Western Hunter Magazine July/August 2019 #70 - Page 52

Gear for the Western Hunter Within Reach Bushnell: Bushnell offers arguably the best value in RFB’s with their Fusion 1-Mile ARC mod- els. They are due for an update, but they still offer reliable performance that will cover most hunters. The rangefinder will hit reflective objects at the ad- vertised 1-Mile range, and non-reflective targets like deer to about 550 yards. Their Elite 1-Mile ConX stand-alone rangefinder will link to Kestrel ConX weather stations and provide superior ballistic cal- culations and allow upload of custom ballistic pro- files. Look for this type of functionality in the next generation of 1-Mile Arc binoculars soon. Vortex: Vortex has updated their existing Fury HD rangefinding binocular with a more powerful, precise laser and faster internal processor which stretches its reach to 5,000 yards! That’s five times the distance most people will ever shoot their long- range rifles...even in practice. The Fury HD 5000 model is more responsive than its predecessor, so you won’t be waiting for that range to pop up. The 5000-yard capability is class-leading and the op- tics of the Fury HD are approaching the quality of the high-end competitors from Europe. A robust ballistics package would elevate this model easily to the best value in class as the rangefinder and optics combination excels. You’ll likely never need to shoot 5000 yards, or as far as any of these units are capable of, but it’s nice to have the extra reach when trying to plan a stalk from across canyons in big, open country. The Fury HD 5000 will return ranges on non- reflective hillsides beyond a mile 100% of the time. I’ve ranged slender objects like telephone poles and leafless tree branches on distant horizons beyond 2000 yards. The Fury HD easily picks up a skylined strand of barbed wire or antler tip at bowhunting ranges and results are virtually instantaneous. The “Last” target mode helps filter out grass and branch- es between you and your intended target. This is a critical feature for spot-and-stalk hunters, and those who hunt brushy country on the ground with their quarry. BUSHNELL FUSION 1-MILE ARC Bushnell’s ARC has been a good value with solid performance in the BRF market since its introduction. The Vortex Fury HD 5000 has a class-leading rangefinder that will range into the next zip code. Nice glass and the best warranty in the business make the Fury HD 5000 a great choice. VORTEX FURY HD 5000 Sig Sauer: The Sig KILO 3000 BDX is an excit- ing new model that hit the market after SHOT 2019. I have a fair bit of experience with Sig’s handheld rangefinders and I’ve hunted with their new BDX system. Their rangefinders are impressive in the field and live up to their claims. SIG SAUER KILO 3000 BDX The KILO 3000 BDX is the latest addition to the lineup and is Sig’s first entry to the RFB market. The KILO 3000 communicates with all BDX-en- abled riflescopes. The KILO ranges and calculates a shooting solution with an onboard version of Applied Ballistics Lite software. The shooting solu- tion is sent to the BDX riflescope via Bluetooth. A dot lights up on the reticle indicating the holdover for the distance ranged. Wind dots also show up depending on the wind value programmed into the rangefinder. The onboard ballistic app is limited to 800 yards, but when paired over Bluetooth with Kes- trel or Garmin devices running Applied Ballistics Elite, the KILO will provide solutions for anything that the KILO 3000 BDX can range with its reported 3200-yard reach. A good combination to go with the 3000 BDX is a matching Sig Sierra 3 BDX riflescope and pos- sibly the compatible Kestrel or Garmin shooting ballistic units, especially if you’re a serious long- range shooter. The KILO 3000 BDX is Sig’s latest member of the BDX rangefinder family and is their first entry into the RFB market. The BDX rangefinders and binoculars link with compatible BDX riflescopes, displaying the solution via a lit point on the scope’s reticle. 52 WESTERN HUNTER www.westernhunter.net