Every hunter needs a quality range finder, especially one you can rely on in any weather situation. Usually you will need to determine if you are looking for a range finder suitable for long range or if you are looking for a product that is used exclusively for bow hunting. I found myself faced with that same scenario recently and started doing some research. I looked at quite a few different products, my main goal was to find a quality range finder at a decent price, that could suit my needs for both long range rifle hunting, and bow hunting.
That’s when I came across the Leupold RX-1000i TBR (True Ballistic Ranging) technology with DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuary). The Leupold RX-1000i calculates distance to target, incline/decline, and incorporates your ballistics information to give you a true ballistic range. This is ideal for all rifle hunting situations but mainly when shooting at longer distances or dealing with an uphill or downhill shot. The Leupold RX-1000i is equipped with three modes, TBR, BOW and LOS (Line of Sight). In Bow mode a quick calculation is done to factor in incline and decline which is ideal for use in tree stands or in mountainous terrain.
The Leupold RX-1000i fits in the palm of your hand, is lightweight and comes with a durable outer coating. I was very impressed with its ability to acquire targets quickly, and how responsive it was in low light situations. It comes equipped with a fully adjustable eyepiece, which in return gives you a crystal clear, sharp image. Setting your mode is easy and with the small chart provided in the case, you can match your rifle caliber and bullet grain to the corresponding TBR Group, which is already programmed in the range finder.
I have packed the Leupold RX-1000i for the past year in many situations, from a horse back Stone Sheep hunt in the Northern Rockies to chasing Bull Moose in the peak of the rut in the fall. I have dropped it in the mud and had it completely covered in dust. The unit cleans up very easily and hasn’t missed a beat.
There are a few changes I would like to see Leupold make, but neither are related directly to the range finder. First I would like to see a case that is more durable with a soft liner, zipper and belt loop. One more addition to the case would be a retractable cord, that would give you the confidence of knowing where your range finder is at all times. Both items are small additions that would add a ton of value to the package.
There are huge advantages to having this range finder in your line up. It’s small, durable and accurate. It takes the guess work out of your shooting situations and gives you a much higher chance of success. Remember knowing your range to the target is very important and it can dictate whether you are cutting your tag, or eating tag soup.