Rangefinders use lasers to calculate the distance between yourself and a target. Most rangefinders have three different targets in which way ranges are measured. For example, a rangefinder’s maximum range will be to a reflective target, like a rock. Rangefinder ranges in distance are also listed as to a moving/live target such as a deer, and another stationary target like a tree. When you pick out a rangefinder for hunting, you will need to look at the range listed for deer.
There are plenty of reasons why you should carry a rangefinder in your gear:
- Help you take a good shot when hunting
- Know how well your bullet will perform
- Find targets
- Sight in a riflescope
- Long-range shooting
- Where to aim for that perfect shot
- In tactical situations
- While hiking to find the shortest path
Rangefinders come in a variety of price points, with a wide variety of features. The more basic the rangefinder, the less features you will have, but the more affordable they will be.
Simmons LRF 600
The Simmons LRF 600 rangefinder is a basic model that is best for shorter distances. It will range up to 200 yards for a deer. It has a 4x magnification and an easy to use one-button operation. Best for bright light days, the Simmons LRF 600 rangefinder has weather-resistant camo housing and uses a convenient nine-volt battery.
Leupold RX-750 TBR
Leupold’s RX-750 TBR digital laser rangefinder will range out to 400 yards for a deer and has the added feature of a True Ballistic Range system that gives you correct aiming information based on your rifle or bow’s performance for a precise shot. The RX-750 has seven rifle settings and three bow settings, with three different reticles. The seven rifle settings give you the exact MOA so that you can adjust your scoping accordingly. The rifle TBR is good out to 800 yards in most calibers. The Leupold RX-750 TBR also has 6x magnification and scan mode that continuously takes range measurements for moving targets.
Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout 1000
Bushnell’s Yardage Pro Scout 1000 features the Angle Range Compensation (ARC) that compensates for angles, instead of giving you a simple straight-line measurement. This is particularly useful if you hunt from a tree stand. It has a 5x magnification and a 300 yards range for a deer. Like the Leupold it has a rifle, bow, and scan mode, but it also has the BullsEye and Brush modes. BullsEye mode is used for close-range shooting, and Brush mode ignores the foreground so only your target is ranged. The Yardage Pro Scout 1000 is compact enough to fit in your pocket, weighing only 6.6 ounces.
Bushnell Fusion 1600 ARC
An innovative product from Bushnell is the Fusion 1600 ARC laser rangefinder and 10x42mm binoculars in one unit. Winner of the NRA Golden BullsEye Award 2011 American Rifleman Optic of the Year, the Fusion has a 1,600-yard range for reflective targets and 500 for a deer. Like the Yardage Pro Scout, the Fusion has Angle Range Compensation, plus Vivid Display Technology for an extremely clear sight picture. The optics on the Fusion are clear and it is perfect for long-range shooting. The Fusion eliminates the need to carry two pieces of equipment out in the field. Though you pay more for the Fusion, you get a quick, effective rangefinder with the 10x42mm binoculars.