Rifle Shooting Range Finder Comparisons
A different set of criteria should be used when looking for a shooting range finder than a when looking at a dual purpose or archery rangefinder. Here the distances are generally longer and often the targets smaller. Fortunately, there are a few manufactures of rangefinders that make models appropriate for these long shots. Varmint hunters, tactical shooters, long range competition shooters, and professional hunting guides have all been known to use these high end rangefinders.
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 with both hands like a pair of binoculars; this is generally accepted as a more stable grip than the one used to hold a vertical design rangefinder. The disadvantage of the horizontal rangefinder is their larger design compared to the vertical rangefinder; however this increased stability and ranging power is an acceptable tradeoff for most long range shooters.
Powerful Magnification: The more the better, with rangefinders in the 7x and 8x being the norm for this category. Again smaller varmints or long range targets require more magnification for precise targeting.
Clear optics: While important on all rangefinders, it is far more critical for a long range shooting rangefinders to have crisp, bright optics than say an archery rangefinder that will mainly be used to range deer sized targets at 50 yards or less.
Rifle Shooting Rangefinders
|L x W x H||5.1 x 3.9 x 1.9||4.7 x 3.5 x 1.6||5.1 x 3.7 x 1.7||4.7 x 3.7 x 1.8|
|Reflective||1300 yds||1500 yds||1600 yds||1000 yds|
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