If you’re looking for a rifle scope and a range finder in one, the Bushnell Laser Riflescope is a solid performer and a good value for the price in this category. It may not have the features of the leading range finder rifle scope, but it’s hundreds less as well.
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Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Riflescope Review
The Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Riflescope (sometimes titled the Yardage Pro Laser Rangefinder Riflescope or the Bushnell Laser Riflescope) is a quality item, combining a high-end rifle scope with a solid long-range range finder, eliminating the need to carry and potentially lose another piece of equipment.
All in one combination
Bushnell is well known for their rifle scopes of all kinds, from entry-level affordable scopes to some of the most high-end scopes around. They also make quite a few quality range finders as well. Now they’ve combined the best of both worlds in the Bushnell Laser Rangefinding Riflescope.
The rifle scope is Bushnell quality, with multicoated optics and a generous 42 mm objective lens for performance even in low light conditions. As you’d expect, it’s waterproof and fog proof (now this doesn’t mean you should go diving with it, but it should stand up to even a strong rain). Plus it has variable magnification, from 4x to 12x, for whatever situation you’re in.
The laser range finder is activated with the wireless touchpad, shown here. So when you acquire the target in your sights, just hit the touchpad to activate the range finder and get your reading inside the scope itself. No need to come off the target or fumble around in your pocket for a separate range finder. Truly one-stop operation.
But as they say in the infomercial business, Wait, There’s More!
Included with this range finder is a set of nine bullet-drop turrets to compensate for bullet drop (click on the picture at justify to get a larger pic). All you do is select the turret that matches the load and caliber that you’re using. Many common loads are already matched, but it also includes a blank turret that you can customize for whatever you’ve got. Attach the proper turret before the hunt, then when you get the range, you dial it into the scope using the turret and the mildot reticle is now on the money – or at least awfully close. It’s not quite as fancy or automatic as the premium Burris Eliminator rifle scope, but it’s still pretty neat.
Features of the Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Riflescope:
- Rated range is 550 yards for typical deer target, 800 yards total
- Multicoated optics, waterproof, fog proof, shockproof
- Standard and scan modes
- Adjustable 4x to 12x magnification for a wide variety of situations
- 3.5 mm eye relief for easy viewing with all the light the 42 mm objective lens will pull in
- Accuracy rated at +/- 1 yard
- Field of view: 26 feet @ 100 yards (4x); 8.5 feet @ 100 yards (12x)
- 13 inches in length, includes low-profile mounts
- Included bullet turrets allow adjustment for bullet drop for a wide range of loads and calibers
- Uses 3-volt battery (included)
- Wireless touchpad to activate range finder without coming off the target
One note on the touchpad: if it’s too far away from the scope, a couple of users have reported that it has trouble connecting. There were only sporadic reports, so it’s tough to know if it was just an anomaly for those units or an actual issue.
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There aren’t that many products – at least of good quality – in this category. To be honest, any of them will do a fine job, depending on your needs. This range finder is a quality unit at a great price.
Though there are trade-offs to using a range finder built into your rifle scope (see the discussion on the range finder rifle scope page for further details), once you’ve made the decision to go that route, the Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Riflescope is an excellent choice, especially for the price. There are more featured units that have their merits, but this product will provide many hours of dependable service. You’ll never have to guess or come off your target again.
NOTE: Be sure to check your State, County, and City laws for restrictions before ordering this product. Also, generally these cannot be exported out of the United States without prior approval of the US Department of State or Commerce.