Three Features to Consider in Your Next Rangefinder

Modern rangefinders don’t only pinpoint the distance to an object, they can take the guesswork out of shot angles and rifle ballistics

TecTecTec Rangefinder in the grass
A good rangefinder should be able to state the distance to an object and be accurate within one or two yards.TecTecTec

Range finders are useful for many types of hunting. They give compound and crossbow shooters the confidence to maximize their weapon’s capabilities and extend the effective range of rifle hunters far beyond the limits of a scope alone. But not all rangefinders have the same objective in the field. There are units designed more for archery hunting, others for rifle work, and still others for long-range precision shooting. Here’s how to know you are buying the right model for your style of hunting.

Angle Compensation

Sig Sauer rangefinder
Some rangefinders come with angle-compensating technology and compute the accurate range if you’re shooting on an angle.Sig Sauer

A range finder suitable for bow hunting usually has a finer calibration at close ranges than a rifle rangefinder. More importantly, archery models employ angle-compensating technology for making accurate distance calculations when shooting from an elevated position, such as a tree stand. An archer's rangefinder should also have the ability to discern game from non-target subjects, such as tree trunks, leaves, and branches. This is sometimes referred to as far-target priority mode.

Range of Measurement

Vortex Optics range finder
Most modern rangefinders are capable of measuring distances beyond 1,500 yards.Vortex Optics

When shopping for range finders for rifle hunting, maximum range of measurement becomes more critical. With commercial units, that can measure distance out to more than 1,500 yards, but it's really a matter of what parameters your style of hunting dictates. More advanced models also incorporate ballistics software to help dial in your specific caliber and load.

Range of Measurement

TecTecTec camouflage range finder
Most modern rangefinders are capable of measuring distances beyond 1,500 yards.TecTecTec

When shopping for range finders for rifle hunting, maximum range of measurement becomes more critical. With commercial units, that can measure distance out to more than 1,500 yards, but it's really a matter of what parameters your style of hunting dictates. More advanced models also incorporate ballistics software to help dial in your specific caliber and load.