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Buy the Leupold RX-600 Laser Rangefinder
The Leupold RX-600 Laser range finder comes with the following features:
- 6x magnification gives you plenty of power, with a wide field of view to track movement.
- Enhanced signal processing for faster, more accurate readings. (Compared to previous RX-I model)
- Rugged, weatherproof construction.
- Fully multicoated lens system for a bright, pristine image.
- Fold-down rubber eyecups accommodate users with or without glasses.
- Fast-focus eyepiece with precision clicks.
- Scan mode continuously updates the range as you track a target or scan an area.
- Accurate to 600 yards (reflective target), with measurements in yards, or meters.
- The simplified Quick Set Rotary Menu® is easy to use, for fast customization of your RX-600.
- Battery power indicator for easy battery level checks.
- The common CR2 lithium camera battery is easy to change in the field. (1 CR2 battery included)
- Three selectable reticles. Choose the reticle best suited to the terrain and game.
- Accessories included: The useful carrying case features a bungee/hook closure for silent operation in the field, a battery, a dog clip for attaching to your pack, and an internal pocket for carrying batteries, instructions and other items. Also includes a lanyard.
I purchased the Leupold RX-600 originally just because I needed a range finder. I really had not looked around for range finders because I didn’t need one. Price was a big factor in finding a range finder. I knew that the less that I paid meant fewer features. I wanted to stay under $200 dollars. I really couldn’t find any new for that price. I remembered that a buddy had just purchased a combo binocular/range finder and that he had a range finder before this.
It turns out that it was the Leupold RX-600. This was one of the ones that kept popping up in the $200 range. I bought it from him for $150. After buying it from him I downloaded the users manual from Leupold’s website to look at the features. The first thing that I noticed was that the manual covered the RX-600 & the RX-750. The RX-750 had more features such as an inclinometer and true ballistic range. Since I had already bought the RX-600 I convinced myself that I didn’t need these features. I was only using this for archery 3D shoots and potentially hunting so simplicity was actually a plus for me.
After using the range finder for the first time I was impressed. I would range a target, shoot, and hit pretty close to where I was aiming. I tried the three different reticlals and decided on what Leopold calls the Duplex with Plus Point. This one seemed the easiest one to place on the target. There are only 2 buttons on the RX-600. One is the power button and one is the mode button. It was nice not to have to fumble with numerous buttons.
What I like about this range finder:
I liked the price first and foremost. I also liked the fact that it wasn’t too heavy. When you are walking a 3D archery course you can be carrying a lot of gear. I didn’t need extra weight loading me down. It also seemed to be robust. I hook the range finder on a retractable cord from my belt. As I walk it swings into other gear that I have. It still keeps working.
What I don’t like so much:
I am a big guy. 6’6″. This range finder seemed to be small to me. It may be just fine for smaller people. After using it for a while I noticed that the distance that it was reading was about a yard longer than what my buddies range finder was reading and about a yard more than some of the range markers on our home range. I’m not sure if my friend’s range finder was off along with the range markers or vice versa. It turns out that this isn’t much of a problem with the higher speed bow that I’m using. For lower speed bows this may be more of a problem.
I like Leupold’s RX-600 range finder. It was inexpensive, simple to use, light, and fairly accurate. Based on the accuracy problem that I saw I might recommend a more accurate range finder for rifle shooters but for archery it seems to work just fine.