Ten laser rangefinders, tested and ranked for bowhunting, longdistance shooting, and rifle hunting
ANYONE WHO shoots a bow or a gun and must know the exact distance to a target relies on laser rangefinders to provide shooting solutions. But the attributes of a rangefinder intended for bowhunting differ greatly from those configured for target shooting beyond 1,000 yards.
Our test of 10 of the most popular rangefinders was designed to evaluate those attributes. We measured a wide range of capabilities, not only in power and precision, but also in display, computation, optical clarity, and customization—to help you choose a rangefinder for three typical, but fairly distinct, purposes: bowhunting, general rifle hunting, and longdistance precision shooting.
We also learned that laser technology is changing fast. So if you need a rangefinder now, by all means use our test as a buyer’s guide. But if you can wait for next year, look for a new generation of more powerful and capable laser rangefinders to reach the market.
These six rangefinders are configured for general hunting tasks.