For a long time, I didn’t need a long-distance rangefinder. In a recent trade deal, I came by a Tikka T3 CTR .308. I checked out some reviews and find I have a reach of about 1,000 yards. I’ll probably never try for game at that distance and I have a lot of work to get to that skill level.
I wanted to get started and I happened to be camped out at a state forest that had a long-distance range. So, the hunt for the best 1000 yard rangefinder began. Finding a quality rangefinder for long-distance that didn’t break the bank and had good reviews wasn’t easy. Here is the list of the best 1000 yard rangefinders I could find
Before you start shopping for a rangefinder there are some things you should consider. Start a list and imagine yourself using it in the field.
- How far do I want to range this year, next year
- What is my budget vs. how much should I spend
- Where will I be using this, back country, open mountains, forested mountains
- Are you a responsible adult or are you going to destroy your rangefinder a time or two
- Will this be used in all weather conditions or just premium conditions
- Do you need to range moving targets
- How frequently will you use your rangefinder
- Will you use a tripod with your rangefinder
- Is a two hand or one hand operable rangefinder better for you
- Should you match your scope magnifications with your rangefinder
- What kind of display is better for my eyesight
- Do you need a rangefinder you can wear glasses with
- Will you spend long hours looking through optics or are you taking quick readings
- Are you looking for a rangefinder for bow hunting, rifle, or both
- Do you want a rangefinder binocular combination
- Is a one eye piece optic ok for you
- Will you be using your rangefinder in early morning or evening hours
- Will you ever need night vision scopes sight for night hunting
Best Rangefinder for 1000 yard
1. LEUPOLD RX-2800 TBR LASER RANGEFINDER
The Leupold RX 2800 has a whole new ranging engine called the Alpha IQ. In short, it has a tighter cluster of laser pulses, but also an increased number of them. It boasts a range of 2,800 yards, that’s over a mile and a half of ranging potential.
The true ballistic range with wind technology accounts for incline, range to target, and your ballistics information. There is a scan mode option for continuous range updates to keep you on target as you track movement or scan an area.
Hardware has 7 x magnifications, a machined aluminum chassis, is 100% waterproof, fog-proof, shock resistant, has been extreme climate tested and comes with a 2-year warranty. There is a ¼-20 tripod adapter port on the bottom to keep you on range and free up your hands.
2. NEWCON OPTIK LRM 2200SI
The Newcome Optik only compairs themselves to Leica optics, the best in the business. They claim 98% in comparision for a fraction of the cost backed by a one year warennty.
The Newcon Optik 2200SI has 7 x magnifications with a 25mm objective. It comes with a cleaning cloth, neck strap and carrying case. The built in inclimeter measues angle to object and speed. Aim it and click and you can zero in on your target.
The Newcon Optik LRM has scan mode and can take measurements on moving objects over 5 mph.
3. BUSHNELL ELITE RANGEFINDER
The Bushnell Elite has a reach of 1,760 yards or one mile. With the ARC technology, it will compute and compensate for the angle. It will compute holdover for three ballistic curves in MOA, inches or mill dot. With 7x magnification, you’ll be able to clearly see what you are ranging at that those long distances.
Multicoated lenses with Bushnell’s weather guard HD resist dust and moisture giving you better clarity and contrast even in wet or foggy conditions. The entire unit is armored in tough abrasion resistant rubberized skin for durability and better grip in wet conditions. Three ranging modes let you range to a specific target, scan or pick out a target obscured by brush. The second-generation ESP processor rapidly computes distance and range computation for rapid target ranging.
The user can connect to your smartphone and the Bushnell CONX app this will impute the range and angle data and feed into the ballistics calculator for even greater accuracy. Paired with the Kestrel sportsman weather station and applied ballistics engine the Elite CONX will wirelessly feed data to the Kestrel, which is also collecting data from the atmosphere to provide you an exact shooting solution for your environmental conditions, range, and inclination.
4. UPLAND OPTICS PERCEPTION 1000
Founded in Boise, Idaho by two guys that love to hunt! The Perceptions 1000 laser rangefinder provides readings up to 1000 yards and is accurate to within 1 yard. The 6x zoom magnification with a 17mm objective allows for clear viewing with a lightweight instrument.
The slim design allows for one-handed operation but still comes with a ¼-20 receiver on the bottom for tripod mounting. The rugged design is built for backcountry and has been water and weather tested.
The second priority mode helps you zero in on your target through visual noise with minimal problems and maximum quality.
5. ZEISS VICTORY PRF
The Zeiss Victory PRF is designed a little larger for two-hand operation, giving the user a little more stability when taking those long readings. This ranger is rated from 10 to 1300 yards depending on the reflection of the object you are targeting. Field testing highly reflective items has reached out to 1400 yards and big game readings at about 950-yard range.
The 8x magnification is significantly higher than most units on the market. The added power is extremely handy when trying to focus in on game at those longer readings. The PRF is rated at 4 seconds to generate readings, but field testing rarely goes beyond 2 seconds.
The unit is equipped with a ballistics information system, giving you the correct bullet drop depending on your setup. You can choose between 100 and 200-yard zero and six different ballistic charts for each.
To range on a moving target you simply press and hold the reading button for three seconds and the unit will switch into scan mode. The Victory PRF has an integrated built-in snow mode that automatically cuts through rain, snow, and fog to give you spot-on readings.
6. LEICA GEOVID 10×42
Leica was the first company to offer laser rangefinders to the civilian market in 1992 and has been the placeholder for the best quality ever since!
The Geovid comes with a unique ballistics calculator that allows the user to program your own ballistic curve. The Geovid also offers a scan mode to take values at moving targets or for taking values as you move the unit. These binocular rangefinders are no toys! They weigh in at over two pounds and are made of a magnesium body and protective shock-absorbing rubber armoring, ensures a comfortable and secure grip. The Geovid is completely waterproof and nitrogen filled, guaranteeing comfortable viewing under any weather condition by preventing fogging from inside.
The 10x magnification lets you take a look at what you’re ranging and the 42mm objective is nice. The comfortable eyecups make them a comfortable fit for any use. These are the best of the best!
7. VORTEX OPTICS RANGER
This is the rangefinder for folks who want a quality product in a compact package. It has reach of 1800 yards but is small enough to fit in a front shirt pocket. The unit is accessorized with a belt clip that can be moved to either side as does the lanyard attachment.
The 32mm lens is comfortable on the eye, but the 6x magnification does leave something to be desired when compared to the 8x or 10x.
The Vortex Optics Ranger comes with two ranging modes, horizontal component distance or line of sight mode. The continuous scan mode is great for taking values of moving targets or taking swinging range. The red LED instead of black makes it easy to read in high light conditions. It comes with a built-in ¼-20 tripod adapter for added stability. No matter what happens to the device or where you purchased it from you’re covered with a lifetime warranty.
8. NIKON LASERFORCE RANGEFINDER BINOCULAR
The Nikon Laserforce is an ED glass binocular, paired with rangefinder capabilities with a range of 1900 yards reflective, 1400 tree and 1100 deer. The 10 x magnification is great for that long-range visual reach and that 42mm lens so you can glass for hours without eye stress.
The unit is waterproof, fog proof and shockproof. Built-in incline and decline technology helps when your shooting in those mountain areas or up in a tree. You have the option for an 8 second continuous reading for ranging in a wide field of vision. The long consistent eye relief is also a great feature for those long days glassing the slopes. You’re backed with Nikon’s no-fault warranty policy.
Back to the top
Go back to the top or review your list of most important things to consider before making your purchase. Hopefully you itemized your list of most important things.
Top of this list for me is a lifetime warranty. I try really hard to take care of things, but I also tend to be somewhat abusive. The type of warranty also speaks of the reputation of the company. My second consideration is the company itself. As in, who is the real authority on the product? I want a company who has been in business for a while and who has gained a reputation.
Check product reviews, check YouTube videos, check multiple websites and cross reference products. This may seem like somewhat tedious work but it will pay off in the long run. You get what you pay for and a rangefinder is no exception!
Pro tips to keep you in top performance
- Adjust the eyepiece to the best clarity before taking a reading
- Take multiple readings of the same object to verify any changes
- Use trees, rocks and other more reflective objects close to your target to verify your readings
- After settling in to your position take multiple readings of your surroundings, do this several times
- Test your unit and manually verify accuracy at time of purchase and before field use
- Keep cleaning cloth handy and use it while in the field
- Don’t allow your rangefinder to rattle or bang around while on course to your location
- Never take your rangefinder apart! A lot of them are nitrogen filled and water sealed
- Test your rangefinder in foul weather before taking it in the field
- Test ALL your rangefinders functions
- Understand your rangefinders shortcomings and strengths
- Make sure who ever is calling range is using the same rangefinder the shooter uses
- Calibrate the rangefinder in new areas and new terrain
- Keep extra batteries handy when in the field
- Practice taking readings off of shootable objects you don’t intend to shoot
- Range for where you want to take your shot, not just where the animal is now
I would start with how often are you going to use it and in what kind of conditions. If hunting or sport shooting is going to be a serious pursuit for the rest of your life you might want to dig deep in that wallet and get the best you can find. If you are just dabbling then maybe stick with something a little tighter on the budget. There is quite a range to this list; these were the best 1000 yard rangefinders I could find on the market right now. In ten years we’ll probably be able to get an eyeball implant.