Bushnell Tactical Elite 1-Mile ARC Rangefinder (3 Target Modes)

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Yard Range: 5-1760 yards
Magnification: 7X 26mm objective lens
Display Type: LED/Red
Dimensions: 1.7″ x 5.1″ x 3.7″
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes
Angle Compensation: Yes (up to 1000 yards)
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of sight/Slope
Use: Rifle Hunting, Target Shooting, Tactical

Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars


Update - 2019.11.24This Elite 1-Mile rangefinder has been discontinued by Bushnell. You might like to check out the Elite 1-Mile ConX smart rangefinder by Bushnell instead.


Bushnell Elite 1-Mile ARC Rangefinder Review

The Bushnell Tactical Elite 1-Mile ARC is the parent of its kind for the tactical rangefinder family, so if you’re a long range shooter, you’re going to more than appreciate the 2nd Generation E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.), VSI (Variable Sight-in), Rifle Mode, the magnetic attachment system, and the built-in tripod mount.

For a true 1760 yards of clarity and sharpness, you have a diopter adjustment, 7X magnification, and VDT (Vivid Display Technology) on your side.

The Tactical Elite rangefinder has had some pretty awesome feedback from its consumers. It’s high rating is reflective of its features, capability, and its competence to hold its own out in the field.

As far as price goes, you’re actually getting a quality unit that’s typically sold for double the price in the current market.

The several available targeting modes, the ARC system, the maximum yard range, and the high performance optics you’re getting with this rangefinder speaks volumes for itself. For the price, it’s almost impossible to beat.

Update - 2019.11.24If you like to have the latest tech at your fingertips, check out Bushnell’s Elite 1 Mile CONX. It has the same yardage and body design as the 1-Mile ARC but you can connect it to your smartphone and a Kestrel windmeter! Check it out here.
  • 1 mile ranging
  • Diopter adjustment
  • Selective targeting modes
  • Ballistic data
  • Magnetic-compatible

  • No custom ballistic data


Tactical Elite 1-Mile ARC Rangefinder Q&A:

What’s the maximum the Tactical Elite 1-Mile rangefinder can range?

As part of its name, it can range up to one full mile with accurate readings every time. That’s about 1,760 yards which is definitely up there with much more expensive rangefinders, but honestly for about half the price. These dimensions pushes trees and the like to be ranged around 1,000 yards and non-reflective objects like elk and deer at 500 yards.


How powerful is the zooming capability on this Bushnell Hunting Rangefinder?

The Elite 1-Mile has powerful lenses that has 7X magnification so you can get even better close-ups of your target. In addition the 26 mm diameter lenses allow are adjustable so you can focus better to get sharp and fine details of the visual scene.

As most hunters know, these specs along with accuracy, is the difference between making a clean shot or having to regrettable track down a wounded target. With bright, crisp, and clear images, making your shot should be a non-issue.


Will bad weather like rain and snow affect readings on Bushnell’s Elite Rangefinder?

This Bushnell rangefinder is equipped to withstand all sorts of weather conditions, from rain and bright sun, to hail and snow. Typically “falling” elements like rain and snow can interfere with accurate readings, but many quality rangefinders have built-in technology to adjust for things like precipitation.

This Elite has the Rain-Guard HD feature that provides the best optics to compensate for precipitation so that you can still get that accurate reading whether it’s raining cats and dogs or showering down with snowflakes. Needless to say that this rangefinder is weatherproof all the way.


Is the Elite 1-Mile rangefinder tripod mountable?

Yes! It can not only can be mounted to a tripod for still and long use, but is also compatible with magnetic attachment systems.


How accurate are the readings of the Tactical Elite?

The rangefinder can get spot-on readings within +/-0.5 of a yard. That’s pretty impressive for the price you’re getting this rangefinder for. It’s done with Bushnell’s 2nd Generation E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) technology to give you as close to perfect as possible.

You’re also getting within +/-1/10 of yard display precision to see all the fine details of your target.


What is Rifle Mode on the Elite rangefinder?

The Rifle Mode is the ARC system that calculates bullet drop and holdover in CM, IN, MOA and MIL, whatever your preference. Within Rifle Mode, you’ve also got the Variable Sight-In (VSI) program that lets you use pre-set sight-in distances of 100, 150, 200, and 300 yards. Talk about doing all the work for you!


What modes are available on the Elite 1 Mile Arc laser rangefinder?

There are three selective targeting systems available for you to use. The Automatic Scan Mode allows you to scan across your visual scene while keeping updated measurements on the distance between you and your target?

The Bullseye Mode is for closer ranging, say on small game. It’ll take the measurement of the closer target versus looking into the background. The Brush Mode is really handy since it filters out brush, grass, tree branches, and boulders to hone in on objects only.


How easy is the 1 mile Arc rangefinder to read in low light conditions?

The in-view LCD screen is more than just mediocre. It’s backed by a Vivid Display Technology program that allows for screen enhancement in all light conditions.


Can you input custom ballistic information into the Elite 1-Mile rangefinder?

No. Unfortunately the rangefinder only has some pre-loaded generic ballistic information. You can certainly pick from the selected ballistic curves to come close to matching your firearm and ammunition to get the correct holdover and bullet drop info.

But this could be a set back since you can’t compensate for elevation or specific velocity. But, if you did want a pretty fancy gadget that let’s you input your user-defined ballistics that also has barometer, thermometer, and inclinometer features, then close your eyes to the price and check out the Leica Geovid 10 x 42 HD Laser Rangefinder Binoculars.


Noteworthy Features:

  • High performance 7X Magnification
  • 26 mm Objective Diameter
  • 1 mile/1,760 yards Maximum range
  • ARC Ballistics
  • 2nd Generation E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) for precise accuracy
  • VSI (Variable Sight-in) at ranges of 100, 150, 200, and 300 yards
  • VDT (Vivid Display Technology) to enhance light-up features on LCD display
  • BullsEye, Brush and Scan mode
  • Waterproof
  • Tripod mountable/Magnetic Attachment compatible


Our Verdict on the Elite 1 Mile ARC Rangefinder

The aim of it is, the Bushnell Elite 1-Mile ARC is an impressive laser rangefinder. There’s so much to rave about so let’s address the complaint. To clarify, you can’t customize the ballistic data. If you wanted that feature, you’d be shocked at how expensive this gadget could cost. Despite this, we still liked the Elite enough to list it among our top recommendations for a target shooting device.

Another Bushnell that has pre-loaded ballistic data is the Scout DX 1000 ARC. It’s also been jam-packed with a lot more features that belies its very low price tag – nice!

But, we’re sure we got you curious about what a rangefinder with customizable ballistic data can do for your hunting game. Let’s show you what that looks like with the Leica Geovid Rangefinder Binos. We promise it’s worth it!

Bushnell goes far beyond our expectations with its 1-mile ranging distance. If you’re willing to join the elite crowd, we’re sure you’ll shoot far beyond your own expectations in the next hunt!

Update - 2019.11.24This Elite 1-Mile rangefinder has been discontinued by Bushnell. You might like to check out the Elite 1-Mile ConX smart rangefinder by Bushnell instead.
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