I’ve been wanting a rangefinder since I started bowhunting but always seemed to find other ways to spend my money. This year I got the Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC Rangefinder. I will say that having a rangefinder constantly handy has changed how I hunt as a bowhunter.
The Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC is one of the best rangefinders on the market right now. Over the last year at stores, events and trade shows I’ve made sure to try just about every brand of rangefinder and various models. The Bushnell G-Force falls in the mid to upper price range but it’s speed and features match that of many top end rangefinders costing much more.
I’ll start with saying that this rangefinder is a little overkill if you are just looking to bowhunt. While it has angle correction, is extremely fast and accurate it has way more bells and whistles than any casual bowhunter will need. If you hunt with just about every weapon in various terrains and distances then this is definitely the one for you.
The rangefinder is compact and light and easy to hold. The textured rubber grip makes it sure in hand and the housing is rock solid and can surely stand years of abuse. The few buttons make it easy to operate and quickly. It’s very easy to range a target quickly and accurately even with gloves. The red display is very easy to see in pretty much every light. It clearly shows the distance in yards, the angle and the corrected distance in yards. The view is clear and with a 6x magnification I’ve used it in place of my binoculars in areas where the field of view was somewhat short.
I’m not going to go into detail on all of the advanced features because that would just be basically me writing you a spec sheet. What I will say is there are settings for every weapon and situation. Even me, a simple bowhunter could navigate and use the features with the simple push of a couple of buttons.
Overall, this is a great rangefinder and would be more than enough fot the casual hunter and just right for the serious hunter that hunts multiple species with multiple weapons. Bushnell has a broad line up of rangefinders. If the G-Force ARC 1300 is out of your price range they just introduced some new models for 2013 and there is one for every budget. The new ‘Truth Laser Rangefinder’ will retail for $199.99 and should be all any bowhunter will need at a great price. They also added a version of the G-Force ARC 1300 in Realtree camo.