Bushnell Rangefinders for Hunting
Bushnell's rangefinder line continues to evolve in 2016 with new additions like the Trophy and Trophy Xtreme rangefinders. We take an overview look at the current Bushnell rangefinder lineup in side by side comparison charts and then give a brief description of each model. Finally, we explain some of the common features found on these units.
Bushnell Premium Rangefinder Comparison
Elite 1 Mile CONX
Trophy Xtreme ARC
|L x W x H||5.1" x 1.7" x 3.7"||5.1" x 1.7" x 3.7"||4" x 1.3" x 2.9"||4" x 1.3" x 2.9"||4" x 1.5" x 3"|
|Reflective||1760 yds||1760 yds||1300 yds||1000 yds||850 yds|
|Tree||1000 yds||1000 yds||900 yds||650 yds||600 yds|
|Deer||500 yds||500 yds||600 yds||325 yds||200 yds|
|ARC||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes - Bow|
Bushnell Elite 1 Mile Conx
- Bluetooth connects to select Kestrels
- Bluetooth connects to smartphones
- 7x magnification and tripod mount
- First or Last Target Priority
- Online Average $699
The Elite 1 Mile CONX is essentially the Bluetooth enabled version of the standard 1 Mile Elite. This unit is capable of connecting to certain Kestrel models and also to smartphones. Bushnell also has a combo deal that comes with a Kestrel Sportman for those looking for a one stop shop for long distance shooting solutions. Those not planning on linking this rangefinder with a smartphone or Kestrel should probably save the money and just go with the standard Elite 1 Mile model. Read Full Review >>
Bushnell Elite 1 Mile
- 7x power for long distance ranging
- Flat Horizontal Design for improved steadiness
- Waterproof for all conditions
- Online Average $499
The Elite 1 Mile replaces the popular Bushnell Elite 1600 series. The Bushnell Elite 1 Mile has almost every feature available on a Bushnell rangefinder, the ARC mode on this rangefinder has both the Bow and Rifle modes, and the Rifle mode is equipped with the VSI feature. The Elite 1 Mile has the Brush and Bullseye target priority modes as well as a scan feature. This newer rangefinder also features Bushnell’s VDT (Vivid Display Technology) display which features a manually adjustable red display readout. Finally, the Elite 1 Mile features the Bushnell RainGuard HD lens coating, and the unit is rated as waterproof. Read Full Review >>
Bushnell G-Force DX
- Rated out to 600 yds on deer
- E.S.P. 2 processor for more accurate readings
- Brush and Bullseye Priority modes
- Online Average$349
The G-Force DX is an updated version of the G-Force 1300, and has basically all the features possible on a Bushnell rangefinder including the addition of a new E.S.P. 2 (Extreme Speed Precision) processor which is capable of 1/2 yards accuracy out to 199 yards as compared to the 1 yard accuracy of most Bushnell rangefinders. The Bushnell G-Force DX has features a metal housing which is rubber coated for a better grip. Read Full Review >>
Bushnell DX Scout 1000
- Dual Purpose Rangefinder
- Original E.S.P. Processor
- Black LCD Display
- Target Priority and Angle Compensation
- Online Average $289
Bushnell decided it was time to update the popular but aging Scout 1000 rangefinder line. They combined a number of features from the old model along with many features found on the G-Force 1300 series and the result was an updated version that looks significantly different than the original. The new DX Scout 1000 version now includes Bushnell's ESP, technology as well as the VSI option withing the Rifle mode. Read Full Review >>
Bushnell Trophy Xtreme
- 4x magnification for wide F.O.V.
- 850 yards on reflective targets
- Black LCD Display
- Angle Compensation to 199 yards
- Online Average $229
A new addition to the Bushnell line for 2016 is the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme is basically an archery rangefinder equipped with the Bow mode part of Bushnell's ARC angle compensating feature. This rangefinder will give angle compensated readings out to 199 yards and is capable of reading targets as close as 7 yards. The Trophy Xtreme comes with 4x magnification which allows for easy targeting of large game even at close distances.
Bushnell Budget Rangefinder Comparison
|L x W x H||3.8" x 1.4" x 2.9"||4" x 1.5" x 3"||3.8" x 1.4" x 2.9"||3.8" x 1.4" x 2.9"||4.2" x 1.9" x 3.6"|
|Reflective||850 yds||850 yds||850 yds||850 yds||600 yds|
|Tree||600 yds||600 yds||600 yds||600 yds||400 yds|
|Deer||200 yds||200 yds||200 yds||200 yds||200 yds|
|ARC||Y (Bow)||N||Y (Bow)||N||N|
Bushnell The Truth Clearshot
- Max range of 850 yards
- Angle compensated reading out to 199 yards
- Rainproof for protection from the elements
- Online Average $209
The Bushnell Truth Clearshot has a unique feature not found on any other rangefinder we are aware of, once calibrated to your setup it will mark the highest point of arrow travel on the display when you range a target. This allows you to see if any obstacles in your shooting lane will interfere with your shot. This unit is also equipped with the Bow mode part of Bushnell's ARC angle compensation technology which allows it to return true horizontal distances out to 199 yards.
- 4x Magnification
- 850 yards on reflective targets
- Black LCD Display
- 600 yards on trees
- Online Average $199
A new addition to the Bushnell line for 2016 is the Bushnell Trophy is a basic entry level rangefinder. This rangefinder will give line of sight readings out to 850 yards and does not feature the ARC angle compensation mode of the Trophy Xtreme model. This model also features a rubber coated housing for improved grip and is rated as rainproof for protection in the elements.
Bushnell The Truth Primos
- 4x power good for bowhunting ranges
- Measures true horizontal distance to 199 yards
- Compact and lightweight
- Online Average $189
The Truth Team Primos is essentially like the above mentioned Clearshot model except without the Clearshot technology; size, magnification, and ranging capabilities are all the same. Also like the Clearshot the Team Primos model has a maximum range of 850 yards but is only capable of giving angle compensated reading out to 199 yards which is more than plenty for archery use but something to consider for those thinking of using it for rifle hunting as well. Read Full Review >>
Bushnell Sport 850
- Budget Rangefinder
- 850 yard max range
- Range deer out to 200 yards
- 4x magnification
- Online Average $179
The Sport 850 is a budget/entry level rangefinder; and in reality is pretty much the same as The Truth Team Primos model above but without angle compensated reading. Since the Sport 850 doesn't give angle compensated readings it probably won't appeal to archery hunters as much as the Team Primos model which is only about $10 more, and its 4x magnification will be a little on the low side for those who rifle hunt; the Bushnell Sport 850 doesn't really have a niche that if fills well.
Bushnell Bone Collector
- 600 yard max range
- 200 yards on deer
- Powered by 9 volt battery
-Online Average $169
The Bushnell Bone Collector is a little larger than the other discount models in the Bushnell line partly because of its use of a 9 volt battery instead of a CR2 camera style battery. Overall it will likely have a hard time finding an audience as bowhunters will likely want angle compensated readings and rifle hunter will want more magnification and ranging capabilites on deer as a 200 yard max on deer won't impress many rifle hunters. Also, while its price of $169 is relatively low for a brand name rangefinder the budget level rangefinder market has become increasing competitive with models like the Nikon Aculon and Redfield Raider 600.
ARC – Some Bushnell rangefinders are equipped with ARC (Angle Range Compensation) technology which is capable of factoring in the angle of the shot. Within the ARC feature there are two sub modes: Bow and Rifle. It is important to note that some rangefinders like the Bushnell Bowhunter only have one sub feature, in the Bowhunter’s case only a Bow mode is offered.
Bow Mode - Bushnell rangefinders that use the ARC technology and are equipped with the Bow mode display: a line of sight measurement in yards, the angle of the shot in degrees, and angle compensated reading in yards. It is important to note that angle compensate reading in Bow mode are limited to 99 yards, and while this isn’t really an issue when archery hunting it does pretty much eliminate using the unit in this mode for angle compensated readings when hunting with a centerfire rifle. See below why this is an issue.
Rifle Mode - Bushnell rangefinders equipped with the Rifle sub mode feature ballistic charts that match many popular hunting cartridge loads. The user selects one of these charts and then the rangefinder will give the user a line of sight yardage reading, the angle of the shot in degrees, and angle compensated distance is calculated and returned as holdover in inches. It is important to note that no angle compensated yardage is given in Rifle mode, you could use the unit in Bow mode to get an angle compensated reading in yards, but that will only work out to 99 yards.
VSI – Variable Sight In is an added feature in the Rifle Mode of some but not all Bushnell rangefinders. The VSI feature also consists of ballistic charts to choose a trajectory that best matches your hunting cartridge; however, it also allows the user top select from one the following sight in distances: 100 yds, 150 yds, 200 yds, or 300 yds.
Target Priority – Sometimes while using a rangefinder the laser will hit and return the distance of two objects, say a deer and the tree behind it. What distance if any displays is dependent on how the manufacture set the rangefinder to deal with this situation. Some Bushnell rangefinders are equipped with selectable target priority modes which Bushnell calls Brush and Bullseye.
Brush – When a Bushnell rangefinder with target priority modes is set to the Brush mode the rangefinder will display the reading to the farther of two objects reported. For example, if the rangefinder reads a branch at 15 yards and a deer at 125 yards it will report the object at 125 yards. Brush mode is frequently favored by archery hunters who are often hunting from a treestand or dense cover.
Bullseye – When a rangefinder is set in Bullseye mode it will do just the opposite of the Brush mode; the Bullseye mode will return the closer of two objects. For example if the rangefinder gets a reading on an antelope at 173 yards and a rock behind it at 235 yards it will return the closer of the two, the antelope in this case.
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