Hunting certainly requires accuracy in your aim and rangefinders undoubtedly help a lot in the precision of your shot. In order to gain mastery in the art of hunting, you need to get a rifle mounted rangefinder.
Ordinary rangefinders are an option for you too, but wouldn’t it be great if the rangefinder is attached to the rifle scope? It saves you the extra effort of carrying it and consumes less space in your pack. The best rifle mounted rangefinder we’ve found is the ATN Auxiliary Ballistic Smart Laser Rangefinder ABL 1500.
Best Rifle Mounted Rangefinders
We have listed a few rangefinders to give a better perspective to your buying decision.
- ATN Auxiliary Ballistic Laser 1500 Rangefinder
- ATN Auxiliary Ballistic Laser 1000 Rangefinder
- LaserWorks LE 032
Let’s walk through them and help you pick the best one for your needs.
First off, ATN ABL 1500 gives matchless accuracy in its result with a measuring range of 1500 yards. This rangefinder (as clear from its name) has a smart ballistic calculator built in it. Moreover, during our field tests, it was so easy to see how far the target was in the captured video even after the shot.
The unit is 6.22 x 5.87 x 3.78 inches, which is compact and a very handy size. The weight of this rifle mounted rangefinder is just 0.8 pounds, so depending on the rifle it’s mounted to won’t add an inordinate amount of weight. It works best for longer ranges and even its non reflective range gives an accuracy of up to 400 yards to 700 yards quite easily. (variation based on environmental, light and other laser limiting factors)
The ATN ABL 1500 is also easy to use and set up. As always, we recommend you go through the manual to start. A little practice and you’ll be good to go for a hunt with your rifle in hand.
Its performance doesn’t lose precision even at night. Moreover, it is weather resistant and in minor weather fluctuations, it is convenient to hunt with. There is the added weight to consider but that may be offset by convenience and speed of use, that’ll be your decision for any given day in the field.
Very easy to set up. It is weather resistant, but be careful in heavy rain or extreme cold as this could affect it. Other than that, it has all the features one looks for in a rangefinder. Plus, the precision is spot on.
- Fairly easy to use
- Works well for longer ranges
- Accuracy is unquestionable
- Easy to carry around
- Its weight can be an issue for some people
Another common rifle mounted variant of ATN rangefinder is ABL 1000. It has pretty similar features to ABL 1500. There’s a difference in prices, that’s because ABL 1000 is giving a range of up to 1000 yards whereas ABL 15000 has maximum range of 1500 yards.
It has a built in ballistic calculator that is so necessary for rangefinders nowadays. When standing on a steep surface, just a click will do the work for you. Ballistics calculate angle when you are in hill or mountainous terrain to compensate the bullet projectile against the effect of gravity and distance. Additionally, setup is just as easy as the 1500. Following the instructions is all the work one needs to do and it stays attached to the rifle afterward.
The size that it comes in is 6.25 x 5.75 x 3.75 inches. Again a handy size. It has the same weight as ABL 1500 which is 0.8 pounds.
For natural targets, the non reflective range matters. We tested the unit in evening and calculated ranges from 350 to 500 yards based on target reflection, light condition and other factors. Having a long range of 1000 yards for reflective targets, it surely qualifies as one of the best rifle mounted rangefinders.
It comes with a night vision mode but it has a black reticle. Various experienced hunters discourage black reticle as it decrease visibility in low light conditions. However, in terms of battery, accuracy, and build against weather, it fulfills all the expectations of a great rifle mounted rangefinder.
- Easy to understand and use.
- Comes in a convenient size.
- Works great for longer ranges.
- Night vision mode while hunts will make it a lot better.
- It can be a little hard to carry around for some people.
For the third pick, we have LaserWorks LE 032. It can be mounted on a rifle scope and on a crossbow as well. Talking about measuring range, it is accurate up to 700 yards. Compared to the other two rifle mounted rangefinders listed above, it has a small size of only 5.87 x 4.02 x 2.4 inches.
For getting angle compensated horizontal distance in the basic ranging mode, LaserWorks LE-032 will display the perfectly compensated distance of incline or decline from the target by just a click while hunting.
Moreover, with such a small size, the weight is 0.22 pounds which is a big plus. Every bit of weight saved is huge in the field. The laser works LE 032 can also be used as best crossbow mounted rangefinder.
This rangefinder is a decent option with great accuracy. A concerning thing is the inability to stand rain and fog. Get a battery of 3 volts that will go with it. If you are hunting for relatively long time, an extra battery can come in handy and you are set for the hunt.
It has a black well designed aluminum body with a reticle color of black. As stated earlier, the black reticle is less preferred than red reticle which is only available in high end long distance measuring rangefinders.
A great lightweight option, with a little less weather resistance, and slightly lower accurate range.
- Easily portable
- Lightweight and durable
- Gives accurate results even at the night time
- Great to measure for longer ranges
- Accuracy of results is not compromised
- It might not work properly in fog or rain