I was wondering what others thought about laser rangefinder scopes. Because they take the guesswork out of ranging, I'm seriously thinking about getting one but have a few reservations which are as follows:
· More technology and batteries = more opportunity for failure when needed.
· Durability/sensitivity of electronics with higher recoil rifles.
· As far as I know, the military does not yet use the technology.
· It seems that the cost of having a precision rangefinder built into the optic would take away from the glass and other QC issues.
What say you Arfcomers? For further reference, I've included some info, images and links below on three that are available.
Bushnell Yardage Pro
Our all-in-one guide to hitting everything. We combined a premium 4–12x 42mm riflescope, laser rangefinder and bullet-drop compensator, so you can see your target with stunning clarity and nail it with lethal precision. Fully multi-coated optics deliver optimum brightness and color fidelity. The laser rangefinder is activated with a wireless trigger pad. Bullet-drop turrets eliminate hold-over guesswork. We wrote a new book on accuracy, and you get to end it.
Apparently the was the Bushnell works is that they supply a selection of yardage adjustment turrets for various types of rounds. So for example if you shoot .308, you drop the corresponding .308 turret into the scope, then after you get the range from the laser function, simply adjust the turret and shoot. The guesswork is supposedly eliminated.
The Yardage Pro retails from the low to mid $600s
It began with a radical yet simple concept: combine an accurate rangefinder and a premium quality rifle scope in a single, efficient package. A quantum technological leap for certain, and Burris accomplishes exactly that with great success.
The new Burris LaserScope doesn’t look like a conventional rifle scope. But then there’s nothing conventional about how it performs.
A shooter can range game, aim and fire in one smooth motion with the LaserScope.
No losing sight of the target while you juggle between a separate rangefinder, rifle and scope. No losing precious seconds in the transition. No mental gymnastics as you try and factor in bullet drop. Just range, aim and squeeze the trigger.
With premium quality 4X-12X Burris optics at its core, you can depend on a bright, crisp, and extremely clear field of view. Packed with state-of-the-science micro-circuits and precision beam splitter, the advanced laser rangefinder is at minimum the equal to any stand-alone unit. But hard hunting and magnum recoil will not stifle its performance. The Burris legacy of unfailing shot-after-shot accuracy continues.
Even with the superb optics and leading edge rangefinding performance, the most amazing feature of the LaserScope is its affordable retail price.
The Burris Laserscope retails from the high $500s to Low $600s.
Laser IRT 4-12x42 NP
Accurate long-range shots are now easier than ever, thanks to the speed and simplicity of this laser range-finding riflescope. The Nikon Laser IRT removes the guesswork from proper shot placement while saving you precious seconds going from rangefinder to riflescope.
The Nikon Laser IRT retail from the high $600s to mid $700s
I'll stick to my rangefinder being seperate from my scope. I've looked and held the Bushnell and it seems heavy to me.
+1. cheap handheld rangefinders will do the same job without adding weight and complexity to your gun.