Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport 450: Decent Entry-Level Rangefinder
|Max Range||450 yds|
Bottom Line Up Front: The Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport 450 may only give 70% of the functionality of higher-end models but it only costs about 50%.
Spending just a little more will get you a good bit more function, but if around $150 is all you have and you don’t need over 200 yard range or angle compensation, this would be a more than adequate choice.
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Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport 450 Review
Some car buyers aren’t interested in a BMW 325i. They just want good, solid, affordable transportation. Similarly, some hunters only need a good, solid, affordable laser range finder. Sure, this model doesn’t have all the features of models like the Nikon RifleHunter 550. But the Yardage Pro comes in at around half the cost as well.
Good, not great, but a solid value
At its core, a laser range finder really only needs to do two things: reliably work under field conditions and accurately give the user the range to the target. The definition of ‘target’ is key here. If you’re hunting antelope in Wyoming and routinely have 300+ yard targets, this might not be the range finder for you. If you want the machine to compute how an angle will affect your shot, this model isn’t the one. If you want your range finder to replace your binoculars, a 4x rangefinder like this may not be enough.
But if all you need is solid performance, especially inside 200 yards or so, with a point and click range finder, and only have $150 – give or take – then you probably want to consider this. Now, truth be told, if you can just stretch that budget just a bit for something like the ProStaff 550, you’ll get a good bit more capability. But if $150 is all you have, then $150 will do.
Features of the Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport 450:
- Rated range of 450 yards for a tree, 200 yards for deer-sized animal
- 4x magnification, multicoated optics
- Dimensions: 3-15/16 by 3-1/8 by 1-11/16 inches (W x H x D)
- Weight: 7.4 ounces
- Uses standard 9 volt battery (will use alkaline but lithium or Ni-MH recommended)
- Displays in 1 yard increments
Ease of use is a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s about as easy to operate as it gets: push button – get range. But it doesn’t have prioritization logic, and some users did report it hard to get a reading in dense cover. It doesn’t have angle compensation, though that probably isn’t a deal breaker for most. It doesn’t have a scan mode, which can help with continuous ranging or on a moving target. It has a button. You push it when you need to know the range. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
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The Yardage Pro 450 is available in either a realtree finish or black for a little less (click the pics to check them out on Amazon.com).
There is a bit of ‘you get what you pay for’ in this model, but you wouldn’t expect this to perform on the same level as a $1000 Swarovski. This may be all you need if you’re bow hunting – even if it doesn’t have an angle mode – or shorter range hunting, like shotgun slug hunting.
If you’re looking for a range finder for bench work or target shooting, then this could be perfect. You probably don’t ever have to worry about a twig or other obstruction, most people don’t target shoot in torrential rains, and the targets aren’t moving or have fur.
The Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport 450 laser rangefinder is exactly as advertised – an entry level, affordable range finder that offers basic service without a lot of features. If your needs are a match, then it could be a fine unit. However, you may find yourself upgrading in the future. It wouldn’t take much more investment to just do it up front, but hunters on a limited budget or who just want a one-button basic rangefinder should consider this model.
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Bottom Line Up Front: The Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport 450 may only give 70% of the functionality of higher-end models but it only costs about…