Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder Review: Is it Everything You Need in a Rangefinder?

A rangefinder might be your next high-tech hunting gadget. Take a look at this in-depth review of the Bushnell Scout DX Arc Laser Rangefinder to find out!

Your brain can only do so much in a short amount of time. The Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder can help to lessen the load and make the last, split-second calculations accurately. One of the most commonly made mistakes in hunting is a miscalculated range. Let’s say that you are crouched and ready. You know the trajectory of your bullet, fall or drop included. The big elk that you have been waiting for is finally in your sights. You use your hash marks in the reticle to find the range, aim accordingly, and pull the trigger. To your heart-stopping dismay, your bullet whizzes just under your target’s belly. You miscalculated the distance.

Even the fastest projectiles begin to fall immediately after leaving your rifle or bow. It is inevitable. To accurately calibrate your shot to accommodate for this, you have to have an accurate measure of the distance between yourself and the target. This is where a rangefinder comes in handy. A rangefinder can instantaneously display the distance of your target in yards, leaving no guesswork. In this in-depth review, we will be looking at the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder to see if it is everything that you need a rangefinder to be. Below you will find the features of the Bushnell Scout DX, some pros and cons, overall customer sentiments, and some frequently asked questions. Read on to find out everything you need to know.

Features of the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder

Magnification

When you look through a rangefinder with a fixed magnification such as the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder, the level of magnification is vitally important when it comes to readability and understanding the image that you are looking at. If the magnification is too strong, you will lose important contextual clues that help you to understand what is going on in the image. If, however, the magnification is too weak, you will find yourself guessing about what exactly it is that you heard snapping twigs in the distance. This is why a ‘middle of the road’ magnification such as the 6x magnification offered by the Bushnell Scout is an all-around great magnification power for range-finding.

E.S.P

The Bushnell Scout offers Extreme Speed and Precision (E.S.P.). with the click of a button, this rangefinder can deliver accuracy down to the ½ of a yard in its measurement and the display is accurate down to 1/10 of a yard. Having such accuracy will provide you with the confidence in knowing that your calculations and calibrations will not fail you when it comes to that last moment when the trigger is pulled. With clear display and accurate readings, you will be able to set up the perfect shot every time.

Inclinometer

There is no telling what kind of curveball your hunting trip might throw your way. There are so many variables in play when it comes to setting up a shot, that you will need to be prepared for as many of them as you can. One of the variables that might get in between you and the perfect shot is a tough angle. If you are not shooting from flat ground, determining the ARC can be tricky. With the Bushnell Scout’s built-in inclinometer, you can see an accurate ‘shoots like’ reading to instantaneously.

ARC Bow and Rifle Modes

In ARC Bow Mode, the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder will show you a true horizontal distance at up to 99yds away. In ARC Rifle Mode, the bullet-drop or holdover is shown in inches, Mil, and MOA. This means that you can set it to accommodate whatever happens to be your weapon of choice.

VSI

The Variable Sight-In function (VSI) can be set to one of three modes. Those modes include Bullseye, Scan, and Brush mode. This means that the Sight-In function of the Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder can be set to accommodate different variables that might otherwise impede your vision and capacity to sight-in your target. The VSI can be set in conjunction with the ‘zero’ of your rifle, making for a deadly aim.

Overall Range

This rangefinder has accuracy at distances ranging between 5yds and 1000yds to ensure that no matter the distance, any target within reasonable shooting distance, can be accurately accounted for and measured, making the process of setting up your shot simple and accurate at whatever distance necessary (as long as it is no further than 1000yds away). This means that the range is sufficient for bowhunting or conventional rifle-hunting.

Diopter Adjustment

This adjustment knob allows compensation for minute changes in the distance from your eye and the first lens in the eyepiece as well as fine-tuning of your clarity of vision through the rangefinder. This is awesome because, while using equipment without the capacity for this kind of adjustment, it is difficult to find the ‘sweet spot’ for your eye to rest to get a clear image. This adjustment makes for excellent clarity in the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder.

Waterproof

The Bushnell Scout is completely waterproof. Being able to trust that your equipment can withstand the elements on your expedition is crucial. I cannot tell you how many times the rain, sleet, snow, and even my sweaty hands have made me nervous when dealing with electronic equipment or optical devices on the hunt. Since this is both electronic and optical, it must be built to be impervious to moisture. The Bushnell Scout is waterproof, so there is no question as to whether it can handle adverse conditions. It should also be noted that waterproof is not the same as water-resistant! When comparing products, remember that a product that is advertised as water-resistant can still be damaged by water. If something is advertised as waterproof, however, it should be able to withstand a drenching.

Neck Strap and Carrying Case

The importance of a neck strap is pretty self-explanatory but often overlooked. Keeping your rangefinder attached to your body during use means that if something were to happen or if you were to drop it, it would not sustain damage since it is attached to your body. The carrying case is also important in keeping it from tumbling around and hitting obstructions on the trail or in the woods. Both a neck strap and carrying case are included with the Bushnell Scout.

Battery

The battery is included with the Bushnell Scout and the battery is housed behind a Posi-thread door. This will keep the battery safe and dry during use.

Attachment System

The Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder is compatible with a magnetic attachment system to make attachment quick and easy.

Pros and Cons of the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder

PROS:
  • 6x magnification for appropriate viewing size
  • On-board inclinometer to calculate ARC
  • Has separate Bow and Rifle Modes for accurate calibrations
  • Variable Sight-In with Scan, Brush, and Bullseye Modes
  • Diopter adjustment for fine-tuning
  • Fully waterproof
  • Range of 5yds to 1000yds
  • Carrying case and neck strap included
  • Battery safely housed
  • Magnetic attachment system
CONS:
  • Does not display angles
  • If camo color is chosen, it is not very vibrant
  • Has trouble at longer ranges

What do People Think of the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder?

The first noteworthy opinion that people hold of the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder is that it feels nice to hold. Straight out of the box it is noticeably of good quality and it fits nicely in the hand. One of the reasons that many people have bought this is because it has the VSI Rifle Mode. People find the bullet-drop/holdover functions to be handy, if not necessary.  People don’t seem to use the magnetic attachment option often, but it is handy if you ever need it. Another feature that people talk about is the Diopter adjustment. People say that it is not a lot different from a focus-adjustment, but that it is a must-have that is valuable on the Scout DX 1000. It does have somewhat of a reticle to show ‘dead-center’. There don’t seem to be any complaints about the reticle or display except for the fact that it dims as the battery becomes low. The accuracy and the holdover option are what people really appreciate the most. A close second, however, is the fact that it has separate modes to accommodate the use of a bow or a rifle. Overall, the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 Arc Laser Rangefinder is considered by those who have bought it to be a high-quality rangefinder with no substantial problems. The consensus is that it is worth the investment and easy to use.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rangefinders

Q: Do more expensive rangefinders use more powerful lasers?

A: No. Commercially available rangefinders use Class 1 category lasers. The FDA does not approve a higher class of laser to be made available. The good thing, here, is that a Class 1 laser will not drain your battery, as the output is minimal. This will ensure that you have a lot of life in your rangefinder before a battery change is needed.

Q: How much range does my rangefinder need?

A: This, of course, will depend upon the application for which you desire to use your rangefinder. If you are planning to use it for bowhunting, little more than 100yds might be used. If, however, you plan to use your rangefinder for long-range hunting with a rifle, you will need quite a bit more. It is worth it to do your research and buy what you need according to your hunting style and preferences.

Q: Do I need a rangefinder that will show true distance?

A: Again, this depends upon what you intend to use it for. There is more reason to use true-distance measurements while you are bowhunting or shooting on a flat plane (no hills or weird angles). It can be useful, however, for several applications, to measure a distance ‘as the crow flies’. It really is just a matter of intention and preference.

Q: Do rangefinders ‘beep’ when you turn them on?

A: Fortunately, no! There is no reason for there to be anything on your hunting trip that could make noises, especially artificial noises. It would be a massive oversight since hunting is such a sound-sensitive sport (for obvious reasons). Rest assured, however, that your rangefinder will not make noises that could scare your patiently awaited target away.

Conclusion

The Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder does everything that you need it to do, plus a little. One of the features that make this model worth it, in my opinion, is the VSI. The fact that it will allow you to set your holdover measurements in conjunction with the rifle’s zero-point is extremely useful. It also just feels great to hold and is extremely easy to use. For what it is, the price is not that bad either. The accuracy is superb. It is available in black or camouflage, which is cool. From what I can tell, the battery lasts a long time and the optics are great. This really is a nice little rangefinder. Another thing to keep in mind is the Diopter adjustment. This is a great feature that is not often found on many rangefinders and can have a positive impact on your focus and visibility as well as saving your eyes from fatigue. With proper care, this rangefinder will last a long time as well. If you are looking to find a new rangefinder, hopefully, this in-depth review of the Bushnell Scout DX1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder has helped you to find out if it is the best rangefinder for your applications. Just remember to always practice safety while hunting and to pack plenty of water for the trip!

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