Best, most affordable range finder for bow hunting

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  • June 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm #631084 Back to Top REPORT

    vfoeste

    Joined: 6/7/2014
    Location: MO
    I’ve been bow hunting for several years and just recently got permission to hunt some ground that is mostly agricultural fields. I have been looking into range finders and was curious which range finder was the best for a bow hunter.
    June 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm #631129 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    My vortex is slow. It takes three clicks to get an initial reading.

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    June 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm #631098 Back to Top REPORT
    roadhazardj76
    roadhazardj76

    Age: 33
    Joined: 7/28/2010
    Location: Wisconsin
    Vortex ranger hands down. Only company who will replace it wheb the laser burns out. And it will burn out eventually. Also red display.

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    "This isn't gonna be pretty"
    June 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm #631132 Back to Top REPORT
    cuthahotha
    Cuthahotha

    Joined: 5/5/2014
    Location: CA
    I dont have one yet, but I’ll be getting the Archers Choice.   I’ve asked several people at the range, and everyone that has a range finder has that one.
    Thanks, Steve
    June 10, 2014 at 6:58 am #631190 Back to Top REPORT
    mhawk
    mhawk

    Joined: 5/5/2014
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    I have some hunting buddy’s using the halo by wildgame they have had good luck with them.
    June 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm #631295 Back to Top REPORT
    rc229
    rc229

    Joined: 1/2/2014
    I don’t know about the “Best” but my Vortex Ranger is the Best for my penny’s.

    {#emotions_dlg.mathews_monster_red}

    RC
    June 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm #631417 Back to Top REPORT
    bowcrazy30-2
    bowcrazy30

    Age: 32
    Joined: 12/26/2012
    Location: New York
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    I have the Nikon Archers Choice, and I love it! I used it all season last year and it performed great! even in the -22 degree weather I was in, I never had a problem..
    June 16, 2014 at 9:29 am #631551 Back to Top REPORT
    jewalker7842
    jewalker7842

    Age: 27
    Joined: 9/16/2013
    Location: Tennessee
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    I’m using I wanna say a Halo 4 by Wildgame Innovations and I got it off ebay for $80. It has served me well.
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    June 23, 2014 at 10:02 pm #632029 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    Bushnell makes good, reasonably priced range finders and has decent customer service. You can find some good ones on sale from time to time.
    http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-rangefinders.html 4×20 Truth on sale for $157 plus free shipping and handling.

    Also, Bushnell bought up Simmons and has put a lot of ‘Bushnell’ technology into Simmons products. You can get the Simmons equivalent of the Bushnell Truth Rangefinder on sale with free shipping and handling for about $85 after a $30 rebate.

    http://www.opticsplanet.com/simmons-hunting-laser-rangefinder-lrf600.html

    June 25, 2014 at 9:30 am #632115 Back to Top REPORT
    hotshot
    Hotshot

    Age: 54
    Joined: 11/1/2008
    Location: Oregon
    For a Good range finder that will take less dead presidents out of your wallet I would say the same as gjarcher. The Primos Truth Range finder which is made by Bushnell is excellent for the price. Nice optics and the information is clear when looking through the lens. It has ARC – Angle Range Compensation. All in all this rangefinder is all an archer needs.
    I do agree with the Vortex is an excellent rangefinder. I almost bought one. It is limited on the ARC reading. It wont read accurately beyond 60 degree angle up or down. Might not make a lot of impact to the area you hunt. It did for me and the area I hunt….steep and deep.
    I ended up getting a Nikon Archers Choice…I have used it out in the field when out this year. Works great. I am very happy with it. It’s very clear…although not quite as clear as Vortex.

    Good luck….let us know what you come up with. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_smile}

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    June 28, 2014 at 10:35 am #632357 Back to Top REPORT
    planebow
    planebow

    Joined: 11/3/2008
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    I had a Leopold x2 but using it in bow mode anything over 60 yds would not read.  I bought a Vortex and have been very happy with it. the only thing that could be improved would be to acquire the target faster.
    July 11, 2014 at 12:46 am #633235 Back to Top REPORT
    newbowhunter2014
    NewBowhunter2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 1/25/2014
    Location: Louisiana
    Just bought a Leupold 1000i TBR W/ DNA.  Very nice and $370.
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    July 12, 2014 at 9:28 am #633353 Back to Top REPORT
    Scott Holmen
    Scott

    Age: 34
    Joined: 10/8/2010
    Location: WI
    Vortex Rangers hard to beat!  A little slower than others but best possible customer service and warranty.  Some RFs are really hard to see, Vortex is not, no matter what the target and background you’ll be able to see the readout.
    July 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm #633420 Back to Top REPORT
    playr158
    playr158

    Age: 28
    Joined: 2/11/2014
    I’m cheap and basically consider hunting to be a “budget” endeavor..I mean minus the fact that I have a Heli-m (which I bought used)….

    So I had a rewards balance from Dicks and a coupon and I went in and bought a range finder which made it into the “cheap” range after all discounts applied.

    I’ve been using this Wildgame Innovations range finder and it has been great and is accurate on the first go. Its compact enough and fits in my hand well.
    Its also $150 to start with. Only downside I can consider is that in when it starts to get dark it can be hard to see the reading.

    http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=22814756&cp=4406646.4413993.4414427.4414460

    July 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm #633446 Back to Top REPORT
    arrowport53
    Arrowport53

    Joined: 6/22/2011
    Yup, I love my Nikon Archers Choice{#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}
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