Bushnell makes some quality hunting optics of all types, though sometimes their entry-level offerings don’t rank quite as high. This is clearly not one of their entry-level models. The Legend 1200 ARC Rangefinder is designed to be the hunter’s rangefinder, no matter what kind of hunter you are.
Need a rangefinder that computes “shoots like” distance in Bow mode for bow hunting? This one does that. Need a model that ‘does the math’ for bullet holdover at a variety of different ranges? The Legend 1200 allows sight-ins at 100, 150, 200 and 300-yards. Need a long range model that’s rated to over 1000 yards? Yep, this one can handle it (though 475 yards may be more realistic for a non-reflective animal like a deer).
In fact, if it weren’t for a small number of complaints about quality control, this very well could be the best rated rangefinder around. There were just a few, and part of the problem was that the sample size of user reviews isn’t huge. Any manufacturer will have a few duds, it’s just too early to tell with this model if it’s just a blip. Bushnell is dedicated to hunting optics, and there’s no reason to think they won’t be on top of any potential quality issue. As this model develops more of a track record, the Legend 1200 ARC may become the gold standard if it lives up to its promise.
Pros & Cons
Archery mode for angle compensation out to 100 yards
Long range capability, depending on target
6x magnification for both near and long range use
ARC technology for handling the steepest inclines and angles, up to 90 deg
Variable Sight-In allows a lot of flexibility in getting your true zero
All those features may make it a bit more complicated to learn and use
Doesn’t yet have the track record for quality control as other models
Ranging accuracy: +/- 1 yard
Reflective: 1,200 yards
Tree: 850 yards
Deer: 475 yards
Scan mode: Yes
Brush mode: Yes
Angle Range Compensation (ARC): Yes
Bow mode: Yes