Product Review: Bushnell Scout 1000 Arc Rangefinder

Bushnell Rangefinder

As I said elsewhere, getting to know your long-range rifle is a great way to keep shooting when there’s no pistol ammo or carbine ammo to be found. I’ve been wanting to get my sporterized Springfield up to scratch, and one of the components I wanted to work on was my scope, and Brownells’s was kind enough to send me out a Bushnell Scout 1000 Arc rangefinder for review. 

The Scout 1000 comes in a small nylon pouch with a carabiner to attach it to whatever, along with a cleaning cloth and a printed manual and a digital copy of the manual on CD (a nice touch). 

This is my first serious rangefinder, so naturally I didn’t bother reading the manual, because I’m a guy, and I figure if it’s got a laser and involves guns, I know how to use it, because testicles. 


Not that this rangefinder requires a lot of setup, but there are a few nice things like a built-in ballistic compensation and angle finder that pop up only when you read the manual. A few fiddles later and some consultation with the numbers in my iPhone ballistics app, and I figured out I could use setting “E” for both my .30-06 and my hand-loaded .223. 


I took it to the local range, and darn if the little thing didn’t kick out a reading of 106 yards to the berm behind the 100 yard targets when I was standing 2 yards behind the firing line. 


Taken with my iPhone pressed up against the eyecup, so the image quality is a little lacking and the shutter lag caused it to snap the picture a little late.

The rangefinder also has settings for archery, but I don’t bow hunt, so I guess they work ok. All I know is, I was looking for something to help me hit targets quite a long ways away, and this little rangefinder sure looks to be a big help. At $250, it’s not going to break the bank, and it feels solid enough to stand up for awhile as well.