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Old 03-12-2012, 06:55 PM
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Re: Kestrel 4500 Atrag?

Parker which unit did you get? Does it have the blue tooth?
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:15 PM
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Re: Kestrel 4500 Atrag?

A while Back I posted I liked the Kestrel Horus Combo and The more I use it the more I like it. The fine tuned adjustment of automatically estimating you muzzle velocity based on the current temp has been great. Only down side is the screen is small, its ok but since I turned 47 I need the reading glasses more often. I can read it with out but 5 years from now maybe not.

I have many other units I compared it to and the simple idea of the Rangefinder and this pkg. is a great combo.



I have a Palm Pilot T3 with NightForce ExBal I just sold in favor of the Horus Atrag SW and the HP 111 and the bigger screen is nice for the Range and practice when you have space and time the size of the text is not much bigger on the 111. but for the hunt I like the Kestrel Horus Combo unit the best.

I also have an iPhone with Knights Armament Bullet Flight 2 and the New Shooter Version Between those two I like shooter by a small margin because of the Graf feature.

for use on your computer the Night Force is best but no one makes SW for the Apple Computers so for many years I used Oehler's Ballistics Explorer and for its time 15 years ago it was great.

Now I own only Mac and am sold on all the portables.

Happy Shooting
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:07 PM
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Re: Kestrel 4500 Atrag?

I just spent the last two hours wading threw this post on the Hide.

http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubb...10295&page=all

I was pretty much mind made up not to get one. However you give me hope since you have tried most of the others. If I understand correctly once you input your load data it computes everything else automatically such as (wind, temp, altitude, pressure etc.) correct? Did you get the non-Blue tooth model?
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:59 PM
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Re: Kestrel 4500 Atrag?

I didn't get the bluetooth because I kind of stumbled on this while looking for a wind meter. We have been more and more impressed with this unit everytime we use it. I was playing around with my TRG 22 with 175 smk out to 900, because that is as far as the range is that we were on. I knew my velocity was right but my bullet was low at 900. I went in to the true drop feature and adjusted the B.C. to fit. I was originally using Sierras posted B.C. of around 500. When I got home I looked the B.C. up in Bryan Litz book and it is 475. So I got out the kestrel and checked what fit and guess what, it was 474. I went out today and got out my 7 WSM Long Range Rifle that our very own Len Backus made and hasn't been shot in 2 months. Plugged it in the kestrel and nailed a 900 yard bullseye cold bore. Later a guy came by who never has shot past 200 yards. I put him on my rifle and dialed him in and he went bullseye at 600, 700, 800, and 900 with 4 straight shots. I can go on and on but all I can say is I love mine!!!!
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:15 PM
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Re: Kestrel 4500 Atrag?

Berry, I kind of got to rambling on and didn't really answer your question. I just got the regular unit but I found out later that it was made for the military snipers and their eyes are a bit better then some of ours. I can see this one OK but a couple of the guys who have about ten years on me have some trouble with it so if you have something already to send the info by bluetooth it would be a good idea to get ie. The screen has a little back light and works good in the dark so either way. I have always thought that the less I can use the less I can forget to bring. Good luck, Scott
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:59 PM
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Re: Kestrel 4500 Atrag?

I've got a lot of shooting to do before I feel I can give an accurate evaluation on the Kestrel/Atrag unit but I can tell you that I had to "true" my velocity to get my 1100 yard drops to work out on the G7 program on-line. This caused my 600 yard drops to be off. When I input my data into the Kestrel/Atrag with the same rifle and load I had to readjust my velocity back to the chronographed speed to get my drops correct. Then, my 600 yard drops came back into line also. That tells me this program is on the right track. Will report more as I get more experience with the unit/program. So far, I'm with Parker33 and swandme on this product. Expensive? Yes. Just like everything else I've purchased for long range shooting.

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Old 03-14-2012, 05:41 AM
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Re: Kestrel 4500 Atrag?

tt35, You will notice that everytime there is a little change in temp or conditions it will change also. I have had the kestrel give me one less moa of dial up at 900 yards in about 40 minutes and it was still money. In my opinion it is one of the best ways to get a first round hit. Let me know how you do with yours. That is the first thing I make sure I have before going to the range.
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