Leupold RX-1200i Rangefinder 2021

If you are a hunter, it’s a guarantee that you have heard of Leupold.  They have produced some of the best optics on the market for almost a generation.  The reputation they have earned is well deserved with renown craftsmanship and some of the clearest glass on the market.

All of the RX series of rangefinders are highly accurate, durable, well engendered tools that are sure to improve your hunting experience.  The optics aren’t very powerful but are on par with other rangefinders but where the Leupold excels in its multi-coated glass that is super bright and the highest quality used in a rangefinder.  Maybe better than it needs to be.

Most rangefinders use a similar laser so Leupold’s isn’t anything exceptional but there are some exceptional features that back up that laser to make it an all-around solid rangefinder.  Leupold has included their enhanced range processing technology to make every hit of the laser provide the most accurate data possible.  Unlike a lot of budget rangefinders, the Leupold will be less affected by target color or ambient light.

When it comes to features, Leupold really shines! For the standard stuff, the RX series is water and weather resistant and features an inclinometer and scan mode.  For the above and beyond features, Leupold has calculations for True Ballistic Range to take the guesswork out of shooting and works with either rifle or bow.  Leupold may have the best ranging software on the market or at least very close to.

If you are an archer, you can get ranges in an amazing 1/10th of a yard up to 125 yards and for rifle shooters you can stretch that out quite a way and still get accuracy of 1 yard plus or minus.  The max range is 1200 yards but really for a deer you are looking at more like 600 which is still a shocking long range to be that accurate.

What does it do?

The thing to love most about this rangefinder is actually the size and weight.  At less than 4 inches long and less than 7oz overall, you can pack this thing in a pocket and not even realize you are carrying it.  But all that would be useless if they didn’t pack a lot into that small package.  Leupold just does everything so well.

When you make the complex simple with the addition of technology, you remove error and improve your chances with every shot.  I think that has been Leupold’s goal for as long as they have existed as a company.  While I would gladly take one of their scopes if I could only own one Leupold product, that isn’t the case and I can own the LX rangefinder as well.

So what makes this rangefinder shine?  Well I have to go with the glass first.  No one does it quite like Leupold.  In this case, they have included the same high-quality glass that is so sought after in their rifle optics with the same multi-coated technology and applied it to the relatively weaker magnification of a rangefinder.  All that adds up to about the best glass you are likely to find on any rangefinder ever.

But Leupold couldn’t leave it at that.  Their first addition is the use of their DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) engine to really make the most of every laser that leaves the unit.  When it returns, the software calculates ranges and weeds out ranges that may cause error.  This alone will do more to nail down a targets range than anything else.

Still not enough, Leupold add in the capability to give you a True Ballistic Range with an onboard inclinometer.  This takes the last piece of the guess work out of the shot.  You will be able to dial in with either a bow or a rifle, depending on the mode you have chosen.  This is about as close to cheating as you can get and not get the Game Warden after you.

To round things out, there is a scan mode to get a good read on your surroundings.  The internals are purged for fog free use and the whole thing is armored and more waterproof than it needs to be.  It has quick set menus that use the internal screen and displays in either yards or meters.  There is so little that this rangefinder doesn’t do that it may be about the most well-rounded unit on the market.

It can also be used easily with glasses and has selectable reticles to match your preferences.

What doesn’t it do?

This isn’t the best rangefinder on the market if you are looking for the extreme.  For a deer, you will max out around 600 yards but can get steel plates out past 1000.  If you need to go farther, Leupold does make rangefinders that can do it but it isn’t this one.  For one, its hard to get a good read with only a 6x magnification.

I also prefer to have rangefinders that are specialized for either rifle or bow.  Most hybrid units are lacking in one or the other.  While the Leupold is a solid choice to hunt either way, you would still get more tuned features out of a specialized unit.  On a budget though, you can just get this one and go with it for everything.

Otherwise, this is about my favorite rangefinder on the market.  It is superb in about every way.  It may not do everything but it sure comes close.

The Final Word

So, if you want quality above and beyond what you really need in a rangefinder that is loaded with awesome technology and some of the best glass on the planet, you really want to get your hands on a Leupold.  This is just about everything you could want out of a rangefinder with no fluff or wasted space.

It doesn’t matter if you are a rifle or bow hunter or if you hunt dense woodlands or open fields, this rangefinder just performs.  Any weather, any time, you know you are going to get the best there is with the Leupold RX 1200i.  With solid ballistic calculations if you miss, that’s on you.


I have been an avid outdoorsman all my life. I have hunted and fished most of the Eastern United States for over three decades. During my tenure as a hunter, I have taken most every North American game animal with either a rifle or bow.Smaller game animals I have taken too many to count. I hunt duck, rabbit, dove, and squirrel every season and take a number of coyote each year which are open season in my area. I greatly miss the quail seasons of my youth but they have all but disappeared across the regions that I commonly hunt.

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