Leupold's Latest: The RX-1200i TBR DNA Rangefinder

Leupold's Latest: The RX-1200i TBR DNA Rangefinder

McMillan_Stocks_7Every time I think rangefinders can't get better, they get better. The RX-1200i TBR DNA ($500) from Leupold is just one example, and it's a good one. First, 1,200 yards! No, I'm not shooting that far, but when I used it in Kazakhstan last year, it was handy to be able to range distant ibex and figure out how much closer we needed to get.

The 1,200-yard distance is for reflective targets. Nonreflective targets such as deer can be ranged out to 800 yards, with the unit able to range objects such as trees at 900. So if you can't get a reading on a buck or bull way out there, search for a more reflective target nearby.

Another big advantage? An older Leupold rangefinder I have gives both true ballistic range (which factors in your cartridge's trajectory and shot angle) and line-of-sight distance numbers. The 1200i TBR DNA in BAS mode gives only the true ballistic range, which is simpler. Further, I was able to hand the unit to my Kazakh guide—who spoke no English except for numbers—and not have to explain to him which number to give me.

Other mode options for rifle shooters include holdover in inches or mils, m.o.a. scope correction info for dialing up, and simple line-of-sight yardage. Programming for your chosen caliber and load is quick and easy; just select from one of seven "performance groups." You can also change display intensity, units (yards or meters) and, with this model, a last-target mode that ranges the farthest object—which is super-useful. You can also select one of three reticles: a small Plus Point, Duplex with Plus Point and plain Duplex (my favorite).


I also really like the 6X adjustable eyepiece. Older rangefinders often lacked much if any magnification. At 6X it's much easier to get the unit's reticle locked on a distant animal to get the correct range. All this utility comes in a small and lightweight package; it's just 3.8 inches long and weighs less than eight ounces. It's definitely the best laser rangefinder I've used.


Recommended for You

The new MSR 15 Long Range in .224 Valkyrie reaches out with authority. MSR

Review: Savage Arms MSR 15 LR

David Fortier - May 17, 2019

The new MSR 15 Long Range in .224 Valkyrie reaches out with authority.

Gunsite's Ed Head reviews the Ruger American/Robar Scout Rifle. Bolt-Action

Review: Ruger American/Robar Scout Rifle

Ed Head - April 23, 2019

Gunsite's Ed Head reviews the Ruger American/Robar Scout Rifle.

The handloading question: With large availability factory ammo on the market, why bother with reloading? Craig Boddington offers a few answers. Reloading

Reloading Ammo – Why?

Craig Boddington - March 26, 2019

The handloading question: With large availability factory ammo on the market, why bother with...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

All About .300 Blackout

All About .300 Blackout

The .300 Blackout is here to stay, and we take some time to look at new technology surrounding this cartridge. Next, we pit subsonic rivals against each other before stretching the legs of this CQB round out to 600 yards from a short 9-inch barrel.

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - BULLPUPS

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - BULLPUPS

Joe Mantegna talks about the origins of Bullpups.

Ruger Launches New American Rifle Predator in 6.5 Grendel

Ruger Launches New American Rifle Predator in 6.5 Grendel

OSG's Lynn Burkhead and Ruger's Matt WIlson kick off SHOT Show 2018 by taking a look at the Ruger Predator.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Some history and reloading recipes on five popular .17-caliber cartridges, including the .17 Ackley Hornet, .17 Hornady Hornet, .17 Mach IV, .17 Remington Fireball and .17 Remington. Reloading

.17-Caliber Reloading Data and History for 5 Cartridges

Layne Simpson - June 05, 2019

Some history and reloading recipes on five popular .17-caliber cartridges, including the .17...

Want to get into the long-range game and not go broke? Check out the Mossberg MVP Precision Rifle. Reviews

Review: Mossberg MVP Precision Rifle

J. Scott Rupp - March 21, 2019

Want to get into the long-range game and not go broke? Check out the Mossberg MVP Precision...

Ruger introduced .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC chamberings for the Ruger Precision Rifle. Bolt-Action

Ruger Precision Rifle Now Chambered in .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC

Rifleshooter Digital Staff - April 27, 2019

Ruger introduced .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC chamberings for the Ruger Precision Rifle.

See More Stories

More Optics

The Nikon Black FX1000, a first-focal-plane scope, is available in 4-16x50mm and 6-24x50mm models'illuminated or non-illuminated and in m.o.a. or mil adjustments. Optics

The Nikon Black FX1000

J. Scott Rupp - March 06, 2019

The Nikon Black FX1000, a first-focal-plane scope, is available in 4-16x50mm and 6-24x50mm...

Nikon introduces a new line of purpose-designed riflescopes just in time for the upcoming hunting season and summer shooting activities. Optics

Nikon's New PROSTAFF P3 Family of Purpose-Driven Riflescopes

RifleShooter Online Staff - July 11, 2018

Nikon introduces a new line of purpose-designed riflescopes just in time for the upcoming...

Joseph von Benedikt's seven top long-range riflescopes. Optics

Seven Top Long-Range Riflescopes

Joseph von Benedikt - April 24, 2018

Joseph von Benedikt's seven top long-range riflescopes.

See More Optics

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.