Different disciplines require different range finders.
Archers, for example, usually don’t need a rangefinder with more range than 100m. They also don’t need particularly high magnification levels. Therefore, it’s fine to go for an entry-level rangefinder like this Nikon.
If you are hunting, however, you’ll probably want something more powerful. You may be shooting as far as 500m, so the entry-level rangefinders will be insufficient for your needs. In this scenario, you may be better equipped purchasing a mid-level rangefinder like this Leupold.
Finally, if you are planning on shooting further than 500m, you should be looking at top-range rangefinders, like this Leica is an incredible rangefinder, and should service any of your rangefinder needs.Other key points to keep in mind when buying a range-finder.
The distance that a rangefinder is claimed to measure is not always accurate. Many brands drastically oversell their rangefinders’ capabilities. Distance is also measured using a reflective target. This means that if you are shooting at something that isn’t particularly reflective, you are unlikely to reach anything close to what it says on the box. It is worth going into your nearest Safari Outdoor store to ask one of our knowledgeable staff about individual rangefinders’ actual capabilities.
Angle compensation is also an incredibly useful feature. This is the rangefinder’s capability to adjust its measurement according to the slope between you and your target. Generally, this is something that you find on higher-level models.
Finally, it is worth keeping in mind that a rangefinder that can cover longer distances will generally focus on objects faster than a rangefinder that can’t cover such distances, even if the object is in the range of both devices. So, top-level rangefinders are more efficient than inferior rangefinders, regardless of how far away the target is. However, it may not be worth spending three times the price of a mid-range rangefinder, on a top-range rangefinder if you won’t be shooting particularly long distances.
Ultimately, when buying a range-finder, it is best to choose one that fits both your needs and your pocket. Choose between our selection of rangefinders here.
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