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My short review... Bushnell Elite ARC 1600 rangefinder

 
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:41 PM
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Re: My short review... Bushnell Elite ARC 1600 rangefinder

Bushnell range finders have the largest beam divergence of any rangefinder I've been able to get specs on, 2x4 mil. I do use the 1000 ARC for bow hunting, absolutely love it under 500 yards!!
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Re: My short review... Bushnell Elite ARC 1600 rangefinder

the Bushnell Elite 1500's are pretty substandard, from what I've seen. My cousin bought one of them and it wouldn't even outperform my YP1000... but these new ARC's seem good, so far. I do hope mine will hold up.
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the Bushnell Elite 1500's are pretty substandard, from what I've seen. My cousin bought one of them and it wouldn't even outperform my YP1000... but these new ARC's seem good, so far. I do hope mine will hold up.
I have one as well (ARC). Got it when they first came out and I have no issues except the readout, which I've gotten used to. I've found you can 'speed' up the acquisition by activating the unit 2 times quickly, the second time, it displays yardage right away.,

I use mine much more for non-hunting business. I custom run forage for contract customers and calculating acerage on odd shaped fields and calculating fertilizer tonnage is where I use it most.

I use my vehicle as a reference point and the Bushy has been within a yard, consistently. I need an accurate rangefinder because I charge according to acerage.

My neighbor borrows it to run his row crop fields. He can calculate how much seed he needs to buy for rental plots and fertilizer, again on odd shaped and rectangular fields.

Sure ir a whole lot easier and quicker than the old split image transit method.

I'm still on the original battery if that says anything about battery life.

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Sidecar... that's encouraging to see that yours is doing well, after a good bit of use.

I'll post back if I do have an issue with mine. If it keeps working like it's working now, I know I'll be more than satisfied.
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Hopefully yours lasts.... my Elite worked great for two years and then has degraded extremely quickly. When I bought it, it would easily range trees to 1000 yards and reflective objects to 1500 with no problems. 4 years later, it wouldn't read past 400 yards on anything. It seems a lot of people have had the same problem with the units degrading over time.
Interesting, did you use yours a lot? Or did it sit idle between seasons?
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:34 AM
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Interesting, did you use yours a lot? Or did it sit idle between seasons?
If he's had it for two years (as he mentioned), it's one of the Elite 1500's, and very different from the Elite ARC 1600's which have come out in the last 12 months...

still, though, his Elite 1500 should have worked better. My cousin bought one of those also, paid around 350 dollars for it 3 years back, IIRC. And it just wasn't even close to the rangefinder my Bushnell YP1000 was... it seemed more like an 800 yard unit with a "1500" label on it.
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Interesting, did you use yours a lot? Or did it sit idle between seasons?
It got used at least once a month. It started going downhill in the wintertime, but I figured it was just hard for it to get a reading in the snow. As of 3 or 4 months ago I could still get reading out to 5 or 600 on trees but the last two times I've taken it out, it won't range anything past 400. Also, it is the older Elite 1500 ARC model but I have a hard time believing they made any serious changes when they went to the 1600 version.
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