Ranging a target has never been easier thanks to the new Oracle bow sight from Burris Optics. If you’re looking for innovation, keep reading to find out about the latest in bow sight technology.
If you’re a long-distance archer, you know that finding the range between you and a target is essential for landing the perfect shot. Without knowing the yardage of a target, you won’t be able to make an accurate shot. This is because you simply won’t know where to look on your sight. Of course, the human eye is capable of making some basic judgments, but they’re not exactly accurate. Luckily, though, in this day and age, there is not much that you have to do by eye.
Using a rangefinder, you can get highly accurate reads on the distance to your target. You’ll be able to eliminate all of the guesswork and sight your bow more precisely. Rangefinders can be rather expensive, though. And when you’re already considering a new bow sight, the costs can quickly add up. You’ll be left wondering which you need more—a quality rangefinder or an impressive sight? The truth of the matter is it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Thanks to the incredible engineering of Burris Optics, you can get a rangefinder and a sight all wrapped up in a single neat package. This will save you hours of searching for both pieces of equipment individually, and it might even save you a few dollars. In this article, we will examine the Burris Optics Oracle, checking out some of its features, wading through a few of the thicker details, and also weighing the pros and cons of this amazing sight. Let’s go ahead and get started with this Burris Oracle review.
Even if you are an avid bowhunter, you probably have not heard of Burris Optics. They’re not exactly a top name in the bow accessory market. But don’t let that lead you to think that their products must be of poor-quality. You’ve probably never heard of Burris Optics because the Oracle is their first venture into bow products!
Burris Optics is actually a well-established company dating back to 1971. The founder, for whom the company is named, was originally an engineer working for Redfield when he decided to set up his own business. And boy did his business make some exceptional products. Burris is responsible for some of the foundational developments in rifle sights such as the first 4-12x and 6-18x scopes and non-magnifying, constantly centered reticles.
So, it’s not that Burris is a no-name company; they’re a leader in rifle optics. It’s just that the Oracle is their first bow sight. And what a sight it is. We are indeed excited to show you this thing, so let’s go ahead and dive in.
Burris Optics Oracle Features
Usually, when you speak of bow sights, they’re broken down into one of two categories—single pin or multi-pin sights. Each has its benefit, and bowhunters love to go back and forth about which is better, but with the Oracle, you pretty much have to throw those distinctions out the window. The Oracle is a complete revolution of what a bow sight can be. Gone are the days of staring down an array of 5 pins or adjusting a slider to sight in your yardage. This sight has broken the mold.
If the Oracle isn’t a single pin sight and it’s not a multi-pin sight, then what is it? It’s a digital sight! We suppose that if you were to go solely off the number of pins in the sight, it is technically a single pin, but calling it a single pin doesn’t do it justice. With a standard single pin sight, you only have one fiber-optic-tipped pin that works on a slider. You adjust the slider up or down to set the correct yardage.
The Oracle doesn’t have any of that! Instead, you have a single 20yd marking that is set into a solid bar of maybe 50 odd LED lights. The bar rises from the floor to the ceiling of the sight, so it lacks a tip. The sides are, of course, open so you can easily see through the optic.
How this works is, first, you sight in the 20yd point. The benefit of this point is that, even if your battery runs out or the digital aspect of this sight suddenly stops working, you still have a 20yd point from which to shoot. After you’ve sighted it to 20yds, you then insert the included laser to align the rangefinder with your adjustments. Then, you take a few shots, and you’re done!
You see, the sight measures everything for you. It judges the exact distances and performs all the calculations to give you the perfect shot. On the side of the sight, you can see your range, and in the LED bar, the sight provides you the exact point from which to aim. With this much technologically backed accuracy, you will quickly be shooting out to 80-110yds!
We know that this is a lot to take in, and you probably have a million questions. What if you use a heavier arrow or draw your bow at a different weight? How will the Oracle adjust for the myriad variables that go into bowhunting? What about the angle of your shot? It couldn’t possibly account for everything!
Relax. Burris Optics spent a lot of time considering every one of those points. The incredible thing about the Oracle is that, when you sight the rangefinder, you make two different shots. The sight stores the trajectories of those shots to calculate any variation in your draw. When you first set it up, you will want to shoot to about half of your farthest expected range. Then, aim out to as far as you can accurately shoot, and presto! You’ll suddenly have a full range of distances from 20yds up to your farthest distance.
Of course, sighting the 20yd point and aligning the rangefinder still take some manual adjustments. Not even the high-tech engineering of Burris can account for that. The adjustments are, however, tool-less and smooth to get you finished even faster.
With your average single pin or multi-pin bow sights, manufacturers love to market their second and third axis leveling. It’s understandable because, without a level bow sight, your accuracy will be off no matter how well you shoot. Therefore, it’s crucial to mount your sights level. The Oracle is no different.
Burris Optics doesn’t go into too much detail about the leveling options on this bow for apparent reasons. The main selling point is the rangefinder and the automatic aim point calculations. We did some digging, though, and learned that the Oracle does indeed have second and third axis leveling adjustments, just like any top-quality sight.
To adjust your second axis – the vertical straightness of the LED bar – you simply adjust the windage all the way over, giving you access to a hex screw. Adjusting this screw will move the face of the sight until the attached bubble level is centered. You can change the third axis by adjusting the hex screw at the base of the sight until the bubble level is even.
We don’t particularly recommend messing with these levels too much, though. Your sight includes a built-in inclinometer that will keep your distances accurate even at severe angles. You should only have to consider adjusting the levels manually if your sight has been knocked off-kilter.
Speaking of knocking your sight off-kilter, let’s talk about the construction. Considering that the Oracle has a lot of high-tech features, you’re probably wondering how sturdy it is. It’s not like a standard sight where you just have a few illuminated fiber optics. This sight is like a minicomputer. Is it safe to take outside or into the woods?
The short answer is yes. Burris Optics knows bowhunters need a certain level of durability with their sights. When you’re out in the woods, things happen. You can trip, you might accidentally knock your bow, it could even start raining. If a sight isn’t sturdily built, that could be the end of your hunting trip.
To address these issues, Burris Optics built the Oracle entirely out of aluminum. The only non-aluminum part of this set up is a small green plastic peep sight that Burris recommends you use with this sight. Aluminum is the perfect material for a sight like this because it is lightweight but tough enough to take some abuse.
The Oracle is also weatherproof. If it starts raining while you’re out shooting, you don’t have to worry about frying the electronics. There isn’t any glass featured on this sight either, so fogging is not an issue. We should warn you, though, this is not a completely waterproof design. We do not recommend that you submerge the Oracle in water.
Burris Optics also designed the Oracle to suit left-handed and right-handed shooters. The LED readout reverses when it senses a left-handed mounting, making this an utterly adaptable sight. The range button that controls the readouts is also adjustable. You receive an attachable Velcro strip that you can place wherever you wish so that the range button can go anywhere that’s comfortable for you.
|Burris Optics Oracle Specifications|
Vertical digital LED bar
Automatic aim point calculations
Built-in laser rangefinder
Stores 2 different shot trajectories
2nd and 3rd axis leveling
Left-hand / Right-hand adaptable
Self-place range button
As you can see, this is not a typical bow sight. It is unlike anything else on the market. Burris Optics has taken the standard bow sight out of the 20th century and into the 21st. With the Oracle, you get a built-in rangefinder, automatic aim point calculations guaranteed to be mathematically accurate, tool-less adjustments, trajectory memory, a built-in inclinometer, left-hand/right-hand adaptability, and a sturdy aluminum build. If you squint hard enough, you might even find the kitchen sink in there.
You’re probably concerned about the price. We’ll come out at just tell you it’s $549.99. Now, we can’t, in all honesty, say that this is an inexpensive sight. You can easily find quality sights for a lower price, but we can promise you that you won’t find anything else like this on the market. When you consider that the Oracle eliminates the need for a separate rangefinder, it is worth the heftier price tag. This is the future of bow sights, and we think it’s worth the investment.
If you’re looking for a new bow sight or even a new rangefinder, why stay in the past? Burris Optics has dragged outdate sights into the future. No longer do we have to worry about single pin or multi-pin sights. Gone are the days of sighting individual distances. Say goodbye to separate pieces of equipment. With the Oracle, you can get everything you need to make perfectly accurate shots all in one piece of equipment.
Even if this sight sounds too good to be true, we implore you to try it out. We promise that you will be entirely satisfied with the final results. With the Oracle, you will be consistently making 80, 90, even 100yd shots without the struggle of before. Keep in mind that nothing comes without some work. You will want to check out Burris’s website to find out more about this sight. There, they have videos on setup and how to make the most of your new Oracle.
We hope that you have enjoyed this article and hopefully it has given you some insight into the future of archery. Remember to hunt safely and always check with your local government’s regulations before adding a battery-operated accessory to your bow. If you find yourself in a regulated jurisdiction, the Oracle may not be suitable for your local laws.