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Choosing A Rangefinder

Rangefinders are relatively new in the hunting industry. Like nearly every electronic device in the world rangefinders have seen dramatic advancement in the last 5 years.  Adapted to meet the needs of outdoor sports enthusiasts of many varieties, rangefinders were originally developed for military purposes; rangefinders have revolutionized the outdoor sport industry and taken it by storm,  By taking the guess work out of distance measuring.  Not too many years ago distances were measured by pacing off steps, to this tree or that rock, a mental note was taken or perhaps the diligent ones kept a hand written log with a picture diagram.  How times have changed. Today we pull out a laser range finder, which are not much bigger than a wallet, hold it our eye press a button and almost instantly the range is displayed.

There are so many ways to find applications to use a rangefinder in our world. Enjoyed by sports enthusiasts around the globe, rangefinders have become very useful, and find their purpose in  golf, bow hunting, target shooting, hunting in general.

So why do you need a range finder? If you have never had one this tool has to go on the top of your next birthday wish list. These rangefinders have advanced dramatically, even just in the last 5 years. The new generation of rangefinders are so much more capable than ever before. These technological advancements will make you a more confident and capable shooter, and not to mention a more ethical hunter. As you will feel confident, knowing exactly how much to hold over your target, or how many clicks to adjust your scope.

Most LRF these days have some sort of built in angle compensation ability. To set the record straight there are 2 measurable distances they are as follows. Line of sight & and angle compensation.  Basically what this means for line of sight is the onboard computer calculates a direct line of sight not taking any angle into consideration, or it calculates the target range taking into consideration the elevation to the target. So why is this important? Due to changes in elevation either up or down at long ranges, this changes the actual flight distance to the target. So is this a big deal? Not if you’re shooting within a couple hundred yards. However at distances say beyond 400 yards the difference between line of sight and actual range can be enough that adjustments would have to made in order to be successful in hitting the target.  For the ethical hunter this equates to being able to make a clean shot, or if your a golfer this means putting the ball on the green. This is provided you spend the time at the range, practice makes perfect.

Due to everyone’s eye sight being different, most mid-high end today allow  the user to fine focus the lens, as this allows the user to obtain a crystal clear picture.  With magnification levels ranging from 4x-7x, combined with crystal clear glass, most rangefinders are capable of either acting like a binocular, or simply replacing your current pair. They have eliminated the needed to carry a big bulky pair of binoculars that tire your neck from carrying them all day, that get in the way.

Before you decide what model to buy, really look at what you want this range finder to do. There are so many choices on the market; you have to narrow your search, as more than likely a few will do exactly what you need it to. That’s when it gets tricky. Create a personal list of your necessities, and be honest when you ask yourself the following questions to narrow your search.

1)      Realistically speaking whats your maximum shooting distance.
2)      What’s your budget
3)      Is the magnification important
4)      Is a ballistic calculator important
5)      Is the warranty important?

Please take a look at our comparison list to help narrow your search. There are many choices available. I hope my experience has made your decision a little easier.