I bought a pair of Bushnell's new 1 MILE ARC LRF binoculsrs for deer hunting this fall.
As I backpacked into Nevada's Ruby Mountains I wondered if I really
needed these big boys hung around my neck. In backpacking every ounce counts, literally.
But once I began to hunt the value of these excellent binos became apparent. Glassing across the canyon I ranged rocks to get distance and was surprised that I always greatly overestimated distances.
Also these binos have built-in ballistic inclination compensation (rifle and bow modes) as well as ballistic tables. Reading a typical ranging readout gave me:
"482 yds" "+ 2.3 mil"
The mil reading was for scope adjustment up or down. It can be set to MOA if desired and the distance readout can also be set in meters.
With the internal binocular ballistic chart setting you can get "in the ballpark" with your cartridge/bullet weight but you need to actually shoot at binocular ranged targets to discover just how
close the binos are getting you. In my case the mil reading was off by only 0.2 mils. For another brand of 180 gr. .300 Win mag cartridge it may have been right on the money. But 0.2 mils is certainly "in the ballpark".
No, these binos will not enter temperature and atsmopheric pressure into the mil or MOA drop like Leica Geovid HD-B LRF binos but then again you are "only" paying around $900. for them, not $3,000. the Geovids cost. No they don't have the great Geovid glass but it's very good glass with excellent color correction and edge-to-edge clarity. These binos would also be very good for birding.
I'm glad I carried these binos for the information they gave me. My Browning A-Bolt in .300 Win mag with Hornady 180 gr. SST bullets were the right combo for long range shooting and these binos help me take advantage of that cartridge.
(No, I didn't get my doe. Saw them at night in groups of up to 8 but couldn't bust into the thick aspen sapling growths to find them during the day.)