The advancement to come along in recent times for the long range shooter is the laser range finder. Originally range finding was accomplished by the shooter’s best guess based upon their skill and experience. Later, optical range finders became available, but these were bulky, imprecise, or too delicate to be of much use under field conditions. The advent of inexpensive diode-based lasers and their subsequent application in affordable rangefinders has made the determination of the precise range of a target child’s play for even the novice hunter. While this model makes a great optic for a .223 or AR-15, it is versatile and can fit several types of firearms.
It was still left to the shooter to determine what elevation to hold at based upon the range and their cartridge load, so it was only a matter of time before the laser rangefinder was combined with the optic to eliminate one more point of potential human error. These days, the scope and the rangefinder can be as one unit, and this model is one of the units we’ve found in the market.
The Eliminator is one of Burris’s fine 3.5-10x40mm scopes with a built-in laser rangefinder. What makes it good is that it comes equipped with a computerized system that allows the shooter to program the scope for their specific load. The target is ranged, the Eliminator does the math, and the proper hold-over elevation is displayed as a red dot in the reticle. On either side of the reticle is a grid of dots that can be used to determine hold-off for windage. A separate display gives an estimation of hold-off for your particular load’s wind drift at the calculated range and, thanks to some the engineering, the grid is functional at magnification settings.
The Eliminator’s rangefinder is good out to 800+ yards for reflective objects and functions out to about 600 yards on targets that are non-reflective like deer or gophers. The final nicety offered by the Eliminator is the fact that it is not larger than a standard optic and can be mounted low to the receiver. With the Eliminator you can have a new toy without ruining the ergonomics of the firearm it’s mounted to.
The Eliminator isn’t exactly inexpensive, but the prospective buyer should take into account the fact that they are getting several units in one with this purchase. The Eliminator is a quality optic with a customized bullet drop compensator coupled with a rangefinder.
If you can find these two items for less than the cost of the Eliminator you still have to deal with the hassle of carrying a separate rangefinder and getting it into action in the field. If you’re the sort of shooter who’s interested in what is possible with new technologies, or if you just want a cool new optic to try out, the Burris Eliminator will keep you occupied for quite some time. There are plenty of other great optics out there for people on a budget, but if you have the cash to spare, it’s tough to ignore this model as it’s one of the best on the market when it comes to the overall package and versatility that it allows.