Leupold Hunting Rangefinder Comparison and Reviews
2016 brought with it the addition of four new Leupold rangefinders: the RX-1200i TBR/W, RX-850i TBR, Full Draw 2, and Vendetta 2. Despite sharing some commonalities with previous versions each of these rangefinders has something unique to offer over their predecessors.
Leupold Rangefinder Comparison Chart
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RX-Full Draw 2
|Estimated Price|| $399 - Black|
$425 - Camo
|Display||Red - OLED||Black - LCD||Black - LCD||Black - LCD||Red - LED|
|Weight||7.8 oz||7 oz||7 oz||6.3 oz||11 oz|
|L x W x H||3.8 x 1.3 x 2.9||4 x 1.3 x 2.5||4 x 1.3 x 2.5||3.6 x 1.4 x 2.9||3.8 x 1.3 x 2.8|
|Reflective||1200 yds||850 yds||850 yds||650 yds||70 yds|
|Deer||800 yds||650 yds||650 yds||575 yds||70 yds|
|Angle Compensation||Yes||Yes||Yes* Bow||No||Yes|
|Warranty||2 year||2 year||2 year||2 year||2 year|
Leupold RX-1200i TBR/W DNA
- 1200 Yard Max Range
- TBR for Angle Compensated Readings
- Calculates Full Value Wind Adjustments
- Red OLED Display for Improved Clarity
- Online Average $399
Last year saw the RX-1200i TBR rise to the top of the Leupold rangefinder line up with it high end components like red OLED display and aluminium housing. This year it received an upgrade as indicated by the addition of the “W” in the name. The “W” stands for wind as the RX-1200 i TBR/W is now capable of calculating full value (10mph) wind holds when a ballistic group is selected. Read Full Review >>
Leupold RX-850i TBR
- Now rated out to 650 yards on Deer
- New Ultra compact design
- Trophy Scale antler judging
- Dual Purpose Rifle or Bow
-Online Average $249
While many features are similar to the previous model RX-800i TBR, one of the biggest differences on the new RX-850i TBR is the new housing which is now significantly smaller than its already compact predecessor. The RX-850i TBR also includes Leupold’s Trophy Scale programmable bracketing feature that allows the user field judge antler size. Read Full Review >>
Leupold RX- Full Draw 2
- Last Target Priority
- TBR for Angle Compensated Readings
- New ultra compact design
- Three reticle options
- Online Average $249
While in name this new rangefinder sounds most similar to the original Full Draw rangefinder; however, in size, shape and function the Full Draw 2 is actually more closely related to the above mentioned RX-850i TBR. Like most good bowhunting rangefinders this new Leupold rangefinder includes both angle compensated readings and a last target priority mode. Read Full Review >>
- Now Rated out to 575 yards on Deer
- More Compact than Previous Version
- 2 year warranty
- Cheaper than Previous Version
- Online Average $199
Leupold RX-650 - The most budget friendly rangefinder in the Leupold line, the RX-650i is a basic entry level rangefinder that is simple to operate and lacks the complexity of other models. This model offers line of sight distances, a scan mode, and will measure in yards and meters. If this is all you need or want in a rangefinder it provides significant savings over other Leupold models; currently these are selling for under $200 in most places. Read Full Review >>
Leupold Vendetta 2
- Bow Mounted Rangefinder
- Range while at full draw
- Angle Compensated Readings
- Scan mode for continuous range updates
- Online Average $349
Currently the only bow mounted laser rangefinder on the market, the Vendetta 2 makes it possible to range animals while at full draw. Essentially you calibrate the unit to be aimed with one of your bow’s sight pins, press a remote pressure pad with your grip hand and the unit will display the range on an external LED display. This unit is not legal for hunting in all states but offers a unique ranging option for those living in a state where it is legal. Read Full Review >>
DNA – Essentially, this is an improved processor in these units that allow them to read faster and with more accuracy than previous versions. While we tend to think of rangefinders as optics it is important to remember they are electronics as well, and the technology aspect tends to progress at a faster rate than the optics. So its good to see a manufacture making these upgrades to keep their models up to date.
Last Target Mode – The RX-1200i rangefinder series is equipped with a last target mode, while in this mode if the rangefinder receives a split reading (i.e. the rangefinder hits two objects at once) it will return the distance to the further of the two objects. This is useful feature for hunters who often have to range through cover like grass or branches.
TBR - Currently only the RX-1200i TBR DNA model features TBR or True Ballistic Range. The details would take quite awhile to explain but here are the basics. TBR includes three modes: LOS, Bow, and Rifle.
LOS – Stands for line of sight and is the linear distance to target. (i.e the angle to target is not accounted for)
Bow – When in this mode the unit will return true horizontal range (angle compensated readings) out to 125 yards, reading farther than that will be returned in LOS distance.
Rifle (TBR) – Readings can be displayed in one of the following ways after selecting a closely matched ballistic path from one of their preprogrammed charts.
1) True Horizontal Range
2) Hold over in inches or centimeters
3) Adjustments in Mil
4) Adjustments in MOA
Scan + Yards and Meters
RX series rangefinders are all equipped with a scan mode for quickly getting readings on multiple targets or on a moving target. This mode works by simply holding down the range button and the display will be updated as you move from target to target. These units are also capable of reading out distances in either yards or meters (in all modes) not just scan. While this is now a pretty standard feature there are still rangefinders that have to be ordered in either yards or meters versions.
Compact & Lightweight – All models of the RX rangefinders are of the compact vertical design and feature a 6x magnification, which make them well suited for a variety of big game hunting with either bow or rifle. These models also all weigh in at less than 8oz which is a welcome factor for those who put in several miles on foot when hunting.
While not all Leupold RX models are built from the same housing material they are all equipped with some rubberized gripping surfaces on the housing. This rubber material offers protection for the unit’s housing but more importantly provides a good surface for you to hang onto to in wet conditions, or when your hands get sweaty.
These units are powered by a CR2 battery, as are most of the newer rangefinders on the market and are not rechargeable.
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