Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Riflescope: Solid Performance In One Package
|Max Range||800 yds|
Bottom Line Up Front: 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.
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 fogproof (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 picture at left 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, fogproof, 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 wide range of loads and calibers
- Uses 3 volt battery (included)
- Wireless touchpad to activate range finder without coming off target
One note on the touchpad: if it’s too far away from the scope, a couple 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.
Reviews from an actual user:
Michael S. from Michigan writes:
…I bought this unit after leaving my separate laser range finder on the ground…
We were able to use the scope on a shooting range out to 450 yards. All I can say is that it is a very good scope which does all that it says it will. In particular, the range finder was great. It easily ranged a metal silloute out at 448 yards and a tree at 476 yards. As a test on a non-reflective target, we hung a coyote pelt on all the targets and again it ranged out to 448 yards on fur.
One small complaint about set up. We had a little trouble getting the set up buttons to operate since they’re close together. But once we pressed firmly on the middle of the appropriate button everything worked well.
We set up the scope for our approriate load (.270, 140 grain) and started sighting. Interestingly, we used a simlar Leupold 4×12 scope on my buddies rifle to see targets so we had a good comparison of the optics between the two. I have to admit that the optics were better on the Leupold series IV scope but not by much. The Burris optics were very good to excellent. You do lose vision in the bottom half of the reticle due to the ballistics dots, but that is not much problem. Eye relieve was better that the Leupold scope.
Once sighted at 100 and then 200 yards (easy enough to do), we tested it at 284, 350, 400 and 448 yards. Using the remote ranging button we could range a target without moving our hands from a shooting position. This button is mounted with a velcro cinch strap and a piece of double stick tape. You must use the tape once you figure out a good position or else the remote will wander. Not sure how well this set up will work in the field.
On every shot, the bullet went where the dot was placed. Just what you want.
All and all a very good to excellent scope. I will be using it in early October in wyoming where a 400 yard shot is commonplace. I feel that I will have a little more confidence placing an ethical shot at that range now. I report back on its durability. It’s an excellent range finder with very good optics, excellent eye reliefe, helpful on the ballistics, and a good price. Plus you’ll never leave the range finder on the range. Scope is a bit heavy but has a low profile. I haven’t tested it much in the field yet, though.
Review paraphrased for length – see the full, original review here
Though there are trade-offs to using a range finder built in to 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.
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Bottom Line Up Front: 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…