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You’re hiding in a bush, dark paint under your eyes. The rain has been coming own for hours, but you didn’t come here for the nice weather. You came here for the hunt, to test your patience. While you are eager to pull the bow back, you know that there is still tracking to be done. In the pouring rain, you pull out your rangefinder and turn it on …
But oh no! You forgot to buy a waterproof rangefinder! Now that prize deer — a 10-pointer, no doubt — has gotten away forever. If only you had a guide to help you know which rangefinder was waterproof …
That’s what we’re here for. We’ll help you see from a thousand yards out the perfect rangefinder for you. In these reviews, we discuss reticles, angles, warranties, and all sorts of different proofing (water, dust, fog, etc.) So, read on! We hunted down the best rangefinders so you could focus on, well, hunting!
|Vortex Optics Rangefinder
|Leupold TBR Rangefinder
|Nikon Bowhunting Rangefinder
The TecTecTec doesn’t have the range that some rangefinders do, but reliant upon laser-guided targeting, this rangefinder tracks within an accuracy of one yard. Along with the Speed, Scan, and Hunt technology, this product is waterproof for those rainy days when you’re camping out. You can also use the continuous tracking feature that holds up with the same amount of accuracy. You can get all this capability for a pretty good price; other, more well-known companies charge much more for similar products. In our estimation, this is not only a great rangefinder, but it is also the best rangefinder for bow hunting.
The TecTecTec comes with a great package of add-ons: an extra battery (not rechargeable, unfortunately), a lanyard, a cleaning kit, and most importantly, a one-year warranty. If you have an issue with the product, the customer service team at TecTecTec is prompt and very helpful. To conclude, this is the best hunting rangefinder that we have tested.
If you are looking for versatility, look no farther than this product from WOSPORTS. With the range clocking in at a thousand yards, you will have quite an advantage over the landscape you surround yourself with. This rangefinder comes with two different modes: bow and range. When used from 300 yards or less, the margin of error in the view is .5 yards or less, and anything over 300 up to 1,000 yards is one yard or less. This product also comes direct from the manufacturer with no middle man, so they’ve decided to sweeten the pot by adding a great package of extras, including a carry pouch, CR2 battery, high grade rope, carabiner, washcloth, and quick-start guide. Lightweight and small, the WOSPORTS rangefinder is a great hunting or travel companion.
As for the company, it’s hard to ask for much better than a two-year warranty and a promise of lifetime customer service with your order. It wants to know what you think of the product, good or bad, for future designs.
The accuracy with this product is top-notch up to about 350 yards, and after that, it’s a bit off, but not by much. The rotary adjusting knob seems to defy the weatherproof claim, but that is purely suspicion on our part. It would also be nice if the battery was rechargeable, though it does come with a replacement. From what we can tell, this is the best hunting rangefinder for the money. It certainly seems worth a shot! (See what we did there?)
Let’s just start off by pointing out that the Vortex Optics Ranger has a range of 1,800 yards. That’s over a mile! So, distance-wise, you’re covered. How about the other aspects? Well, they’re also pretty good. There’s a continuous scan mode that allows you to peruse the landscape while still getting an accurate reading on distance. Once in LOS mode (Line of Sight), you have the option to calculate the angle to your target. This isn’t out of the ordinary for a rangefinder, but this one does it in an especially accurate fashion. There are also three display settings, depending on how dark it is when you are out there on the range finding things.
There is a two- to three-year protection plan that you can sign up for, but it also comes with a lifetime warranty, which renders the former option moot. The customer service team at Vortex is prompt and friendly. As with other rangefinders, while it goes up to 1,800 yards, it does its best work 600 yards and in. This product is every bit as good as our top two, but the price tag is significantly higher, which is why we have it at number three.
The casing surrounding the Leupold RX-1600i looks like chainmail, which makes sense because this product is waterproof, fog-proof, and most importantly, shockproof. This model also comes with a continuous scan, plus True Ballistic technology, which takes wind, slope, and distance into account. Once you have found your target, you will be locking on with one of three different reticle options: duplex, plus point, or duplex with plus point. The plus point gives you the target specifically, while the duplex has emphasized crosshairs. The Leupold also uses OLED high-contrast technology, so it works well no matter the time of day nor how cloudy the conditions.
This product comes with a two-year warranty. While durability does not seem to be an issue, the customer service team at Leupold still receives high marks. However, there have been reports of defective items being shipped.
Don’t be fooled. Most of the time when a rangefinder has a number in its name, that’s how far its range is, but with the Nikon, this is not the case. It is, however, accurate up to 550 yards. It is also unique in that it gives you horizontal range (taking into account slope and terrain), as well as LOS. The Arrow ID (Incline/Decline) has eye relief technology, as this product understands that when hunting, you don’t want to be straining your eyes.
As with other rangefinders, the accuracy of this product shines at about half of its capacity. It is called a bowhunting rangefinder for a reason — if you are going rifle hunting, you will want a different rangefinder. The pinpoint accuracy of this model tops out at around 200 yards. Switching between angled distance and LOS can be tricky, and sometimes it has issues reading certain objects. Fortunately, it seems that deer are not one of them.
This product makes no bones about the fact that it is what it is, and that it does its job well. Waterproof and shockproof, you can take the Vortex Optics Impact 850 out in any conditions. Being able to toggle between HCD and LOS modes give you options for a precision shot.
Also featured is a continuous scan, which allows you to track while still getting an accurate read on your target. You will be able to set this to yards or meters. This model runs on a CR2 battery and comes standard with the Vortex Lifetime warranty. While you won’t be able to range much of anything under 10 yards and over 300, this product is simple and intuitive to use.
The Halo XL450 claims to be good for both bowhunting and rifle hunting, but we would like to dispute that. This product perfectly works fine for bowhunting, but it just doesn’t have the range for rifle hunting. With accuracy down to a yard or less, this product utilizes Angle Intelligence Technology so you can get a precise read on your target and offers a scan mode that lets you range multiple targets at once.
The definition isn’t great on this product, and it has issues picking up smaller targets. It won’t read targets through bushes or brush, so it’s better if you’re in a tree or out in the clear. The read out on this product is kind of small, which in a vacuum is fine, but it also doesn’t have an autofocus, which can be a bit frustrating.
The HX-1200T can measure out to 1,000 yards but is best suited for 300 or less. With an accuracy or .5 yards under 300 yards, this is a decent product for the price, though not quite as good as those listed above. It gives you angle-adjusted views and has two modes: bow mode and range mode. This item is dust proof, fog proof, and waterproof and comes with a two-year warranty.
This item is fine. It does many of the same things as other options on this list, just not quite as well. There have also been complaints that orders arrive with the wrong product.
Only really useful for bowhunting, Simmons isn’t shy about the fact that this product can only range deer from 200 yards away. This item only has one button, so it’s quite easy to use! The Volt 600 is lightweight and comes with its own carrying case for your hunting expedition. Unlike the other rangefinders on this list, this product does not offer angle compensation. The trick about this item is that it does do what it is supposed to do, it just takes a bit. Anything over 60 yards, you’ll need to hold down the one button, and eventually, it will range. Also, this product just feels a bit flimsy.
For those of you who are fans of camo (and who isn’t?), the Visionking will be right up your alley. Whether you’re out hunting deer or just trying to blend in, you can’t go wrong with this product. Interestingly, this has a hunting mode and a golf mode, but we don’t recommend bringing a gun to the golf course. The Visionking offers a scan mode and is water resistant, though durability is an issue.
Finding the right rangefinder can be tough because so many variables are at play. A good reading could be the difference between you hitting your target or causing it to run away. With a market saturated with products, how do you know which one is right for you? That all depends.
If you are bowhunting, then you need a rangefinder that focuses on sensitivity closer to you as opposed to far away. While it is impressive that a rangefinder may be able to track up to 1,500 yards, for bowhunting, you should be more worried about what it is capable of 10 yards and in. For this, you will want a low magnification, somewhere in the 5x to 6x range. You will also want something that can range the farthest item. For example, if you are hunting and hiding in a tree, finding the distance to the nearest leaf isn’t going to help much — we need the distance to the deer. Preferably, a rangefinder for bow hunting will also calculate angle, as you could be perched in a tree or in a curvaceous region.
On the other hand, if you are rifle-hunting, you’ll want something a bit more impressive from longer distances. Many rangefinders will boast an ability to pick up shiny objects from a long distance, but we’re looking for something that will accurately pick up a deer or similar from up to 1,000 yards away. This rangefinder will also need to have angle compensation, but one of the biggest differences will be making sure that it is compatible with your gun. Rangefinders can be calibrated to match your setup exactly so there isn’t any interference between the rangefinder you are using and the scope you use to target with.
Some folks are persnickety about how they look at things and would prefer options. Products like the Leupold RX let you change which reticle you use. Others on the market have this feature as well.
While it would seem natural that a rangefinder could be mounted on a tripod, not all are made this way. For some people, that’s no issue, but it might be worth looking into to avoid an inconvenient surprise.
Therefore, we should be up to date on our warranties! The great thing is, most companies offer up to two-year warranties, while some on this list offer lifetime customer service. While that isn’t quite the same as a warranty (which they also offer), it is a good deal.
We stand by the TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder as the overall best hunting rangefinder, but you may have different tastes, which is exactly why we did a list of 10! To us, the top pick was the right combination of ability and price, but as we mentioned with the Vortex Optics Ranger, sometimes if you pay a little more, you get a little more. The WOSPORTS product offers wonderful value, though not quite the high-end usability as pricier models. As stated in the Buyers Guide, so much of what you decide on depends on how much hunting you do and how avid of a hunter you are.
We hope these reviews were helpful in your journey to find the perfect rangefinder. Between the internet and all the other shops out there, we know it’s not easy to find the right item. At the end of the day, we’ll be thrilled if we were able to help you hunt down the perfect rangefinder.
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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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