20. September 2009 03:35
A few weeks ago at a local archery 3D shoot, I won a Nikon Archer's Choice rangefinder in the Iron Buck Challenge. The Archer's Choice only ranges to 100 yards, which, I guess if I used it strictly for archery it would be okay. Unfortunately, I use it for calling predators and a multitude of other things. I took the rangefinder to the sporting goods store and exchanged it for the Leupold RX-1000. It was a little bit more expensive but well worth the money in my opinion. Let me introduce you...
Features from the manufacturer:
- 6x magnification gives you plenty of power, with a wide field of view to track movement.
- Bright colorful optics, markedly brighter than previous rangefinders.
- Three user adjustable intensity settings allow you to perfectly match the OLED display to dynamic lighting conditions.
- Three selectable reticles: Leupold Plus Point, Duplex and Duplex with Leupold Plus Point.
- Includes a built-in inclinometer.
- Compact pocket size, lightweight.
- Rugged and weatherproof body machined from a bilet of solid aluminum.
- Scan mode continuously updates the range as you track a target or scan an area.
- Accurate to 1000 yards (reflective targets), with measurements in yards, or meters.
- A newly redesigned Quick Set Menu® uses on-screen prompts for exceptionally intuitive and easy use in the field.
- Fold-down rubber eyecup adjusts for eyeglasses.
- Fast focus eyepiece with precision clicks.
- Battery power indicator for easy battery level checks.
- The common CR2 lithium camera battery is easy to change in the field.
- Available with Mossy Oak Breakup™ or two-tone black/gray finish.
- Multiple ballistics settings…True Ballistic Range (TBR®) provides accurate aiming information matched to the performance of your rifle or bow. By calculating the incline, line of sight range to the target, and a projectile’s ballistics, your RX provides rifle hunters using Leupold Ballistics Aiming System reticles as well as bow hunters the correct equivalent horizontal distance for precise shooting on an incline. In other words, aim using the True Ballistic Range, not the line of sight range. Rifle hunters can also get this data as an MOA adjustment or a holdover point. With practice, long distance/steep angle shooting will become second nature. TBR is effective to 800 yards for most rifle cartridges.
- Accessories included: Cordura® holster, battery, instructions and other items. Also includes a lanyard.
The recent innocation of TBR or True Ballistic Range has brought many questions to life in the world of rangefinders. Having a background in physics, I've always held true to the fact that at traditional bowhunting heights and shooting ranges, there isn't enough difference to make a difference in hunting situations (at least for bows in excess of 275fps). After using this rangefinder on my recent trip to Wyoming, my thoughts have been actualized. I ranged a ton of sstuff at different angles and inside of 60 yards, it's hard to find a five yard difference between the horizontal distance and the line of sight from an elevated position. If you choose to shoot a rifle at long distance it could definitely come in handy.
As for this rangefinder itself, I've fallen in love with it over the past 10 days. It reads extremely fast, it is small, lightweight and the clarity of the glass is second to none. I often times found myself using my fangefinder to glass at close distances as opposed to my 10x42 Brunton Lite-Tech binoculars. I really like the red LED display as well. My favorite feature of this rangefinder may seem miniscule in the grand scheme of things but the case for the rangefinder is excellent. It's very small, not bulky and closes magnetically as opposed to the snaps on several other models. The best part in my mind is the angled belt loop, yes, that's correct... the belt loop. The loop is offset at a 45 degree angle so that when you reach to get the rangefinder it pulls out forward and is super easy to get out. For hunting on foot (which I do a lot of for western big game) there is nothing more frustrating than trying to get your rangefinder out of a super tight case with a snapped cover in the heat of the moment. You won't have that problem with the RX-1000 guaranteed.
Overall I would rate the Leupold RX-1000 a 10 out of 1. If you're in the market for a new rangefinder don't overlook the RX-1000, you will not be disappointed.