Vortex Adjustable Brightness Rangefinder

Last updated: February 17, 2023


Bow hunters may gravitate toward this rangefinder. It uses technology that can measure angle and slope. This is also a benefit for rifle hunters. Thanks to 6X magnification, this model provides enhanced performance as well.

We looked at the top Rangefinders and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Rangefinder you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: When you need to view an object up close, this rangefinder with 6X magnification will get the job done.

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the Vortex Adjustable Brightness Rangefinder placed 5th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Ranger Rangefinders give hunters and shooters distance data needed to make accurate shots. Easy to use with a clean display and highly intuitive menu, the Rangers keep things simple, yet provide a high level of performance. Primary HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) mode displays an angle-compensated distance reading. Three reticle brightness settings match ambient light conditions. Scan Mode gives range readings as you pan across the landscape or track a moving animal. Adjustable, utility clip secures the unit to a belt, pocket, pack, or other flat-edged surface. Fully multi-coated lenses deliver optimal light transmission. O-ring sealed for waterproof performance. Ideal for gun hunters, target shooters and bowhunters, Ranger rangefinders put the odds of accurate down-range impacts in your favor.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Incredible range (up to 1,000 yards) and great in wet and low light conditions
The unit is built with a rubberized coating and sealed o-ring housing which makes it both dustproof and waterproof.
The Primary Horizontal Component Distance (HCD) mode of the Ranger 1300 offers an angle-or-slope compensation distance at one push. Archers and rifle shooters stay quick on the draw as it illuminates your hold at harsh angles.
The red digital lights really stand out against most backgrounds and make it very easy to see in all lighting conditions. You can adjust the lighting display to accommodate sunrise, midday, and late evening. The Vortex Rangefinder 1000 has
The LED display has 3 brightness settings and was bright and easy to read on the medium setting under most lighting conditions.

What reviewers didn't like

Not great for computing wind effects and ballistics
Keep in mind that if ranging a smaller target, non-reflective, or quartering away your range will be significantly shorter.
It only displays range increments in 1 yard but not tenths
Some have complained that it is a bit slower than some of the other high-end rangefinders-anywhere from one-second to four seconds to get a readout.
The Ranger also struggled a little more scanning through light grass and brush to hit a distant target. You would eventually hit your desired target but it would take a couple attempts or using the scan mode to get it done
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