Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX Rangefinder Review

Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX Rangefinder

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- Integrates with smartphone for even more functionality
- Includes Rifle and Rifle HD ballistic compensation modes
- Pairs with Kestrel wind meters for advanced shooting profiles


- No archery ballistic mode
- Battery life is very short when Bluetooth CONX is used
- Uses hard-to-find CR123 battery

Welcome to our review of the Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX Rangefinder. This first-of-its kind laser rangefinder pairs with your iOS or Android smartphone to allow you to configure the accessory or view its data straight from your mobile device. No more navigating through the rangefinder’s menus, since you can choose from up to three ballistic profiles to quickly switch between guns and still use your rangefinder.

When you purchase this product, it comes with a CR123 battery and a carrying case, but no lanyard or handstrap.

What’s the Range of the Elite 1 Mile CONX

This rangefinder can give you information on large, highly reflective targets up to 1,760 yards away. For deer and other smaller, less reflective targets, you’ll be able to get the range from as far off as 600 yards. Accuracy is within plus or minus a half yard, which is about average in today’s market. Overall, the accuracy seems to be even better than this, and you shouldn’t find yourself forced to “light up” your target multiple times to get an accurate distance, the way you have to with several other competing products. Magnification is 7X, allowing you to easily make out your target far off in the distance.

How Easy is the Elite 1 Mile to Use?

Bushnell succeeds consistently in making easy-to-use products, and the Elite 1 Mile CONX is no exception. You’ve got one button to power on the device and fire the laser, and another button to change modes. I did find the mode changing button a bit difficult to use while viewing through the rangefinder, but not terribly much so.

This rangefinder features fully multicoated optics and a 26mm objective lens. The field of view is a generous 340 feet at 1,000 yards, and the rangefinder even includes diopter adjustment.

How is the Rangefinder Powered?

I’m often frustrated with the batteries used on laser rangefinders, and Bushnell didn’t make an exception to that rule this time. The Elite 1 Mile CONX utilizes a CR123 lithium battery, one of which is included in the box. These can be hard to find in the bush, so make sure you have a spare on-hand. Battery life is shortened considerably when you use the Bluetooth CONX technology, but you can get around this by only using it when you have to.

What Features Can I Expect?

This rangefinder is feature-packed, but it doesn’t offer anything for archers. It was clearly designed purely for gun hunters, allowing you to store three different ballistic profiles for your various firearms or ammunition choices.

The device’s Rifle HD mode displays line of sight distance, degree of elevation, and true horizontal distance from 10-1000 yards / meters and a maximum inclination of +/- 90°. In Rifle mode, you can view the amount of bullet drop, at the target in inches, centimeters or MOA. Regular mode just gives you the line of sight distance to your target.

What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX?

With its use of fully multicoated optics, you’ll enjoy fantastic light transmission from this rangefinder. I’ve used this puppy plenty of times in low-light conditions, and it’s never failed to produce a clear, nicely contrasted image. The only problem is that the LCD display is black, which can be difficult to read against dark backgrounds.

How Are the Optics and Focus on This Rangefinder?

The optics and focus are outstanding. The device automatically focuses on your target, and the Bullseye, Brush, and Scan modes make it simple to get an excellent, sharp image no matter what you’re trying to get range to.

How Durable Is It?

Bushnell backs this rangefinder with its Bulletproof Guarantee, which is one of the best warranties in the industry. Basically, nothing should go wrong with this rangefinder. If it does, without any questions asked, Bushnell will repair or replace the device.

The optics chamber is nitrogen-purged and the lenses are O-ring sealed, so the rangefinder is both fogproof and waterproof. The rubber housing offers plenty of shock absorption, too.

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Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX Rangefinder Review Summary

Thanks for reading my review of Bushnell’s Elite 1 Mile CONX rangefinder. I’d been wondering when rangefinders were going to integrate with smartphones, and Bushnell is leading the charge into a new generation of ranging devices. This entry is a good one, with plenty to like about it and not much to dislike.

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Jeff Byrnes

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Hi there! I’m Jeff, an avid outdoorsman and hunter who really likes exploring new technology. I’m especially into hunting optics, which is why I’m writing these reviews! I hope you find my articles helpful in your own shooting and hunting.

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