Leupold RX FullDraw 2 DNA - Bow Rangefinder
The Leupold RX-FullDraw 2 DNA archery rangefinder is sort of a 2.0 version of the previous Leupold RX FullDraw model. While this rangefinder retains the archery roots of the its predecessor, it is more of a complete redesign rather than a simple upgrade. So how did Leupold do with this bow rangefinder?
The first thing that stands out about the FullDraw 2 is its size which at 4” x 1.3” x 2.5” is small even when compared to today’s current field of compact rangefinders. This Leupold rangefinder has 6x magnification and uses a black LCD display to report range info. The FullDraw 2 has a green body with black rubberized grip panels on the top and bottom and is also rated as waterproof. This unit is controlled by the use of two buttons; a power button on the top of the unit, and a mode button on the left side. Power is provided by one CR2 battery, and the FullDraw 2 comes with a two year limited warranty which covers defects in parts and workmanship.
The FullDraw 2 rangefinder is permanently set in Leupold’s Bow mode, which returns angle compensated distances out to 175 yards. Past 175 yards, the FullDraw 2 will return ranges in LOS (line of sight) distances and flash a small “LOS” icon to remind the user these measurements are not accounting for the angle of the shot. While obviously 175 yards will cover all bowhunting applications; this Leupold rangefinder has a maximum range of 850 yards on reflective targets, 700 yards on trees, and 600 yards on deer which opens up the possibility of using this rangefinder for rifle hunting as well. On the other end of the spectrum this unit is capable of ranging targets as close as 6 yards. Also, worth noting is that this model is rated for plus or minus .5 yard accuracy out to 125 yards.
Setup & Options
While there is no Rifle mode that is commonly found on Leupold rangefinders, there are numerous options and settings. First, there is a Last Target priority mode that can either be turned on or off; archery hunters will want this turned on as it tells the unit to how to handle split readings and is useful when ranging animals through grass or branches. Hunters can also decide if they want the FullDraw 2 to report distances in yards or meters; we suspect most bowhunters will be using yards but the option for meters is nice for those who favor metric measurements. Next, the user can choose between three reticle configurations; there are two large reticle options for big game and one smaller option which should work well on turkeys and small game. This unit also features a scan mode for ranging multiple targets or moving targets and is activated by simply holding the range button down. Finally, this unit is equipped with Leupold’s Trophy Scale mode that when enabled helps judge antler size.
Leupold’s Trophy Scale feature uses a bracketing system that will be displayed above the reticle which helps the shooter to estimate antler or horn size. Essentially you enter a measurement between 10” - 60”; for this example let’s say 24”, the rangefinder will then show you bracketing lines of what 24” inches looks like at the distance ranged, you then put the animals antlers in the bracket to estimate size. There is also an additional bracket line marked at a greater spread, say roughly 32” for our example, so if the rack is bigger than the number entered you have another reference point with which to reference for size. Also, by simply rotating the rangefinder 90 degrees after the range is taken you can use the same method to estimate antler or horn height.
An archery rangefinder needs to have two things: Last Target Priority and angle compensation; the Leupold FullDraw 2 has both. We also like the fact this rangefinder is waterproof as this not only provides protection for the device in wet environments; but also in the case of unexpected submersion as hunters are occasionally known to go for the unexpected swim when trying to cross a creek or stream. Finally, the size of this unit makes it easy to fit in various pockets and pouches which can come in handy not only for carrying, but also for quickly stashing the unit away after ranging an animal when hurrying to get ready for the shot.
The Leupold RX-FullDraw 2 uses a 6x magnification which is definitely ok for bowhunting use; and all the models in our dual purpose rangefinder comparison feature a 6x magnification because it is a good compromise magnification for rangefinders that will be used for both archery and rifle hunting. However, on a dedicated bow rangefinder we generally prefer a 4x magnification like on the Nikon Arrow ID 3000 for the increased field of view which can be nice to have when targeting large animals like deer at relatively close ranges. Also, a minor complaint is the screen can get a bit busy with all the icons, indicators and numbers especially when the Trophy Scale function is in use.
The Leupold FullDraw 2 is designed for bowhunters; and Leupold delivered the two major features archers need most which are a Last Target priority feature and angle compensated readings. Furthermore, the scan mode and selectable reticles are nice additions, and some hunters will undoubtedly make use of the unique Trophy Scale feature to judge antler size. With these features and its ultra compact size, the FullDraw 2 will no doubt find favor with many bowhunters. Now available online for around $250.
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