Vortex Razor HD 4000 Laser Rangefinder

    In shooting, knowing the range to your target is essential. For instance, the rifle you brought to the hunt may not be suitable for long-range applications, and without knowing the proper distance you may be out of reach for a clean shot. Your eyes and your “experience” may lie to you, but if used correctly the Range Finder will tell you the facts so you can plan your shot and hold-over accordingly.

    As you can see, the design is very rugged, with magnesium body, rubber armor in a waterproof package. The diopter adjusts for differences in a user’s eyes. The magnification is a fixed 7x.

    The new Vortex high-end LRF is light, so there’s no excuse not to carry it. I have a Leica binocular with a built-in Laser Range Finder. It’s absolutely great, but just a little bit too heavy so it stays at home most (all) of the time. The best LRF is the one you always bring, and the Vortex looks like it.

    It will measure distances up to 4,000 yds (3,658 m), which is really impressive. That is similar to the exclusive Safran Vectronix Terrapin X Rangefinder which TFB reported about last year. Don’t miss the Terrapin X performance test as a benchmark.

    If you want to go further the Steiner M-Series Laser Range Finder with its 6,000 meters is probably it.

    The new Vortex Razor HD 4000 has a few modes of operation, depending on your needs.

    ELR – This is ideal for ranging targets at extreme distances. A slightly longer response time allows greatly extended range distances. Used a tripod to keep the range finder still.
    HCDHorizontal Component Distance, this mode is for angle compensated ranging, a great tool when the target is above or below you. (see picture below)
    LOS – The “Line of Sight” mode displays the actual line of sight range.
    Scan – This feature displays continual distance readings when panning across a landscape or tracking a moving animal.


    From Vortex’s description:

    The Razor HD 4000 is the essential companion for the extreme hunter, archer and shooter.

    The extremely effective angle compensated laser rangefinder features four targeting modes (Normal Mode, First Mode, Last Mode and Extended Laser Range Mode) for any ranging environment.

    The primary HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) range mode provides key angle compensated range information required by the vast majority of shooters in a simple, quick to read display.

    The Razor HD 4000 also has a LOS (Line of Sight) range mode and scan feature.


    The Razor HD 4000 uses HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) angle-compensated ranging technology to give bow and rifle shooters the critical distance data needed to make accurate shots.

    The box comes with a carrying case, lens cloth, hex wrench and a CR2 battery. The carrying clip looks like a good feature.

    Technical Specifications and performance

    NORMAL MODE 1,600 yds (1,463 m) 1,800 yds (1,646 m) 2,400 yds (2,194 m)
    NORMAL MODE (SCAN) 2,000 yds (1,829 m) 2,200 yds (2,012 m) 2,400 yds (2,194 m)
    ELR MODE 2,200 yds (2,012 m) 2,500 yds (2,286 m) 4,000 yds (3,658 m)


    Range Reflective (yards) 4000
    Range Tree (yards) 2500
    Range Deer (yards) 2200
    Accuracy (≤ 199.9 yds) .5 yds
    Accuracy (200 – 1000 yds) 1 yds
    Accuracy (> 1000 yds) 2 yds
    Max Angle Reading + / – 70 degrees
    Magnification 7x
    Objective Lens Diameter 25 mm
    Linear Field of View 341.25 ft @ 1,000 yds
    Angular Field of View 6.5 degrees
    Eye Relief 16-19 mm
    Length 4.49 inches
    Width 1.34 inches
    Weight 9.9 oz

    So how much it?

    The Vortex Razor HD 4000 sells for 729.99 USD. If that is too much for you, Vortex have other versions down to 269.99 USD.
    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.