Bushnell G-Force DX ARC 6x21 Laser Rangefinder Review

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Yard Range: 5-1300 yards
Magnification: 6X 21 objective lens
Display Type: LED/Red
Dimensions: 1.3" x 4" x 2.9"
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes
Angle Compensation: Yes (Bow: up to 99 yds/Rifle: up to 800 yds)
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of Sight/Slope
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Hunting, Target Shooting

Bushnell G-Force DX 1300 Rangefinder

Bushnell ups the game even more with the G-Force DX rangefinder that has it all - VDT (Vivid Display Technology), 2nd Generation E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.), VSI (Variable Sight-in) Modes, both Bow and Rifle Modes, and even a diopter adjustment for sharp focusing to get out to those 1300 yard distances. If that's not a whistler, then what is?

The G-Force rangefinder has a great rating online. It has pretty much all the bells and whistles Bushnell has to give that you could want out of a rangefinder without the break-the-bank prices.

Affordability, functionality, and the latest technology makes this rangefinder a winner.


  • Price
  • VDT technology
  • Vivid Display Technology
  • ARC Bow/Rifle Mode
  • Selective targeting modes


  • Display too bright

G-Force DX Rangefinder Q&A:

How stable is the view the further the range?

The Bushnell G-Force DX rangefinder has powerful and clear 6X magnification up to 1300 yard distances and the more you zoom in, the more it will become a test to keep your hand as still as possible.

With two hands at maximum distances it will be just fine. The perk about the G-Force that sets it apart from other rangefinders is the fact that it can be mounted to a tripod for a fixed position to eliminate any instability or hand movement.

Can the G-Force DX rangefinder survive the fog?

This rangefinder is actually waterproof and fog-proof, so say goodbye to fogged up lenses. You won't have to worry about precipitation ruining your unit or your shot since it's also equipped with Rainguard-HD to still give you an accurate shot if it's raining or snowing. You won't even have to wipe the lens.

It also has a protective covering on the lenses, so have no fear of scratching as you wipe away any snowflakes. As far as ranging in the fog, that's a different story. Like your own eyes and every other rangefinder out there, it's hard to range something that can't be seen. Fair enough?

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  • Vertical range: 5 yards - 1,300 yards
  • Angle ARC modes: Bow/Rifle

Is Bushnell's G Force 1300 compatible for rifle hunting?

The compact size of the Bushnell G-Force rangefinder actually makes it a great tool to have for any type of hunting, bow or rifle. It measures in at 1.3 x 4 x 2.9 inches which is still small and within Bushnell's definition of compact. The unit is also equipped with Bushnell's Rifle Mode where you can get bullet-drop/holdover in inches, cm, MIL, and MOA as well as eight different caliber settings.

What color are the readings on the screen?

Readings on the G-Force illuminate red which is actually excellent for low light conditions. Low light hunting is typically when game are about and the red display can be a very good thing during this time. Even though the red can seem very bright during low light hours, the brightness can be adjusted in the settings.

However, the downside about red lighting is that during the day in bright conditions it can be pretty difficult to see the readings.

Are there any focusing issues about the G-Force?

The rangefinder can zoom out up to 6X, but with needing to focus in on your target it can make the display readings a bit blurry. If you wanted to focus the display readings for a sharper image, the target view then becomes blurry.

Some reviewers have found a way around this by focusing in for sharper images of the target while leaving the display reading a little on the blurry side but clear enough to read.

Noteworthy Features:

  • 6X Magnification with 21 objective diameter
  • 2nd Generation ESP (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) providing up -/+.5 yard accuracy
  • Vivid Display Technology
  • Variable Sight-In for both Bow and Rifle
  • Built-in Inclinometer/ARC
  • Scan Mode, Bullseye, Brush Targeting Systems
  • Fully Waterproof and Fog-proof
  • Tripod Mountable

Our Verdict on the Bushnell G-Force 1300 Rangefinder

The aim of it is, the Bushnell G-Force DX ARC rangefinder is a force to be reckoned with. It has practically unbelievable value, and no other rangefinder can compare with it in this price range. However, you might find that the LED display is too bright. Just fiddle with the brightness settings and you'll be good to go. Oh, didn't know it had a brightness setting? You're welcome!

How do you compare such a force of nature with another mediocre product? You don't. So, we'll recommend the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC for all your measuring needs. If you dabble in both archery and rifle shooting, the Scout will scout out all the right distances you could want.

Bushnell aims to make the most cost-effective rangefinders with the most features packed in. Having checked out their range, we say, mission accomplished!

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