best hunting rangefindersDoing best hunting rangefinders reviews there is much to consider. Long-range shooting requires a different rangefinder with an x7 magnification and a specified maximum range of at least 1500 yards. Also, remember starting with a 1500 yard rangefinder only allows a practical range of animal targets out to around 750 yards. This is because the quoted range is calculated on a large highly reflective target.

In the field, use the general  1/2 rule.  And 750 yards would cover most practical conditions for long-range rifle shooting. The  x7 rangefinder with its higher power makes it easier to get a first-time reading on an animal target at say 200-300 yards than a lower powered rangefinder with maximum range at say 600.

LAST TARGET PRIORITY For Best Hunting Rangefinders

When you press the ‘range button‘ it is possible for the rangefinder to have a split reading based on more than one target object in the line of sight. Target priority settings are how a rangefinder handles a split reading. In First Priority mode, the rangefinder will display the range to the closer of the two objects, while the Last Priority mode setting will display the range of the further of the two objects.

Hunters usually want the Last priority mode setting to give the range to the animal and not the brush or tree branch they are viewing and ranging through. A golfer would more likely select the First priority mode to report the range to the flag pole and not the trees or bushes behind the flag, in the background.


best hunting rangefindersThe best hunting rangefinders for both rifle and bow hunting will have angle compensation built in. The corrected distance to target when aiming at significant angles to the target produce compensated readings that can significantly differ from the line of sight reading. As most rifle scopes are set up for LOS (line of sight) target distances.

The better rangefinders calculate a horizontal distance to target which allows the hunter/shooter setting up the rifle scope. In these circumstances, range compensation can mean the difference between a hit or a miss with bigger angles to target. There is often very little difference between an angle compensated reading and a line of sight reading for normal shooting angles.


sig rangefinderLong-range hunters require accuracy above all. Rangefinders are now widespread and have become an invaluable tool. Most hunters know that the key to making a good shot equates to the accuracy of the detected range to target. The problem becomes demanding as the range increases.

Hunters now use customized scopes which are setup to match an individual rifles ballistics. They use ballistic apps and software to range targets well beyond the 300-400 yards range. Some high-end rangefinders include built-in ballistic calculators with sensors for temperature, pressure and inclinometers to aid the ballistic calculation.

Others have built in wind compensation or are able to take input from an external wind measurement device directly. There are a few that wirelessly link directly to smartphone Apps for programming and reading results. Long range hunters need to look at the x7 magnification high-end hunting rangefinders, preferably with a tripod mount. Others, content with shooting mid-range targets should opt for the dual purpose x6 rangefinders.


Taking long-range shots often requires lots of walking, so weight is an issue. You could be walking miles on occasion. So, selecting a compact lightweight rangefinder is obvious. For hunting mountain goat, mule deer, antelope, elk and the like you will be watching the weight you are carrying around with you. Sticking with these smaller more compact models, which can be belt mounting or even fit a pocket, makes sense.


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When hunting at long-range with a rifle its crucial to spot and range big game sized animals. So here a compact 7x magnification rangefinder is ideal. It’s a practical limit to get stable readings with compact vertical rangefinders because of body motion, breathing and shaking etc. The better x7 rangefinders incorporate fast scanning technology. This tracks the field of view multiple times per second which lets you track a moving target quickly.


At distances exceeding 500 yards, it starts becoming necessary to take into account the numerous factors that can affect a shot. Factors like wind, elevation, temperature, the angle of the shot are among other factors. Some rangefinders incorporate software to calculate your ballistics settings automatically. Others have selectable predetermined ballistic curves that calculate the range and show you where to hold.

Some rangefinders simply give you the line of sight distance leaving you to do the calculations. There are proprietary smartphone apps that do these calculations. You may want to see just how much a particular rangefinder actually provides to assist you in your calculations.  You can decide how many of these factors you consider is important when reading best hunting rangefinders reviews.