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Looking to get more out of your bow sight?
Want to combine laser rangefinder technology and your bow sight into one gadget?
Yes, it can be done.
There is a very slim market for rangefinder bow sights, but they've been tried and tested by the masses. Some do better than others, and some may be way out of your price range.
Our lineup is well within your reach. If you want to know whether there's a 2-in-1 bow sight for you or if you can afford the newest sight to the shelves, come with us!
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Best Rangefinding Bow Sights Comparison
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First off, you need to have real expectations about an integrated rangefinder's performance. Its capabilities will be very limited compared to a conventional rangefinder. Distance range will be limited, there is no reticle display, and you will go without various modes that are available on traditional units.
Sounds restrictive? Well, let's get real about your expectations while in the hunt. Most of your shots aren't further than 60 yards, if that. You're ranging your target within your shooting effective range whether you're in a tree stand or in the open country. You may need to scan for distances on nearby targets, but when you're within 40 yards of your mule deer, it's unlikely you're fidgeting with various modes on your rangefinder.
Realistic scenario: you spot a buck on a mission coming in along the game trail. You range it, make the slide adjustment (if needed), draw, aim, and shoot. What does this look with a built-in rangefinder in your bow sight? You come to a full draw, your bow acquires a distance, you aim and shoot all in one fluid moment - that's pretty darn good.
Are all rangefinder bow sights created equal? No way. Some manufacturers have blended the technologies better than others. Some try but just haven't been able to perfect the tech and work out the issues. So, don't throw out your traditional rangefinder just yet. Keep it on you for the just in case moment.
Our 3 Top Rangefinder Bow Sights
1. Garmin Xero A1
Garmin is a brand many may know intimately. But, in the hunt, they're only on your riser if you can afford one. The big, tech-geared company knows the digital world, and they're no stranger to rangefinder technology. So, how do they hold up when they merge it with a bow sight?
The full review reveals all, but we'll throw you a bone right here. Aim and range anything up to 300 yards, and if you're up in the stand, feel confident with angle compensated distances. .007" LED pins with ambient light sensor brightness control means you shouldn't have to struggle with seeing your pins again - in any light condition.
Garmin, welcome to the bow shooting game!
2. Burris Oracle
This is a world-class bow sight in many fields. Burris has nailed the execution of combining both rangefinder and bow sight technologies into one. We expected this since it's not the first optic they've integrated rangefinder tech into. With their track record, you can expect something great from the Oracle. No, scratch that, not great but outstanding.
Not only does it have rangefinder capabilities, the advanced bow sight also has a pin-less display. There are no fiber optic pins since it incorporates the use of 52 LED aiming points on the post. Additionally, with no glass lens, you can be confident in experiencing an unobstructed sight picture from fog, glare, water, and dirt.
We think highly of the Oracle, and Burris does too as is evident with its high-end price tag. But, if you're serious about having a 2-in-1 bow sight, this one won't disappoint.
3. IQ Bowsights Define
After seeing the short list of available rangefinder sights, you might be surprised to see this brand with this price tag in the lineup. The IQ Define is quite fancy for a bow sight with its 2nd and 3rd adjustable axes, tool-free locking knobs, and an integrated sight light. It's a sight that any avid bow shooter would consider under normal circumstances.
But, you're not here for standard or normal circumstances, are you? The Define takes out the guesswork and defines the distance to your target by using rangefinder technology. It provides angle compensated distances up to 99 yards - plenty enough yardage to do what you need to do.
It might not be a dot sight with digital LED aiming points that costs close to a grand, but that's the whole point, isn't it? A 5-pin bow sight with an acceptable measuring distance range and a couple perk features to boot - sounds right up your alley!
What to Look for in a Rangefinder Bow Sight
It's not all about distance. As contradictory as that may sound, you must remember your 2-in-1 gadget must function as a quality bow sight at its core. If the rangefinder feature fails you, all should not be lost as it's your bow sight that allows you to stay in the game, especially if you brought your trusty handheld rangefinder with you as a back-up.
To keep things in perspective, here's a few points you should consider when looking to splurge on a bow sight with a rangefinder.
- Build Quality: It matters even more now. Having a robust and strong build can help to protect the internal rangefinder mechanisms.
- Accuracy: Having a rangefinder built into your bow sight will be useless if it's not accurate. Test it against other measuring devices to be sure you can depend on it.
- Track Record: Because this is a relatively new combo of technology, make sure you do your due diligence. Read reviews, look at performance, and check up on its track record. You might learn a thing or two more before you make the final decision on such an expensive buy.
- Single VS Multi-Pin: Adding in rangefinder tech to a bow sight drives up the cost exponentially. It's also considered a luxury feature. Because of these factors, it tends to be equipped to digital sights, although it can be found on fiber optic pin bow sights too. Since it's still a relatively new technology, the pickings between types of rangefinder sights may be slim.
- Budget: This isn't a first-time buy or a sight for a beginner. They're expensive, so setting a high budget for this type of bow sight is realistic. Even the cheaper models cost a few hundred dollars.
- Legality: The legalities of hunting or using a sight with a built-in rangefinder in competition is ground you'll need to cover extensively. They do require batteries to run making them electronic sights. Lasers are used to calibrate the sight when sighting in, so make sure they're removable. You'll have to check in with your area's regulations on electronic components on your bow sight.
- Warranty: Invest in a good warranty to protect your purchase. There's nothing satisfying about fried parts or defective features when you're dropping a ton of money for it. You also don't want to be left empty-handed or out of money once hunting or competition season is here.
Can Your Bow Sight go the Distance?
Measure your next buy by going the distance in research and field testing. You can't do too much homework on a good bow sight that will put you out of allowance money for the next few months. Do your due diligence on a rangefinder scope and you'll feel confident in your buy!
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