Nikon Rifle Hunter 1000 Rangefinder

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Nikon Rifle Hunter 1000 Rangefinder -
Speed, accuracy and simple operation team with angle-compensating displays for confidence when shooting long range on up or down inclines. No need to guess ranges and hold overs. Large ocular lens results in wider field of view so you can locate and range targets faster. Bright, multicoated, waterproof and fogproof optics with 6X magnification. Displays in 2/10-yd. increments out to 999 yds. Active brightness control viewfinder automatically adjusts display and reticle to target color for optimal readability. Automatically powers off after 8 seconds of inactivity to conserve battery life. Easy single-button operation.

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  • Bright, multicoated, waterproof and fogproof optics


  • No need to guess ranges and hold overs
  • Speed, accuracy and simple operation
  • Angle-compensating displays for long-range shots
  • Displays in 2⁄10-yd. increments out to 999 yards
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Nikon Rifle Hunter 1000 Rangefinder Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

great choice, even if only bowhunting

Even though I currently only bowhunt, I ordered and tested both of Nikon's new compact rangefinders, the RifleHunter 1000 and the Archer's Choice MAX. I ended up choosing the RifleHunter 1000, given its advantages in maximum range (11-1000yd vs 11-200yd), pinpointing ability, and carrying case. The following is a summary of my side-by-side tests and conclusions on these factors and many others. The rifle and archery rangefinders are siblings. They are identical in nearly every way, right down to sharing the same user manual. Their price difference is small enough to be a non-issue (around $20). Both rangefinders have the new Active Brightness Control viewfinder (gray LCD in bright light and orange LED in dim light), ID Technology (+/- 89-degree incline/decline compensation), and Tru-Target Ranging (First Target and Distant Target priority modes). They have the same field of view, housing size/shape, and weight. The battery compartments are easy to open with just your bare hand (no coins or screwdrivers required). Both also have a scan mode or "5-second continuous measuring function", which is great for sweeping an area while holding the ranging button down. However, IMHO, 5 seconds is too short, though hardly a deal-breaker. The manuals for the older siblings, the RifleHunter 550 and Archer's Choice (non-MAX), indicate they were better in this regard, scanning for 20 seconds. Results from both rangefinders match each other in both line-of-sight (LOS) and incline/decline-compensation (horizontal range) modes. I tested the angle-compensation of both units against a telephone pole at 14 and 85 yards. Both seemed to work well, giving similar readings at the bottom and top of the pole (and in between). Numerous other tests showed that both rangefinders work well in both modes down to around 11 yards actual range (LOS, not horizontal). The RifleHunter 1000 also had no trouble ranging a stand of pine trees 460 yards away. As others have pointed out, the Active Brightness Control does obscure the target with orange light when used in the dark (2 hours before sunrise, in my tests). Nonetheless, it's still usable. Assuming you can see your target at all in the dark (e.g., from moonlight), you just aim, hold steady, and trigger, then read the display. No more holding a rangefinder up against the night sky to try to read a range. Furthermore, during the 1st and last 1/2 hours of daylight, the orange light does not obscure the target too much. The difference in maximum range is probably mainly due to the difference in output power (35 vs. 15 watts). There may be a resultant difference in battery usage, too, though I personally don't care. I've heard people speculate that the rifle and archery units use different ballistics info, but I find this very hard to believe. I'm pretty sure the angle-compensation computes and uses only triangles (straight lines), not bullet and arrow trajectories (arcs). The RifleHunter 1000's ability to pinpoint a target impressed me. I was able to range tiny spots on my neighbor's house, 100yd away, while "threading the needle" through some trees halfway between our houses. This even worked in First Target priority mode. In contrast, I couldn't do so with the Archer's Choice MAX, not even in Distant Target priority mode. Also, the RifleHunter 1000, unlike the Archer's Choice MAX, had no trouble ranging the woods behind his house, 180yd away. All these tests were done looking through one of my house's storm windows with a screen on the outside, while it was snowing fairly heavily. That's a whole lot of obstruction, yet the RifleHunter 1000 gave consistent readings for both the house and the woods. The only significant difference of which I'm aware, other than maximum range and pinpointing ability, is the carrying case. The RifleHunter 1000 comes with a black belt pouch. It is tapered (a great idea) and has a small snap button, so getting the rangefinder in and out is easy. The Archer's Choice MAX comes with a camo wrapper instead, which means you must use the rangefinder's lanyard to hang it from your neck. The wrapper stays attached at all times, though it does have a convenient magnetic-closure flap for the objective lens. I much prefer the belt pouch, since I like to attach my rangefinder's lanyard to my binocular harness, like Cameron Hanes does. That way, I have the best of both worlds: I can stow the rangefinder in the pouch when hiking, or just use and drop it (letting it hang) when shooting under pressure. One minor gripe I have, which applies to both models, is the assignment of the 3 button functions: measurement units (yards or meters), angle-compensation mode (LOS or horizontal distance), and target priority mode (nearest or farthest). While under hunting pressure, I'll always have my rangefinder measuring horizontal distance (never LOS), in yards (never meters), so the only thing I might need to change in a hurry is target priority mode. Unfortunately, this is the most difficult of the 3 button functions to access. It requires clicking/holding both buttons (mode and power) in a specific sequence. This should only take a single click of the mode button, which is currently used for selecting the angle-compensation mode.
EasternMassBowhunter at Cabelas on 05/04/2011

Sweet Rangefinder!

After reading other reviews I was a bit hesitant to purchase this rangefinder due to comments about the brightness control viewfinder, but boy am I glad I went ahead and bought it.
For starters, I am getting ranges on targets out to 985 yards which is amazing for a 1,000 yard unit! Most other brands are only good for about 1/2 of their max yardage, but not this one.
I also own a Leica 1200 rangefinder that is the older "horizontal" style. I much prefer this Nikon due to it's "verticle" orientation and also because it is much smaller and lighter. I am also puzzled by the negative comments about the brightness control since I don't have any problem viewing & ranging targets in very low light. In low light, the viewfinder self adjusts and has a slight orange tint so that you can see the readouts. I think this feature is brilliant and works very well.
And, don't forget it's waterproof too. I own Swarovski, Leica, and Zeiss optics so I am used to very high quality products. If you are considering this Nikon rangefinder- buy it- it's a great rangefinder and an incredible value!
ExtremeElk at Cabelas on 11/07/2013

Best rangefinder ever.

Great purchase. Simple to use and that's important when your pumped up trying to range that big buck or bull. Very accurate ranges and awesome features: monocle lights up red when in low light and dims if your looking towards sun to protect your eye. Best of all it is super lightweight. And its a Nikon, you cant go wrong.
superdutyman at Cabelas on 03/25/2012

Neutral Reviews:

easy to use

in low light conditions the orange light makes it hard to see your image
R2rr at Cabelas on 11/05/2013