If you are firing magnum calibers at long-range, chances are you are going to need a rangefinder to land those shots accurately. Even if you are super good at reading the bullet drop compensation you can’t make accurate shots after a certain range. That’s where rangefinders come in. Today we got Leupold RX-1600i tbr review.
Leupold RX 1600i TBR Review: Specs & Outlooks
|Eye Relief||17 mm|
|Exit Pupil||3.6 mm|
|Linear FOV @1000 Yds||315 - 105 mm|
This rangefinder has a lot of features that we need to talk about. Before we dive into them let’s talk about the outer shell of this rangefinder. The body has a rubber armor coating around it to make it safer and easier to hold.
The reasoning behind the armor coating is totally understandable. If it was made out of mere plastic with a slippery coating outside then you would have a hard time holding in single-handedly. The rubber coating is a common feature to improve the durability of a product.
That doesn’t mean it’s a bad material to make the body out of. The rangefinder is tested to be fully waterproof. You can use it under heavy rain and sun. You won’t be seeing any dent or water inside the rangefinder anytime soon. In short, you got strong housing to play with.
The key feature of a rangefinder. If the optics aren’t even good what will you work with? That’s why Leupold pays extra care when it comes downs to the optic. They are known to provide some of the best lens and lens coatings in the scope industry.
That’s why most of the time their scopes aren’t cheap. It’s true here too. The Leupold RX-1600i isn’t cheap. But when you compare the specs with other rangefinders it annihilates any sub 500$ rangefinder.
If you have read the specs shit you will know what I am talking about. Don’t worry the 6x zoom isn’t a con. We will talk about that in a bit. The optics of this rangefinder is fully multi-coated.
You don’t see optical images. That’s right the eyepiece of this scope isn’t an optic. It’s an OLED screen. An OLED screen that serves enough light to the user’s eye to create a visible and clear picture.
It’s a good thing in our opinion. Also, most laser rangefinders have displays anyway. If you are going for a display why not go all out and make OLED? We all know how good they are.
The experience of seeing through the rangefinder is unbeatable. Easily one of the best experiences you will ever have. The clarity and the light gathering capability of the scope are bonkers.
Leupold says you can’t range what you can’t see. We totally agree with them. That’s why instead of optical vision you get a rangefinder with an OLED screen and clearly see even the smallest of the details.
Magnification And Range
The magnification of the rangefinder is fixed 6x. But with 6x magnification, you get 1600 yards of range. The name 1600i isn’t a joke. It’s a great companion for hunters that are hunting long range.
You can get accurate marking from anywhere to 900-1600 yards. We didn’t push it to 1600 yards but based on our gathered information no one complained about the range factor. But the complaint here would be the fixed magnification.
With that massive range, we were expecting that we would get more magnification. With the OLED technology that adjusts through different lighting condition 6x magnification is not so bad. We won’t rant about that. It is something that different users have a different opinion.
Some shooters regularly practice on an even ground. For them, every bullet drop won’t be the same. Depending on the incline/decline angle bullet trajectory will differ a lot. The gravity and air resistance will change the course of your bullet.
That’s why to compensate for this the rangefinder comes with ID. It does not only measure the line-of-sight, but it also measures the horizontal distance. If you are a long-range hunter this is something that you can’t live without.
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Ballistic Range & Wind
Several other factors can affect your shot. The RX-1600i has TBR/W technology to account for several environmental effects. Instead of simple trigonometry, this solution corrects for wind.
It also uses a ballistic calculator to provide accurate data. You can guess why the price of this rangefinder is this high. With this many advanced features, any company would want to sell its rangefinder for a fair price.
For some people, it is a game-changer feature. For those people, we can say it is truly worth the price.
You can choose from 3 different reticles. Coincidentally you can also choose from 3 different colors. One pricier than the other. If you don’t fancy a colored finish, we recommend stick with the base model one and save over 100$.
Color aside you can choose from Plus Point™, Duplex, and Duplex with Plus Point. All three reticles are good for reading. Go for the one that you prefer.
Leupold RX 1600i TBR Review Summary
This is a great rangefinder. If you can afford the rangefinder. Go for it without any second thoughts. I repeat, go for it without any second thoughts.