Today, we are going to give a good look at the Vortex Ranger 1000. Even though Vortex isn’t a household name like Bushnell or Leupold, they still are a great name in optics and put out solid products in the hunting arena. We are doing lots of rangefinder reviews and are happy to do a Vortex Ranger 1000 review. Lets get down to business.
The Full Vortex Ranger 1000 Review
This Vortex unit comes with a maximum range of 1000 yards, with a target accuracy range of 500 yards, and is accurate +/- 3 yards at 1000 yards away, which are pretty solid stats on any rangefinder. Vortex has solid optical products, with multi coated lenses that will help deliver the best light transmission to the view screen, giving hunters and shooters a clearer picture that will help them take more accurate shots. The menu is intuitive and easy to use, as there’s no fumbling around for the right mode or button to get what you need. Simplicity in this rangefinder is a huge plus, something that you don’t expect from a rangefinder with performance this good.
In terms of fit and feel, it fits great in my hand and is easy to grip with the rubber coating (which makes the unit waterproof). Even though the unit’s rubber coating is most likely to make sure that it’s water proof, it gives it a very durable feel and wants to think that it can go anywhere and take on any task in the field. Vortex also focused on something that most companies don’t: carrying in the field. The vortex is ergonomic as we mentioned before, but they made the ranger 1000 easy to clip on your belt, pocket or hang from a lanyard for easy access when you’re out in the field (though if you dont like the belt clip, it can be removed easily). The size on this rangefinder is also a plus, as it’s a lot smaller than a lot of other rangefinders on the market today, and in my opinion every little thing helps when you’re hauling a lot of gear or pulling something back to the truck.
Like many rangefinders, this one has an angle compensation mode that is great for bow hunters. Vortex calls it HCD mode, which stands for Horizontal Component Distance, which (as we know) gives you the angle compensated distance for your shot if you’re at the top or bottom of a hill or something like that. The mode works great, and was able to tell me what looked to be good angles when I was testing it, though I wont know for sure until hunting season starts this fall. When I was out testing the unit on a bright day, the display seemed to wash out a bit, but that was quickly remedied by changing the display to its brightest setting with the menu button.
This is a great unit with great distance (1000 max, 500 for target) with solid optics and a respectable 6x zoom level. It ranges quickly, easily and accurately and as far as I can tell the angle compensation tools work as advertised. The optical display is bright enough to work even in the brightest sunlight that I could test it in, and the recticles are still clearly visible. The operation is simple with one hand and is easy to hold with one hand as well. The cost is very competitive and in terms of value for the price paid, it’s going to be tough to beat. That’s about all we have to say for this vortex ranger 1000 review, so if you’ve got one, let us know what you think in the comments!