Nikon RifleHunter 550 Range Finder Review

Bottom Line Up Front:

The Nikon RifleHunter 550 is one of the best combinations of performance, price, and features around, certainly at its price point.

No matter your hunting needs - bow hunting, rifle hunting, or just general purpose use - or ESPECIALLY if you need a range finder that does many things well, this is the one to get.

Nikon RIfleHunter 550 Laser Range Finder Review

The Nikon RifleHunter 550 is an excellent choice for all your hunting needs. This laser range finder is a fit for most any hunter, both for rifle and bow hunting. Unless you need performance beyond 500 yards or so, you simply can’t go wrong with the RifleHunter 550.

Solid all-around performer


The Nikon RifleHunter 550 delivers quite a bit more versatility and performance. Two key features are the Nikon’s advanced Tru-Target ranging system and the Advanced ID Technology.


The Tru-Target ranging system lets users prioritize targets at the push of a button. As a result, you can greatly reduce false and annoyance readings such as a twig in the way or some other interference. Plus, this system allows continuous scan mode so you can track your target. Unlike a golf pin, your target may be moving!

A Tru-Target Ranging System provides instant, accurate ranging for an on-target shot.
A Tru-Target Ranging System provides instant, accurate ranging for an on-target shot.

With the Advanced ID Technology, the RifleHunter 550 will compensate for various incline or decline shooting angles–up to an incredible plus-or-minus 89 degrees. So while it won’t be able to handle straight up or down, it comes awfully close.

By compensating for the angle incline/decline, the RifleHunter 550 helps you account for bullet drop and not have to guess about holdover or anything. With ID technology on, the range finder gives distance in increments of an incredibly detailed 1/5 of a yard.

Now, for most rifle hunters at actual hunting distances, is the angle compensation really all that big of a deal? Probably not, most hunters know that there will be a few inches less bullet drop on a downhill shot. But it’s nice to have it – one less thing to think about when that bull elk is in your sights.

This rangefinder gives you some great features:

  • Nikon quality, rugged package
  • Small, lightweight design for one-hand operation
  • Premium performance for the great majority of users – both bow and rifle
  • Tru-Target ranging system allows prioritizing of targets
  • Advanced ID technology for handling the steepest inclines and angles
  • Great combination of price, performance, and features

The Nikon RifleHunter 550 Laser Rangefinder is one of the top performers in its price class and a great performer at any price.  If your needs don’t include long-range duty at greater than 500 yds or so, then you should STRONGLY consider this high-quality range finder.  For both rifle and bow hunting needs, this is an excellent choice.

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