Need an archery rangefinder for bow hunting? Simmons is known for producing value and budget priced sporting optics. Many hunters and shooters choose the Simmons brand because of the price versus value balance or simply because they don’t need to pay for higher priced models with a lot of high-end features they don’t need.
The Simmons Volt 600 rangefinders are basic no frills and low-cost rangefinders meeting the needs of this market sector.
The Volt 600 is very accurate. An in-view LCD display provides the exact distance to your target from 10 to 600 yards with the tap of a single button. It has bright, clear optics and 4x magnification.
Simmons, unlike most competitors at this price point, have included the 801600T Volt 600 Laser Rangefinder model with angle compensated. This archery rangefinder feature is suited to bow hunting from tree stands. This is where line-of-sight-readings can be significantly different than angle compensated readings. This could make the difference between a successful shot or a miss.
The angle compensated distance is displayed below the line of sight distance number. Note that the true horizontal distances are only displayed for targets that are within 99 yards. At greater distances, the display shows, line-of-sight, readings only. This limitation would clearly not bother a bow hunter at normal ranges.
9 Volt Battery
The vertical designed Simmons Volt 600 series rangefinders use a common 9 Volt alkaline battery (not included). The 9-volt battery is more common and less expensive. But it is also larger and heavier than the newer style CR2 batteries used in most rangefinders. However, because of the battery size, they tend to be on the larger end of the vertical style rangefinders. Measuring over four inches long, two inches wide, and just over three and a half inches tall. Still, they are relatively lightweight at eight ounces compared with other horizontally designed rangefinders.
The 4x magnification Simmons rangefinders are among a newer breed of models designed as an archery rangefinder. Also, the low magnification is a benefit when hunting at close ranges. They offer a wider field of view and make target spotting and tracking easier with closer targets. Many archery hunters have a difficulty holding higher magnification models steady while ranging by hand. So the 4x magnification is ideally suited to the bow hunter.
Black LCD Display
The Volt 600 series rangefinders feature a black LCD display and with a box style reticle for targeting. Diagonal hash marks extend along the corners of the reticle indicate the unit’s laser is currently active. The distance reading is displayed for thirty seconds.
The Good Points about the Simmons 801600 Volt 600 Archery Rangefinder
Angle compensation is a rare feature on a budget rangefinder. This feature is important to many hunters especially tree stand bowhunters. Shooting at extreme angles, a few yards between line-of-sight distance and horizontal distance makes or breaks a shot.
These Simmons rangefinders target hunters who want an affordable rangefinder without all the higher end features in expensive models. The Simmons 801600 Volt 600 model is cheaply priced at around $90. However,the Simmons 801600T Volt 600 tilt model is still keenly priced at around $125.
The uncluttered display has a square reticle, a battery level indicator and displays the range below the reticle. The Tilt models also display angle compensated range below the line of sight range. The display has no angle of the shot, no bow or rifle icons, and no target priority icons.
The Bad Points about the Simmons 801600 Volt 600 Archery Rangefinder
Simmons states to expect reading trees out to 400 yards and reading deer out to 200 yards. Ranging a deer at two just hundred yards isn’t all that impressive for a laser rangefinder claiming 600 yards range. However, as we all know it depends on the size of the target and its reflectivity. Even so, Simmons like other manufacturers often quote optimistic numbers.
Lack of Features
The only setting on the standard Volt 600 model is the distance measurement in yards or meters. In addition, the Tilt Intelligence model displays angle compensated readings. The device lacks a scan mode, no target priority, no reticle selections, and no adjustable eyepiece.
Many hunters and shooters seeing the lack of these features would make them look for another rangefinder. However, the Volt 600 compromises on these extra features to bring a functional device at a very affordable price.
Another aspect is the lack of weather proofing specification. Also, we assume it is not rain proof.
The Simmons Volt 600 model offer a basic rangefinder at a lower price than most of their competitors. So basically you pay for what you get. However, a relatively short ranging ability is a reflection of this compromise. But as an archery rangefinder, this limitation should not be a concern. The device has many good reviews on Amazon and is a best seller.
The Simmons Volt 600 Tilt version also offers an angle compensation feature not normally seen in a budget archery rangefinder. Furthermore, for the bow hunter, its lower magnification gives a greater field of view which is important at closer ranges. The horizontal distance feature and its low cost make this rangefinder a good choice for an archery rangefinder.