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Leupold RX-1000i TBR with DNA Rangefinder by Edward Gramza IV

Leupold Rangefinder RX-1000i Rangefinders have become an essential tool in both the hunting and recreational shooting arena in the last few years.  They have helped to increase both confidence in the shot and accuracy.  With the numbers of units on the market, it is hard for consumers to find one that will fit their needs and their budget.  My personal favorite is the light weight and compact Leupold RX-1000i TBR with DNA.  This small but mighty rangefinder can satisfy any user from the bow hunter to the long range shooter.

The Leupold RX-1000i TBR with DNA rangefinder is capable of ranging a reflective object up to 1000 yards away.  It can also range a deer sized target at 600 yards.  With crystal clear optics and a 6x zoom, it allows the user to clearly see the target they are trying to get a range for.  The beauty of this rangefinder however revolves around the electronics packed into the small package.

Leupold’s DNA (Digitally eHhanced Accuracy) technology provides the user with an extremely fast and accurate readout on the screen.  This new technology is an improvement on the older version of the same rangefinder.  No matter the background color or texture, the RX-1000i TBR with DNA will give a range with an accuracy of 1/10 of a yard.  For the hunter with the shot of a lifetime, this accuracy could make the difference between punching a tag and having tag soup.

Another great feature of the Leupold RX-1000i TBR with DNA is the True Ballistic Range function.  The rangefinder is preprogrammed with ballistic information for a wide range of firearms.  By selecting the appropriate setting based on the rifle you are using, a user can accurately calculate where to place the shot at long ranges.  The TBR function has four different settings based on the user’s preference for calculating hold over or scope adjustments for long range shooting.  This feature works hand in hand with ballistic turrets on rifle scopes.  TBR also takes into account the angle of the shot which can make a huge difference in actual range.

Along with accurately calculating my long distance shooting, another great benefit is the bow mode on the RX-1000i.  Hunting in a tree stand and shooting at a drastic angle can make a significant difference in the distance of the target.  This rangefinder will show you exactly what distance your target is taking into account any angle to your target so that you can select the appropriate pin for the shot.  The bow mode allows the user to range a target out to 125 yards before it will default to the LOS (line of sight) mode.  Many rangefinders on the market do not range a target in a bow mode out to the same distance as the RX-1000i.  This is a great feature for the western bow hunter.

Arguably my favorite feature of the Leupold RX-1000i TBR with DNA is the OLED display of the information while looking through the rangefinder.  Most rangefinders use a LED display that is incorporated into the view finder.  This can reduce clarity when looking through the optics of the rangefinder as well as making it hard to read the display.  This type of rangefinder uses a black LED display to show information when the unit is in operation.  The black LED can be hard to read in both low-light and bright conditions.  The Leupold OLED display is red and extremely easy to read in any light condition.  The OLED display is reflected into the light path of the RX-1000i rangefinder leaving a crystal clear image and up to 3x better light transmission.  In my opinion, this feature is where the Leupold RX-1000i TBR with DNA shines versus the competition.

The Leupold RX-1000i TBR with DNA rangefinder features a weatherproof aluminum housing with a rubber amour grip.  The unit is easy to use and setup with a simple two button operation.  The RX-1000i is a small rangefinder that can easily fit into a pocket for the mobile hunter.  Accessories include a lanyard, carrying case with a belt loop, and a pocket card for reference, and a CR2 battery.  The retail price is $399.99 for the black version and $419.99 for the Mossy Oak Break Up version.  This feature packed rangefinder should be considered by all hunters and recreational shooters.


Magnification                      6x

Max Range                             1000yds

Max Range (deer)              600yds

Minimum Range                5yds

FOV @ 1000yds                                    320ft

Weight                                     7.8oz

Length                                      3.8”

Width                                        2.8”

Height                                       1.3”

Warranty                                2 years

www.leupold.com           1-800-LEUPOLD                                    Beaverton, OR


Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of HuntingLife.com. His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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