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Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder

Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder



Vortex Ranger 1000 RangefinderVortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder - Capable of ranging targets to 1,000 yards, the Ranger 1000 gives hunters and shooters the distance data needed to make accurate shots. The adjustable, utility clip mounted to the body offers an innovative way to clip the unit to a belt, pocket, or other flat edged surface for easy access.

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Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder - Capable of ranging targets to 1,000 yards, the Ranger 1000 gives hunters and shooters the distance data needed to make accurate shots. The adjustable, utility clip mounted to the body offers an innovative way to clip the unit to a belt, pocket, or other flat edged surface for easy access. The Ranger 1000 used HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) angle-compensated ranging technology to give bow and rifle shooters the critical distance data needed to make accurate shots. Easy to use with a clean display and highly intuitive menu, the Ranger 1000 keeps things simple, yet provides a high level of performance. Fully multi-coated lenses deliver optimal light transmission. O-rings seal the Ranger 1000 for waterproof performance. Can be set to read in yards or meters to accommodate user preference. Ideal for rifle hunters, target shooters and bowhunters.

  • Range: 11-1000 yards (10-914 meters)
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Lens diameter: 22mm
  • Length: 3.9"
  • width: 3"
  • Weight: 7.7 oz


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Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder Review

When it comes to hunting or sport shooting, unless you are just beginning the adventure, you are probably well aware of the need to accurately judge or measure distance. Most of us no...Read complete review

When it comes to hunting or sport shooting, unless you are just beginning the adventure, you are probably well aware of the need to accurately judge or measure distance. Most of us no doubt began shooting by guessing the yardage of our shot, most likely in comparison to a 100 yard range. Many a shot has gone awry, many a buck or bull has bounded away due to inaccurate judging of distance. To compound the difficulty of self judging the distance comes the added complication of rise and fall of elevation. Being able to closely judge distance is, by all means, a very important and needed skill when it comes to hunting and shooting, especially in quick shot scenarios. How fortunate we are to live in an age where we have the right tools to aid us in the game.

I've said it many times before, spending money for the best of everything when it comes to outdoor equipment will not make you the best in the business, as a great deal of success hinges on refining skills and the experience that time in the field brings about. There is no substitution for experience. However, I do believe that there are those products out there that greatly enhance our abilities to harness those skills and abilities to our advantage. Back in August I finally got my hands on the "Ranger 1000" laser rangefinder. While I have to admit I have never owned a rangefinder prior to receiving the Ranger 1000, I have been able to look through several rangefinders of various brands while on hunts and shooting with others. One reason I have not purchased my own is that I have yet to look through that one rangefinder that really grabbed my attention. Before I let you know what I think of the product, lets talk about some of the specs of the Ranger 1000.

Out of the box: To start off, I have to say that the first impression upon taking the rangefinder out of the package was the size! At 3" wide by 3.9" long, this is one of the most compact rangefinders that I have handled. Initially, looking at the size and simplicity I was skeptical that this rangefinder would best other brands that I had used. I was impressed with the carrying case that was simple and slides onto a belt easily. Opening the case, I was quick to notice the rubber armored coating that covers the rangefinder, which is very characteristic of most optics products that Vortex has to offer. I've always been a fan of the coating, which not only protects the product, but also provides for a better grip and feel to the surface.
The rangefinder itself is also equipped with a belt clip that is interchangeable from the right to left side of the body for right or left handed users. The battery compartment sits below the eyepiece, and two buttons, one for the menu, the other for the yardage control are found on the top of the unit, at your fingertips. There is also attachments for a lanyard (included) and the bottom of the body is equipped with threads allowing the unit to be attached to a tripod or window mount.

Operation: This rangefinder is set to a default mode of HCD (Horizontal Component Distance). This setting is what most of us would use for hunting especially, but also has a use for shooting in general. HCD automatically compensates angles (slopes, etc.) to give the user a true distance reading. If you prefer to make the measurements yourself, the easy to use menu allows the user to toggle over to the LOS (Line of Site) mode. Vortex has also thrown in a field reference card to aid you in determining MOA if you prefer to use the LOS setting. In the menu setting the user will also easily find the setting to adjust the brightness (3 settings) and can also change the units from yards to meters.
To measure distance, the operation is very simple. Click the "measure" button once to bring the unit to power, click again to display the crosshairs, place the crosshairs on your target and click the measure button again to get your reading.

Specs: Here's what you get with this rangefinder. With a reflective range of 1,000 yards, and a game range of 500 yards, you will find the Ranger 1000 accurate within + or - 3 yards. The 22mm objective lens gives the user 6X magnification, with a 17mm eye relief. As always, this product's O-ring seals provide amazing protection from moisture and debris, and is backed by Vortex's limited lifetime warranty, one of the best warranty programs you will find in the optics world.

From the Field: I picked up the Ranger 1000 and hit the road to the mountains back in August for the first of my 3 deer hunts, the archery hunt. Three hunts this fall, and I had to be picky as I could only harvest 1 muley within that time. I was fortunate to have plenty of opportunity to use the rangefinder during that hunt, but the use was only at ranges of less than 100 yards, and the rangefinder performed like a champ. The true test was going to be the elk hunt, when we hit more wide open spaces.
The elk hunt surely brought the challenge I was looking for to put this rangefinder to the test. During 2 elk hunts and a time frame spanning 3 weeks, the Ranger 1000 went with me through heat, dirt, cold weather, and the abuse I put it through in some very rough country. Most of the elk we were ranging near the beginning of the hunt were again at relatively close distances, within 300 yards. I had little trouble with the finder doing it's job. However, later in the hunt as the elk began to provide us more of a challenge, it was time to start giving the Ranger 1000 a test at greater distances. While it was nearly impossible to range an elk at over 500 yards, picking up bright objects such as tree trunks and rocks that were lighter colors would do the job. At distances of 500-700 yards this was no trouble, however 700 to 1000 would take finding the right object and a few clicks to get a reading. When it came to getting my elk, the bull only provided me a neck shot. Using the Ranger 1000, and my Vortex Diamondback 4-12X40 riflescope I was able to dial right in on a 360 yard shot and drop him right in his tracks. This was a hunt that I was no doubt very reassured to have a tool with me that took away the guesswork!

As the deer hunts continued, I had many more opportunities at ranging deer and elk. I have to say, the Ranger 1000 never let me down. I ended up taking my buck on a quick shot under 70 yards, but it was a reassuring feeling having the rangefinder with me for over 6 weeks of hunting and ranging a lot of game.


Lightweight, but very solid construction. Armor provides a secure grip.
Easy to use (target acquisition and menu)
Crystal clear optics and display
Versatile carrying options
Great battery life
Solid warranty program


Smaller field of view compared to other models
A bit of difficulty ranging over 500 yards

Overall I have to say that I would have no problem recommending the Ranger 1000 to others, especially hunters. I didn't give the unit a lot of testing at the range, but when it came to the range I did find that the rangefinder did have more ease in picking up reflective surfaces over 500 yards, such as targets. In fact, I did pull a 1,045 yard reading on a target. The key to a good reading at distances over 500 yards is steadying yourself. It is very difficult to do so off hand. If you are hunting and looking for a good rangefinder for game at distances of 500-600 yards then this is the rangefinder for you. After some time of using it, I am getting fairly good at picking up non-game targets at greater distances that will still help me range game.
When I compare the Ranger 1000 to other rangefinders I have used, I have to give this model high marks on clarity, ease of use, and compactness. I have used several rangefinders that I have worried about how the unit would hold up to the abuse that gear takes in rugged country and harsh environmental conditions. I am also not known for being one that is easy on his hunting equipment! When you look at the simplicity and armor coating, I think most extreme hunters will really like the Ranger 1000 when compared to other rangefinders.

So, where does this rangefinder rate in comparison to others I have used? Well, I will say that I have found a keeper for sure. This is the first range finder that Vortex has produced. I look forward to see the improvements that will most likely come along, but until then I would like to extend my appreciation and admiration of another fine product from Vortex Optics. Turkey hunting is 4-5 months away, and I can't wait to put the Ranger 1000 to work for me again at that time!


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Its Good but not Great

While I am a very dedicated Vortex user, I have two binos, two spotting scopes, and two tripods from Vortex, I am not overly impressed with this rangefinder. As usual, the Ranger...Read complete review

While I am a very dedicated Vortex user, I have two binos, two spotting scopes, and two tripods from Vortex, I am not overly impressed with this rangefinder. As usual, the Ranger is put together very well and is super durable, very clear glass, and easy to read display, its light weight and the correct size. However....I was very disapointed in the response time. It takes seconds to display a read out even at short ranges. Closer to 3 and 4 seconds at longer ranges. Also it says ranges out to 1000 yards and 400 on an animal, I struggled to get reading past the 300 yard range on deer and elk. I guide deer hunts on the plains of Colorado and being able to range deer out past that 300 yards is exstremely important. I tried numerous times to get ranges on trees and building and never saw a range over 600 yards. So long story short, quality made and durable...yes, nothing short of what to expect from Vortex, but ranging ablity.....its got a long ways to go to compete with some of the other rangefinders on the market. Unfortunately I had to sell mine ( to a target shooter ), and purchase a competitor product. However, I will be looking forward to the next generation of Vortex rangefinders to test them out, maybe in a binocular????

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from Nebraksa

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

With this being my first rangefinder, I look at comparable products and took my time in deciding before deciding on Vortex. This was my first Vortex product and not the last as I have added binos, and scopes now! Needless to say the simple easy to use features and warranty sold me on Vortex, having used the rangefinder during deer this last fall and it functions perfectly will in the field. It work in the early morning and late shooting periods in low light without out any trouble. It's because of this that I have become a regular Vortex customer.


Great product


from Omaha, NE

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

I purchased this for an archery pronghorn hunt where I knew I would need distance and accuracy. I have used many range finders in the past within the same price range as the Ranger 1000 with little satisfaction. First off the 6x magnification is great and the glass is nice and clear, I realize that the advertised range on all range finders is for a reflective target, but I was very surprised to find that this one could pick up game at right around 500 yards. The illuminated reticle makes for easy use in all light conditions and I absolutely loved the scanning feature.


Exactly what I was looking for


from Adirondack Mts

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

Exactly what I wanted. Perfect for any hunter/shooter except the very few who take those real long shots. Easy to use. Another home run by Vortex.


Very happy with my new rangefinder


from Central Illinois

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

I bought a rangefinder for deer hunting in Illinois and couldn't be happier. Awesome Vortex quality with a service team I can trust. The red display is much easier to read compared to my old black display. I would buy again.


Good but not great


from Dallas, TX

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

Really liked the optics of this and if you hunt in the west, having the HCD is a must. Size factor is just right and texture helps in grip. My main negative is the 3 button push requirement to acquire your target. Once you pull out the Ranger you must push it once to turn it on, push it a second time to fire up the screen and push it a third time to acquire your target. Target acquisition is fairly fast.

For rifle hunting at distance, this may not be an issue, but when hunting with bow and every second or half second could count for the animal entering into a shooting lane it could be an issue.


Solid Rangefinder


from Conroe,TX

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

I have used this on several hunts for about a year now. I love the 6x feature and the switchable belt clip. Very handy. I have accurately ranged hard targets to 1,100 yds and soft targets to 450. I have used it side by side against Leicas and Leupolds and it always ranges the same, or within 1-3 yds.of the other units. The only thing I don't like about the Ranger is the bluish tint of the glass. It's very clear, but it kind of messes with your eyes when you first pull it up to get a reading. Overall, I'm extremely happy with it and you can't beat the price for the quality and features.


Good Range finder but....


from Out west

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

I have had this range finder for a two seasons and am very happy. I have not had to change the battery it is user friendly and as Im sure we all know Vortex customer service can't be beat. The only gripe I have is there is a delay in receiving the range data once the button is pushed. This could be attributed to user error, but if not the peace of mind I get from Vortex warranty will keep me from using another range finder in spite of this minor delay. Other than that I have found it to be extremely accurate. I bow hunt and shoot a movable site I range the target adjust the site and shoot with confidence.




from Oklahoma

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

I my humble opinion, this is one of the finest rangefinders on the market. I have owned all makes of Rangefinders, For the price, value, and piece of mind with a life time unconditional warranty hands down this is the only rangefinder I will be using. Being a disabled vet, I have used many of military products, and again there is no comparisons in my opinion. Thank you for a product that's affordable & dependable.


Great tool, off and "on the job"!


from San Antonio, TX

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

First let me say, I did not intend to buy the Ranger 1000, but sometimes situations just work out and deliver more than you expect. I have another brand range finder I have been using for a couple years. It worked for me. I had to travel to a jobsite to evaluate some crane needs and forgot to pack my old unit. I found a gun store in downtown Rapid City, SD where they had several makes and models of rangefinders on display. I had not seen the Ranger 1000 before, but I have several Vortex scopes and love them all. After a quick comparison of the available quarry, The choice was obvious.

On the job site, the horizontal component became invaluable. I was able to get lift radii quickly and my work was so much more efficient not having to compute the angles.

Oh, and by the way, it is great in the field too...

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from revelstoke bc

Comments about Vortex Optics Vortex Ranger 1000 Rangefinder:

Great product!!ive ranged moose and bear at 650 yards...if your not steady add a tripod and range out to 850 no problem!!!

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