Review & Ratings of Vortex Impact 850 Laser Rangefinder


Vortex Impact 850 is a laser rangefinder. Pretty sure you can’t find your valentine through it but you can most definitely find your prey. Ha-ha, sorry for the corny joke but it sounded funny inside my head. But anyway moving on from that we got a laser rangefinder with 850 yards of range which is called by Vortex impact 850. So ladies & Gentleman; This is our Vortex impact 850 review & you are very welcomed.

Specifications of Vortex Impact 850 Rangefinder

Topic Value
Range Reflective 850 Yards
Range Deer 400 Yards
Accuracy +/- 1 yards @ 100 yards
Max Angle Reading +/- 60 Degrees
Magnification 6x
Linear Field of View 341 feet/1000 yards
Angular Field of View 6.5 degrees
Eye Relief 15 mm
Length 3.77 inches
Width 2.95 inches
Weight 5.5 oz

Vortex Optics Impact 850 Yard Laser Rangefinder


Vortex Impact 850 Review

We have reviewed many Vortex products in the past. And Vortex yet to fail us. What we mean is that Vortex Impact 850 got an excellent body. The body is lightweight. Only 5.5 oz is pretty portable. The scope is also waterproof. The scope has O-seals which prevents moistures to go inside the scope and mess it. Those seals also prevent all kinds of dirt, debris from penetrating the scope. 

Optics Quality

Vortex provides some of the best budget lenses you can find on the market. They are making them for quite a while now. I have been impressed by the optics quality of Vortex time and time again. This time too they didn’t disappoint. The optics are fully multi-coated. The air-to-glass surface coating ensures increased light transmission.

Like we mentioned fully multi-coated with different kinds of coating to ensure the highest amount of light transmission. Resulting in excellent images. Which everyone appreciates? You also get a generous amount of eye relief. Not that you need that big eye relief on a range finder anyway.

Reticle of Vortex Impact 850

HCD CORRECTED SHOOT-TO RANGE. That is what Vortex calls the reticle.

The reticle is pretty straight forward. HCD stands for horizontal component distance. Vortex Impact 850 uses this technology to give distance data between the shooter and target. But the reticle is only available in black color. At day time you will have no issue reading the black color words in the scope. But at night it might be a little difficult sometime to get the read right in the first go.

Two Modes

The scope runs on two modes.

The default mode HCD

In HCD mode the rangefinder uses the line of sight yardage and angle to calculate the distance between the target and shooter. This mode is really helpful if you shoot out to 400 yards at less than a 30-degree angle.

The second mode is called Line of Sight mode

It shows the line of sight yardage and angle differently. Allowing you to calculate the ballistic correction on your own. This is helpful when shooting out to 800 yards with slopes greater than 800 yards

The included book explains both modes in clear detail. The book is really helpful if you are using the scope for the first time. If it’s your first time using an angle compensating rangefinder then please do read the included guide book. Not forgetting this is an entry-level rangefinder. It was pretty considerate of Vortex to include such a well-written guide.

You can use the scan feature in both modes. Which reads distance flawlessly. Vortex claims Impact 850 is +/- 1 at 100 yards. From our testing we found it to be pretty accurate. It picks up objects excellently. We do not doubt that it can pick up a deer at 400 yards like promised. 


  • Excellent lens quality.
  • Crips and clear images.
  • Captures objects very nicely.
  • Good build quality.
  • O-rings sealed waterproof body.
  • Cheap.
  • Lifetime Vortex warranty.


  • Only one-color reticle.
  • The reticle can be a little tough to read in low light.

Final Thoughts

Overall the Vortex Impact 850 rangefinder is an excellent little product. The icing on the cake is the price. We can’t imagine how this scope goes for less than 200$. The accuracy and image quality for the price is insane.

We can recommend the rangefinder without second-guessing our decision. We are pretty sure you can’t find any better lens for 200$. Vortex just makes that good glass lens. Also, the scope has a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

So what are you thinking about? We said in the beginning of this Vortex impact 850 review; that we will try to comprehend whether it’s worth your money or not. It is 100% worth your money.

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