Re: Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC rangefinder
Sorry I took so long to get back to you guys on this. I have had a chance to try it out over the last few days.
First off I ordered it from Optics Planet and it arrived very fast. I had never ordered from them before so Im pretty happy with their service. The price was right too.
The rangefinder is nice and compact and appears to be solidly built. It comes with a battery and a decent canvas case that uses magnets instead of snaps for keeping the flap closed.
The glass is very nice and clear. The only issue I have with the glass is that when I adjust the focus on the diopter the red display may not be as focused as the background view (what Im looking at). However I wear progressive bifocals and that could be part of the problem. All in all it is certainly not a deal breaker for me.
The display brightness adjusts to 4 different brightness levels. Brightness level #1 (the lowest setting ) is required during dawn and dusk, Anything higher and it fills the viewfinder with a lot of red oversplash (for lack of a better term). During the day I found it best to simply leave it at #4. In fact I wish the display could could even brighter because against a lighter colored background it does not stand out as well. You might also find that you have to move the viewfinder around just ever so slightly for you to see all of the numbers in the display if you wear glasses like I do. But again this is just a minor convenience for me. Without glasses you get the nice full field view.
The set up is pretty easy. The manual walks you through the steps to set it up for rifle or bow, unit of measure, display brightness, etc. The manual doesnt explain it very well but the mode button is the Bushnell emblem located on the side of the rangefinder.
One of the big marketing features on this is the angle range compensation. It seems to work just fine. I wish I had a way to validate the readings. You can also set it up to use line of sight distance only. You set up the ARC rifle mode using one of several different ballistic group settings. There is over 2,000 different caliber and load combinations that fall into the different groups. However since I reload I had to just select a ballistic group based on estimated bullet drop at 300 yards with a 100 yard zero. I then ran my particular load through a ballistics program to compare to the readings I was getting on the range finder. They are within an inch at 500 yrds. I still need to check it at the range of course to validate it further.
I have not been able to test it out on deer except for one day. I ranged a deer at almost 500 yards before it went out of site. On trees, building, etc, I am ranging to 900 + yards without much trouble. I have ranged a couple of buildings out over 1200 yards but I have not yet hit the magic 1300 mark.
Today I compared the accuracy to a friends older Leica Rangemaster 1200 LRF. The farthest I tested was a large bulletin board at a public park. The Leica measured it at 478 yards while the Bushnell read 479. Im pretty satisfied with that.
From the short time I have had it I would say that this is a great model for people looking for an all purpose rangefinder for bow and rifle hunting as long as you dont ask it to do more that it is capable of. I will be taking it to Idaho in October for deer/elk. I will will be shooting a 30-06 and will look at limiting myself to under 425 yards and would much prefer to keep it under 350.
Im going out in the morning to test it on deer again. I will post more results tomorrow.
Please let me know if anyone has any questions and I will try to answer them. Mike