How to choose a rangefinder?

What is Rangefinder?

Rangefinders are relatively new for sports and hunting/shooting. These are small devices that help the shooters to successfully measure the distance from him and the target. You can find some good rangefinders here.

All they need to do is look at the target via the rangefinder and it’ll do the rest. That’s why these rangefinders are very popular with pro shooters and hunters.

Surely, gun sights and rifle scopes like Burris AR Scope, Sightmark SM14003, etc. are good at their job. But a rangefinder can enhance the precision rate and performance greatly.

How Range finders came to be?

As mentioned earlier, rangefinders are very new in the game. Before rangefinders were introduced, there were simply traditional methods to rely on.

As a matter of fact, I knew a few of them myself. The German method, hat brim method, etc. But as you would think, these traditional methods weren’t nearly as accurate as today’s rangefinders. That’s why guns and gun sights manufacturing companies have developed rangefinders for easily accessing the distance between the shooter and the target. However, the use of rangefinders was at first exclusive to military forces. Soon everyone came to know about this marvelous piece of gadget and sports industry as well as the hunting industry adopted it very quickly.

For the last 5-6 years, rangefinders developed the most and spread all over the world to the pro level and amateur shooters and hunters.

Factors to consider while choosing a Rangefinder

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Even though rangefinders are new in the industry, there are a good number of companies and models which makes it almost impossible to make a decision with which you can make your peace. So, here are some considerations that might help you pick one without scratching off your eyeballs with that many choices.

1.      What is your maximum shooting range?

The first thing you need to ask yourself to make a good decision is your maximum shooting range.

This is a very important consideration as the answer will greatly affect your pick. So, keep your hunting preferences and behaviors in mind as you make the decisions.

2.      How much important magnification is for you?

Magnification is an important factor for rangefinders. But it entirely depends on you and your hunting habits to answer the question.

Depending on whether you want magnification and how much of it, the choice to pick a good rangefinder for your need becomes easier.

3.      How much important ballistic calculator is for you?

A ballistic calculator is another important consideration that will narrow down the list for possible “perfect” rangefinder for you.

Some manufacturers take it very seriously and some focus on the consumers who don’t have any special requirement of a ballistic calculator.

4.      What size and weight are you comfortable with?

Rangefinders are already small and compact in size. Most of them are almost like a wallet that will fit right into your pocket.

However, there are some models that are sleeker and more compact in design. They weigh much less than the larger or regular sized ones.

5.      Are you a feature hungry user?

I am not a feature hungry user myself. For me, only the basics will work. But there are some users who look for new and advanced features in everything. For them, companies have manufactured rangefinders that have way more feature than what defines a rangefinder.

But these additional features are most likely to cost you a big amount. So think wisely before you decide anything.

6.      How important is the objective lens for you?

An objective lens is another factor that could narrow down your choice list.

The quality of the lens and overall size should have an impact on your decision.

7.      How important eye relief is for you?

Eye relief is important. For many, it may not. But for me, it is and I always suggest getting a gun sight with infinite eye relief. For rangefinder, I will suggest the same.

8.      What is the field of view?

Your field of view should also be brought into consideration in choosing a rangefinder for your need.

9.      Are you a power-hungry consumer?

I may not be a feature hungry user but I am definitely a power-hungry person. I don’t even like to charge the smartphone that I use every day. That’s why just the thought of power thirst for my rangefinder creeps me out. I know there are many out there who are like me. If you are one of them, you should pay good attention to the battery capacity and battery type before you buy a rangefinder.

10.  Is the warranty into your consideration?

It’s best to have a warranty for gadgets because you would want to get the maximum utility from what you have paid for. That’s why the warranty is an important consideration like anything else on the list.

11.  What is your budget?

No matter for how long we talk about features, capabilities, performance or what not, at the end of the day, a big chunk of your decision will have to comply with your budget.

Most of the rangefinders are in the mid-range price range so budget shouldn’t be an issue because you can get a decent one with 100 to 250 bucks. Even though there are some for less than $100, I would suggest not going that low. You should aim at $150 – $250 for a good one.

How to use a rangefinder

Rangefinders are very complex in construction. However, using them is very simple and efficient.

First of all, you need to put the rangefinder in front of your eyes. Then press the button and within seconds, the range will be shown on the screen. That’s how easy it is to use a rangefinder.

Bottom Line

Now that you know how to choose a rangefinder and how to use them, your target should acquisition should be easier. But always remember to go through the reviews before buying your rangefinder. Amazon verified reviews are very helpful in this case. So read the review, do your research, then pick a good rangefinder for yourself.

-written by Reyad Mostofa.

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