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43 people found this helpful
on June 10, 2012
This Bushnell Sport 850 4x 20mm Laser Rangefinder is available online at $156.18 -- TacticalWholesalers.com
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Understanding that this item works by reflecting an "eye safe" laser beam off a target and then timing the reflected beam back to the rangefinder source helps clarify why certain targets work better than others. One reviewer noted that it doesn't read very well off Black Angus cattle. This because they're dark, furry and don't reflect much of a beam. Noted elsewhere in reviews that it doesn't work well for reading the "pin" in golf. That's a small curved target.
I use a range finder for bench-rest shooting. The targets are flat, stationary, reflective. Because I'm at a bench, I can support the rangefinder, hold it steady on a small 12" X 12" target -- out to 500 yds if required. The other sighting option is to find a large, reflective surface near the target, a tree, rock, target stand which for me is a pallet with a cardboard face surface.
The Bushnell is waterproof, and has options for reading distances in inclement weather. (Nice when you live in a maritime climate and want to find the distance to a buoy, dock, bridge.)
This product is available for $160 more or less. About the cost of two tanks of gas these days. Pocket size, 6 oz. rugged, reliable, and useful. Beats the pants off "counting the football fields" out to a target.