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Old 09-07-2012, 03:03 PM
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Re: Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC rangefinder

BigE Im sorry to say I missed that. I just looked at the Bushnell site and it appears that all of their Arc models give the true horizontal distance in bow mode but not rifle mode. I didnt give it much thought because I figured the corrected holdover feature would suffice for my needs.

Yes on paper the ballistics seem pretty close.

The on-line ballistic calculator at GSEVEN.com gives my 30-06 load (at 7,500 ft for Idaho) at 500 yards a drop of -40.6 " (sighted in at 200 yds). My Leupold B&C reticle shows a drop of -40.95" at 500yds. The GForce shows a drop of -43" at 500 yds. So all in all it seems pretty close.

Im still saving for a nightforce to put on my 7mm sendero. I suppose then I will also have to upgrade the rangefinder. : )

The more time I spend with the GForce the more I like it though. Mike
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:45 PM
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Re: Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC rangefinder

I have the ARC-1600... if you put it on "regular" mode it doesn't give angle compensation...
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:20 PM
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Re: Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC rangefinder

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I have the ARC-1600... if you put it on "regular" mode it doesn't give angle compensation...
Yeah, it's the same as the G-Force. I think everyone understood that.

What they were hopeful of, was that the Rifle ARC Mode would give "true Horizontal" distance. Which it does not, just line of sight. However, it does gives drop based off of pre-programmed values. You have a choice of 8 + 2 (Muzzle loader) pre-programmed values. These values are based off of your drop at 300 and 500 from a 100 yard zero. You pick the category that best fits your drop at those 2 distances.

The output (drop) is in either inches, centimeters, MOA, or Mil. You have the option of what they call Variable sight in distances (100,150,200 or 300). The G-Force will use that sight in as a bases of it's calculations for drop at any measured distance, up to 800 yards. It will range further, as I did today, but will not supply a drop figure for you after 800 yards.

OK, as I said, I got mine today. So, that meant an immediate trip into the field. Only saw one deer at 228 yards. However, I was able to range multiple trees, a tractor, a pump house, and a few other odds and ends.

Remember these are not max distances, just what I did today:

Farthest tree = 865
Tractor = 737
Whitetail = 228
Cow = 547
Pump house = 787

My initial score on a scale of 1-10: 9

I would have given it 10 if you were able to put your own ballistic data into it, and it gave "True Horizontal Distance". Both of which cannot be dealt with.

Having said that, the ballisitc output was pretty good out to about 700 yards. Not a 100% match to mine, but close enough to insure a very good hit to that distance.

I still need to play a little with it, and maybe I will get better results.

At around $330 deliverd, I am not going to hesitate to recommend this rangefinder.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:51 PM
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Re: Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC rangefinder

Took it out again last night. I have the luxury of having a Park that is within 6 miles of home. So, was able to range at better distance on animals.

Buffalo: 985 yards
Antelope: 735 yards
Tree: 1357

The more I use it the more I like it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:02 AM
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Took it out again last night. I have the luxury of having a Park that is within 6 miles of home. So, was able to range at better distance on animals.

Buffalo: 985 yards
Antelope: 735 yards
Tree: 1357

The more I use it the more I like it.
I know this thread has slipped away for a while but I took my G-Force out in the flat lands and I was using it in bright sunlight with alot of white reflective clouds and with the Sun 90*deg to my right at around 11:30 am I managed to range trees out to 1194/1196 yards and sheep to about 851yds,

One thing that I did notice was although they say it gives you the formulas up to 800yds well thats not quite accurite in respect that at 881yds it gave me a come up of 27.1moa so when I checked that with my Ballistic software that 27.1moa actually works out to over 950yds if your using a .270 150gr @2800fps, So it seems like Bushnells system will work Further than what they claim if you are using a Flat Shooting Rifle and that being so theres no reason why it wont work out even further

The G-Force does not like Grey Buildings at 45deg angles but Im pretty sure that the Beam is Quite small as I did'nt have any problems picking out differant objects between Zero and 850yds+,

Mirrage was really bad and the wind was gusting up to about 25mph and the light was always changing and hard on the Eyes even when I was not looking through the G-Force or my spotting scope and the fact that I had the G-Force on a tripod sitting on the Hood of my Truck, So I was getting that much reflection from that THAT I was having trouble getting my eyes to adjust even just to look for something else to range without using any optic what so ever.

The Bottom line is if you want to shoot out to A Grand+/- then this will be tough to beat and if you shoot according to your own BC software then theres no reason why this LRF cant take you out to beyond 1400yds+ and if you use the G-Force in better lighting conditions than I was in then theres no reason why it wont work way Further than what Bushnell Claim,

On this day I turned the Red Brightness of the screen up to 4 and I had not problems reading the screen even when I pointed it up to the sky and night It works best under street lights when set to 1 and normal darkish cloudy days 2 or 3 works fine it just depends on the daylight brightness and which works best for you,

Sure I'd like the range of the Vectronics but at A fifth of the price this little Beast is Better than you think and it always pulls something out of the Bag.

Blessin's John
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:37 PM
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Re: Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC rangefinder

Reviving it again...

I just bought one of these rangefinders too, its the first rangefinder I've ever owned...I've always borrowed one from friends

Heres to hoping it is what it should be...
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:51 PM
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Re: Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC rangefinder

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Reviving it again...

I just bought one of these rangefinders too, its the first rangefinder I've ever owned...I've always borrowed one from friends

Heres to hoping it is what it should be...
Congrats RR665, Just make sure you Keep reading pages 18 and 19 because they are the most important ones so you fully understand what they are saying, and if i can help just call.

blessin's John
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