Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 08:31 am
As a golfer or a hunter, you ought to know how much the knowledge of distance matters. You may lose a winning game just because your caddie or you estimated the wrong distance. Similarly, you may lose your prey, just because your bow did not go far enough as your estimated distance to the target was not correct. You need an easy to handle, accurate and long-lasting rangefinder to help you get better at both your game and hunt. So, here we are with the Bushnell Medalist Rangefinder review! It is also legal for use in tournaments.
Unfortunately, this unit didn’t make it in our best golf rangefinder article. But it is still a very good one to review.
Features of Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder:
As always, our Bushnell Medalist Rangefinder review will start with the feature descriptions. We won’t be talking about literally everything. We will talk about the important ones only.
You can carry it on your golf cart or wear it around your neck while walking without it causing any disturbance. It is very small in size with dimensions of 5 x 1.7 x 3.8 inches (W x H x D). Its weight is only 9 ounces with its battery which makes it lightweight enough to be carried around without any sign of irritation from the user.
It is stylish in structure with a rubbery gripping area which prevents it from getting dropped and makes it comfortable to hold.
It uses 9-volt batteries for power. This type of batteries are used in walkie-talkies, transistor radios, clocks etc. so they are easy to find in markets. Besides, they are durable.
It uses an LCD screen as its display. After measurement, the results appear on the screen. This ‘through the lens’ LCD screen beautifully presents all the information gathered by the device.
You should always buy rangefinders with magnification abilities of 4X or above. Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder has a magnification capability of 4X which makes it one of the good rangefinders for purchase. Moreover, this 4X monocular keeps the view steady.
The most special feature of the Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder is its use of pin seeker technology. This tech helps the device to measure more accurately by eliminating everything behind the flag and focusing on the flag only. The device blocks out trees or any obstacle that can be considered a target with this technology.
The Bushnell Medalist can accurately measure a wide range starting from 5 yards to 1000 yards with reflectors. It uses pin seeker technology to measure up to 250 yards with consistency and accuracy. It does not need any reflectors. The long distance calculations might take a bit long but I do not think you will be hitting that hard.
In short games, 2-3 yards matter the most. Missing target by 2-3 yards is both disheartening and embarrassing. In this case, the accuracy of the rangefinder is much needed. And, the Medalist provides an accuracy of +/- 1 meter which is very good for the game.
The Bushnell Medalist comes with four modes!
- The scan mode allows you view a large range and keep measuring targets constantly.
- The rain mode allows the device to measure the range of targets accurately through rain or snow.
- The reflector mode is used to measure maximum distances where highly reflective objects are targets.
- Lastly, the pin seeker mode is used to measure the range of target with extreme accuracy.
The Bushnell Medalist works very fast. It only requires a few seconds to calculate the range when you point it towards your target.
Concerned that the laser beams used by the Medalist will harm your eyes? No need to worry as the Medalist uses completely eye-safe laser beams to measure distance. It sends out the beam to reach the target. After reaching the target, the beam is bounced back. A clock in the device measures the time required for the beam to bounce back and that is how it finds out the range of the target.
If you are thinking that buying and learning to use the Medalist will be troublesome and time-consuming in your already busy life then it is time for you to relax. Because, the Medalist is very easy to use. It only needs you to point it towards your object and press a button to confirm your target. Though you might require a manual or some guidance to handle the device in pin seeker mode, it is not that hard to grasp either.
- Is suitably portable thanks to its small size and weight.
- Can be used easily.
- Accurate by -/+ 1 meters even for long ranges.
- Exact range of pin found accurately by pin seeker technology.
- Weather resistant.
- Has rain mode to be operated to prevent inefficiency during rain and fog.
- Batteries are available and cheap.
- Quick to process.
- Uses harmless laser beams to measure ranges.
- The rubbery grip helps to provide stability.
- The lower magnification level of 4X makes it difficult to lock targets, especially the longs ones.
- Difficult to hold steady because of its size.
- Battery cover falls off often.
- Needs to be rechecked to avoid getting the distance to a wrong target.
- Failure of LDC screen.
- Poor casing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- I have little black spots in my viewfinder. I’ve cleaned the lenses (as did the pro at our golf course). Is there a way to remove the black spots?
Answer: It is not very common to find black spots on the viewfinder as most of our customers do not. The few who found black spots have faced no problems as it does not affect the operation of the device. Just keep it clean.
- Does the medalist vibrate when seeking the pin?
Answer: No it does not. There is a different model that vibrates.
Now, you know both the pros and cons of Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder. Even if it does have some shortcomings due to its structure, it does the one job it has been designed to do perfectly- to measure accurately! So, if you want to focus more on your swing and direction instead of the distance to play better, The Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder is the product you need.
Our Bushnell Medalist Rangefinder review ends here. Hopefully, it helped you in taking a decision. Did it?