Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinders
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- The Ranger 1300 rangefinder is easy to use and features a clean, illuminated display and highly intuitive menu. The Ranger 1300 is capable of ranging up to 1,300 yards.
- The primary HCD mode displays an angle compensated distance that is ideal for the majority of hunters and shooters. An advanced LOS mode provides you the option to calculate long distance, high angle shots with increased precision.
- A scan feature gives continuous range readings as you pan across a landscape or track a moving target. Three brightness settings allow the display to stay visible in various light conditions.
- Fully multi-coated lenses deliver optimal light transmission. Textured rubber armor provides a secure, non-slip grip. Water and fogproof performance keep the system operating in the harshest conditions.
- The included neck lanyard and removable utility clip make the Ranger easy to pack and keep handy.
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Ranger 1300 Rangefinder (RRF-131)
Capable of ranging targets to 1,300 yards, the Ranger 1300 gives hunters and shooters the distance data needed to make accurate shots. Primary HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) mode displays an angle-compensated distance reading. Easy to use with a clean display and highly intuitive menu, the Ranger 1300 keeps things simple, yet provides a high level of performance.
Fully multi-coated lenses deliver optimal light transmission and o-rings seal the Ranger 1300 for waterproof performance. Can be set to read in yards or meters to accommodate user preference. Ideal for gun hunters, target shooters and bowhunters, the Vortex Ranger 1300 is sure to be a hit—and ensure hits.
Compact, ergonomic and lightweight, the Ranger 1300 is easy to pack or hang around your neck using the included lanyard. The adjustable, utility clip mounted to the body offers an innovative way to clip the unit to a belt, pocket, or other flat edged surface for easy access. Clip can be mounted to right or left side of the unit or completely removed. Runs on common CR2 battery.
- Range Reflective: 9-1300 yds
- Range Deer: 9-600 yds
- Accuracy: +/- 3 yds @ 1000 yds
- Max Angle Reading: +/- 60 degrees
- Magnification: 6x
- Objective Lens: 22mm
- Linear Field of View: 315ft/1000yds
- Angular Field of View: 6 degrees
- Eye Relief: 17mm
- Operating Temp: 14-131 F
The Ranger uses HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) angle-compensated ranging technology to give bow and rifle shooters the critical distance data needed to make accurate shots.
- Horizontal Component Distance (HCD) mode for angle compensated ranging.
- Line of Sight (LOS) mode displays actual line of sight range.
Style Name: Ranger 1300
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I haven't had an chance to take it hunting yet, but I began ranging everything I could see around my house as soon as the brown truck dropped off my Amazon package. The afternoon was very bright and the sun was approximately 35 degrees off the horizon directly behind a herd of cows. The furthest cow I could see was black and I was able to range it at 641 yards. I ranged it repeatedly with the same distance reading. The unit returned a reading 3 or 4 times out of 5 when ranging the cow. I was able to range a red barn at 1161 yards under the same conditions using my deck rail as a rest. Without the rest I couldn't hold it steady enough to get a return.
In the field of closely eaten grass in front of my house, I was able to get readings on the ground out to 450 yards.
As soon as the sun sank below the mountains, I took it out again. This time, the herd of cows had moved closer and I was able to repeatedly get readings on the furthest cow at 475 yards without using a rest. I was far from steady and didn't expect to get a return so I was happily surprised. I was also able to get a return of 1230 yards on white a building. For this reading I used a very steady rest.
I was surprised by the size of the Ranger 1500. It literally fits in the palm of my hand. At 7.7 ounces it is much lighter than all the comparable products I considered purchasing. When I hunt, I walk long distances with a heavy pack so the light weight is a big plus.
I hadn't given much thought to the quality of the optics, but if you have, you will be happy when you look through the Ranger. They are very clear.
As I use the Ranger 1500 under different conditions such as snow and cloudy skies, I will update this review. I will also give an update when I have opportunity to range smaller animals such as deer and coyote. Normally I would have waited to write this review until I had used the range finder more, but since there are no other reviews, I am giving my initial impressions to help others as they consider purchasing this product
With the limited use I have given it, I am giving the Ranger 1500 two thumbs way up. It meets most of my expectations and exceeds the rest. For the price, I don't think you can beat the Ranger 1500 and it has a lifetime, no questions asked, warranty thrown in for good measure.
I have had the opportunity to use the Ranger 1500 some more and here is what I have found: With the sun almost directly overhead with a very thin overcast layer, I was able to range a deer at 561 yards in a snow covered field. I had to have a completely solid rest and the deer had to be standing broadside to get a reading and I was only able to get a reading about 40 percent of the times I tried.
I have ranged black lava rocks at 550 yards approximately 15 minutes before sunrise on a clear morning. Sage brush in snow covered plains can be ranged just past 500 yards in the same pre-sunrise conditions. I was able to range my 80 pound German Shepherd at 350 yards in the snow at noon under clear skies. At that point he came back to the house so I don't know how much further I could have obtained a reading on him. Under no conditions have I been able to range cows past 660 yards and I have tried repeatedly. With a solid rest, I was able to range a lone juniper tree at 1060 yards. I was surprised as the foliage was not thick.
Now for the bad. I have had an intermittent problem with the Ranger 1500 powering on. Two of the times the problem reared its head after the unit was sitting on the dash of my truck with the defrost on. The unit felt warm, but not hot. While hunting in mid twenty degree weather I continually got a low battery reading and the unit wouldn't give a distance reading. I was using a nearly new lithium battery that was fluctuating between a full three bars and two bars on the unit's power meter before I left home. Because there is obviously a problem I am sending it back to get a new unit that functions properly. The second issue I have is this: Based on my experience with ranging full grown cows, I seriously doubt I will be able to range a deer at 750 yards as is claimed by the company. All in all, it is still a very good unit for the price, but I am lowering my initial 5 star rating to 4 stars. If you are satisfied with ranging deer sized animals at 500 yards I think you will be very pleased with the Ranger 1500. If you are looking to range them further than 500 yards, it seems, in my experience, that it may be a stretch for the Vortex Ranger 1500.
Solid feel to the vortex case even tho it's rubber armored plastic ( unlike the Leopold 1000i that's rubber covered aluminum). Range acquisition is pretty fast but the Leopold is faster. Very good optics almost identical to the Leopold. Both have great low light capability. Vortex has a belt clip and tripod socket which is very nice. Leopold has neither. Vortex has a sealed waterproof design and comes with lifetime warranty, Leopold has neither. Vortex 2 buttons on top are a little confusing tho. Leopold has their mode button on the side like everyone else which I prefer. Vortex triple tap for ranging is irritating (everybody else is a double tap). Having to have to tap 3 times to range adds additional time to acquire the reading. Even after the 3rd press it's still a millisecond more to range. Slightly bulkier than the Leopold but feels like it would take a drop much better. Both units use a very bright OLED display and both are crystal clear. Both use their own flavor of range compensation (Vortex has HCD and Leopold calls theirs DNA) based on angle but the Leopold adds an additional function of being able to load BDC based on your ammo using an on board table.
Overall the Vortex is a great ranger for the money. For all of those people that are mislead by where this unit is made, it's made in China. Your only spending ~300 bucks! Both the Leopold 1000i and the Ranger 1000 are made there and from the looks of the packaging and documentation of both, i would not be shocked if they both came from the same factory. They cleverly bury the little gold China sticker in the packaging but believe me it's there but who cares. They are both solid performing units and that's all that should matter. If people who are harping about finding one made in USA or Europe then look elsewhere and subsequently look forward to a much higher price point. It's easy math.
After using both in the field, I prefer the Leopold. I find the Leopold easier to use overall, ranges faster, feels slightly more compact, and the fit and finish seems nicer even tho it does not claim to be water proof. The one thing I do like better about the vortex is the sealed battery cover which is very solid design. The vortex is a sealed coin slot screw but the Leopold uses a flimsy lever twist latch which feels like it might break one day. This isn't good since it does not have the lifetime warranty like Vortex offers. But then again it's still inexpensive so I'll risk it.
After 2 weeks vortex ended up shipping me a whole new unit that they tested prior to sending. MUCH better, this is what I was expecting from a rangefinder. Vortex standing behind their products is great to see!
Two noteworthy items:
► It only displays range in 1 yard increments (no tenths), but for ballistics one-half yard is "in the noise" anyway.
► It does NOT display the incline angle in HCD (aka TBR) mode -- incline is only provided in the LOS mode. I think this is good supplemental data, and since the algorithm has to know it to calculate TBR, it would be nice if it displayed it; especially since the accuracy of the TBR is limited to a given incline depending on range to target.