There is nothing frustrating as having an improperly mounted scope. That is where a scope with built in rangefinder comes handy. A scope mounted rangefinder saves your time and energy in mounting your scope. There are different scopes that need different mounts. So if you get a scope mounted rangefinder chances are very slim that these two do not match.
If you are to mount alone, you have to know the accurate screwdriver bits, bubble levels, rubbing alcohol, dial calliper and gun vice. A scope mounted rangefinder does not need all these tools, you only buy your scope ready for mounting. Scope mounted rangefinder can be a shooting gun mounted rangefinder or a bow-mounted rangefinder.
Sig Sauer Digital Ballistic Laser Rangefinder Kilo 2400 ABS
It magnifies up to 7 times and the lens is protected by the SpectraCoatTM anti-reflecting coating. It can obtain four range updates per second. That is quite fast and efficient. The reticle can be adjusted and can be paired with a smartphone. Accuracy is guaranteed and proven by the way it works in any condition to give the accurate target range.
- Adjustable reticle
- Fast Scan Technology
- Has an anti-reflective coating
- Can be connected to a smartphone
- The temperature might be biased if placed in warm or cold areas
Gunwerks G7 BR2 Rangefinder
It is made up of four brightness settings and you have the chance to choose what works for you. The display works well in both light and low-light conditions. It is resistant to water and can stay longer. It has both a rangefinder and a device which measures angles. It reports the weather and has real-time ballistic solutions. The real-time ballistics are very fast and pay attention to temperature, air pressure and angles. It can be used together with a tripod. It consists of sensors, adjustable diopter and eyecups.
- Can magnify up to 7 times
- Waterproof housing
- Measure air density and angles
- Calculates the wind values
- Can report weather
- The set-up can be a bit confusing
Leica Geovid 8×42 HD-B 3000
It magnifies up to 8 times. The accuracy in measuring distance is +-0.5 yards and it uses a CR2 battery. It is very comfortable to use as you only have two buttons for operation. The housing is made of rubber armor which makes the device light. It does not get affected by dirt and dust as it is protected by the aqua dura coating. The optics are of high quality and bring clear and bright images. It also measures temperature and it is adjustable.
- 8X magnification
- Corrects the point of impact
- Measures temperature and heights
- Resistant to dirt and dust
- Great optics
- It has problems with ranging distant rock faces
- Does not perform well on a sunny day
It is very light and has a recoil resistant aluminum body. The LED display allows easy reading of data. It is adjustable and easy to align with the scope. The mount can be placed at any side of the device that you are comfortable with and it does not compromise the ranging performance. The mount is movable. You can easily assemble it on any side of the hunting scope.
You do not have to worry if you are left-handed as the device allows both right and left-handed users to operate with any difficulties. The Color OLED display has a continuous scan mode as well as the line of sight distance mode. It has an accuracy of +-1 yard and clear reading in both day and night. The rangefinder is very fast in responding. Although it has an aluminum housing, it is light in weight. It is resistant to water and recoil. It comes with a CR2 battery.
- Yardage is easy to read
- It has an OLED display
- Yardage is difficult to read under bright sunlight
- It cannot project a laser beam
Gunwerks G7 BR2500 Ballistic Rangefinder
It is powered by a CR123 which can last up to 8 hours. It is strain-free to the eyes. It can range up to 1400 yards and resistance to water. It has the tilt sensor as well as the pressure sensor. It also gives feedback on temperature, wind, pressure and angle compensation. It easily displays data.
- It has a Class 1 laser
- It has four targeting modes
- Good battery life
- It might need more magnification
Features of a scope mounted rangefinder
A scope mounted rangefinder is hands-free as it gives you the freedom of concentrating on your target rather than spending time controlling the scope and the mount as they will be two different devices. The moment you press the button, you do not have to worry about the mount.
This rangefinder gives you the room to use the scan mode continuously since you would have done the set-up already. By set-up in this case, I am referring to activating only since the scope has already been mounted on to the rangefinder. Since the rangefinder is not in-built, you can choose the best scope for your rangefinder perfectly.
You only have to focus on your target, aiming and shooting than the mount. You do not have any worries over the mounting of your scope as that issue has been sorted out already by the inventors.
A scope mounted rangefinder gives you a chance to run tests before you even plan for a shoot day. You have the time to check how it can be mounted and how it can bring the desired results. It can be inconvenient to have a built-in rangefinder when you do not intend to go hunting as it might occupy more storage space.
The first thing to do as you are out in the woods for a hunt is the push of a button then check the reading. Scope mounting can be messy, tiresome and stressful. When you have a ready-scope mounted, you are safe from all this. It does not give room to any challenges in mounting. You are just good to go.
A lot of movements are not necessary when you have this kind of rangefinder. There are only pressing buttons, reading the calculated distance and taking shots. There are no adjustments on the device required.
Is a scope mounted rangefinder a better rangefinder?
Yes, as long it has features and functions that suit your situation.
Are they different from other rangefinders?
Although they might have the same functions, scope mounted rangefinders have additional features.
The type of mount determines the performance of a rangefinder and you would have decided that when you got the rangefinder. As mentioned above, this type of rangefinder is easier to use and has a variety of options you can choose from. The moment you find a scope mount that matches your rangefinder and suits your needs, go for it.