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Unread 07-07-2008, 03:22 AM
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Best place to buy Kestrel????

I'm starting to assemble the accessories to go with the 338 Edge build I'm waiting on. Just wondering where the best (least expensive) place to buy a Kestrel is? Looking at the 2500 and 3500. Which one do you really need? Is humidity important?

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    Unread 07-07-2008, 06:18 AM
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    Humidity doesn't matter at all, I have a 2500 and it works fine, I got it off Ebay since none of the US websites selling them would ship internationally.
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    What would be wrong w/the Brunton (Cabelas) and only 80 bucks?

    The fertilizer spreaders use Kestrels for wind speed. But seem bulky and over priced.

    I spent this last weekend "calbrating" the Brunton. Once one learns the technique that the pilots use to set the elevation it jibes will close with the local National Weather service and NOAA station.

    I'm pleased with it
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    Got mine on the cheap on ebay new as well. Just got a basic one with temp and windspeed as my watch has baro and gps has altitude. Good luck.


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    I'm starting to assemble the accessories to go with the 338 Edge build I'm waiting on. Just wondering where the best (least expensive) place to buy a Kestrel is? Looking at the 2500 and 3500. Which one do you really need? Is humidity important?

    Thanks in advance.
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    The temp variation is very minimal up to 500 yards or so. At 1000 yards the temp difference will be greater, but the bullet's initial BC is important. Further out its proportionally different between the initial BC of the bullets. The differences below equate to a 10 degree change in temp. I hope to think we are able to guess within a 10 degree change in temp. NOTE the BC change is twice that for the hi BC bullet.

    3000fps .400 BC drop = 321.37" drop, 102.432" drift at 1000 for 200 yard zero
    3000fps .405 BC drop = 318.01" drop, 100.848" drift at 1000 for 200 yard zero
    3.3" drop and 1.4" drift at a 1000 yards

    3000fps .800 BC drop = 213.38" drop, 43.648" drift at 1000 for 200 yard zero
    3000fps .810 BC drop = 212.35" drop, 42.944" drift at 1000 for 200 yard zero
    1" drop and .7 drift at 1000 yards

    As mentioned, humidity seems to make ZERO difference at any rifle distance.

    Barometric pressure changes are exactly like temp changes. A half a BAR change is pretty much exactly like the example above. Going from 29.53 to 29 changes the BC's to .407 and .815. Personally, unless my knees ache, I have no idea what the pressure is but the forecast is normally accurate enough for this.

    Think of it this way, are you a gadget guy and will you be shooting game at 1000 yards or more? Fairly sure you will be using a hi BC bullet though.

    Cheers
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    Unread 07-08-2008, 08:42 AM
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    I think there is still a group buy in progress at Snipers Hide. You have to be a forum member but you can save about 40 bucks on a Kestrel 3500. Here is a link to the supplier.

    NK Kestrel Group Buy - Discount Tactical & Military Products
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    how good is a 1000 ? looks like just the basics.
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