Nikon Riflehunter 550 Rangefinder Review
Cumulative Review Score: 97(61)
There were numerous themes that came up in the Nikon RifleHunter 550 rangefinder reviews, nearly all were favorable, as the impressive Cumulative Review Score of 97 out of 100 based on 61 useful reviews would suggest. Owners of this model liked its simple and easy to use features, many of the reviews commented on this device as being “user friendly”. The next most agreed on statement in the reviews was that this device is accurate, with numerous owners who tested the rangefinder on objects of a known distance and received the correct range on the display. A large number of people who purchased these Nikon rangefinders were using them both for archery and gun hunting, with many praising the versatility of this unit. This rangefinder also received numerous compliments on its compact size, light weight, quality optics, and easy to read display. In short, people love this rangefinder. Click the links below to see how the RifleHunter 550 stacks up against the competition in both the archery rangefinder and dual purpose rangefinder categories.
Owner’s Manual Highlights
The Nikon Archers Choice is also listed on the Nikon 550 instruction manual. Although there are a few important differences between the two, the first difference is that the RifleHunter 550 ranges targets from 11 yards to 550 yards, while the Archer’s Choice ranges objects from 5 yards to 100 yards. The second difference is the Archer's Choice is set in "First" target priority mode while the RifleHunter 550 allows you to select "First" or "Distant" target priority. Many of the reviewers had considered the Archer’s Choice model but most decided that spending a little more money for the RifleHunter version would allow them to use the rangefinder for both archery and rifle season. The RifleHunter also features Nikon’s ID (Incline/Decline) technology, a scan mode, and measures distance in .2 yard increments while in ID mode out to 100 yards, after which it reports distance in 1 yard increments. The device also has a rubber eyepiece cup that can be rolled up to accommodate users who wear glasses.
If you are looking for a good all around rangefinder with an angle compensation feature that will work well for both archery and rifle hunting the Nikon RifleHunter 550 rangefinder is a great choice especially when you factor in its under $300 dollar price tag and proven design. Its 6x magnification provides enough power for ranging distant targets when hunting with a long gun and enough field of view to see and range game up close when hunting with a bow. This model is our current top rated scoring archery rangefinder and is a great choice to take into the field whether you have a gun or bow in your hand.
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