Something that many find a mystery when shooting long range is how much rifle cant will affect the trajectory of a bullet over a long distance. Long range shooters have long relied on bubble levels also known as “spirit levels” but that isn’t the case anymore. While doing some research into rifle levels for my recently completed Alamo Precision Rifles builds, I stumbled on the SendIt level from Long Range Arms.
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I got my hands on the original SendIt level, not the newer version that omits the bubble level built into the outer case. Since the internals are the same I saw no reason to get one of the models without the bubble. The level is super sensitive and has 5 different sensitivity levels with the factory setting keeping you within 1.2 degrees of perfectly level. There are more sensitive settings, but for most long-range shooting, the 1.2-degree window is far more accurate than most stand-alone bubble levels.
- Setting 5 (5 LEDs): 1st LED = .2 degree, 2nd LED = .4 degree (total)
- Setting 4 (4 LEDs): 1st LED = .4 degree, 2nd LED = .8 degree (total)
- Setting 3 (3 LEDs): 1st LED = .6 degree, 2nd LED = 1.2 degree (total)
- Setting 2 (2 LEDs): 1st LED = .8 degree, 2nd LED = 1.6 degree (total)
- Setting 1 (1 LEDs): 1st LED = 1 degree, 2nd LED = 2 degree (total)
But why wouldn’t you just run a bubble level? The simple answer is that the SendIt is far more precise than a traditional bubble level, especially when the rifle is being used for high angle shooting like hunting from the rim of a canyon. Since the interior surface of most bubble levels are a bit uneven, they might not be accurate at angles that are beyond 20 degrees, the SendIt doesn’t suffer from that drawback.
Mounting the level on your rifle can be accomplished a couple different ways, my personal favorite is the scope clamp that Long Range Arms produces especially for the SendIt level. They include some spacers that offset the level from the side of the rifle in order to clear the stock, I found that the shortest spacer was all that I needed to clear both my Grayboe Renegade stock as well as my McMillan A5 stocks.
The SendIt has only one control that allows you to turn the unit on, control brightness, and even access the different modes and settings. The nicely knurled knob has a rubber o-ring that keeps the outer housing in place as well as keeps dust, dirt, and moisture out of the unit.
The SendIt is super easy to read when leveling the rifle, blue lights mean the rifle needs to be tilted left, red lights mean you need to go right, and the green means it is time to “Sendit” according to the instructions.
The internal electronics are tightly packed with the battery and rheostat taking up a lot of the room inside the case. The board that helps everything stay level is on the other side of these components keeping the overall size of the level rather small.
Power to the level is supplied by a CR1/3N battery that Long Range Arms wraps in a sticker for easy removal. It would be really easy to get a battery stuck in the SendIt, so make sure to use one of the supplied stickers or a piece of thin tape to give yourself a handle.
The removable cover has a bubble level or “spirit level” built into the case as a backup, but since I run a Spuhr mount on my 6.5 Creedmoor rifle, I use the level built into the mount instead and keep the SendIt mounted vertically.
Out on the range, the SendIt did a wonderful job helping me keep the rifle level once I got used to it. It did take some time to get used to paying attention to the colors versus centering a bubble in between the lines, but once things clicked, it became second nature.
Is the SendIt level the perfect rifle level? Probably not, but it might be the best option on the market currently for bench rest shooters, F-Class, and many other long-range shooting disciplines. The Long Range Arms SendIt level carries an MSRP of $229 without the scope ring mount that I purchased additionally and is available on the Long Range Arms website. The scope mounted ring that I used to mount the SendIt level has an MSRP of $70 and is also available on their website.
About Patrick R.
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