags on the market.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:10 - 600 yards
Viewfinder Display:Yards
Increment Reading:1 yards
Magnification:4x
Objective Lens:N/A
Size:Unknown (Larger than the Non-Camo Version)
Mass Weight:9.8 oz.
WaterproofYes

Nikon Acculon2. Nikon ACULON Laser Rangefinder

Like Simmons, Nikon is also very well known for their rifle scopes for both tactical and standard hunting rifles.  While Nikon has a few different rangefinders on the market, the ACULON wins our vote because of it’s size.

The ACULON is one of the smallest rangefinders on this list no matter what you plan to use it for.

While it bills out at 550 in the owner’s manual, the ACULON has been reported to range out to about 650 yards accurately without any problems making this an ideal rangefinder for any outdoor activity.

The Nikon also comes multi-layer coated optics like many of the scopes that Nikon Produces.

Like the Simmons, it has an easy to read LCD display and single button operation which makes it easy to use when you are on the move from location to location while out in the field.

The ACULON is also waterproof and rainproof giving it an extra edge on top of its compact size.  Overall, you cannot go wrong if you are looking for something this compact and are trying to stick to a certain budget.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:10-550 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:1 yards
Magnification:N/A
Objective Lens:N/A
Size:3.6 in. x 2.9 in. x 1.5 in.
Mass Weight:5.6 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Halo XRT3. Wildgame Innovations Halo XRT Laser Rangefinder

The Wildgame Innovations Halo XRT Rangefinder is billed out as a multi-purpose rangefinder for both hunters and golfers alike.  The XRT has become popular more because of the ergonomic feel and less of the actual specifications of some its competitors.

The Halo XTR can range out to about 500 yards without any problems and has a 6x magnification.  It has a scan mode which makes it useful while moving and like both the Simmons and Nikon is also water resistant.

The big win here is the feel of the rangefinder ergonomically.  Hunters love the grip and finger indentations making it ideal for longer term use.  It holds well and the improved ergonomics have many users raving about how it feels in their hands.

The XRT is more favored by compound bow hunters but is slowly making the rounds in the rifle hunting circuit as well.

For the price tag, it’s hard to beat the compact and ergonomic XRT.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:10-500 yards
Viewfinder Display:Yards
Increment Reading:1 yards
Magnification:6x
Size:7.2 in. x 6.2 in. x 2.5 in.
Mass Weight:11 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Bushnell Bone Collector4. Bushnell Michael Waddell Bone Collector Camo Version

The Michael Waddell edition is a simple light weight rangefinder made specifically for hunting.  It targets out at 600 yards with +1/-1 yard accuracy and has an objective 4x 21mm lens.

The Bone Collector is a little different than any of the others on this list as the housing is rainproof and a little bit more sturdy.

This rangefinder was specifically made with the hunter in mind and was built to withstand the abuse of a long hunting trip where brushing up against trees and other objects happens regularly.

The Bone Collector also works extremely well in lower light conditions, allowing you to eek out as much hunting time as possible when you are on your next expedition.

While the Bone Collector is one of the newer rangefinder on this list, it’s already become a favorite for both bow and rifle hunters alike.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:10 - 600 yards
Viewfinder Display:Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:4x
Objective Lens:N/A
Size:5.5 in. x 5 in. x 2.8 in.
Mass Weight:8.8 oz.
WaterproofYes

Simmons LRF 600 Camo Edition5. Simmons LRF 600 Camo Edition Laser Rangefinder

The Simmons LRF 600 Camo Edition is another model that follows in the footsteps of the Bushnell Bone Collector.  It’s essentially the same model as the LRF 600, but specifically geared towards hunting and with a slightly higher price tag.

It has a sturdy case that’s made to withstand the extreme outdoor abuse of longer hunting trips.

The LRF 600 Camo ranges out to 600 yards like most of the top 5 in our list here for those on a budget.

One little perk you get with the LRF is that it comes with carrying case which is an added extra and the package still sits under the 150.00 mark on Amazon.com.

The LRF has a very clear viewfinder which allows users to to see the numbers scrolling up to provide your distance.

The Simmons LRF 600 rounds out our top 5 in the “all purpose” rangfinder list and is a great bargain considering the less than 150.00 price point that comes equipped with a carrying case.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:10 - 600 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:4x
Objective Lens:20 mm
Size:3 in. x 5 in. x 5.5 in.
Mass Weight:6.4 oz.
WaterproofYes

5 Great Laser Range Finders Specifically for Rifle Hunting:

Although there are many different brands and models of laser range finders available from numerous different manufacturers, we have listed below what we feel are the top five laser rangefinders for rifle hunters.


Zeiss Victory1. Zeiss Victory PRF Laser Rangefinder w/ Ballistic Info System

Zeiss is a well known and highly respected European optics company with a long standing reputation for building superior quality binoculars.

Consequently, it should come as no surprise that they also construct top of the line laser range finders and the Victory PRF laser rangefinder with Ballistic Info System is no exception.

Like their binoculars, this rangefinder features high performance optics which provide 8 power 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 coating that ensures both rain and snow slide off of the lens immediately and enables dirt to be removed easily without a trace.

In addition, although it is the smallest unit in the Zeiss line of rangefinders, it is nonetheless a rugged unit that will withstand being bumped and/or dropped because the sensitive electronics are contained and protected inside of a waterproof, dustproof, rubber armored case.

Plus, this range finder is easily operated by a single-touch measuring button and the unit it will display the distance measurement within one half second of releasing the button for extra fast readings.

Or, the unit can be placed in Scan mode by simply depressing and holding the button as the unit is swept across the field of view to provide multiple distance measurements on multiple targets.

Plus, it features a Ballistic Information System that uses an internal ballistics tables for given calibers and bullet weights at given muzzle velocities combined with the current distance measurement to provide accurate hold over distances for more accurate shot placement.

 Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:10 - 1,300 Yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:8X
Objective Lens:26 mm
Exit Pupil:3.25 mm
Field of View:330 ft. @ 1,000 yds.
Eye Relief:17.5 mm
Size:5.11 in. x 3.85 in. x 1.88 in.
Mass Weight:10.93 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Leupold RX 12002. Leupold RX-1200i TBR Rangefinder with DNA

The Leupold RX-1200i TBR Rangefinder with DNA uses a high performance, “Digitally eNhanced Accuracy”, engine that was specifically designed to provide both rifle hunters and bow hunters with True Ballistic Range readings.

Also, the third generation signal processing capabilities significantly increases dependability when ranging on soft, non-reflective, targets such as game animals and provides superior ranging consistency regardless of target color.

In addition, the Quick Set Menu uses on-screen prompts which makes this rangefinder exceptionally intuitive and easy use in the field and, it features selectable reticles and multiple display intensity settings in either yards or meters for easier target acquisition.

Plus, it features multi-coated optics and fold-down rubber eyecups to accommodate users with or without eye glasses.

 Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:6 - 1,215 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:6X
Objective Lens:22 mm
Exit Pupil:3.6 mm
Field of View:320 ft. @ 1,000 yds.
Eye Relief:17.0 mm
Size:3.8 in. x 3.0 in. x 1.48 in.
Mass Weight:7.8 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Nikon Monarch Gold Laser3. Nikon Monarch Gold Laser 1200 Ultra-compact Rangefinder

The Nikon Monarch Gold Laser 1200 laser rangefinder features their Tru-Target ranging system which enables the user to choose between either First Target Priority mode which displays the distance of the closest subject (useful when measuring the distance to a target in front of an overlapping background) or Distant Target Priority mode (displays the distance of the farthest target).

This is useful in wooded areas or Scanning mode to range multiple targets in the field as well as a Target Priority Switch System that enables the user to prioritize smaller and harder to range targets with the push of a button (Bullseye Mode).

Also, it features both an LCD readout and an Active Brightness Control Viewfinder that provides clear viewing by automatically turning on an orange LED when the unit is used in darker situations and the brightness of the LED is automatically adjusted according to the ambient light.

It also provides hunters with a new level of extreme range measurement accuracy with pinpoint, 1/2-yard, precision up to 550-yards and one yard accuracy to 1200-yards!

Therefore, it is the perfect choice for varmint and big game hunters who require extremely accurate, long range, measurements of targets at distances that exceed one half mile.

In addition, it also utilizes Nikon’s original digital measurement process to provide faster, more accurate, measurements in severe hunting conditions.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:11 - 1,200 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:7x
Objective Lens:25 mm
Exit Pupil:3.6 mm
Field of View:5 Degrees
Eye Relief:18.6 mm
Size:5.7 in. x 3.2 in. x 1.8 in.
Mass Weight:9.8 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Nikon Rifle Hunter4. Nikon Rifle Hunter 1000A S Laser Rangefinder

The Nikon RifleHunter 1000A S Laser Rangefinder is a lightweight, compact, unit specifically designed for rifle hunters.

Thus, it has the ability to operate in either First Target Priority mode which displays the distance of the closest subject (useful when measuring the distance to a target in front of an overlapping background) or Distant Target Priority mode (displays the distance of the farthest target) which is useful in wooded areas.

It also has a Target Priority Switch System for measuring overlapping targets.

Easy operation enables the user to measurement actual distance or the compensated horizontal distance (horizontal distance ± height) for increased accuracy and an Active Brightness Control Viewfinder provides clear viewing by automatically turning on an orange LED when the unit is used in darker situations and then adjusting the brightness of the LED automatically according to the ambient light.

In addition, the Nikon 1000A S range finder also features the Nikon Tru-Target Ranging System with a brighter, wider, field of view and an ocular that is 28% larger for increased light transmission.

Plus, with an increment reading of 0.1-1.0 yards and an accuracy rating of 1.25 yards, it is also an excellent choice for recurve bow hunters. Last, the unit is waterproof, fog proof, and compact enough to fit in hunter’s pocket and thus, it is well suited to the rigors of hunting.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:11 - 1,000 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:6x
Objective Lens:21 mm
Exit Pupil:3.5 mm
Field of View:7.5 Degrees
Eye Relief:18.3 mm
Size:4.6 in. x 2.9 in. x 1.6 in.
Mass Weight:6.9 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Bushnell G Force DX 13005. Bushnell G Force DX 1300 ARC Laser Rangefinder

The Bushnell G Force DX 1300 ARC is a sleek, simple, and deadly laser range finder that is an excellent choice for both gun and especially crossbow hunters.

Featuring 6 power magnification with Vivid Display Technology and a diopter adjustment for crystal clear viewing along with Angle Range Compensation, the G Force DX 1000 uses a integrated Extreme Speed Precision Turboprocessor to automatically calculate the compensated horizontal/vertical distance based upon the angle of the terrain to provide accurate compensated distance readings out to 99 yards with the distance measurement displayed in 1/10th yard increments out to 199 yards.

Also, it features selectable Rifle or Bow Automatic Range Compensation (ARC) modes; each designed with their own specialized capabilities such as holdover distance, MOA, & Mildot.

It also features a Variable Sight-in (VSI) Bullseye targeting mode, a Brush targeting mode, and Scan targeting mode to provide targeting options that will enable you to range single or multiple targets in varied types of terrain.

In addition, this range finder is housed in a sleek, rubber-armored, case that is completely waterproof and is small enough to fit in your pocket.

 Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:5 - 1,300 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:6x
Objective Lens:21 mm
Exit Pupil:Unknown
Field of View:Unknown
Eye Relief:Unknown
Size:4 in. x 2.9 in. x 1.3 in.
Mass Weight:6.6 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

5 Awesome Laser Range Finders Specifically for Bow Hunters:

Although there are many different brands and models of laser range finders available from numerous different manufacturers, we have listed below what we feel are the top five laser rangefinders for bow hunters.


1. Bushnell The Truth With Clear Shot Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell The TruthThe Truth Laser Rangefinder by Bushnell is specifically designed with bow hunters in mind.

Featuring Clearshot technology, The Truth laser rangefinder not only alleviates the need to guesstimate the distance to your target, it also provides instantaneous feedback on your shot clearance by calculating the actual flight path of the arrow and then warns you of any obstructions that may deflect your arrow in flight.

In fact, with a simple, three-step, process, you can calibrate this rangefinder to correspond with the speed of your bow.

Then, once the target is ranged, a dot is displayed to show the maximum height your arrow will travel; thus allowing you to note any obstructions in your arrow’s flight path.

Also, it features 4 power magnification for greater ease in acquiring a target and, the Automatic Range Compensation (ARC) mode automatically compensates for the angle of the terrain when calculating distance to provide you with an accurate distance measurement when shooing at either inclining or declining angles.

Plus, it’s a very compact unit that will easily fit in an archer’s pocket and thus, it is always close at hand. However, it should be noted that this unit is neither waterproof nor fogproof and thus, care must be taken when using in inclement weather.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:7 - 850 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:4x
Objective Lens:20 mm
Exit Pupil:Unknown
Field of View:Unknown
Eye Relief:Unknown
Size:3.8 in. x 2.9 in. x 1.4 in.
Mass Weight:6.0 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof No

Nikon Arrow ID 50002. Nikon Arrow ID 5000 Laser Rangefinder

The Nikon Arrow ID 5000 laser rangefinder was designed to be the ultimate bowhunting rangefinder.

Featuring Nikon’s Tru-Target Priority System and Nikon ID (Incline/Decline) Technology, the Arrow ID 5000 was designed specifically for those who are truly serious about bowhunting.

Because of this, it will provide you with an accurate distance measurement even at angles as steep as 89 degrees!

Also, it features a nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed body for waterproof and fogproof performance in even the wettest conditions combined with a 6 power magnification and Nikon’s legendary multicoated optics for easy target acquisition and superior sight picture clarity.

In addition to all of these features, the display is capable of displaying the distance measurement in either yards or meters depending on your preference with increments as fine as 0.1 yards/meters.

Plus, it’s small size makes it easy to carry in a shirt or pants pocket and, at just 6.2 ounces, it won’t weigh you down.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:5 - 600 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:6x
Objective Lens:21 mm
Exit Pupil:3.5 mm
Field of View:7.5 Degrees
Eye Relief:18.3 mm
Size:4.4 in. x 2.8 in. x 1.5 in.
Mass Weight:6.2 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Nikon Archer's Choice MAX3. Nikon Archer’s Choice MAX Laser Range Finder

The Nikon Archer’s Choice MAX Laser Rangefinder w/ LCD display has a First Target Priority Mode (Bullseye Mode) to allow you focus on targets as small as a fence post in order to get an accurate distance measurement to that one, lone, buck meandering through the meadow.

Also, it includes a Distance Target Priority Mode that displays the range to the farthest target among all of the targets measured and thus, it is ideal for accurate ranging in situations where game animals may be partially obscured by grass or brush.

In addition, it features Nikon’s advanced ID (incline/decline) Technology that automatically compensates for various inclines or declined up to an incredible +/- 89 degrees!

Plus, it has bright, multicoated, optics with proprietary, anti-reflective, coatings providing high-resolution images combined with the Active Brightness Control viewfinder that provides improved light transmittance.

It’s also equipped with new technology that detects the brightness of the target itself and automatically adjusts the reticle to either a gray LCD or an orange LED for maximized visibility and contrast.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:5 - 200 yards
Viewfinder Display:Meters/Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:6x
Objective Lens:21 mm
Exit Pupil:3.5 mm
Field of View:7.5 Degrees
Eye Relief:18.3 mm
Size:4.6 in. x 2.9 in. x 1.6 in.
Mass Weight:Unknown
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC4. Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC

The Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC is a sleek, simple, and deadly laser range finder that is an excellent choice for both gun and bow hunters.

Featuring 6 power magnification with Vivid Display Technology and a diopter adjustment for crystal clear viewing along with Angle Range Compensation, the G Force DX 1000 uses a integrated Extreme Speed Precision Turboprocessor to automatically calculate the compensated horizontal/vertical distance based upon the angle of the terrain to provide accurate compensated distance readings out to 99 yards with the distance measurement displayed in 1/10th yard increments out to 199 yards.

Also, it features selectable Rifle or Bow Automatic Range Compensation (ARC) modes; each designed with their own specialized capabilities such as holdover distance, MOA, & Mildot.

It also features a Variable Sight-in (VSI) Bullseye targeting mode, a Brush targeting mode, and a Scan targeting mode to provide targeting options that will enable you to range single or multiple targets in varied types of terrain.

In addition, this range finder is housed in a sleek, rubber-armored, case that is completely waterproof and is small enough to fit in your pocket.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:5 - 1,000 yards
Viewfinder Display:Yards
Increment Reading:0.1 yards
Magnification:6x
Objective Lens:21 mm
Exit Pupil:Unknown
Field of View:Unknown
Eye Relief:Unknown
Size:4 in. x 2.9 in. x 1.3 in.
Mass Weight:6.6 oz.
Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

Halo Z6X5. WildGame Innovations Halo X Ray Z6X 600 Laser Rangefinder

The Wildgame Innovations Halo X Ray is an advanced laser rangefinder that enables bow hunters to range their target  for the most precise distance measurement possible at the time of the shot.

Designed to minimize movement when in close proximity to game, the Halo X Ray is an excellent choice for bow hunters.

Also, the Halo’s scan mode for constant ranging feature automatically calculates the distance to the target for increased accuracy.

The Halo X Ray Z6X is small, ergonomic and compact making it an ideal travel companion for archery hunting trips when you don’t want to have to carry excess weight loads with the rest of your hunting gear.

The Halo X Ray is one of the least expensive options and one of our favorites for archers that are just starting out in the world of archery hunting.

Specifications:

Details:Specs:
Maximum Range:10-600 yards
Viewfinder Display:Yards
Increment Reading:1 Yard
Size:8.2 in. x 5.7 in. x 2.5 in.
Mass Weight:11.2 oz.
Water ResistantYes

Wrapping Up & Final Thoughts:

So, as you can see, laser rangefinders are available in a wide range of sizes and prices with integrated features that range from the very simple to the very complex.

The main thing to keep in mind is that regardless of the manufacture’s stated maximum distance, most laser rangefinders will only range targets accurately out to one third to one half of that distance under less than perfect conditions.

In addition, the simpler the unit is to operate, the less you will have to memorize and the quicker you will get your measurement.

Some basic units are available without magnification which is fine for bow hunters but, rifle hunters will definitely benefit from purchasing a rangefinder with at least some magnification as well as high quality, coated, optics, wide Objective Lenses, and large Exit Pupils to ensure the greatest possible transmission of ambient light through the rangefinder to the user’s eye for the clearest possible sight picture.

Last, it should be noted that while some hunters prefer extra compact units that are easily carried in a shirt pocket, others prefer larger units that they can operate with two hands instead of only one.

However, regardless of which brand or model of laser rangefinder you choose, there is no doubt that having one will drastically increase your accuracy by enabling you to determine the correct amount of holdover when shooting either a bow or a rifle.  Packing the right rangefinder for your hunting expedition should be just as important as picking out a camping stove for a 3 day trek in the wilderness.

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