Bushnell Tour V4 Laser Rangefinder Review
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- JOLT technology gives you a tactile reminder
that the rangefinder has locked onto a target
- Crisp, clear images
- Includes battery and carrying case
- Does not give consistent readings
- Difficult to use if you don’t have steady hands
- Requires CR-2 battery
Welcome, and thanks for stopping by my review of the Bushnell Tour V4 laser rangefinder. Bushnell makes some great products, as well as some serious misses, so I was eager to check this older model out. Let’s see how well it fares versus the competition.
The first thing you should know is what you get for your money. In the box, you should expect to find the following:
- The Bushnell Tour V4 laser rangefinder itself
- A 3-volt CR2 lithium battery
- Premium carrying case
How Far Can The Tour V4 Range?
The advertised range of this rangefinder is from five to 1,000 yards, which might be a bit on the short side for some rifle shooters. Bear in mind, this is for large, highly reflective targets. For smaller targets like deer, you can expect to get an accurate reading from around 200 yards. Accuracy is a bit sub-par, however, a whopping plus or minus one yard. Furthermore, the device is sometimes inconsistent in its range readings, requiring multiple tries to be sure of the distance to target. Magnification on this model is 5X, which is a bit below average.
How Easy is the Rangefinder To Use?
If you have steady hands, this rangefinder is simple to use with just one-button operation. There aren’t many modes to choose from, other than selecting between yards and meters, so this is a fairly barebones rangefinder as far as operation goes. If you have unsteady hands, though, this model might challenge you.
Unfortunately, Bushnell has opted to just use multicoated optics, which reduces the light gather capability somewhat. The objective lens is 24mm, and the device’s field of view is a generous 367 feet from 1,000 yards.
You can enjoy diopter adjustment of +/- 3 diopters, and the rangefinder’s eye relief is a very comfortable 21mm.
How Is This Rangefinder Powered?
This rangefinder, like most of its kin, is powered by a 3-volt CR2 lithium battery. These can be difficult to find in rural areas where hunting lands are usually found, so be sure to carry a spare with you. Power management isn’t the greatest, as the device remains powered for ten seconds after use rather than the usual three seconds.
What Features Will I Find?
This model is pretty barebones, with just a single targeting mode. However, it does have an interesting feature: JOLT. With JOLT mode, the rangefinder vibrates in your hand to let you know that it’s locked onto a target. Of course, this can affect your ability to hold it steady, so you might not like it so much if you don’t have steady hands to begin with. I wish it had a scan mode, but such is life.
What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Bushnell Tour V4?
This isn’t the rangefinder for you if you do a lot of twilight or dawn hunting. The readout is a black LCD, and the device itself simply doesn’t gather light very well. During the day, it’s spot on and can give you plenty of contrast and a vivid image all day long, it’s just no good in the dark.
How Are the Optics and Focus on This Rangefinder?
The optics and focus are pretty good, aside from the use of multicoated optics instead of fully multicoating them. You should still get a good, clear image during the day, and the device focuses sharply with amazing speed.
How Durable Is It?
Bushnell usually makes its products to last, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Tour V4. The device’s optics chamber isn’t nitrogen-purged, and the lenses aren’t sealed with O-rings. What does this mean? It means the rangefinder isn’t fogproof or waterproof, so you’ll have to take some care with it. On the other hand, it is nicely rubber armored, so at least there’s some shock absorption. It does include a two-year limited warranty, but remember that it’s not supposed to be waterproof or fogproof.