The Best Rangefinder for Deer Hunting

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After deciding to add a modern rangefinder to my hunting kit, I did a bunch of looking.  I kissed a few toads along the way, and I was also blown away by some others, but my search was over when I found the Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder.  It represents the perfect intersection of a full featured scope with a price that won’t break the bank.

I’m mainly a deer hunter, and most of that I do from a stand – (if you need a good tree stand and at a great price, check out the Big Game Skybox Deluxe).  I needed a good rangefinder that was accurate, easy to use and affordable.  My wish list of performance features included the ability to provide consistently accurate ranging, great optics, ease of use, and rugged construction.

This little gem is reportedly accurate out to 1,000 yards (it can be set to range in meters if you need or desire such).  It uses an angle compensation technology that allows accurate ranging even when way up in a tree stand, or across a long down-or uphill slope.  The Ranger 1000 is well made with multicoated lenses protected by a rugged and sturdy high impact case.  The lenses are sealed with O rings for rugged waterproof use.  It comes with both a lanyard and a removable utility clip for quick and easy access.  Vortex packs these features into a 4×3 inch, 8 ounce package.

The Vortex requires three “clicks” to operate – the first click turns it on, the second brings up the crosshairs, and the third activates ranging (hold down that third click to activate scan mode).  The red/orange display works well for low light, and is adjustable for use as light conditions change.   Vortex has a reputation for bright, crisp imaging and the Ranger 1000 doesn’t disappoint.  Low light to bright, the image is crystal clear and consistent.

Accuracy is key with the Vortex, and in an afternoon of freehand range tests I had very consistent results at 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards on a flat range.  No deviations at 100 and 200 yards, and only 2 yards either way at the longer distances.  I’m not one to take 1,000 yard potshots, but I have ranged and taken several whitetails at 300+ yards with this rig.  I’m hoping to test it at longer distances out west later this year, but for my “normal” hunting needs, this is a fine piece of gear.

I compared the Vortex to  similarly-featured offerings from Leupold, Nike and Busnhnell, and was pleased to find the Vortex very competitively priced, and for me, offered the best performance for price out there.  Take a look and I think you’ll agree.

You can find the Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder at Cabela’s website if you search for “Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder“.