I started hunting whitetail in 2016, so I am relatively new to the idea of knowing where my food comes from. Early in my hunting journey, I was out hunting with my bow, and conditions were perfect. A cold front moved in, and the wind was just right. I had scouted the area for months and hunted it for weeks prior. I got to the woods two hours before daylight as planned. As the sun appeared, so did the deer. I was in the perfect spot, on the perfect day, at the perfect time. Three deer were standing in front of me at what I presumed was thirty to thirty-five yards. This is the day I learned the hard way, I didn’t know my distances as well as I thought. As I aimed, then shot, I regrettably watched my arrow fly over the deer’s back and watched her run off with her flagging in the air. It turns out the deer was only 19 yards away. This event had me on the internet looking at rangefinders instead of preparing my harvest. I didn’t want to break the bank but also wanted quality.
First Time Success with the Halo XL450 Rangefinder
The very next weekend I was back in the woods overlooking a field that had a couple hay bales in it. One was at 30 yards, one at 17. Sure enough, the deer were moving, and one made the mistake of coming in that field. I knew that if a deer came in between those hay bales that I was looking at a twenty to twenty-five yard shot. Knowing my ranges this time, I was able to harvest my first buck! I give all the credit to the Halo XL450 Rangefinder.
Halo XL450-7 Rangefinder
The XL450 delivers big on technology and value. Standard features include a water-resistant design, 450-yard range, 6x magnification and scan mode for constant ranging. It’s also equipped with Angle Intelligence™ to ensure proper angle readings for all types of terrain. Turns out, going back to the basics is anything but basic.
The Perfect Rangefinder for a Hunter on a Budget
I have owned the Halo XL450 Rangefinder for two years, specifically using it for scouting and hunting deer and turkey in both the hardwoods and fields in middle Tennessee. It is the range finder for someone who is on a budget! For under $100 this is an absolute steal. I am always looking at ranges while in the stand or blind. Ranging different trees or objects just in case the animal I am targeting happens to make a mistake and offer me an opportunity to harvest. I like to know what my ranges are before the critical moment when I squeeze the trigger.
Halo XL450 Quality
The lens on the Halo XL450 is average. It is clear, however, won’t blow your mind with razor-sharp images. It has a 6x magnifier allowing you to range large objects up to 450 yards and most big game animals out to 350. That distance is plenty for me as I don’t plan on taking a shot anywhere near 450 yards. One of the best features here is the angle intelligence (AI) which automatically compensates for an incline or decline on your target. You can range in yards or meters and with scan mode you can’t go wrong. The CR2 battery needed is included. The battery will last anywhere from 6 months to a year or so, depending on your use of course.
Perfect in All Conditions
I have used the XL450 Rangefinder during the early mornings through the late evenings. In low light and bright light. Indoors and out. It has worked every time with zero malfunctions. I love this product. However, I wish it came with two pieces: a tether to hang from my neck and a protective carry case. These are two things I purchased separately. (Editor’s note- The XL450 does come with a lanyard.)
Halo XL450 Rangefinder Review Summary
A reliable rangefinder is a vital piece of gear I don’t go into the woods without. As far as I am concerned, it is an extension of my own body. I highly recommend this to hunters and game watchers with little to no experience to 20 plus years of experience. The Halo XL450 Rangefinder is currently priced under $100 on most sites and in my opinion, is the best bang for your buck.
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Steven Metzinger is a father, husband, son, and brother. He is a disabled veteran who can’t get enough of the outdoors. He is a gear junkie, which his wife hates, and is always looking for gear that can give him that extra edge to harvest a whitetail in middle Tennessee.