- Compatible with the GeoBallistics app
- Normal, fast, last, and extended laser range (ELR) targeting modes
- Built-in temperature, pressure, and humidity sensors
- Price: $1,199.99
Vortex is upgrading its flagship rangefinder for 2023 with the Razor HD 4000 GB. The upgraded Razor HD 4000 adds a suite of tech while keeping the features hunters and competitive shooters love about the previous iteration, all for an MSRP of $1,199.99.
The view through the Vortex Razor HD 4000 GB starts with seven-power magnification using Vortex’s HD optical system. The display shows the aiming reticle and modes currently in use.
There are four targeting modes:
- “Normal” is the usual point-and-measure setup.
- “First” allows you to scan a group of objects (picture a deer in front of trees) and shows the range to the nearest object.
- “Last” mode does the opposite — now the deer is behind the trees, and the rangefinder shows the distance to the furthest object.
- “ELR” mode is for long-range shots on small targets. This mode gives the system a little extra time to calculate an extra-precise reading.
The Razor HD 4000 GB also has two ranging modes. Horizontal component distance (HCD) mode provides an angle-compensated distance to your target. The ranging system can range deer out to about 2,200 yards, but the maximum range on more reflective targets is 4,000 yards.
Unlike the rest of Vortex’s lineup (and most rangefinders in general), there is no line-of-sight (LOS) mode. Instead, the second option is ballistics mode (BAL), which uses the onboard ballistics software to range the target and provide a ballistic solution in the display.
Environmental sensors built into the Razor HD 4000 GB measure temperature, humidity, and pressure to provide a more informed and accurate ballistics solution.
An integrated compass allows you to input wind direction (left or right) and speed manually, or you can use the proprietary wind-bearing capture mode to record the wind direction and let the rangefinder account for it on subsequent shots using the compass; wind speed must still be programmed manually.
For more precise ballistic solutions, you can pair the Razor HD 4000 GB with the GeoBallistics app. This allows you to incorporate known ammunition properties or your own custom loads to calculate elevation and wind adjustments.
The Razor HD 4000 GB can store three customizable ballistics profiles — generic profiles for .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, and .223/5.56 NATO are included from the factory.
In February, Vortex announced that it had acquired GeoBallistics. The app should function the same way it always has, but this might be a good sign for the future integration of ballistics software into Vortex products. If nothing else, GeoBallistics will be backed by Vortex customer support, and that’s definitely a good thing.
“We’re always looking for new ways to help Vortex Nation enjoy unforgettable experiences in the field,” Joe Hamilton, the CEO of Vortex, said in a company announcement. “Acquiring GeoBallistics allows us to offer both consistency in our product line and make long-range ballistics simpler and more accessible for everyone.”
Housing all this tech is a top-shelf magnesium chassis, compared to polycarbonate and aluminum on other Vortex rangefinders. Magnesium is lighter and stronger, and the Razor HD 4000 GB is coated with a rubberized exterior layer that improves grip and adds impact protection.
A reversible belt clip and standard 1/4-20 tripod adapter are included with the Razor HD 4000 GB.
Vortex backs the Razor HD 4000 GB with its VIP Warranty, which is one of the best in the business.
Vortex Razor HD 4000 GB Specs
Target modes: normal, first, last, ELR
Range modes: HCD, BAL
Onboard sensors: temperature, pressure, humidity
Ballistics software: GeoBallistics
Compatibility: GeoBallistics app, Kestrel
Battery: one CR2
Weight: 10 ounces