When it comes to long-distance precision shooting, there are some tools you can live without, and others that are just mandatory. A good laser rangefinder falls into the “mandatory” category if you are serious about long-distance shooting in the field where target distances and angles are not pre-defined. I’ve been pushing my shooting out further and further with the Ruger Precision Rifles, and I decided it was time to get a laser rangefinder that could reach out to a full mile. After looking around, I decided to try out the Bushnell Elite Tactical 1 Mile Rangefinder with ARC technology.
This rangefinder is packed with features, and satisfies all of my requirements for field shooting and hunting. Here’s a high-level summary of the features packed into this unit:
- Full mile ranging, from 5-1760 yards. This is perfect for my needs!
- Waterproof, fog-proof, with RainGuard HD (I shoot and hunt in the rain, so this is GREAT).
- Fully multi-coated optics with Vivid Display Technology (VDT) – amazing clarity!
- Variable sight-in (choose your sight-in distance) and ARC (Angle Range Compensation). Provides bullet-drop values with look-angle taken into account.
- 2nd generation ESP2 technology (Extreme Speed and Precision) for quick ranging and 1/2 yard accuracy.
- Tripod mount
This list of features and capabilities is exactly what I was looking for in a rangefinder. I also like the fact that it takes 123-class batteries, the same type my Streamlight flashlight uses- I can tap into my existing stockpile of batteries! Other nice features: magnetic latch carrying case, and neck strap. This is going to be in my core collection of field gear: the items I always have on me while hunting and field shooting.
Here’s a picture showing everything that’s included in the box: (also includes a battery, not shown here)
Here’s what’s in the box:
- Rangefinder unit
- 123-class battery
- Instruction manual
- Microfiber lens cleaning cloth
- Neck strap with buckle quick release
- Carrying case with magnetic latch
As you can see in the video shooting on my property, I do a lot of shooting in dynamic field conditions. There’s no guarantee you’ll be shooting flat (angle), I usually don’t have a level surface to shoot from, and ranges change drastically. And then there’s the wind situation! With all of these factors at play, it’s really nice to know I can quickly get range and angle, and use either the actual or angle-compensated range to dial in my dope. It’s amazing how today’s advanced tools can work together to get a shooter on target. I’m sure some old-timers would accuse today’s rifle shooters of cheating!
This rangefinder has worked great so far, but I really haven’t even scratched the surface of the features that are built into this rangefinder. I’ll be posting follow-up coverage as I get used into some of the advanced features (like rifle mode). So look for more information and perspectives as I continue with the Ruger Precision Rifle series and other rifle shooting adventures coming up shortly.
Do you have a Bushnell Elite Tactical 1 Mile rangefinder? I’d love to hear your experiences with it- please leave a comment!
3 thoughts on “Bushnell Elite Tactical 1 Mile Rangefinder: Unboxing and Overview”
Gavin, I have the Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX and use it with the Kestrel 5700. It works very well and gives me the ranging that i need to make the correct shots. Nice range finder.
If I wanted to use this for short range bow hunting (20-30 yards) and also long distance rifle shooting, would you recommend it? What does the field of view look like in shorter distances? Is the field of view limited due to it being a long range range finder?
Adam- yes, it’s worked well for me at close distances (have used it to measure building site distances, etc) as well as long distances. I’ve had it out close to a mile, and plan on pushing it all the way to a mile!