Bushnell The Truth ARC Rangefinder (with Bow Mode)

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Yard Range: 7-850 yards
Magnification: 4X 20mm objective lens
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 1.4″ x 3.8″ x 2.9″
Waterproof/Fog-proof: No/Water-resistant
Angle Compensation: Yes (up to 199 yards)
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of sight/Slope
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Hunting, Target Shooting

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Bushnell The Truth ARC Rangefinder Review

The Bushnell The Truth ARC rangefinder is an excellent tool for archers that need Angle Range Compensation ARC Technology, 4X Magnification Bow Mode to 199 yards, and a full distance range of 850 yards. Additionally, archers can easily use it with its compact and ergonomic size while its anti-slip finish armors a unit that’s rainproof.

The rangefinder is an excellent product for the price and the capabilities. Most rangefinders for the same price don’t have the ARC feature to brag about. Since it’s affordable and it sports the features needed for recreational bow hunting, it’s holding a strong rating online with plenty of consumers chiming in with positive reviews about it.


  • Price
  • ARC Bow Mode
  • Compact
  • Magnetic-compatible
  • Sure-Grip finish
  • Short functional life


The Truth ARC Rangefinder Q&A:

Is the rangefinder compact enough to take around for bow hunting?

The Bushnell The Truth laser rangefinder is pretty small and compact for size. It measures at 1.4 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches which is pretty comparable to a smart phone that you’d carry around in the front pocket of your coat. It’s compact size actually makes it a great tool for bow hunting since it’s lightweight at 6 oz and can be carried in a carrying case or attached to a neck strap.


Does The Truth calculate angle compensation for bow hunting?

This Bushnell laser rangefinder has a great feature that makes it excellent for bow hunting. It has Bushnell’s ARC (angle range compensation) Bow Mode technology that provides you the true horizontal range as well as the angle that you need to make an accurate shot from 7-199 yards. No more guessing.


What do you see on the screen when you shoot a reading?

Because this rangefinder is very user-friendly, one push of a button is going to give you all you need to know. When you range a target you’re going to get three numbers that show up on the screen: true horizontal distance, angle, and line of sight distance. If you’re wondering more about what the reticle looks like, it appears as a cross with a little circle in the center.


What is the rangefinders angle range?

The Truth laser rangefinder can calculate angles of -90 to +90 degrees. That’s an impressive vertical direction that should give you plenty of opportunities to bring down your target in any steep or mountainous territory.


Is the rangefinder waterproof?

The Truth rangefinder isn’t waterproof or fog-proof. It’s pretty rain-resistant so you can still use it in case the weather changes on you, but it’s not going to survive submersion under water or if condensation collects in the pupil entrance of the reticle. If you need a device that is going to be completely impervious to water you may need to look elsewhere.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Crystal clear 4X magnification
  • ARC Bow Mode up to 199 yards
  • 850 Maximum yard range
  • Rainproof
  • Compact and ergonomic design 1.4 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches
  • Displays battery life
  • Angle range from -90 to +90 degrees
  • Capable to use with magnetic attachments


Our Verdict on the ‘The Truth’

The aim of it is, the Bushnell The Truth with ARC is a reliable, little unit, if it doesn’t die on you. Some reports say it only lasted one hunt which amounts to one year. But, this doesn’t seem to be the track record for most buyers. For under 200 bucks, it could be the buy of your hunting life.

But, if you’re worried about that twig in the way between you and your target, you might want the special bowman technology that comes with The Truth with ClearShot rangefinder (which we reviewed here). With instant shot clearance feedback, you’ll know if you’re in the clear to nock that arrow.

A worthy competitor for the Bushnell unit is Nikon’s Arrow ID 5000. Made specifically for the bowman, it sports ID and Tru Target technology to make sure you’ve got the right distance at the right time.

But, knowing the true distance means trusting a rangefinder that’ll tell you the truth when it comes to the distance. The name says it all. Trust The Truth!


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Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.