Re: Windmeter info.??
Get the Kestrel, it is top notch!!
I have the 4000, but it isn't really needed for all it's extras. The 3000 has temp and wind.... the MAIN things you need, and pretty much all I use mine for. I got the 4000 because it gave BP as well, I wanted to keep notes on my Oehler 43 as accurate as possible is all. If you need them later, you can find an ALT and BP device pretty damn cheap, it'll just be in a seperate unit is all.
My dad and I were out shooting a couple weeks ago and I had the Kestrel set up on the roof of his pickup monitering wind, well after a while we jumped in the truck and went down to the target 300 yards away. We got backa and was looking for a wind speed before I started shooting [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img], it was gone!!
Panic!! I knew it had fallen off somewhere on the way but it was icy all over and we had no tracks to know where we drove exactly.
What made it worse is a couple people had stopped in between us and the target, just passing by. We thought they might have spotted it and picked it up. I ended up finding it almost right where they both stopped. It fell from about 6' on the solid ice, guess what.... it still worked! It actually had still been plotting the wind speed too! I was very lucky!!! It never will be set on the truck again, ever! Believe it or not, my brother did the same thing with his M70 338wm, but drove about 5 MILES on the sand bar! When he hit the brake, it fell down on the HOOD!!
One thing I'm not sure people realize, is that even when the Kestrel is turned off it will monitor the temp and everything, plotting it out at what ever time increment you tell it to record at.
I don't know how usefull some might find this, but I woke up one morning and found it had been 20 degrees during this late hunting season night. For a moment I thought I had left it on all night. The wind meter taught me I had NO idea before what the wind was, just like the rangfinder did range! Now I'm a pretty good judge without it. One nice thing it's helpfull doing is, it alows you to watch over a period of time the prevailing wind speed so you can pick a time to shoot that will be more consistant shot to shot, not having to wait for a lul all the time.
The flip open protective cover on the wind meter is a huge plus!
The Kestrel 3000 would be my recommendation unless you'd like the ALT, BP and other features the 4000 has too.