Best Rangefinder For Hunting under $500
The Leupold RX-1000 TBR has all the features of the Bushnell Scout, but is a little smaller, a bit faster, and with better optics. The price has been temporarily reduced below $400, so if you decide to buy, be sure to do so before price increases. TBR stands for True Ballistic Range which takes into account the angle at which the object is from the hunter, giving you the exact range to aim for depending on angle and distance. This is very important when hunting in situations with steep up or down hill shots such as canyons or even from tree stands. One shot in particular that I made on a Mule Deer with a bow was off a high cliff with him being bedded 37 yards away. The rangefinder said to aim as if it were 25 yards. A lung shot did the trick but had I not aimed for 12 yards closer, the arrow would have sailed over his back. The Leupold RX has settings for both archery and rifle, so you will be covered regardless of the weapon and terrain. It is waterproof and built to take what the great outdoors will throw at it. My favorite thing about the RX is the way it feels when being used. It is the perfect size and well constructed. On the downside, there is a lot to this rangefinder. The owners manual will need to be read to learn all the features they pack into this unit, and this can also be the thing that turns some people away who want a unit that shows the distance to the object and nothing else.
Pros: fast, decent optics, light weight, durable, comfortable design, lots of features, angle compensation, affordable.
Cons: busy screen may cause confusion, lots of features to learn
Bottom Line: The Leupold RX 1000 has more features than the high end rangefinders for hunting, but is made much more durable than the low end models. If you are a hunter that can handle the high tech features, then this might be the your best rangefinder for hunting.
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Leupold RX 1000 TBR Color: Black Best Price: $380 @ Amazon
Leupold RX 1000 TBR Color: Camo Best Price: $400 @ Amazon