Are Laser Rangefinders Accurate?

Out of range

Manufacturers of laser rangefinders claim that all of them are extremely accurate. The million-dollar question that then begs is, is this really true? The truth is that each model boasts enough accuracy to be accurate within one yard of the target’s true distance.

While this fact might be effortless to measure through hand for targets a couple of yards away, it’s difficult to verify when your target is almost one kilometer away. In fact, where would you get a tape measure to measure that? 

Fortunately, you don’t need a tape measure to establish the accuracy of the best hunting rangefinder. A target’s distance is the only thing you need for basic understanding of the gadget measures. So how does it work?

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Wilderness Lite

I love to hunt from a backcountry camp, but I’ve never enjoyed setting up and breaking camp. Last year, a couple of friends and I decided to hunt Colorado’s first rifle season for elk. We chose a camping spot near the end of a marginal Forest Service trail (it took 45 minutes to drive one mile). We had no neighbors on this stretch of steep, heavily forested public land, and our hopes were high for finding wapiti. It took a good two hours after arriving in late evening to erect our cabin tent and set up camp.

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