Bestselling Rangefinders for Rifles and Bow Hunting – Part 1


Investing in a rangefinder is one of the wisest decisions hunters can make, especially if the requirement is for medium to long range hunting. Hunters use rangefinders for different kinds of purposes and are not similar with that used in golfing. In fact, there are differences in rangefinders when it comes to bow hunting and rifle hunting. While choosing the right device, you must know for which purpose you are buying the rangefinding device for. In this section, we will check out some of the best selling rangefinders for rifle and bow hunting.

1. Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder This is one of the best and at the same time most expensive among the high-end rangefinders. With this optical device in hand, you can range targets at much greater distances than any average shooting range. In spite of its 14.3 oz weight, one of the heaviest in its class, and high cost, Gunwerks G7 BR2 is one of the best selling rangefinders. While functional range of G7 rangefinder is 1,500 yards, its maximum range is 2,000 yards. Maximum ballistic compensation of this device is 1,400 yards and the magnification range is 7x. Gunwerks G7 BR2 rangefinder comes with backlight LED display, CR 123 battery and three targeting modes – Near, Far, and Continuous. Its dimension is 5.09″ x 4.45″ x 2.10″.

2. Leica Rangemaster CRF 1600-B 40534 This rangefinder is one of the most advanced technologically advanced laser rangefinders available. Cutting-edge technology is used for making the laser eye safe and the device is capable of measuring distance anywhere from 10 yards to 1,600 yards (which is equivalent to 9.1 meters to 1,500 meters distance ranging). Leica Rangemaster CRF 1600-B 40534 comes with integrated thermometer/ barometer sensors that give shooters precise ballistic data so that they can make precise shot placement. One of the best aspects of this optical device is that it can range targets in all kinds of conditions- whether it is daylight or low-light, uphill or downhill shooting. USP of this device is the integration of Intelligent ABC Ballistics Program. Three operation modes available to its users are required elevation deviation from point blank range, point-of-impact value, and range value (calculated after taking into account the barometric pressure, temperature, and angle of declination). This Leica device comes with 7x magnification, objective lens having 24mm diameter, 4 digital LED display, +/- 3.5 Diopter Compensation, phase coated roof prism, AquaDura Lens Coating, and carbon fiber-infused plastic housing.

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3. Zeiss Victory 8×26 T* PRF Laser Rangefinder It is the perfect lightweight compact monocular laser rangefinder, a pocket sized companion, that comes with LRF technology, thereby ranging targets in less than a second. A shooter can precisely and quickly correct holdover point with the use of integrated Ballistic Information System. With this compact device you can range up to 1,200 meters or over 1300 yards. Some of the important features of this device are convenient holdover point correction, convenient ‘Set’ button, innovative lens coating, robust design, and most importantly high performance optics. Zeiss Victory 8×26 T* PRF Laser Rangefinder will supplement the needs of long range shooters where they can range targets at long distances and get the correct ballistic figures for precise shot placement. Some essential specifications of this Zeiss device include 8x magnification, 26mm effective lens diameter, +3.5 to -3.5 diopter adjustment range, 17.5mm eye relief, LotuTec technology, 1.5 sec measuring time, 14.4 Twilight factor, and more.

4. Bushnell 4x 20mm Laser Rangefinder The Truth with Clear Shot 202442 Bushnell has brought in the best optical device that can lock in the target quickly, helping the hunter to bring down the target easily and with preciseness. This handy device (having pocket-size ergonomic design) comes with 4x magnification, 20mm objective lens diameter, and advanced ClearShot technology where instantaneous feedback on shot clearance can be achieved. This rangefinder is best for ranging targets at medium to long range (7 yards to 850 yards). It is perfect for bow hunters as it comes with the bow mode, helping the bow hunters get true horizontal distance from 7 yards to 199 yards. Some of the important features that you will get at Bushnell 4x 20mm Laser Rangefinder The Truth with Clear Shot 202442 are -90º to +90º angle range, lightening fast measurement, battery life indicator, anti-slip sure-grip finish, ARC- Angle Range Compensation, rain proofing feature, ClearShot Calibration Chart and Posi-Thread battery door.

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5. Leica Camera 40535 CRF Rangemaster 1000-R Binocular with Equivalent Horizontal Range, Black Leica has brought this rangefinder-cum-binocular that’s ideal for both archery and hunting, especially bow hunting. It is one of the best available starter rangefinder models for hunters as it is capable of measuring both horizontal and linear distances. Leica Camera 40535 CRF Rangemaster 1000-R Binocular with Equivalent Horizontal Range (Black) comes with 7x magnification and 24mm objective lens diameter. Some of the essential features available on this device are clear LED having automatic brightness control and flexible application to enable hunters with precise targeting ability. This rangefinder from Leica comes in a compact size with easy to handle features. It has ballistic functionality that provides correct ballistic figures for precise shot placement even on rough terrain. This rangefinder is perfect for bow hunting. With its help you can range targets (Equivalent Horizontal Range) anywhere from 10 yards to 600 yards.

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