The Leupold RX-1600i Rangefinder

Meet the Leupold RX-1600i TBR/w

You never know how a quality tool like this rangefinder can make an impact on your hunting game. Could it be just the tool you need to give you the edge on that 12 point you have been tracking for years?

In the Leupold RX-1600i there are tons of neat features that are packed into this little tool. Leupold is a great brand with a great rangefinder here as well. If you are an outdoors person, you have likely heard of them. They are well known for a reason, because they tend to make quality gear. If you are interested in a high quality, high profile tool like this rangefinder, then search no more! Lets get going on a very detailed breakdown of all the good, the bad and the ugly of the The Leupold RX-1600i.

Let’s get into it

As we already talked about, there are tons nuances and features in this that make the hefty price well worth the money to some people. For others that are looking for some more options, you might want to check out our rangefinder comparison post.

What’s in the box?

  • Nylon case
  • Shoulder strap
  • CR2 battery
  • User Manual

It is worth mentioning that this rangefinder comes in three different looks:

  • Gray / Black Armor Finish
  • Mossy Oak Break-up Country Finish
  • Mossy Oak Break-up Orange Finish.

I will also say, you may see a bit of a price change if you do end up changing the to a different one.

Quick take ratings

Performance: 9/10

Consistency: 9.5/10

Durability: 7.5/10

Here is a list of the features on this rangefinder

We’ll give you a quick list of all the features that can be found, and then walk through some highlights that stood out to us.

  • OLED Technology for adjustable brightness
  • 6X Magnification
  • DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) technology for getting .5 yard measurement accuracy
  • Fold Down Rubber Eyecups
  • Fully Multi-coated
  • Line Of Sight Distance for straight line distance incase you don’t want the TBR range
  • Quick Set Menu allows for one handed, quick access to your settings
  • Scan Mode allows for “constant on” ranging
  • Select from three different reticles such as Plus Point™, Duplex, and Duplex with Plus Point.
  • Trig
  • True Ballistic Range with Wind (TBR/W) is the technology to account for the angle when in a tree stand
  • Waterproof

Standout features

– True ballistic range with windage calculation

The TBR/W technology is probably one of my favorite things about this rangefinder. If you don’t know what that means or why it matters don’t worry. Essentially, it allows the rangefinder to get the range of your target, taking into account the angle when you are high in a tree. This is vital for when you are in a stand because the difference could be several yards.

If you are familiar with this, you may be thinking “what is so special about that feature? Plenty of rangefinders come with this”. I’ll just say this. From what I have seen it is one of the most precise I have seen yet. In addition to that, it is very rare to also see the windage calculation built in.

– Unmatched speed

Another big deal for me is just how darn fast it is. I can scarcely find a rangefinder that can pick up a reading as quick as this one can. A speedy rangefinder can come in clutch when you are in the hunt for obvious reasons. No one wants to be fudging around with a rangefinder when the big time buck shows up.

– Consistency is key… and king

One of the number one qualities is not only how accurate it is, but how consistently accurate it is. After comparing many other rangefinders, the Leupold easily had the most consistent reading. On occasion, other rangefinders will have a wonky reading. This rangefinder gives you best in class experience that you will get the right distance every time.

– Perfect for a range of rifles and calibers

It comes with a preset of 25 different ballistic settings, so you can personalize for the rifle of choice. This is another great feature we see, as Leupold is not skimping out on functionality.

This may not be a very big deal, but it was just something I noticed that I thought was a nice to have. The batteries don’t need a screwdriver to open, so you can get new batteries in anywhere.

Who should buy this?

You should consider this if you are a serious hunter who is looking for a next level rangefinder. If you want an edge in every possible way you can this could be the rangefinder for you. If you have a higher budget, you aren’t going to find a rangefinder with a higher price that has this type of performance. No need to waste your money on going for the most expensive you can when you aren’t going to be able to beat this.

Who should not buy this?

Two main things to think about that could be issues are:
Price and Customer Service

Most of us aren’t going to fall into the category of “high budget” or “wanting the most expensive” so, this may not be the one for you. If you are just looking for a standard rangefinder that will get the job done. I would suggest looking at our value pick rangefinder.

Other than the steep price tag, the biggest con may be the customer service. Leupold has received many complaints from customers who have received defective products, or just found their customer service very poor. The 2 year warranty has also not been enough for some people who have had their product break on them just after that window.

Rick Smith

Rick Smith

As young as I can remember I loved being in the outdoors. My dad would take me for walks in the woods and fishing at my grand-dads pond in L.A. (Lower Alabama). I grew up in Birmingham Al. in a place where the woods weren't far from my house. It is my hope that I could make a living doing what I love. -- Being in the outdoors.

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