Average rangefinders are plagued by a simple line of curses – mediocre durability, and unreliability. Sadly, these are the two things you want most in a rangefinder, and they also tend to be the things that tend to be rarest.
Which is why this is an exciting find. The Bushnell Medalist rangefinder brings a pretty nifty benefit with its price – total accuracy. And not just of the short-ranged kind – I’ve seen friends with a steady hand manage to hit a pin on the field at 600 yards in the first two tries; that’s over half a kilometer.
The Bushnell Medalist enjoys a good number of features. Firstly, it’s got the awesome usefulness of great magnification, an HQ LCD display, a total range of about 1,000 yards, and compact size. The thing doesn’t just fit in my hand, it slips into my pocket without a problem. Despite the screen and long battery life, it’s also rainproof – although admittedly, I haven’t had the chance to test that yet.
The magnification level on the Bushnell Medalist rangefinder goes up to 4 times – meaning you get a lot of viewing distance in such a tiny package. And tiny as it may be, it’s also really comfortable. The slick rubberized grip makes it easy to hold, so there’s really no hassle at all with using it.
Aside from its superficial benefits, battery life and screen, note that this is just a regular rangefinder, mostly for golfing. It’s designed to hit the reflective edges of pins on the course, so you know exactly how far away your next target is going to be. It isn’t, however, the kind of rangefinder you usually take with you on a hunt. It won’t account for bullet or arrow drop, and neither will it try to. However, that’s to be expected – such rangefinders would cost you a lot more than a Bushnell Medalist rangefinder, and with some practice and intuition, this will do you just fine on most occasions.
- An immediate pro is the amount of features the Bushnell Medalist boasts in its price range.
- It’s got a great battery life, with newer iterations of the Medalist carrying a 9-volt battery.
- It’s highly accurate, and excellent on the golf course with its pin seeker mode.
- It’s compact and easy to grip, making it a very comfortable rangefinder without seeming too flimsy.
- 4 times magnification and an LCD display for more accurate readings – and on top of all that, it’s rainproof.
- It’s incredibly sensitive. This means that you have to be careful, as sometimes its laser will hit the edge of a grass helm or stick, or some other hazard, and give you an inaccurate reading. Make sure you’re hitting the right target, and if you’re feeling unsure, try and get a second and third reading.
- It doesn’t target hills, only trees, pins, poles, etc. It’s specifically designed for pins, the ones with reflective qualities, and the rangefinder comes with two modes – one designed specifically for pin seeking, and a regular mode.
Protip: try to shake the rangefinder gently so the laser recognizes the reflective pin, so you get the most accurate reading.
- It’s not a ballistic rangefinders, so some hunters might be disappointed with this rangefinder’s, well, range of capabilities. For its price, however, it does just fine – better even.
If you’re looking for a feature-rich, accurate and durable rangefinder for your golfing hobbies, then the Bushnell Medalist rangefinder is an excellent choice. It does as advertised – it gives you accurate numbers to at least 600 yards, and apparently can range all the way to 1,000 yards at most, it hits pins accurately and easily without you having to have an extremely steady hand, and it’s pretty easy to use and stow away.
Keep in mind that it’s also very sensitive, and it’s limited to ranging pins, trees, poles and such – which can be both a benefit and detrimental, depending on the situation. Most of the time, you don’t want to accidentally try to get the range for the hill-side, but there are times when you’d like to. If you don’t mind these things, then this is most probably the product for you.