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12 Best Rangefinders for Long Range Shooting (2022)

At long ranges, making the perfect shot often comes down to precision. Hunters rely on various pieces of equipment to improve their accuracy at long ranges. A powerful rangefinder can be an excellent long range shooting companion by taking some of the guess work out of shooting at considerable distances. The ideal rangefinder for long range shooting should be accurate, easy to use, rugged, lightweight, and inexpensive. In this article, we’ll use these factors to weigh the value of some of our favorite choices for long range rangefinders!

We Recommend

Best price/value ratio

Sig Sauer Kilo2400 BDX

Best that money can get

Sig Sauer Kilo2400 ABS

Highest max. range

Vortex Razor 4000

Best Rangefinder for Long Range Shooting

1. Sig Sauer KILO 2400BDX 7X25mm Laser Rangefinder

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The Sig Sauer KILO 2400BDX rangefinder features Sig Sauer’s BDX technology, making it a brilliant ballistic rangefinder. This is a strong contender for a long range shooting rangefinder thanks to its impressive range. The KILO 2400BDX has a reflective range of up to 3,400 yards. This means that the KILO 2400BDX can estimate distances at almost two miles of distance.

Sig Sauer includes a SpectraCoat anti-reflection coating that helps ensure that the rangefinder provides superior optical clarity and high-level light transmission.

With 7x magnification and a 25 millimeter objective lens, the KILO 2400BDX by Sig Sauer is a solid piece of optical equipment as well as a great rangefinder.


What we liked

  • SpectraCoat anti-reflection lens coating 
  • Lightweight and durable magnesium build 
  • Lightwave DSP
  • HyperScan 
  • BDX Technology 
  • 3400-yard maximum range
  • 7x magnification 

What we didn’t like

  • Slightly short eye relief 
  • Can burn through battery 

Laser Type: Class 1 Eye Safe
Magnification: 7x
Objective Lens: 25mm
Eye Relief: 15mm
Max Range: 3400 yards
Measuring Time: 0.25s
Weight: 0.46
Features: Lightwave DSP, HyperScan

2. Sig Sauer Kilo 2400 7X25mm Advanced Ballistic System Laser Rangefinder

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With 7x magnification and an objective lens of 25 millimeters, The KILO 2400 “Advanced Ballistic System” or “ABS” rangefinder has many specifications and features in common with the previous KILO 2400BDX

The KILO 2400ABS weighs just 7.5 ounces and fits conveniently into a pocket or pouch. The 2400ABS comes equipped with Sig Sauer’s “Revolutionary LightWave DSPTM Technology” which allows for fast scanning and distance estimation.

This rangefinder and the previous Sig Sauer rangefinder are both compatible with Sig Sauer’s ballistic application for iOS and Android devices.


What we liked

  • Advanced ballistic system
  • Best that money can get
  • Up to 2 miles detection range
  • Bluetooth and App functionality
  • HyperScan 
  • Old school design
  • 3400-yard maximum range
  • 7x magnification

What we didn’t like

  • Higher price tag

Laser Type: Class 1 Eye Safe
Magnification: 7x
Objective Lens: 25mm
Eye Relief: 15mm
Max Range: 3400 yards
Measuring Time: 0.25s
Weight: 0.46
Features: Lightwave DSP, HyperScan

3. Vortex Razor 4000 7X25mm Long Range Laser Rangefinder

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Vortex products are trusted and beloved in the optics space and this is reflected in the build quality which Vortex consistently delivers. The Razor 4000 is a neat tool which provides a sturdy design built for long distance ranging. The Razor 4000’s biggest selling point is its massive long range of up to 4,000 yards for reflective targets.

With 7x magnification and an objective lens diameter of 25 millimeters, the Razor 4000 is a strong piece of optical equipment. It offers four targeting modes and two range modes. Like the Vortex 1000 rangefinder, hunters can use the scan feature to receive continuous distance readings while the target moves.

The Vortex Razor HD 4000 has a wide field of view of 341.25 feet at 1,000 yards which is great for tracking moving objects at a distance. This rangefinder is sturdy and built for the outdoors, making it an ideal hunting companion.


What we liked

  • 7x magnification 
  • 4000 yard maximum range 
  • Multi-coated Glass 
  • Multiple targeting modes 
  • Multiple Range modes 
  • Continuous scan
  • HD optical system 

What we didn’t like

  • On the slightly heavy side
  • Low battery life 

Laser Type: Class 1 Eye Safe
Magnification: 7x
Objective Lens: 25mm
Eye Relief: 16mm-19mm
Max Range: 4000 yards
Measuring Time: 0.25s
Weight: 0.61lbs
Features: Continuous Scan, HD optical system

4. Leupold RX-2800 TBR/W Laser Long Range Rangefinder

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The Leupold RX-2800 has a maximum range of 2,800 yards. While this might seem small in comparison with the previous rangefinder’s 4,000 yard range, 2,800 yards is till quite powerful. With Leupold’s optics behind it, the RX-2800 can accurately produce distance measurements at over a mile and a half of distance.

The Leupold RX-2800 features 7x magnification as well as a large 27 millimeter objective lens diameter. Thanks to this and to Leupold’s overall optical brilliance, the RX-2800 performs extremely well in low-light conditions.

The RX-2800 features “Last Target Mode” which allows the user to avoid targetting sticks and debris by choosing the farthest object in its path. This tool also offers a range of reticles that the user can change at will.


What we liked

  • Versatile features 
  • Alpha IQ digital technology 
  • The maximum range of 2800 yards
  • Super accurate measurements
  • Easy-to-read OLED display 
  • True Ballistic Range technology
  • Great for tracking small animals

What we didn’t like

  • Bigger and heavier 
  • Runs through battery fast 
  • No bow range

Laser Type: Class 1 Eye Safe
Magnification: 7X
Objective Lens: 24mm
Eye Relief: 18mm
Max Range: 2800 yards
Measuring Time: 0.3s
Weight: 0.49
Features: Alpha IQ digital, True Ballistic Range

5. Leica Rangemaster CRF 3500.COM Long Range Rangefinder

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Leica is well-known worldwide for building quality cameras, but they also use their optical expertise to create some of the best long-range shooting tools. The Leica CRF 7x24mm Rangemaster is a magnificent yardage finder that’ll prove a reliable companion for hunters, shooters, and rangers of all kinds.

This rangefinder has an impressive maximum range of 3,500 yards.

The Class 3R laser of the Leica Rangemaster also improves performance in low-light where other rangefinders might struggle to keep up. The durability of the Leica CRF long distance rangefinders is not to be taken lightly. It might be a compact system, but the Rangemaster features carbon fiber reinforced housing that’s waterproof. This 1-mile rangefinder definitely manages to showcase Leica’s optical expertise.


What we liked

  • Leica Brand name 
  • Modern Features 
  • 3,500 Yard maximum range 
  • Class 3R laser 
  • Brilliant low light performance 
  • Very durable 
  • App connectivity 

What we didn’t like

  • One of the more expensive options on our list

Laser Type: Class 3R
Magnification: 7x
Objective Lens: 24mm
Eye Relief: 15mm
Max Range: 3500 yards
Measuring Time: 0.28s
Weight: 0.41lbs
Features: App connectivity

6. Sig Sauer KILO1600 6X22mm Digital Ballistic Laser Rangefinder

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The Sig Sauer KILO1600 6x22mm digital ballistic laser rangefinder is one of the absolute best lightweight rangefinders on the market. At just five ounces, this laser rangefinder has an impressive maximum range of 2,000 yards.

The KILO1600 has a slightly smaller magnification of 6x as well as a petite objective lens diameter of 22 millimeters. Considering this fact, it is extremely impressive just how much power Sig Sauer has managed to squeeze into this svelte little tool.

The KILO1600 is sturdy, waterproof, and dependable, making it a great long range rangefinder for rough outdoor conditions.


What we liked

  • Maximum Reflective Range of 2000-yards Deer Range of 800-yards
  • SpectraCoat anti-reflection coatings 
  • Lightweight polymer housing 
  • Lumatic Display 
  • Revolutionary Lightwave DSP Technology 
  • HyperScan

What we didn’t like

  • Shorter eye relief 
  • Only 6x magnification 

Laser Type: MRAD
Magnification: Fixed
Objective Lens: 22mm
Eye Relief: 17mm
Max Range: 2000 yards
Measuring Time: 0.5 seconds
Weight: 0.31lbs
Features: RangeLock, HyperScan, Lightwave DSP Technology

7. Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W with DNA Laser Rangefinder

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The Leupold RX-1600i includes many of the same features that make the Leupold marksman 1000 rangefinder so popular. It features a slightly longer maximum range of 1600 yards and uses a lens with an objective diameter of 22mm. At the same time, it offers an eye relief of 17mm, which is ideal for hunters that wear glasses.

This ballistic rangefinder features a brilliant OLED technology system that makes viewing the measurements very simple. Hunters also have the opportunity to adjust the OLED screen according to whatever requirements suit their needs.

In addition to this, the Leupold RX-1600i is capable of zooming up to 6x, which allows for enough magnification and provides enough field of view to track effectively. While this rangefinder does not come in first on our list for power, at less extreme distances, this rangefinder performs extremely well.


What we liked

  • Follows Leupold Line 
  • The maximum range of 1600 Yards 
  • Brilliant OLED Technology 
  • Adjustable Screen 
  • 6x magnification 
  • True Ballistic Range system 
  • DNA system

What we didn’t like

  • Shorter range than competitors

Laser Type: Class 1 Eye Safe
Magnification: 6x
Objective Lens: 22mm
Eye Relief: 18mm
Max Range: 1600 yards
Measuring Time: 0.37s
Weight: 0.46lbs
Features: OLED Technology, True Ballistic Range

8. Bushnell Prime 1700 6X24 Laser Rangefinder

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Bushnell is one of our favorite brands because they produce products that are high quality while maintaining a price point that is affordable and accessible to beginners. The Bushnell Prime 1700 6×24 laser rangefinder fits nicely into the Bushnell product lineup.

This Bushnell one mile rangefinder offers a maximum detection range of 1700 yards. It also features magnification of 6x and an objective lens diameter of 24mm. The all-glass optical system means that the rangefinder offers a brilliant viewing experience.

The ARC system helps the rangefinder account for the terrain angle while calculating the distance to provide the most accurate range. To complete the package, Bushnell also features an Exo barrier with this rail-mounted rangefinder. This makes the Bushnell Prime extremely long-lasting, durable, and damage-resistant.


What we liked

  • Bushnell elite rangefinder 
  • 1700-yard maximum range 
  • All-glass optical system 
  • Brighter viewing experience 
  • Powerful Laser Diode 
  • ARC System 
  • EXO barrier 

What we didn’t like

  • Competitors have a longer range 
  • Poor battery life

Laser Type: Class 1 Eye Safe
Magnification: 6x
Objective Lens: 24mm
Eye Relief: 18mm
Max Range: 1700 yards
Measuring Time: 0.32s
Weight: 0.44lbs
Features: All-glass optics, ARC system

9. Nikon Black Rangex 4K Rangefinder

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The Nikon Black Rangex 4K rangefinder easily finds its way to the top of the rifle mounted rangefinder category. This rifle rangefinder offers a maximum range of 4,000 yards for reflective targets, while the maximum range for trees and deer is 1,700 and 1,500 yards respectively.

That impressive range alone makes the Nikon Black a brilliant long-range rangefinder but it doesn’t end there. The Nikon Black Rangex features Tru-Target Technology that allows users to switch between first priority and last priority targets.

With so many strong features as well as Nikon’s dependable quality, the Black Rangex is a great contender for long range rangefinding.


What we liked

  • Massive maximum range of 4000 yards 
  • Tru-Target Technology 
  • Angle Compensating Technology 
  • Fast Measurements 
  • Easy to read display 
  • Durable 
  • Waterproof 

What we didn’t like

  • Rare availability 
  • CR2 Batteries 

Laser Type: MRAD
Magnification: 6x
Objective Lens: 21mm
Eye Relief: 18.3mm
Max Range: 4000 yards
Measuring Time: 0.3s
Weight: 0.39lbs
Features: Tru Target Technology, Nikon ID

10. Luna Optics 7X24mm Long Range Laser Rangefinder

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Luna Optics provides a brilliant rangefinder with a decent maximum range of 2400-yards and offers modern connectivity options.

The Luna Optics rangefinder offers a 7x magnification that helps hunters easily zoom in on the necessary targets. It’s one of the most effective long-distance rangefinders on the market thanks to a 24mm objective lens that features full multi-coating, which maximizes light transmission. This rangefinder is great piece of optical equipment unto itself.

This long-range shooting rangefinder also features angle compensating software that works in tandem with the app. Hunters will be able to see the readings on the rangefinder in any conditions, thanks to the vibrant orange OLED display.

Another reason why this long-range shooting rangefinder is so popular is the durable design. It features compact IP56-rated housing that provides water resistance and allows the device to run at temperatures ranging from 14 to 122F. This operating temperature range does, unfortunately, limit its usability in extreme weather or climate conditions.


What we liked

  • 2400 yard maximum range 
  • 7x magnification 
  • Large objective lens diameter
  • Decent field of view 
  • Wireless connectivity 
  • Water-resistant 
  • Compact dimensions 

What we didn’t like

  • The app can be difficult to use 
  • A lot of features are inaccessible without an app
  • Operating temperature range is a bit small.

Laser Type: Class 1 Eye Safe
Magnification: 7x
Objective Lens: 24mm
Eye Relief: 16mm
Max Range: 2400 yards
Measuring Time: 0.05-2 seconds
Weight: 0.61lbs
Features: App connectivity, Orange OLED Display

11. Halo XLR 2000 Yard Rangefinder

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The Halo XLR 2000 Yard Rangefinder is a really strong contender for the best budget rangefinder on the market. The XLR is affordable and offers a maximum detection range of 2,000 yards for reflective targets as well as 6x magnification.

Thanks to the angle intelligence system, this rail-mounted rangefinder can calculate the true horizontal distance to the target at an incline or decline. Halo also includes a Scan Mode on their 2000-yard rangefinder that helps lock multiple targets at different distances.

It becomes incredibly useful when hunters are chasing after multiple animals. The build of the sniper rangefinder is very durable and is water-resistant as well. Users receive a 1-year warranty as well when they buy this product. When it comes to pure quality, the Halo XLR simply cannot stand up to Leupold or Nikon, but for its price the XLR is still a handy tool.


What we liked

  • 2000 yard max range 
  • 6x magnification
  • Auto Acquisition provides an instantaneous range 
  • Angle Intelligence System  
  • Scan Mode for multiple targets 
  • Ergonomic design 
  • Durable and water-resistant 

What we didn’t like

  • Dim Display 
  • No autofocus 
  • Overall weaker quality

Laser Type: MRAD
Magnification: 6x
Objective Lens: 24mm
Eye Relief: 16mm
Max Range: 2000 yards
Measuring Time: 0.5s
Weight: 0.51lbs
Features: Auto Acquisition, Angle Intelligence

12. Gunwerks G7 BR2500 Ballistic Rangefinder

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The Gunwerks G7 BR2500 Ballistic rangefinder is a newer model that provides a more powerful laser and better beam divergence. It also offers a fairly high range along with accurate measurements.

It features an ergonomic design that feels natural in the hunter’s hands and is easy-to-use for long periods of time. Unfortunately, despite attempts to mitigate this with ergonomic design choices, the Gunwerks G7 is still a bit clunky due to the fact that it is much heavier than the other entries on our list at 14.4 ounces.

The Gunwerks G7 rangefinder offers 7x magnification which is powerful enough to view distant targets in detail. The G7 uses an objective lens with a large diameter of 26 millimeters. This allows for high light transmission.

The G7 is overall quite powerful and useful. For users who want a more budget-friendly or portable option, though, the G7 may not be the best choice.


What we liked

  • More Powerful Laser 
  • Better Beam divergence 
  • Ergonomic Design 
  • Heavy rubber Armor 
  • 7x magnification 
  • 2500-yard range 
  • No application necessary

What we didn’t like

  • Quite heavy
  • Higher price tag

Laser Type: Class 1, 905nm (eye-safe)
Magnification: 7x
Objective Lens: 26mm
Eye Relief: 18mm
Max Range: 2500 Yards
Measuring time: less than 4 seconds
Weight: 0.9lbs
Features: Rubber Armor, Improved Laser

How to choose the best rangefinder for long-range shooting?

Maximum range and shooting distance

When it comes to selecting the best rangefinders for long range shooting, understanding the maximum range and shooting distance is crucial. The term “long range” is confusing. 

Different people tend to have different opinions about the term long range. However, most people consider tracking over 1000 yards to be long range.

That’s why when looking to pick a long distance rangefinder; hunters should opt for a product that offers a maximum range greater than 1000 yards.

It can be confusing to balance the maximum range of a rangefinder and the shooting distance of the rifle. An easy rule of thumb to follow ensures that the maximum range is always higher than the shooting distance. If you’re shooting at 1,000 yards, get a 1,500 yard rangefinder to ensure that your rangefinder can keep up with your needs.

Aiming points and reticles

The aiming point or reticle can function is one of the most important features of a rangefinder.

A long distance rangefinder with inaccurate aiming points will only cause headaches as users try to get the sights lined up with the object. There are several different options available, and certain rangefinders even offer the option to pick between different reticles.

The most common reticle and arguably the most popular among users is the small circle. It’s very effective at serving as an aim point, and it’s easy to align the circle with an object that needs tracking. However, the type of reticle is all about preference. While some people might prefer the circle reticle, others might prefer a dot. 

One of the best things to do if indecisive is to choose a rangefinder with multiple options. Using the adjustable reticles means that hunters can easily select the one that fits their style best.

Accuracy

Those that are familiar with the intricacies of long range shooting will understand that precision is everything. The further hunters try to target, the more important accuracy becomes. 

When hunting at a small range of 100 yards, a small inaccuracy isn’t going to significantly impact the result. However, if the hunter is using a 1,000 yard rangefinder, a small inaccuracy can significantly alter the shot and can make a world of difference.

That’s where high-quality laser rangefinders come to play. If hunters want to know which rangefinders are the most accurate, the best way is to read as many reviews as possible. Reading these reviews can allow hunters hone in on the user experience of others and decide if the product is accurate enough for their purposes.

Those hunters that have higher technological knowledge can focus on the type of laser as well. One of the most accurate lasers on the market is the Class 3R, which provides the most reliable results.

Related: 12 Best Rangefinders for Hunting

Angle compensation

Very rarely are you going to get the opportunity to track animals on completely flat plains on a hunt. Almost always, hunters approach their targets at an angle.

Regardless of whether they’re operating at an incline or decline, the addition of horizontal distance can make taking shots much harder. If not accounted for properly, it can lead to inaccurate range readings and a missed shot.

However, luckily for hunters, most modern rangefinders provide an automatic angle compensation system. These systems often come with different names but perform the same function. They compensate for the presence of angles to help ensure that the hunters receive the true ballistic range. 

To determine which rangefinders provide the most accurate angle compensation, hunters need to read through reviews diligently. Make sure you read a summary of the features involved in your product as well.

Related: 12 Best Rangefinders for Bow Hunting

Magnification and power

It can be easy for hunters to think that the more zoom, the better the rangefinder. However, that’s not necessarily the case. This is a balancing act that many consumers struggle to understand.

When hunting, you’re going to need to be able to see the target properly to track the target. Without the correct amount of magnification, spotting animals at a distance can be impossible.

Too much zoom can make focusing just as difficult as too little magnification. In general, 6x to 7x is appropriate for long range rangefinding. Depending upon the distance and hunting style, more or less magnification can be used.

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