Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC Laser Rangefinder
Magnification X Obj Lens: 6 x 21
Both this Bushnell unit and the Leupold have similar specs and are 6x units, the Leupold having a slightly larger (22mm) objective. The Leupold is more accurate, at 1/10th of a yard, but as a practical matter both have more accuracy than needed.
A head to head comparison isn't needed here, though, as the tested Bushnell unit has a huge problem: the display. The red Vivid Display Technology is quite poor, offering a very weak, ghosty overlay image of the reticle and read-out even on a cloudy, overcast day. The Leupold's OLED display is a far brighter, crisper, easier to see display, and the RX1000i is an immensely more useful tool as a result.
Above, the smeary G-Force display shows off just about everything you don't want to see in low light, in a hunting situation.
To be specific, the Bushnell has four brightness settings: Brt1, Brt2, Brt3, and Brt4. The Leupold has three: Low, Medium, and High intensity. Even on the low setting, the Leupold has a far more distinct, more usable display than the Bushnell at its high setting. In low light, the situation gets no better, for the display of the Bushnell also tends to show all the potential display circuitry, resulting in a cluttered maze of an undesirable "washout" LED fireworks and artifacts as you can see above.
The Leupold, however, has no such problems and has a dramatically superior and less distracting display, regardless of setting, regardless of bright daylight or after sunset conditions. As a practical matter, you can just set the Leupold at "medium" display intensity and you are good to go during all legal hunting hours, with no further fiddling or fussing. The Leupold offers three different reticle choices as well. Although at a higher price point, the Leica Rangemaster CRF 1000-R also has a markedly better display than the Bushnell, one that is self-adjusting.
is little point in attempting further comparison, so I won't. The Bushnell
G-Force 1300 ARC certainly has the potential to be a fine unit; its tragic
display, at least directly compared to the similarly priced Leupold, sends
it into the cannot recommend category with no hesitation.
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