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Rifle hunting takes you to where the wild things are, and you need to be prepared for all types of weather, terrain, and distance.
The best rifle hunting optics are going to be waterproof for that unpredictable weather. They are going to be your eyes, and so will need some serious long-distance yardage as well as the ability to constantly track your prey.
Because that elk isn’t frozen in place, your rangefinder is going to need some speed – lightning-fast laser speed.
With these features in mind, let’s take a look at 5 of the best rangefinders for hunting with a rifle.
QUICK LIST: 6 Best Rangefinders For Rifle Hunting In 2019
- Vortex Optics Ranger 1300 Rangefinder
- Leica Geovid HD-B 3000 10×42 Rangefinder
- Bushnell Elite 1 Mile Con-X Rangefinder
- Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W with DNA Rangefinder
- Leica Rangemaster CRF 2000-B Rangefinder
- Sig Sauer KILO 1400BDX
Best Rangefinder for Rifle Hunting 2019
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Our 5 Top Rangefinders for Rifle Hunting
Vortex Optics Ranger 1300 Rangefinder
- The Ranger 1500 rangefinder is easy to use and features a clean, illuminated display and highly intuitive menu. The Ranger 1500 is capable of ranging up to 1,500 yards.
- The primary HCD mode displays an angle compensated distance that is ideal for the majority of hunters and shooters. An advanced LOS mode provides you the option to...
- A scan feature gives continuous range readings as you pan across a landscape or track a moving target. Three brightness settings allow the display to stay visible in...
The Vortex Ranger 1300 is a beauty of a rangefinder. You might think its price is high, but it’s very deserving of it. We even say it might be too cheap for its quality. However, we hunters have always been able to depend on Vortex for the best prices possible for the highest quality possible.
The Ranger 1300 can range out to, you guessed it, 1,300 yards. But, you want to know what the deer ranging distances are, don’t you? It’s a full 600 yards! That’s pretty impressive for a rangefinder, and even better news to the long-distance hunter. Just ask yourself, how many times have you missed that bull because you thought it was out of range? No longer will you underestimate yourself because there’s no more guessing.
The Ranger is fully weatherproof, has fully multi-coated lenses, and it has the HCD Corrected Shoot-to-Range feature for those angled compensated distances. Don’t range and guess, range and shoot-your rangefinder will aim true!
Leica Geovid HD-B 3000 10×42 Laser Rangefinding Binocular
- Leica 10x42 geovid HD-B 3000 rangefinding binocular 40801
Just when you think Leica can’t get any better, they do. The new generation of Geovid rangefinder binoculars are out of this world, and that’s largely part to its brilliant image quality.
Perger Porro prisms with top-secret glass formulas and elements make up a high-contrast and sharp sight picture with true-to-life color fidelity carried through with maximum light transmission.
Leica continues a high standard of excellence with its 3000-yard ranging distance, ABC ballistic technology, and a highly sensitive LED display that automatically adjusts to all light conditions to display a reading in less time than it takes to think about it.
The open-bridge design of the magnesium binoculars makes for an ergonomic and comfortable fit for one-hand use. But wait, there’s more.
Multiple ABC Function modes allow for a tailored ballistic experience that allows the rangefinder binoculars to spit out point of aim correction and custom results within the blink of an eye. This means the binoculars are able to provide user-specific adjustments that includes number of clicks for adjustment, holdover, and angle compensated distances.
However, high-tech comes with high prices as is expected with this industry-leading brand. You’re basically a walking, stalking, digital hunter with a Geovid HD-B 3000 on your person. Once you’ve dialed this gadget in, you’ll be the Terminator of every hunt.
Bushnell Elite 1 Mile Con-X Laser Rangefinder
- Ranges from 5-1,760 yards with 1/10-yard display precision and 7 times magnification
- Laser wirelessly communicates with the conx app on both iOS and Android platforms and allows configuration via a smartphone and the ability to load up to three Custom...
- Wind data is incorporated into holdover values with the use of approved kestrel wind meters (not included)
- Arc rifle mode provides bullet-drop/holdover in in, MOA or Mils and vs I allows sight-in distance options of 100, 150, 200 or 300 yds
- Built with a Fully waterproof housing with fully-multi coated optics, rain guard HD and a diopter adjustment
The Elite 1 Mile Con-X is one of those rangefinders that might be too smart for you. If you think you can conquer the Con-X and all its fancy features, then you might just want to put down around $300-$400 cash on this unit. It has everything, and we mean everything, that you could want in a hunting rangefinder – there is a reason it was awarded ‘Optic of the Year’ in 2017’s Golden Bullseye Award.
You’ll have the ability to pair it with your smartphone, download custom ballistic curves, and play around with MIL, MOA, and more measurements to accurately adjust your scope. Additionally, you’ll have the Vivid Display Technology for an LED display, Variable Sight In mode, and selective targeting modes to make sure you’re hitting your target and not the tree in front of it.
Just remember, 1,760 yards is a long way to go, are you hunter enough to master the Con-X?
Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W with DNA Rangefinder
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Today’s price for high-end ballistic rangefinder technology doesn’t cost nearly as close to what it used to a couple of years ago. Leupold underscores this point with the RX1600i rangefinder with TBR (True Ballistic Range) and DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) that comes in under $500.
It might sound pricey to you, but when you see the laundry list of high-tech features it has, you might be banging the same drum we are. The 1600i unit is clearly a workhorse for the avid hunter. The first and foremost significant feature it has is its ranging capability out to 1600 yards with 1000 yards to deer.
That’s a long way to go when you’re seeking out your trophy rack at these distances. You best believe you have the OLED display you can manually adjust to match light conditions. Angled compensated distances takes the math out of steep angle shooting.
TBR technology is more than just taking advantage of an angle compensated distance, it’s about taking that number and going a step further. With multiple, pre-loaded reticle options, the RX rangefinder can display your holdover point for a new point of aim, or it can display it as an MOA or MIL adjustment.
However, with high-tech at low cost (debatable) a risk of feature failure can be likely. Be sure to become familiar with its many features in order to determine if it’s measuring accurately before you head out to the hunt.
Pair your expectations of premium features and affordable price tags with the RX-1600i. You’ll end up with more value than you expect.
Leica CRF Rangemaster 2000-B Laser Rangefinder
- The first compact rangefinder to offer hunters three ballistic outputs
- Eye Safe IR Laser
- HDC and AquaDura Fully Multi-Coated
- 10-2000 Yard Measurement Range
- Ballistic Computer with Inclinometer
The Rangemaster is the ultimate pocket rangefinder no rifleman should go without. Its 2000-yard ranging distance is impressive since Leica can actually deliver results out this far – it’s not just a claim. Acquiring distances on deer above 1000 yards is not an impressive feat for the CRF, it’s what it does day in and day out.
As a Leica product, it features its brands iconic image quality with an LED automatic brightness display. It impressively features built-in air temperature and pressure sensors and an integrated inclinometer to further provide accurate data.
Built-in ballistic parameters provide on-screen data in the form of an angle compensated distance, a holdover value, or number of clicks to make the adjustment. With all this information available in just one optic, you’ll be equipped to make the best shot possible the first time.
However, you won’t be able to input your own ballistics if you don’t find a match with the preset options. This may be a deal breaker, but you can be sure the price isn’t. Rangefinder ballistic tech is more affordable than ever, and the CRF 2000-B can be yours right now. Sure, it’s still an expensive unit, but it’s a Leica – it’s always worth the cost.
Sig Sauer Kilo 1400 BDX
- 6x20 mm monocular with SpectraCoatTM anti reflection coatings for superior light transmission and optical clarityBDX
- Ballistic Data Xchange capable, providing your BDX sight or riflescope with an automatically illuminated holdover dot through Bluetooth pairing out to 800 yards
- Revolutionary LightWave DSP Technology for the fastest and longest distance rangefinder engine at this price point HyperScan
High-end technology doesn’t get cheaper than this. Sig Sauer changes the rules when it comes to quality expectations and high prices. The Kilo 1400 slashes half the cost and yet delivers premium features like no other brand can do.
With 1600 yards of ranging distance, you’re really only going to need 750 of those – to get a distance on deer. Most hunters aren’t shooting out to these distances anyway, and why do you have to when you’re already sitting on a hot spot game trail, right?
The Kilo has multiple readout modes that includes Line of Sight (LOS), Angle Modified Range (AMR), and Applied Ballistics Ultralight (ABU). This a feature-packed rangefinder that can match the productivity and functionality of one twice its price.
It also has the Low Energy Bluetooth 4.0 feature to keep you connected to Sig Sauer’s BDX Ballistic Data Xchange to pair with your BDX riflescope out to 800 yards. Get the new point of aim on your reticle when you range a distance on your Kilo 1400. It’s that easy.
With all the mighty impressive features it sports, you’d think an LED display would be the cherry on top. Sadly, we suspect to keep prices low, Sauer outfitted the Kilo with a black LCD display. It’s not that much of a compromise when you consider you’re also getting SpectraCoat and HT-LCD coatings for superior optical quality.
The bottom line is, the Kilo offers the latest tech for the best price. If you’re already a Sig Sauer owner, it’s a no-brainer to complete your optics kit with the Kilo BDX.
What to Look for in a Rifle Hunting Rangefinder
Hunting is a primitive and satisfying sport and efficient way to provide for the family. Nowadays, it’s made even more efficient and humane with the use of hunting optics. But, no rangefinder will be useful in the field if you don’t know how to use it to maximize your hunt. Make sure you know what to look for and how to incorporate those features in a timely manner before the bull leaps out of range.
- Quality glass: Very expensive rangefinders can justify their high costs if it includes premium glass elements. Ex. ED, HD, etc.
- Quality coatings: This should include layered, weatherproof, debris-proof, and scratch-proof coatings. Light transmission coatings can make all the difference when ranging extreme distances.
- Distance: The distance that gets a lot of attention is usually the maximum reflective ranging distance. What you want to look for is the ranging performance distance for deer. This will be quite less than the max distances that are usually touted all over advertising.
- Durability: Don’t call it a day because the weather is less than ideal. Ensure your optical equipment is up for the hunt by being weatherproof and armored to handle the terrain and the conditions.
- Angle Compensation: Address the angles takes geometry, angles,
and height into consideration. You only need basic math skills if you have an angle compensating rangefinder.
- Additional Rifle Features: Look for modes that cater specifically rifle hunters. These can include for bullet drop, trajectories, and selective targeting modes.
Are You Wild Enough?
You’re going to have to be at least a little bit wild to hunt where the wild things are. But, you won’t stand a chance to land your buck if your gear isn’t just as wild. You’ve got your skills, rifle, and empty deer cart with you, but let your rifle hunting rangefinder be your eyes, distance gauge, and target finder.
All you have to do is shoot.
Is your gear up to par? Do you need an upgrade? It might be time to outfit your rangefinder with a camo finish, luxury coatings, and the latest rangefinding engine technology. Now, that sounds pretty wild to us! Is your deer cart empty? Not anymore.