Bushnell and Simmons: Spot the Difference

Life is full of options, one of which is having to choose between two brands. Most times, we ask, do brands matter, or are we mostly just paying for the label?

Brand names are important, but more than sticking to famous labels, it matters to know what each label is dedicated to. In the realm of rangefinders, for example, each model, series, and sometimes even brand names, are dedicated to some purposes (eg: hunting via archery, hunting via rifle, golfing)

Here, we’re going to know more about Bushnell and Simmons. What does each name stand for?

Bushnell Rangefinder

Both are big names in the world of rangefinders. But Bushnell is a name housing several series titles and models. The name has been in the industry for many years, and has built a name that could be equated to trustworthiness and accuracy in range finding. Among the series names are Scout 1000, G-Force DX, Elite 1-Mile, Truth Clearshot, Truth Primos, Sport, and Bone Collector. The first four of which are labeled premium, while the latter are on the budget end.


Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC Laser Range Finder

Bushnell G-Force DX ARC 6x 21mm Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Tactical 202421 Elite 1-Mile ARC 7x26mm Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell also is equipped with varying technologies and modes, each fit for a certain activity. One of which is the ARC (Angle Range Compensation) Technology, where the angle of the shots are factored in on computing for the distance. It has a bow mode and a rifle mode, which stands for which hunting gear it fits to most.

The bow mode offers a shorter range, but provides angle compensated yardage. Rifle mode on the other hand ranges longer and still while considering the angle, but without giving out the data on angle compensated yardage. Furthermore, the Rifle mode has a VSI, an added feature that shows ballistic charts for choosing a trajectory that best fits the user’s hunting cartridge.

Bushnell’s are also equipped with Target priority settings, a Brush (2nd priority) and a Bullseye (1st priority) priority settings. The Brush option ranges the farther object, in case the reading reads two objects of different distance. The Bullseye option on the other hand, works the opposite way. The first priority option is usually better for long-range hunting, while the second one is good for golfing or short-range hunting.

Simmons Rangefinder

Simmons on the other hand, only has 3 different units, with almost the same features, varying only in the body’s appearance and LRF 600 Tilt technology.

Simmons rangefinders, unlike Bushnell, have a very specific target audience. They’re units are very basic and affordable, offering the best features that a bow-hunter could long for –without the extra features in other versatile rangefinders, thus allowing for more savings.

Most angle-related technologies are only available in premier to mid-range rangefinders for other brands, but Simmons offers it in a budget rangefinder. This rangefinder is basic but has good features for bow hunters. It may have a shorter range, but this is perfect for short-range bow hunting. Aside from the LRF 600 Tilt technology, Simmons is extremely basic. It has no extra features. There isn’t any bow or rifle icons, and no target priority options are available either.

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