Combining a good pair of binoculars with a rangefinder isn’t a new concept, but doing it for a price that is manageable for your average person is definitely new and Bushnell has tackled the task with great results!
We have had the privilege of putting a pair of the 10×42’s through some rigorous testing for the past few months.
Out of the box, they felt a little on the heavy side and they tipped the scales right at 32 ounces, but when you consider that this will replace two pieces of equipment, you will shave some carrying weight overall and definitely save some space. Whether you are a rifle hunter or an archery hunter, the rangefinder has settings to accommodate your needs. The ARC or Angle Range Compensation will take into consideration the angle from -90 to +90 degrees and provide you with the true distance to shoot or holdover. This should help to eliminate misses on severe angled shots. In the archery mode, it will provide true hold distance from 10 yards all the way out to 99 yards and during our testing, it was extremely accurate out to the full 99 yards.
For those of you that choose to hunt with a rifle, this piece of equipment will fit your needs as well. During the setup time, you have the ability to plug in ballistic curve data that closely resembles your own rifle setup. By visiting the Bushnell website, you can find nearly every caliber and configuration to plug into the ballistic curve to get you as accurate as possible. You also have the ability to pick your sight in distances from 100 out to 300 yards.
Once you have the unit set up for your specific caliber, you are now ready to start ranging. With the push of a button, you will be given the line of sight distance, angle of trajectory and also the appropriate holdover in inches. This process must be validated to verify accuracy of the chosen ballistic curve and during our range testing, we were able to hit on targets out to 600 yards with several different calibers.
The rangefinder itself will provide ranges in either yards or meters and from 10 yards out to 1600 yards. On deer-sized targets, we were able to get ranges of 585 yards, while on more reflective types of targets, we got yardages out to 1728 yards, which is in excess of what Bushnell claims.
The BullsEye mode deserves a special mention because it allows you to take a yardage on smaller targets while ignoring background images. This is a great feature when trying to range animals out past several hundred yards when you are excited and shaking. It will give you the true yardage of your designated target and we felt this was an excellent feature that tested very well. The only complaint during the testing was the brightness of the L.E.D. displays during bright sunny days. It is still legible, but a little harder to see. And don’t forget, with all of the talk about the great rangefinding capabilities that you also have a powerful 10-power binocular at our fingertips as well. The glass has good edge to edge clarity and performs well in super low light conditions.
Overall, functionality and price performance can’t be beat with the Bushnell Fusion 1600 ARC Rangefinding Binocular.
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