Bushnell Pro 1600 Rangefinder [Review]


The Bushnell Pro 1600 is a truly unique rangefinder that is offered in two different models: Tournament Edition and Slope Edition. The truth of the matter is that both are mainly identical to one another although the Slope edition is designed more for professional play while the Tournament Edition is fine for amateur and tournament competition. Both models are packed with features and they can certainly enhance your ability to make accurate shots in a variety of environments or conditions.


Both models are tremendously accurate and work within a range of 5 to 1600 yards and 400 yards to the flag. By accurate, it is meant these rangefinders are HIGHLY accurate and can reach the target with 1 yard. You will certainly be able to see the image in the display since the magnification is 7x. The Slope Edition contains special technology designed to determine a completely accurate distance to a pin whether it is uphill or downhill.

All of these features are intended for very simple purposes: increasing your accuracy levels, reaching the target in a reduced number of strokes, and even help you make the right club selection.

Scan Mode

Automatic scan mode is available so that you can determine a wide range of distances for various targets downrange. All you need to do is hold down the power button and scan the perimeter. Updates will occur during the scanning process in real-time and that is another benefit.

The Bushnell Pro 1600 also comes with PinSeeker Mode which is designed to dismiss any laser signals which may ricochet off objects in the background. Instead, it will center on the nearest targets which will reduce errors in judgment when taking a shot.

Pros and Cons

The Good

  • You would have a very difficult time finding any rangefinders on the market that can top these models for pure accuracy.
  • The optics are extremely bright and clear which enhances the ability to determine to target.
  • Even those these models are sophisticated in their engineering, they are very easy to use.

The Bad

  • Quality always comes with a price and these two editions come with a relatively high retail price. As such, they may prove to be out of the range of affordability for many.
  • Spots might exist on the monocular LCD display and they are the result of manufacturing errors. These spots, however, are not likely to undermine your ability to read and understand the display.


1. What is the main difference between the two editions?

The Pro 1600 Slope Edition is considered a premium digital laser rangefinder and it is designed with a built-in slope compensator. This certainly aids in helping a golfer navigate slopes but one problem does arise: it may be an illegal device in certain tournaments.

2. Is this truly innovative in terms of its ability to be waterproof?

This is a completely, 100% waterproof system; both editions, and this is thanks to Rainguard HD protection and its adherence to the IPX7 waterproof standard. Believe it or not, these models can be submerged in water and not be damaged. These models are also designed to float so even if it falls into water, it will not sink.

Bushnell Pro 1600 Rangefinder Specifications

  • Dimensions: Measuring 1.7 x 5.1 x 3.7 inches
  • Weight: 12 oz.
  • Ranging Accuracy:  1 yard
  • Range: 5-1600 Yards / 5-1463 Meters
  • Magnification: 7x
  • Objective Diameter: 26 mm
  • Optical Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
  • Display: LCD
  • Power Source: 9-volt alkaline battery (user supplied)
  • Field Of View: 340 ft. @ 1000 yards
  • Extra Long Eye Relief: 19mm
  • Exit Pupil: 3.7 mm
  • 100% Water Proof Construction
  • RainGuard® HD Coating
  • Built-In Tripod Mount
  • Includes case and strap

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