Best Bushnell Scout 1000 Review

Bushnell Scout 1000
  • Bushnell Scout 1000
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Laser Range Finder: Bushnell
  • Version: Scout 1000
  • Price: $$$
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Review Summary:

Bushnell Scout 1000 is a compact laser rangefinder, equipped with Angle Range Compensation (ARC), carrying case, battery and neck strap.

With hunting season coming up, a laser rangefinder becomes more than just another shooting accessory. It is a necessity for effective hunting. Sure, a rifle scope can provide magnification and an estimated range but for a quick and accurate measurement, a good laser rangefinder is a must. And if you’re not happy with shooting in flat terrain, a diverse topography calls for specialization. And although it is possible to calculate for the true horizontal distance of a target based on the terrain angle, swiftness is a key characteristic in hunting. You want that measurement as quickly and as accurately as possible.

This is why I usually look for rangefinders with a form of angle compensation. The Bushnell line usually has this option even if it does cost a lot more. I normally wouldn’t purchase the Angle Range Compensation or ARC technology of Bushnell for golf or target shooting but for bow and gun hunting, it seems necessary. I’ve tried the Bushnell Chuck Adams BowHunter and found it satisfactory so I borrowed another Bushnell device from a friend when I was training. He lent me his new Bushnell Scout 1000 with ARC Technology. Here’s how it fared so far.

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Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC Laser Range Finder

Beneficial Features of the Bushnell Scout 1000

  • Built-in ARC Technology

I’ve already told you that the ARC technology measures the line of sight yardage and considers the angle of elevation/ depression when calculating distances. What you get is the true horizontal distance displayed as the “shoots-like” distance on the screen. No need for further manual calculations in your noggin.

  • Features Bow Mode and Rifle Mode

Although I rarely used the Bow Mode, it can range up to 99 yards which is pretty distant for bow hunting. On Rifle Mode however, this baby can range up to 800 yards and at times even up to 850 yards. The advertisement says up to 1000 yards but I find that too idealistic. Also in this mode, bullet drop is compensated for in the measurement and holdover mode is in inches.

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Bow Mode

  • Offers Scan, Bulls Eye and Brush Mode

Isn’t this overkill? Not at all. I love how Bushnell created situation-specific modes to cover your hunting needs realistically. On Scan Mode, you simply hold down the button and the device continually updates your yardage. Now, for shorter ranges and smaller targets like prairie dogs, the Bulls Eye Mode ranges closer distances. And on Brush Mode, you are able to are through cover (i.e. a set of trees) and gives you readings of background objects which I use as a point of comparison.

Pros of the Bushnell Scout 1000

  • Very accurate readings

The Scout 1000 is an intelligent little device that thinks for itself. When I want the range of a target that’s further off but is obstructed by a bunch of trees or rocky terrain, it automatically provides me with the measurement of the more distant object. It does the same for closer targets and gives me the range of the object nearer to me. It also accurately measures both line of sight and true horizontal distance up to 800-850 yards.

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A closer look at Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC Laser Range Finder

  • Rainproof body and lens

The Scout 1000 is layered with a Rainguard HD lens coating which makes it withstand rain, sleet, fog and snow. It also surprisingly provides a crisp image in low light conditions and despite the direct glare of sunlight. With a waterproof case to some degree, the Scout 1000 is your all-terrain, all-weather rangefinder.

  • Compact and easy to use

Weighing less than 7 ounces, the Scout 1000 is light weight and can be easily carried in your hip belt or jacket pocket. It’s slim, vertical design allows easy use and storage. Its ergonomic design allows for a more stable grip as well while the single operational button cuts out any complications I dislike in a laser rangefinder.

Cons of the Bushnell Scout 1000

  • Awkward lanyard

A minor disadvantage but for the nit pickers, the lanyard or neckstrap could be a problem. I don’t know how anyone is supposed to wear it so I gave up entirely and placed another one altogether.

  • A bit pricey

You literally get what you pay for. If your budget is within the $100 range, forget it and look at another brand like Simmons or Halo. But if you want angle compensation and all that, be ready to dish out an extra $100-$150 for this device.

Conclusion

All in all, I am impressed with the Bushnell Scout 1000. It is accurate, fast and versatile. I think this device will prove very useful in our next hunting trip. I would definitely recommend this to any serious hunter who may want to upgrade their laser rangefinders.

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