Rangefinders for Long Range Shooting
A lot has changed in the long range shooting game over the last several years, it has developed from more of an art to a science. Ballistic programs for smartphones and Bluetooth capable Kestrels are now common place among the long range shooting crowd. Fortunately, rangefinder manufactures have also been paying attention and many have upgraded their high end long distance rangefinders to assist the extreme range marksman.
What to look for:
Horizontal Design: When ranging small targets or objects at a great distance it is important to hold the rangefinder as steady as possible to ensure a first attempt reading. Here the horizontal style rangefinders shine as they allow the shooter to hold the unit steady using a solid two hand grip; this is generally accepted as a more stable grip than the one used to hold a vertical design rangefinder. The horizontal rangefinder design also provides a large flat surface for use on a tripod and many models come equipped with a threaded hole for mounting a tripod.
Powerful Magnification: Higher magnifications such as 7x or higher are generally preferred for these long distance rangefinders as more precision is needed for accurately ranging targets at long range. Fortunately, the above mentioned horizontal design allows the shooter to keep a steady sight picture whereas holding a vertical style of rangefinder with these higher magnifications can be tricky.
Compatible Features: Deciding what information you want from the rangefinder is an important step when looking for a unit that will fit well with your intended use. Do you want the rangefinder to do most of the calculations, or do you just want it to give the target distance so you can enter it in a ballistics program? Making a list of what data you want from the rangefinder and in what unit of measure should be high on the list for anyone shopping for a long distance rangefinder.
Rifle Shooting Rangefinders
|Full Review >>|| Bushnell Elite|
1 Mile CONX
Elite 1 Mile
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|Estimated Price|| $699|
$1149 w/ Kestrel
|Weight||13.5 oz||14.3 oz||12.1 oz||15.9 oz||10.9 oz|
|L x W x H||5.7" x 3.7" x 1.7"||5.1" x 4.5" x 2.1"||5.7" x 3.7" x 1.7"||5" x 4.9" x 2.4"||5.1" x 3.9" x 1.9"|
|Max Range||1760 yds||2500 yds||1760 yds||2405 yds||1300 yds|
*measured in degrees only
Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX
The Bushnell CONX rangefinder is similar in many ways to the Bushnell Elite 1 Mile rangefinder, however it is also capable of connecting to a smartphone and certain model Kestrels that are Bluetooth enabled. The ability of the the Bushnell CONX to communicate with these devices creates numerous combinations that allow for customizing this rangefinder for specific long range hunting and shooting applications. This model can be purchased as just a rangefinder or as a combo which includes a Kestrel Sportsman. The addition of a Kestrel Sportsman allows the user to account for numerous variables including spin drift and wind speed two important long distance factors not accounted for by most long distance rangefinding systems. Read Full Review >>
Gunwerks G7 BR2
This rangefinder is capable of calculating a large number of factors often reserved for ballistic software on a separate device. The G7 BR2 has room for five different user entered cartridge/bullet combos with information such as your chosen bullet's ballistic coefficient and the muzzle velocity of your load among a few of the options the user can input. We are working on a full review as a paragraph to explain what all this rangefinder can do doesn't begin to cover it. For now the bottom line is this unit is expensive and doesn't factor in as many long range factors as a system like the Bushnell CONX with Kestrel, however, with its ability to factor in many enviromental factors as well as input customized ballistic data it excells at medium to long distance hunting on large game animals where a little less precision is acceptable in return for quick in the field firing solutions from one device . Read Full Review >>
Bushnell Elite 1 Mile ARC
I've lost track of how many upgrades the Bushnell Elite has gone through but it has been several. The good news is that they keep tweaking this proven and well liked design; and adding additional advanced rangefinder technology as they develop it. Most notable on the newest Elite 1 Mile ARC version is the ability of the unit to not only give the angle of the shot in degrees, but now also to display the actual angle compensated yardage out to 1000 yards. Previous versions would only give the shot angle in degrees and compensated range data in hold over units such as inches or MOA. The Bushnell Elite 1 Mile ARC is a good option for those looking to get into the long range game on a budget. Read Full Review >>
Newcon LRM 2200SI
If their is one name that isn't well known in the rangefinder game it is Newcon, probably because they aren't commonly found in sporting good stores at least in the United States. They actually make a variety of long distance rangefinders; however, the Newcon 2200 SI hits the sweet spot for this category in features, performance, and price. It has a max range of just over 2400 yards, and is capable of giving the angle of the shot in degrees. This is a good option for those that are going to use a ballistic program for their long range shooting sessions. Read Full Review >>
This used to be our top pick in this category, and still is a great rangefinder with some unique features, such as firing the laser on the release of a button which aids in holding the unit steady when ranging. However, this model doesn't have the features to account for atmospheric conditions, or the angle of the shot. However, we have seen these around the $600 mark and it is still a viable option for those looking for a good long distance LOS (line of sight) rangefinder. Again your shooting style and what information you want to obtain from your rangefinder will play a big part in which rangefinder you choose. Read Full Review >>
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