Welcome to my website about rangefinder reviews . So you have started searching for a laser rangefinder capable of accurately determining your distance from a target. Now the hard part starts; deciding what is the best rangefinder for the money . As you probably already know, there is a huge selection of laser rangefinders available on the market today, ranging in price from around $150 to $2000. An Interesting fact we found is many of the range finder’s we compared share the same laser output, this is due to safety regulations, so does it really matter what range finder you choose?
Trying to find the right one can be a daunting task. What does “ angular field of view ” mean? Should you get the laser drop compensator feature ? Do you need it to be waterproof or water resistant ? What about the warranty ? How much do you have to spend to get a quality product ? Many rangefinders say they will read out to 1500 yards, yet it’s very difficult to get an accurate range past 550 yards. The real differences are found in the fine details. The best laser rangefinders use high end glass, as this allows them to hold their “focus” at extremely long ranges, which is usually paired with highly accurate software to correct any variance.
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Leupold RX-1200i TBR
Leica CRF 1000R
Nikon Riflehunter 1000
Zeiss Victory PRF
Vortex Ranger 1000
Swarovski Laser Guide 8×30
Simmons LRF 600
Redfield Raider 600A
Bushnell Scout ARC 1000
Reviews Magnification 7x 6x 7x 6x 8x 6x 8x 4x 6x 6x Max Range 2500 yards 1000 yards 1000 yards 1000 yards 1300 yards 1000 yards 1600 yards 600 yards 600 yards 1000 yards Min Range 1 yard 5 yards 10 yards 11 yards 10 yards 10 yards 15 yards 10 yards 6 yards 5 yards Hard Object 2000 yards 700 yards 1000 yards Not Specified 1300 yards U/K 1500 yards 400 yards 500 yards 650 yards Soft Target 2000 600 yards 1000 Not Specified 1000 yards 500 yards 1500 yards 200 yards 400 yards 325 yards Weight 14.4oz 7.8oz 7.8oz 6.9oz 10.93 7.7oz 13.2oz 7.7oz 5.0 oz 8.0 oz Dimensions 13.2-4.5-2.1 38.-2.8-1.9 4.4-2.9-1.3 4.6 - 2.9 - 1.6 5.1-3.8-1.8 3.9 - 2.4 - 3.0 4.7 - 3.9 - 1.8 4.2 - 1.9 - 3.6 3.7-2.8-1.3 4.0-1.3-2.9 Ballistic Programing Scanning mode LED or LCD LED LED LED LED LED LED LCD LCD LCD LCD Battery Type CR123 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 9 volt CR2 CR2 Objective Lens size NA 22mm 24 mm 21mm 26mm 22mm 30mm 20mm 22mm 21mm Acuracy +/- 1 yard =<1 yard +/- 1 yard +/- 1 yard +/- 1 yard +/- 3 yards +/- 1 yard +/- 1 yard +/- 1 Yard +/- .5 yard Field of view 340 ft 320ft 347ft 393 Ft 330ft 315ft 408ft 320ft 325ft 393ft Water Proof No no WP <1m WP <1m Resistant O-ring sealed WP <4m na NA 100% WP Warranty 1 year 2 years 1 year LTD 1 year LTD 1 yr LTD lifetime 10 yr LTD 1 year 1 year 2 yr LTD Tripod Mount Price $$$$ $$ $$$ $$ $$$ $$ $$$ $ $ $$ Buy
In this review we will be looking at 10 of the most popular rangefinders on the market. Ranging in capability from 500 – 1500 plus yard range. The 1st step is to consider what you will be primarily using the rangefinder for and how often you think you will be using it. Will you be using the rangefinder primarily on a warm sunny dry day on the golf course, or are you a hard core outdoors person and could see yourself out in monsoon type rain or blizzard like conditions. How tech savvy are you ? Do you prefer simple vs complex detailed settings, is the physical size and weight of importance to you? Are you looking for the best hunting rangefinder ?
Once you have narrowed down your selection, I recommend selecting a rangefinder from one of the larger rangefinder manufactures, they have invested a lot of time and expertise into making these top of the line units. Check out our rangefinder comparison chart and our rangefinder reviews to help find the best rangefinder for you.
A few things to consider when selecting a Laser Range finder:
- What’s your budget?
- Do you want a simple rangefinder or one with more complex features?
- Is size or weight important?
- Do you need ballistic range capability?
- Does it have to be water proof?
- Is warranty important to you?
- Is the size of the objective lens importance?
- Consider how much range do you really need?
- Is eye relief important?
- Country of manufacture?
- What’s the field of view?
- What type of battery does it take?
Nikon Riflehunter 1000 rangefinder – This laser range finder offers many features similar to more expensive units. Starting off with the magnification of the optical lens at 6x power, its near the top of available magnification range, The Nikon riflehunter 1000 offers a new technology that determines the brightness of the target and automatically adjusts the reticule for maximum visibility and contrast, a nice feature is the Nikon 1000 allows for multiple target ranging; this means the laser will range the closest target or you can select an object further in the distance. The Nikon 1000 displays distance in .1/yard increments out to a maximum of 999.9 yards. This laser range finder offers simple 1 button operation. Along with more expensive units the Nikon Riflehunter 1000 offers angle compensation features up to a +/- 89 degree angle. The manufacturer claims this unit to be waterproof & fog proof apart from the battery chamber, if dropped into water no deeper than 1 meter for up to 10 minutes. The battery is a CR2 and good for approx 5500 activations. Overall impression of the laser range finder is high value for the money, many similar features of high end range finders for a lot less money. Click here for full review
Leopold – RX-1000i TBR – Utilizing a 6x power monocular Leopold has put together an outstanding product in the RX-1000i TBR. Using 1 hand you can quickly cycle through the options. The TBR (true ballistic range) is ideal for many situations for rifle or bow hunting. In a nutshell this feature allows the operator to range a given distance out to 1000 yards (reflective targets), the computer calculates the angle to the target, and then depending on what setting is on, will show how much to hold over or under a target in order to accurately place your shot.
Four settings are available they are:
1. Minute of angle adjustment to allow the user to adjust a scope setting
2. The number of inches or CM to hold over
3. The mill radians of angle of elevation to adjust your rifle scope
4. BAS – the equivalent horizontal range that directly relates to the bullet ballistics you are using.
The digital range finder calculates distance to 1/10 of a yard, with lightning fast calculations. Leopold has created a new system that they refer to as Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display. This new technology allows for Leopold to claim 3 x better light transmission through the glass over competitors that over LCD displays, this is most important in lower light conditions such as early morning or dusk scenarios. The unit operates on a CR2 battery good for approximately 2000 uses. Click here for full review
Zeiss Victory PRF – The Zeiss victory sits in the upper class of range finders, the 3rd most expensive on our comparison list just below the Leica in price but not necessarily in features. Boasting 8 x magnification, it has the ability to range targets out to 1300 yards. With Zeiss it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
The Zeiss rangefinder is noticeably larger than the other models, this is a pro and con. This allows the user to grip the unit well, having a full size eye cup it adds stability as the operator can pull the unit tight to the eye to aid in ranging long distance targets, this is a noticeably nicer feature that the Leica rangefinder. The Zeiss offers simple 2 button operation, button 1 – ballistic drop – button 2 is the ranging button. Zeiss lens are coated in a patented process that Zeiss refers to as LotuTec; a special coating that makes the lens shed rain or snow instantly and also allows dirt to be wiped off easily while preventing fog from adhering to the lens.
Having 8x magnification ability this unit can replace a set of binoculars. It is quite capable of ranging small targets out to 400 yards. In comparison to the Leica the Zeiss is less expensive with a very comparable product. The biggest difference is in low light, the Zeiss glass is superior. Is this the best rangefinder for hunting ? Click here for full review
Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC – This entry level priced Bushnell range finder provides the basics of what you would expect to find. Simple operation and compact design, light weight at only 6oz. 3 aiming modes include Bushes, Bulls eye, and scan. Bow mode or Rifle mode can be selected, to show holdover in MIL & MOA. Bushnell rates the lens magnification at 6x, combined with a 21mm objective lens this ads up to plenty of light gathering ability in lower light scenarios, powered by a CR-2 battery like other rangefinders the Bushnell Scout is rated for about 2000 laser activations.
Ranging capabilities for reflective targets extends out to 1000 yards, for hard objects (such as trees) 650 yards and for soft targets (animals) the max distance is 325 yards. Bushnell has certified the unit to be fully waterproof sealed with O-rings and charged with nitrogen to avoid any internal fogging on the lens.
Bushnell drop compensation feature is called ARC or (Angle Range Compensation). For use in uphill or downhill conditions the rangefinder will calculate the true distance to your target, to provide the operator a precise distance accurate to 1/10th yard. Click here for full review
Vortex Ranger 1000 – Peace of mind is the 1st thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Vortex. No questions asked, no receipt required lifetime warranty. Unlike the competition no matter what the cause if it breaks or stops working send it back, it will be fixed or replaced. I have personally taken advantage of this and it’s a very slick system. Fill out a piece of paper, mail it in. They pay the return shipping.
The Ranger 1000 laser distance measurer is middle of the pack weighing in at 7.7 oz utilizing a 6x magnification lens, coinciding with an objective lens diameter of 22mm the finder is slightly lighter than the Leopold and it packs many similar features. Capable of ranging out to 1000 yards or meters for (reflective targets), the Ranger 1000 claims accuracy of +/- 3 yards at 1000 yards, Soft targets such as deer can be ranged up to 500 yards.
With a +/- 60 deg angle rating realistically this should be more than enough angle ability. Although not as capable as the Nikon riflehunter 1000, the Vortex should be able to meet the needs of the average person in this regard.
Two ranging modes allow the user to select (HCD) horizontal component distance & line of sight. The HCD mode is the actual range to the target for trajectory purposes on slopes of <15 deg. This feature allows the user to make the necessary adjustments to their shot based on the ballistics of each caliber.
The other mode (LOS) does not correct for slope. This setting is for more advanced shooters who take advantage of specific long distance calculations using external data. Click here for full review
Redfield Raider 600A laser range finder – Redfield was purchased by Leupold & Stevens in 2008. This being the case Redfield optics share many similarities of the Leopold, a brand that takes pride in providing a high quality reliable product. The Redfield 600A incorporates a 6x power monocular lens, capable of ranging a reflective target to a maximum distance of 600 yards, trees to 500 yards, and soft targets a maximum of 400 yards.
Accurate to +/- 1 yard, range is expressed in an exact yardage number, displayed on a simple LCD display; the user can customize distance readings by selecting the distance measured into yards or meters. The 600A has a built in feature that calculates the exact distance to the target. Taking into account any incline or decline the range finder has a built in scan feature, by depressing the button and moving the reticule with the target the distance will automatically update.
The Redfield rangefinder weighs a mere 5.0oz, and runs on a CR2 battery, that is rated for >5000 activations. The Redfield Raider 600A comes with a 2 year limited warranty. Click here for full review
Leica CRF 1000- R – This is the 3rd most expensive range finder in our comparison. Functions are very user friendly, and can be used for both archery and rifle. The unit has a built in ballistic compensator for ranges out to 600 yards.
This rangefinder weighs in at only 6.3oz (180grams), and is 2nd only to the Zeiss when it comes to magnification; the Leica boasts 7x magnification combined with a 24mm objective. Combine the two lenses and you get an exceptionally clear,bright image ideal for low light conditions. Waterproof to a depth of 1 meter adds peace of mind.
With a maximum range of a claimed 1000 yards, the laser is powered by a CR2 battery, and will last about for about 2000 activations. Crystal clear glass combined with automatic brightness control the LED display provides a very enjoyable viewing experience. An added bonus is the angle of incline display in the LED.
Leica offers a 1 year limited warranty on their range finders. Yes you read that right. Considering they cost so much, one would think the warranty program, could be much more encompassing. Perhaps they are confident that they have a fail proof product? Click here for full review
Simmons LRF 600 – The Simmons Rangefinder features a fixed focus monocular optical system for viewing your target; it delivers range performance +/- 1 yard. Using a 4x magnification the Simmons LRF 600 can range soft targets as far as 200 yards, or solid objects up to 400 yards. The maximum range on a highly reflective target claimed by the manufacturer is 600 yards.
Powered by a 9 volt battery, the Simmons LRF 600 weighs 7.7oz. The LCD display may appear to have small black spots in the optical display that happen to be created in the manufacturing process. The LCD display is also black, which can be hard to see when ranging dark objects.
Simmons products are warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for one year after the date of purchase. Click here for full review
Swarovski Laser Guide 8×30 -A world renowned leader in building quality reliable products, Swarovski does not disappoint in the construction of their Laser Guide 8×30. Robust, sturdy, built to last are the 1st words that come to mind when you lay hands on this range finder. Ideal for hunting in all weather conditions this rangefinder boasts the best submersion ability of all the range finders in our comparison.
In the top 3 of our list when it comes to physical bulk and weight, on the surface one would discount these as negative’s, only if you look at the surface. Digging a little deeper you will quickly learn, that even though its bigger and heavier than most of the competition, its a sacrifice this unit gives up to be the sherman tank of the industry. Built to last, and provide years of enjoyment to the user, this rangefinder provides the user peace of mind by feeling sturdy in your hands, with exceptional glass, precision ranging capabilities and overall quality second to none.Click here for full review
G7 BR2 – The most sophisticated and highly advanced laser range finder on the market today. The G7-BR2 is capable of doing nearly everything you could ever want, or need for your long distance shooting needs. Built to military grade specifications, this range finder’s capabilities will supersede the needs of the average user, but then again its target market is geared towards people with a specific long range purpose in mind.
The heaviest range finder in our comparison, when you first grab hold of this beast you quickly realize that this range finder is built to withstand the elements, desert storm is the first environment that comes to mind. This thing can survive essentially any condition the user can throw it at. Rugged heavily rubberized external material provides an easy to grip non slip surface.If you are looking for a high end laser range finder, capable of determining wind direction, barometric pressure, altitude, line of sight, with bullet drop compensation, you have come to the right place. Click for more information.Click here for full review