Knowing the exact distance to your target is essential for pinpoint accuracy, regardless of whether you are shooting a bow, muzzleloader or long-range rifle. Leupold has launched an entire fleet of new rangefinders for 2018 and there is sure to be one that fits into your budget.
Leupold’s RX-2800 TBR/W is the heavy hitter in the line and will range reflective targets out to 2,800 yards (but we could consistently get nearly 3,000 yards off of a house during our testing). The 7X magnification on this model is a big benefit when you are attempting to range targets at this distance. Also, the 3/8 tapped screw hole to accept a tripod mount is a big benefit when shooting these long ranges, as the slightest movement will often pull you off of the target at these distances.
The RX-2800 is equipped with what is called Alpha IQ, which makes this unit process extremely fast and spit ranges back out to you quickly. Even at extremely long ranges, we were able to get quick feedback without multiple pushes of the button. On objects like trees, the advertised distance is 1,300 yards and we found this to be conservative as well, often getting yardages in excess of 1,800 yards. This was the same with deer-sized targets, exceeding the advertised number of 1,100 yards. Leupold definitely under promised and over delivered here. As with most range finders, this one will put readings out in both yards and meters and the red OLED display lights up well, even under extremely bright conditions. This rangefinder will also provide you LOS, which stands for ‘Line of Sight’ readings. This is the actual yardage or meters in the straight-line to the target. It’s also a dandy little computer and will give you what Leupold refers to as TBR or ‘True Ballistic Range’. This means that it will take into account the incline or decline and give you the corrected yardage or meters to hold. This takes the guesswork out of making a shot uphill or downhill.
The TBR mode truly takes you to the next level. You can get holdover outputs in several options. These all require you to know certain data about the load you will be shooting. The BAS output will give you the equivalent horizontal range and what I like to call corrected data. It will also display data in MOA and MILS. This eliminates the need to have to cut a custom turret for your rifle. You can zero your rifle at whatever altitude you will be hunting or shooting and your corrected data will output and you can make a quick change on your rifles’ elevation turret in the appropriate MILS or MOA. It has the ability to give a constant 10-mph, full value, ninety-degree wind measurement in these same measurements. Truly a great rangefinder, as it performed extremely well in all of our field testing.
My name is Lisa Deming. I'm the editorial assistant for Sportsman's News Magazine. I have three kids and we live an active outdoor lifestyle.