Rangefinder bow sights are still very new technology and there is still quite a bit of skepticism surrounding them.

Not only that, there are a number of states where using them for deer hunting is not allowed. You should check your state hunting regulations before buying one.

They are essentially an integrated bow sight and rangefinder, brought together into one piece of equipment.

If you compare them against dedicated rangefinders you might think they come up a bit short. They don't feature reticles, they have a limited ranging distance and they are limited in the variety of modes available.

But as a bow hunting sight they represent a huge jump forward in what they can offer the hunter.

There are no other types of bow sights that will report back the exact distance and then place a dot on your sight window to aim at that compensates for the arrow's trajectory.

We have listed the rangefinding bow sights that are currently available in today’s market. We have included the distance to the reflective target and weight of each as well as the MSRP of each product so you can make a basic comparison of each.

Further down the page we have provided a brief overview of each sight, highlighting some of their features and specifications.

Comparison of Rangefinder Bow Sights

Make / Model

Distance to

Reflective

Target

Weight

MSRP

500 yds

20 oz

$799.99

300 yds

14.7 oz

$999.99

300 yds

14.7 oz

$799.99

99 yds

18.6 oz

$379.99

600 yds

12.5 oz

$439.00

500 yds

30.4 oz

$1799.99

Description of Rangefinder Bow Sights

Having had a chance to browse through the bow sights offered by manufacturers we will now look at them in more detail.

Each of these brief bow sight reviews aims to provide you with extra information about the sight that is not otherwise immediately apparent in the summary list such as special unique features.

It should also help you in working out which would prove to offer you the greatest value in terms of its effectiveness.

Burris Oracle 2 Range Finding Bow Sight

Product Features

  • Distance to game: 200 yards
  • Distance to reflective Target: 500 yards
  • Weight: 20 oz
  • Auto-Brightness Detection
  • Manual Brightness Control
  • 2nd and 3rd Axis Adjustments
  • Locking Micro Adjustment Knobs
  • Store Multiple Arrow Profiles
  • Battery: CR123

This is an upgrade of the original Oracle with improved features to give the bow hunter an even greater edge.

The concept works by ranging the target with the push of a button. When the target has been found the Oracle 2 not only gives you the distance but also displays the aiming point that factors in the angle of the shot.

The ranging happens instantly and the arrow trajectory curve is accurately predicted once you have sighted in at 20 yards.

Features built into this sight include auto-brightness detection, a manual brightness control, 2nd and 3rd axis adjustments, the ability to store multiple arrow profiles.

It allows micro adjustments to be made making setup very easy and provides accurate arrow drop calculations.

It accommodates up to 176 MOA (in other words it provides for 184 inches of drop at 100 yards).

This is a tough and durable piece of equipment that is shockproof, fog proof and waterproof.

It operates using a CR123 battery and this gives you more than 2000 cycles.

This is a high quality bow sight that combines the rangefinder seamlessly with the bow sight to provide a formidable piece of hunting equipment.

Find out more about the sight including the user and setup guides by visiting the Burris Optics website.

Garmin Xero A1i Bow Sight

Product Features

  • LED pins in red and green
  • Pin diameters: .007”+ for red, .009”+ for green
  • Range: 100 yards to game, 300 yards to reflective target
  • Dimensions: 3.9" x 3.1" x 3.8"
  • Display size: 1.00"W x 0.42"H
  • Weight: 14.7 oz
  • Anti-reflective lens coating
  • Laser Locate feature
  • Multiple arrow profiles
  • Shot counter
  • Water Rating: IPX7
  • Ambidextrous

This is another digital bow sight that takes accuracy and aiming assistance to another level. The Garmin Xero A1i provides a great many features but is easy to set up and use.

It requires some time to dial in the sight to a 40 yard distance which allows it to calibrate range and angle of compensation.

The sight uses a virtual pin which displays as a red dot in the sight screen. This is customizable to allow you to set it up to be a single pin, multi-pin or a manual pin configuration.

The main feature that will win most bow hunters over is the built-in rangefinder that allows for angle compensation to put you dead on target every time.

It is accurate out to 100 yards which is ample for bow hunting. It automatically selects the pin you should be using to lock in on the target.

Added smart features such as Laser Locate, Multiple Arrow Profiles, Shot Dynamics, and Garmin GPS Compatibility means there is a full arsenal of ways to get you dialled in for max accuracy.

2 AAA batteries power the sight.

The A1i is also compatible with other Garmin devices.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Garmin website.

Garmin Xero A1 Bow Sight

Product Features

  • LED pins in red and green
  • Pin diameters: .007”+ for red, .009”+ for green
  • Range: 100 yards to game, 300 yards to reflective target
  • Dimensions: 3.9" x 3.1" x 3.8"
  • Display size: 1.00"W x 0.42"H
  • Weight: 14.7 oz
  • Anti-reflective lens coating
  • Laser Locate feature
  • Multiple arrow profiles
  • Shot counter
  • Water Rating: IPX7
  • Ambidextrous

This is the original release of the Garmin range finder bow sight and it features the same specifications itemized for the A1i.

The difference lies in a few of the features added to the A1i and are not found here. Namely, the Laser Locate, Multiple Arrow Profiles, Shot Dynamics, and Garmin GPS Compatibility.

The other big difference between the A1i and the A1 is the $200 less that you pay for the A1.

The ability to range distances and provide you with the various pin configurations plus the ability to put the pin smack bang on the target still applies.

All of this adds up to a bow sight that does an outstanding job.

The Garmin website is the place to go to find out more details.

IQ Define Range Finding Bow Sight

Product Features

  • .019” pins
  • No of pins: 5
  • Red dot visible laser for calibration
  • OLED Display with blue yardage and yellow battery indicator
  • Left or right hand models
  • Weight: 18.6 oz
  • CR-2 battery

The IQ Define incorporates the rangefinder unit directly into the sight housing to provide a compact unit that gives a better line of sight and greater balance to the setup.

This is a 5-pin sight using bright fiber optic pins housed in a 6061 aluminum housing for full protection.

The pins are micro-adjustable and it offers the usual features of 2nd and 3rd axis adjustability, tool-less adjustment a built-in bubble level and an integrated sight light.

The rangefinder blue OLED display sits directly in the sight line giving you an immediate indication of the distance to the target.

This is an easy to use bow sight that has incorporated the rangefinder function directly into the sight window.

The manufacturer has discontinued sight production but it is still available in many retailers.

Omega II Rangefinding Sight

Product Features

  • Ranging up to 600 yards
  • Screen size: 1.5” x 2”
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 2 x 2.75 inches
  • Weight: 12.5 oz
  • LCD screen
  • HD 1080p Video recording
  • Elevation and windage adjustments
  • 16 GB micro SD card

The Omega II looks a little different to the other sights in the field because it is able to be used across a number of different types of weapons.

This is a sight that can be mounted onto crossbows, rifles and vertical bows and is a sight, rangefinder and HD video camera in one unit.

It allows real time ranging up to 600 yards and the results are projected back onto the LCD screen. This screen measures 1.5” x 2” and offers instant playback functionality.

It is adjustable with both elevation and windage adjustments possible.

This is a classic range the target, aim and shoot type of bow sight that has been trialled in the field to ensure it provides the hunter with a sight they can rely on.

Find out more about the company and the products available by visiting the Omega Sights website.

Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Sight

Product Features

  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.6 x 3.7”
  • Magnification: 3.5x
  • Eye Relief: 2.4”
  • Field of View: 5 degrees
  • Weight: 30.4 oz
  • Range to Game: 250 yards
  • Range to Reflective Target: 500 yards
  • Battery type: 2xAAA lithium batteries

The Xero X1i is a digital range finder sight built for crossbows.

It is built to withstand the harsh conditions of winter on the worst of days and will continue to perform. The operating temperature range is -20 C to 60 C (-4 F to 140 F).

As with other rangefinders it must be calibrated to your crossbow but once this is done it will instantly provide angle compensated distance to the target. It has a range of 250 yards to game and 500 yards to a reflective target.

This sight has 3.5x magnification to bring the target into even sharper focus.

It is packed with features including Laser Locate which, when paired with a compatible Garmin device can show the exact location where the shot was taken.

The auto brightness feature adjusts to the conditions to ensure the target is clear and in full display without obstruction.

This is a highly sophisticated sight that could take a little playing with to get used to all of the features that should take hunting to a whole new level.

The important aspect of it, the range, aim and shoot process is made very simple and puts you on the target every time.

Find out more about the product and the full range by visiting the Garmin website.

Regardless of the fancy digital ranging capabilities of these devices, the main function is still to be a bow sight.

This means the same fundamentals apply as with any other bow sight. It will still come down to your bow setup, your ability to stay calm and relaxed through your draw cycle and to release an arrow bang on target.

 Remember, there is still the matter of whether the use of electronic devices such as these digital bow sights are legal in your state.

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