If you’re a diehard hunter, then only the best gear will do. Having good gear can mean the difference between meat in the freezer and a big bowl of tag soup.
Laser rangefinders have evolved to meet the modern hunter by offering more useful technology in smaller packages. One that lasts all year and gives you boatloads of information can now be obtained for cheap by just about any hunter.
The Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC is a great example. It combines several features that Bushnell is known for to make a laser rangefinder that is ready for every season that has everything you’d need.
Specs & Features
For starters, the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC zooms out to 1000 yards with ease and a +/- 0.5 accuracy. It weighs 6.6 oz and runs on a CR2 battery.
The basic features are impressive, but the specialized technology built in it is what makes it the “year-round rangefinder.”
The technology package includes both scan and burst modes for determining the distance, either several targets at a time or getting an accurate measurement of a single distance. This is a nice feature to have during turkey season or setting up a tree stand during the summer.
The next two are the big heavy hitters of the unit. It can accurately predict the flight of your bullet and your arrow, and tell you if there’s an obstruction in the way. This is done up to 200 yards for the bow mode and up to 1000 yards for the bullet mode.
Knowing the distance that your arrow will travel considering the angle of your tree stand, the elevation and if there are limbs or bush in the way is impressive. Similarly with the rifle function that will help you call your shots before you even make them.
This technology makes it easy to extend your range and chances of making a clean, ethical kill.
Pros & Cons
The technology package has a ton of features that you would want if you hunt with both a gun and a bow. This is the great thing about it. If you want a single unit to do everything, this is the one you’re looking for.
However, if you want a specialized tool, this will let you down.
The menu has a lot going on and getting used to navigating all the options take time. All the mishmash of features leads to a complexity and a little misdirection. Yes, it can perform a lot of tasks. But it’s also heavier and bulkier than others without doing one thing very well.
Comparison to Similar Products
It is comparable in price but isn’t nearly as specialized as others from companies like Nikon and Vortex.
|Magnification x Objective Lens||6x 21mm||6x 20mm||6x 22mm|
|Size||1.3 x 4 x 2.9 in||3.6 x 1.5 x 2.9 in||3.9 x 3 in|
|Weight||6.6 oz||4.4 oz||7.7 oz|
|Range||5-1000 yards||6 - 550 yards||9-1500 yards|
|Reflective Ranging Performance||1000 yards||N/A||9-1500 yards|
|Tree Ranging Performance||650 yards||N/A||-|
|Deer Ranging Performance||325 yards||N/A||9-750 yards|
|Rangefinder Accuracy||+/- 1/2 Yard||-||+ / - 3 yards @ 1000 yards|
|Warranty||Lifetime||Two years||Unlimited Lifetime|
|Cost||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Nikon ACULON Xtra Green
The Nikon ACULON Xtra Green is much smaller and simpler to use but is almost the opposite in features. It is easier to carry, half the size and weight, plus it offers longer battery life.
Vortex Ranger 1500
The Vortex Ranger 1500 doesn’t carry with it the software to predict ballistics, but it gives ranges out to 1500 yards and is a bit easier to use. It may be better for people looking for a good rangefinder for just shooting.
If a diverse group of features is your thing, get the Bushnell Scout. But if you want something that is easier to use and has less stuff going on with it, take the Vortex Ranger.
Rating the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC
This is based on a 1 to 5 stars rating.
It has just about everything the market has to offer but has a few quirks. The setup takes a long time and the menu is hard to get used to. This is the price of its complexity, and you’ll have to live with that if you want all the capabilities it has. 3 stars for its features.
Its design is straightforward. The grip is comfortable and easy to hold still as you look through it. The lanyard loop is functional too. 5 stars for the design.
Materials & Quality
The fully multi-coated lens is one of the best in the market. The same guys behind the excellent Bushnell optics are the same makers of the glass in this rangefinder. 5 stars for its materials and quality.
If you intend to use a rangefinder for a full day of beaming targets, then spring for a unit with good glass. Otherwise, you’ll get a bad headache from the cloudy optics.
The construction of the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC is like a highly polished, useful brick. It is just as small as others on the market but a few ounces heavier. It comes from the plethora of things that the Scout DX 1000 can do.
This is certainly a niche item or for people who think they’ll want to expand their capabilities later.
There’s certainly more accurate, powerful, smaller and more affordable units out there but none of them can touch this unit with sheer number and level of tasks it does. It received an overall rating of 4.3 stars.
Bushnell is known for making great gear. They might be the most ubiquitous optic manufacturer in the United States.
They have good quality binoculars and military issued scopes that break barriers for quality and design. They passed that pride to this rangefinder. They have an impressive lifetime warranty and buyback policy if you don’t like what you bought.
If you do a whole lot of different things outdoors, you may want the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC.
The bottom line is, if you want a decent laser rangefinder at an average price, this is one of your top choices. But to remind you: it doesn’t have an outstanding feature or spec that is noteworthy.