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I have seen the laser rangefinders with technology that adjusts for the angle while bow hunting from a tree stand or in steep terrain. Do these models perform a simple math calculation (a² + b² = c²) or are gravity and slope involved?
Anyone had any experience with these units or know how they work?

I didn't see any deer the first day but had a flock of turkeys roost about 40 yards. It is amazing how much noise they can make.
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I do not have personal experience with them but understand they also give the horizontal distance to the target. In other words it does the calculations for you. Some will even give holdover points etc.
Have a look at Leupold site:


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I had one of those Leupold rangefinders and did not care for it.  First off the glass is terrible.  Second while it seems really cool to have all that extra stuff, it turned into a lot of work just to get the rangefinder working the way you want it.

I would rather have a rangefinder with good glass that is simple to use and then use a mildot master or cosign indicator and calculator to figure out the angle distances.  Just my opinion but I didn't care to much for the Leupold. 

I would think typically a person would have all the distance and angles figured out and marked off long before the hunt anyway.  I would have a sketch of everything in the stand with me and go off that rather than trying to use a rangefinder.    
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I have been experimenting with my bushnell elite 1500 with ARC.  I have found that it is very easy to set up (never read directions).  This model computes the true distance given the angle you are shooting on. It also has a holdover function that is almost dead on with the calculator on Swarovski's website for my scope and load.  It is always nice to have a backup for reassurance. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone. If you get it in the mossy oak it is 200 cheaper than the HD pattern from Cbella's. 499 to 299 for a different camo pattern? Works for me! 
To answer your question of how does it work? I don't know but in the field testing has shown me that it works plain and simple.  I have only heard bad things about the leupolds with the same functions. #1 it takes a degree in something just to be able to use it.  Let me know if you have any other questions about this unit.
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I forgot to add that the optics are very good. Definitely not a pair of Swaro binos but I was very impressed with its 7x capability. A little heafty @ 15oz but what can you expect with these functions and capabilities.
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I was not suggesting that Stilhuntin buy the Leupold. Their website explains how the functions work, which is what he wanted to know.. So which brand to buy is another discussion.
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I just purchased a nikon rifle hunter with incline, decline technology. I simple love it. The optics are decent. Simple to use just center the target and push a button. You get the actual distance for the shot in one easy number. The only thing bad is with 6x magnification the field of view is kind of small. I'm very pleased with it.
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they all work using trig. formulas burnt into the chips, the biggest problem is none of them work out to 1000 yds, where you really need it. shots to 500 yd with most of flat shooters today, and sighted in for 200 yds, don't need the help, and if your shooting down or up incline the poi will always be shorter. Now if your golfing-- a different matter. Will be interesting to find out if the new zeiss with ballistic programs built in will have inclination built into the programs.
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