Simmons LRF 600 Laser Rangefinder (Retired – Check Out Upgraded Model)

simmons-lrf-600-laser-rangefinderYard Range: 10-600 yards
Magnification: 4X 20mm objective lens
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 4.2″ x 3.6″ x 1.9″ in
Waterproof/Fog-proof: No/Water-resistant
Angle Compensation: No
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of sight
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Shooting, Target Shooting

Our Rating: 4.4 Stars

 

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Simmons LRF 600 Laser Rangefinder Review

The Simmons LRF 600 is a compact and lightweight rangefinder with 10-600 yard distance ranging capabilities that can also sport a trendy finish. It has 4X magnification that shows crisp and bright images with its in-view LCD display. For a simple, easy to use, affordable, and no-fuss device, Simmons puts power into what’s really important – accurate measurements with clear images.

In the consumer world, they say “you get what you pay for” when it comes to inexpensive products. I have, and you might even have used that line once or twice. But the LRF 600 rangefinder is the exception.

Any complaints about it are minuscule in comparison to how many happy and satisfied consumers there are. But what does this rangefinders popularity tell you? It says, if you want to make the shot, you’ll get it. Be prepared to drag your trophy home with you.

 

Update - 2017.07.25The LRF 600 has been discontinued. But don’t worry, it’s been replaced! The new Simmons Volt 600 brings the old into the new. Expect a few upgrades on the Volt that you didn’t ever see with the LRF 600.

 

PROs:
  • Easy to use
  • Compact
  • Readable
  • One button operation
  • Includes carry case
CONs:
  • No battery included

 

LRF 600 Rangefinder Q&A:

Does this rangefinder compromise on quality and functionality because of the lower price?

The Simmons LRF 600 rangefinder is practically everything you need in an entry level or starter rangefinder. It might not have all the bells and whistles that you could expect of a $600 rangefinder, but for the price you’re paying for this one, you’re definitely getting great value without compromising on quality and functionality.

It has an excellent maximum range of 600 yards and can narrow down to +/-1 yard. It ranges extremely accurately with fast readouts. Deer and other large game of the like can be accurately ranged at 200 yards. Other small game would be harder to range, and this would be something to think about when purchasing any rangefinder, even very dear ones.

You’d also have to take weather and available light transmission into account. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use and accurate unit, then you’re certainly going to get this with the LRF 600.

 

How convenient is it to carry around on a hunt?

This rangefinder is compact in design and can be easily taken on a hunt in your pocket or on a strap without any inconvenience or second thought at all. It measures in at a mere 1.9 x 3.6 x 4.2 inches which is plenty small enough to be unobtrusive and easily toted.

 

What color designs are available?

The nice option of this Simmons rangefinder is that it’s available in either black or camo. The camo design does bump up the price a little bit, maybe by about $50 depending on where you’re buying it from. But, the camo is extremely popular and gives it a daring and confident look that any hunter would be proud to openly tote around.

Besides, you have to own at least one thing that’s camo right? If you don’t, I’m sorry to say, that’s “un-American”.

 

What is the screen quality like?

A rangefinder wouldn’t be any good if it didn’t provide optimal images for you to hone in on your target. With that being said, the in-view liquid crystal display is pretty good considering it has 4X magnification.

Sure you can get better magnification optics than that, but for ranging within 600 yards, you’re going to get clear and sharp image enough needed to make your shot. If you’re wondering about the color of the target box on the screen, it’s black.

The readouts are also conveniently displayed in bright digital numbers. Readability is a non-issue with this laser rangefinder.

 

Does it calculate angle compensation?

Although this rangefinder doesn’t provide angle compensation, it does provide the true horizontal distance from you to your target and it does it with hairsplitting accuracy. If an angle compensating rangefinder is what you are looking for, check out the new Simmons Volt 600 with Tilt. You could also check out some of our other reviews here – https://www.targettamers.com/best-hunting-rangefinders/ – there are many angle compensating devices among them.

 

How weather-proof is this Simmons Rangefinder?

This laser rangefinder isn’t water-proof per se, but it is weather-resistant, meaning, you don’t have to avoid the bad weather in fear of ruining your hunting accessory. Even at below 20 degree temperatures in wet weather, your rangefinder won’t miss a beat.

But if you’re looking for waterproof capabilities, say if you dropped it into a lake, you might want to rescue it asap because it probably won’t survive that type of submersion. I haven’t personally tested this aspect, because then there wouldn’t be a working one to review.

 

Is it tripod mountable?

No, unfortunately it’s not able to be mounted to a tripod or a rifle. But with a 600 yard range and clear images, you won’t need it to be mounted since shaky images due to hand control shouldn’t really be a problem. If mounting is important to you and you’re looking to get quite further readings, you might want to invest in a different rangefinder.

 

How easy is the rangefinder to use?

Handleability and functionality is typically the deciding factor when buying a rangefinder. The compact design of this Simmons rangefinder really makes it ideal to handle comfortably. As far as user-friendliness, it really can’t get easier.

You know what I’m about to say next, “It’s so easy, a caveman can do it”. Single button operation, no high-tech menu settings to deal with, and straightforward readings make it the fitting and simple unit you won’t be able to go without.

 

Is this a good entry-level hunting rangefinder?

If you’re looking for a great rangefinder that’ll get you the accurate readings you want while you’re out in the field, this’ll do it. Some would say that it is a ‘solid no frills package‘.

For the price, you’re actually getting a pretty good deal for the quality. It is basic in function and operation, but there’s really not more you need in a basic rangefinder. It has quality optics, accurate readings, it’s cool looking, and it’s user-friendly.

There’s not much more to add to that. But if you are looking for more add-ons like angle calculations, thermometer readings, and further yard range, you will need to look elsewhere.

There’s really no need to spend more money than you have to if you want a better than entry-level rangefinder for entry-level price. Simmons has made a fine unit that can get you out in the field and coming home with your prize. If you thought you needed help in finding the right rangefinder for you, I just made it a piece-of-cake decision for you. There’s nothing left to say other than, “please add to cart”.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • 4X Magnification Optics
  • In-View liquid crystal LCD display
  • User-friendly one button operation
  • 600 Maximum yard range
  • Compact design/4.2 x 3.6 x 1.9 inches
  • Water-resistant

 

Our Verdict

The aim of it is, the Simmons LRF 600 laser rangefinder is about as simple as you can get. When you’re out ranging picking deer off at 100-200 yards, who needs more than this? The only downside is you need to buy your first battery before you get out on the field. Don’t be too hard on Simmons for this because they’re not the only brand that pulls this trick.

The Halo XRT rangefinder (which you can check out here) is also priced and teched-out at the same performance rate as the Simmons. The XRT requires a battery to be purchased separately as well. But, don’t hold it against these rangefinders since they’re still good optics to wield in the hunt.

But, the LRF 600 has been discontinued. Don’t worry, it’s been replaced. The Simmons Volt 600 with Tilt brings the old into the new. Expect a few upgrades on the Volt that you didn’t ever see with the LRF 600.

Simmons keeps things real – real prices, real quality, and real distances.

 

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