Bushnell The Truth ARC Rangefinder with ClearShot Technology

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bushnell-the-truth-arc-with-clearshotYard 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

Our Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars


Update - 2019.07.16Both the Bushnell The Truth ARC rangefinder without Clearshot and The Truth with Clearshot have been discontinued by Bushnell. You might want to check out the new Bushnell Trophy Xtreme (with ARC) rangefinder as an alternative.


Bushnell The Truth ARC with Clearshot Rangefinder Review

The Bushnell The Truth ARC with Clearshot is the ultimate rangefinder for hunters that want dead-on precision when stick meets bow, and this is thanks to Bushnell’s exclusive ClearShot Technology. With a ranging distance of 850 yards, ARC Technology, and instantaneous readings, rifle hunters might just switch out their trade for this rangefinder.

The Truth ARC with Clearshot rangefinder is pretty much the same as Bushnell’s now discontinued, “The Truth” except for the Clearshot technology that really makes it a notch better.

As far as price goes, it’s very affordable and many consumers love that they can get all these features without it feeling like you’re going broke. That’s why it has a high rating with plenty of reviewers saying it does exactly what they need.

  • Price
  • ClearShot technology
  • Arc Range Compensation (ARC)
  • Pocket-size
  • Bow Mode
  • Quality control issues


Update - 2019.07.09If you are looking for the original Bushnell The Truth ARC rangefinder without Clearshot technology, it has been discontinued in favor of this one which has now been discontinued. If you don’t need the Clearshot feature, you might want to check out Bushnell’s new Prime rangefinders released late this year. The have the ARC tech and are available in both a 800 yard range and 1300 yard range model. Alternatively you can check out the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme (with ARC)


The Truth ARC with Clearshot Rangefinder Q&A:

What is Clearshot?

Bushnell’s Clearshot technology is a great feature that bow hunters appreciate. Based on your reading, it displays the highest point of your arrow trajectory path showing everything in between that highest point and your target.

The shot clearance feedback helps you to determine if there are going to be obstructions in the way of your shot such as branches. The feedback is practically instantaneous and if it’s clear in the clearshot, then all you need to do is let the arrow go and do its thing.


Can the Bushnell the Truth rangefinder be customized to the bow type being used?

Yes. To use the Clearshot technology you need to first calibrate the rangefinder to your bow sights, then you can re-calibrate each time you change out your bow or arrow types.


Can Bushnell’s rangefinder read in yards and meters?

Yes. This device does have the capability of switching measured distances between yards or meters. This is pretty standard of most rangefinder brands and of all Bushnell rangefinders.


Does this laser rangefinder have an automatic shut down timer?

Yes, the device automatically shuts down after 30 seconds without use. This will conserve battery life tremendously and will give you peace of mind that it’ll just power down if you forgot to do it yourself.


How readable is the display on the truth rangefinder?

Unfortunately, the readings can be difficult to read on the rangefinder since the screen has no self-illuminating qualities. This can make it kind of difficult to read when ranging on dark or shaded objects or possibly during really dark nights and low light times of day.


Noteworthy Features:

  • 850 Maximum yard range
  • ARC with Bow Mode up to 199 yards
  • Clearshot Technology with highest point of arrow trajectory
  • Compact and small design 1.4 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches
  • Battery life indicator icon
  • Rainproof
  • Angle range of -90 to +90 degrees
  • Magnetic attachment capable


Our Verdict on the Bushnell ClearShot

The aim of it is, The Truth ARC with ClearShot is a worthy addition to the Bushnell rangefinder line. The ClearShot feature and Bow Mode are perhaps the best features of this unit – and are the reasons that earned it the top spot on our ‘Best Bow Hunting Rangefinders’ list, as you can see here. However, there could be a defective product here and there, so you might want to check it out immediately after receiving it to take advantage of warranties.

But, if the awesomeness of the ClearShot technology is something you really can’t see yourself using, the Bushnell Bone Collector is a simple buy for the bowman. It also keeps your budget in perspective whether you’re an archer or a rifleman.

If you’re looking for more of a budget kinda buy, the Bresser TrueView LR800 (featured here) will save you some extra cash. Granted, you’ll be forfeiting some nice features, like ARC Bow Mode, but you’ll still get that 800 yards of ranging power!

Bushnell knows how to throw variety into the optic game, and ClearShot technology will certainly get you up to par. Just aim, shoot, and let that arrow fly!

Update - 2019.07.16Both the Bushnell The Truth ARC rangefinder without Clearshot and The Truth with Clearshot have been discontinued by Bushnell. You might want to check out the new Bushnell Trophy Xtreme (with ARC) rangefinder as an alternative.
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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.

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