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troutabouttroutabout Posts: 13 Deckhand
can I get recommendations on an archery rangefinder.  need to be economical, as I have been invited to archery hunt Indiana and it may be just this once.



  • MCSHunterMCSHunter Posts: 889 Officer
    I have an old Nikon in my drawer. Let me get a battery tomorrow and see if it still works. If it works you can have it free of charge. I will let you know.
  • Crkr23Crkr23 Posts: 873 Officer
    Practice range estimation and keep your shots under 25 or 30yds and you won't need a rangefinder. Shoot a few 3D courses, it really helps with range estimation.
  • MCSHunterMCSHunter Posts: 889 Officer
    Just ran to Wally World and picked up a battery. The rangefinder still works. It is an older model that does not calculate the shot angle. 
    Troutabout, If this will help you text me your mailing info and I will mail it to you.
  • shuaibumuhshuaibumuh Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    edited March 31 #5
    Congrats on getting invited to an archery hunt in Indiana! As for an economical rangefinder, there are plenty of solid options out there.
    One thing to keep in mind is that you'll want to make sure your rangefinder is set up to account for your bow's draw length. You can calculate the bow's draw length online using a draw length calculator, and then make sure your rangefinder is calibrated accordingly.
    As for specific recommendations, the Vortex Optics Ranger 1800 is a popular choice for archery hunters on a budget. It's accurate up to 1800 yards and has a durable, weather-resistant design. The Nikon Aculon AL11 is another affordable option that's compact and easy to use.
  • Crkr23Crkr23 Posts: 873 Officer
    Wow, I've shot bow for over 40 yrs, thought I knew just about everything out there about a bow. Today is a great day, look at all the knowledge that has been bestowed upon me today by the above post. 
  • altuckaltuck Posts: 1,798 Captain
    I don't take a lot of 1800 yard shots with my bow, but it is nice to know I can now.
  • Crkr23Crkr23 Posts: 873 Officer
    This dude must use that rangefinder, he's shooting for 1800 meters
  • OGBOHICAOGBOHICA Posts: 1,243 Officer
    Shot well over 100 animals with a bow and never needed a range finder or more than 3 pins. Practice your Bow and know its range and limits
  • meateatermeateater Posts: 1,444 Officer
    i never range animals to risky for me       i do range objects all around my stand so when that big buck walks by that certain tree or bush i know its 33 yds or whatever         i stink at judging distances           
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