Leupold Hunting Rangefinders - RX-2800 TBR/W
The Leupold rangefinder line recently added several new upgraded models. The Leupold RX-2800 TBR/W, RX-1600i TBR/W, RX-1300i TBR, RX-Fulldraw 3, and RX-950 all received major increases in maximum distance capabilities over previous versions. Leupold continues to offer one of the largest selection of rangefinders including models specifically designed for archers.
Leupold RX-2800 TBR/W
- 2800 Yard Max Range
- Threaded for Tripod
- 7x Magnification
- Red OLED Display
- Online Average $489
Now the flagship model of the Leupold rangefinder line; the RX-2800 TBR/W has a significant increase in ranging power over previous models with a listed max range of 2800 yards as the name implies. Also of note is an increase in magnification over previous models as the Leupold RX-2800 TBR/W is equipped with a 7x magnification for more precise ranging at longer distances as compared to the 6x magnification found on their rangefinder models. Finally, in addition to having premium software features like built in ballistic charts, TBR/W angle compensation + wind correction; the RX-2800 has been equipped with a socket on the bottom of the unit for mounting onto a tripod which is a feature that will be appreciated by many long range shooters.
Leupold Rangefinder Comparison Chart
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RX-Full Draw 3
|Picture|| || || || || || |
|Display||Red - OLED||Red - OLED||Black - LCD||Black - LCD||Black - LCD||Red - LED|
|Weight||7.9 oz||7.8 oz||7 oz||7 oz||6.2 oz||11 oz|
|Reflective||2800 yds||1600 yds||1300 yds||1300 yds||950 yds||75 yds|
|Deer||1700 yds||1000 yds||900 yds||900 yds||n/a||75 yds|
|Angle Compensation||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes* Bow||No||Yes|
|Warranty||2 year||2 year||2 Year||2 year||2 year||2 year|
Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W
- Up to 1000 yards on Deer
- Aluminum Housing
- 2 Year Limited Warranty
-Online Average $419
The Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W rangefinder appears to be replacing their popular RX-1200i TRB/W rangefinder; while maintaing the premium features of the previous model such as the red - OLED display, rubber armored aluminum housing, and TRB/W (angle compensation plus wind corrections); the RX-1600i TBR/W also got a noticeable bump up in ranging power with the max range now rated out to 1600 yards and readings on deer up to 1000 yards.
Leupold RX-1300i TBR
- Ultra Compact
- Trophy Scale
- Three Reticle Options
- Deer Out to 900 yards
- Online Average $229
These days most hunting rangefinders could be described as compact, but the Leupold RX-1300i TBR is what we would call ultra compact; yet it still retains long distance ranging capabilites and features some options not even found on Leupold's premium rangefinder line such as the Trophy Scale feature for field judging antler size, and the ability to choose from three different reticle options. While this unit has a more basic black LCD display and the housing isn't made from aluminum it still offers a lot of features and performance and does so at about 1/2 the price of some of the premium Leupold rangefinder models.
Leupold RX-Full Draw 3
- Last Target Priority
- TBR out to 175 yards
- Min. Distance 6 yards
- Three reticle options
- Online Average $249
As the name would imply, the RX-Fulldraw 3 is geared toward bow hunters; however, this model is essentially a RX-1300i TBR with Bow mode only. Basically this means you get angled compensated readings out to 175 yards and then reading will be line of sight out to the max range of 1300 yards. Other than than you still get the three selectable reticle options, and the Trophy Scale feature for antler size estimation of the RX-1300i TBR. Bottom line if you are an archery only hunter you can save about $20 by going with the Fulldraw 3; however, if you plan on doing both rifle and archery hunting the RX-1300i TBR would probably be the way to go.
- Max Range 950 yards
- Most Affordable Model
- 2 year warranty
- Easy Operation
- Online Average $TBA
The new RX-950 appears to be an upgraded version of Leupold's budget model RX-650 series. Once again here the big news is increased ranging capability; the RX-950 is an entry level rangefinder that doesn't offer all the bells and whistles of the higher end models but does offer long range performance for those on a tight budget.
Leupold Vendetta 2
- Bow Mounted Rangefinder
- Range while at full draw
- Angle Compensated Readings
- Scan mode for continuous range updates
- Online Average $349
Currently the only bow mounted laser rangefinder on the market, the Vendetta 2 makes it possible to range animals while at full draw. Essentially you calibrate the unit to be aimed with one of your bow’s sight pins, press a remote pressure pad with your grip hand and the unit will display the range on an external LED display. This unit is not legal for hunting in all states but offers a unique ranging option for those living in a state where it is legal. Read Full Review >>
DNA – Essentially, this is an improved processor in these units that allow them to read faster and with more accuracy than previous versions. While we tend to think of rangefinders as optics it is important to remember they are electronics as well, and the technology aspect tends to progress at a faster rate than the optics. So its good to see a manufacture making these upgrades to keep their models up to date.
Last Target Mode – Many Leupold rangefinders are equipped with a last target mode, while in this mode if the rangefinder receives a split reading (i.e. the rangefinder hits two objects at once) it will return the distance to the further of the two objects. This is useful feature for hunters who often have to range through cover like grass or branches.
TBR - Stands for True Ballistic Range. The details would take quite awhile to explain but here are the basics. TBR includes three modes: LOS, Bow, and Rifle.
LOS – Stands for line of sight and is the linear distance to target. (i.e the angle to target is not accounted for)
Bow – When in this mode the unit will return true horizontal range (angle compensated readings) out to 125 yards, reading farther than that will be returned in LOS distance.
Rifle (TBR) – Readings can be displayed in one of the following ways after selecting a closely matched ballistic path from one of their preprogrammed charts.
1) True Horizontal Range
2) Hold over in inches or centimeters
3) Adjustments in Mil
4) Adjustments in MOA
Scan + Yards and Meters
RX series rangefinders are all equipped with a scan mode for quickly getting readings on multiple targets or on a moving target. This mode works by simply holding down the range button and the display will be updated as you move from target to target. These units are also capable of reading out distances in either yards or meters (in all modes) not just scan. While this is now a pretty standard feature there are still rangefinders that have to be ordered in either yards or meters versions.
Compact & Lightweight – All models of the RX rangefinders are of the compact vertical design and feature a 6x magnification, which make them well suited for a variety of big game hunting with either bow or rifle. These models also all weigh in at less than 8oz which is a welcome factor for those who put in several miles on foot when hunting.
While not all Leupold RX models are built from the same housing material they are all equipped with some rubberized gripping surfaces on the housing. This rubber material offers protection for the unit’s housing but more importantly provides a good surface for you to hang onto to in wet conditions, or when your hands get sweaty.
These units are powered by a CR2 battery, as are most of the newer rangefinders on the market.
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