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.
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.
HCD CORRECTED SHOOT-TO RANGE
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
|DEER RANGE||TREE RANGE||REFLECTIVE RANGE|
|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)|