Re: which budget rangefinder
If you can hold out and save a bit more the Vortex Ranger 1000 is a great way to go. It is a 1000 yard rangefinder, so typically with something like a deer you should be able to count on 500 yards, although it often ranges critters past that range.
It's compact, light, has a rugged belt clip, and features a rubberized body. It also comes with a standard carrying case for your belt and small strap for the Ranger itself.
It has fully multi-coated optics and features HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) for angle compensated ranging - The display is also in a nice bright red format making it really easy to read.
Sure, you're looking at about $400.00 for this rangefinder, but the features, ruggedness and quality are there. Plus Vortex offers their lifetime warranty on it, which not many companies due when it comes to products with electronic components in them.
We have them in stock if you are interested. Our website is down below in our signature - our contact info is on the website as well.
Thanks for your time, take care.