Wind Meter What Kind Do You Take To Th Field

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  1. redbone

    redbone Well-Known Member

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    What Kind of Wind Meter do you use How well do it work . an what kind is it an where can you buy one?

    I try to shoot the First thing in the Mourning or wright at Dark. But some of the Time I will shoot in Mid day .

    I would like to Know what Kind of Wind Meter all Yall use when you Shoot Long range 300. to 1000 YD .

    I do knot know any thing about Wind Meter or what kind to use . But I Know that You can tell me what you use an How it works.

    Thank you for the Info


    Redbone.
     
  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

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    I have a Kestral, Brunton and Skymate. Use them all but usually take a Brunton in the zipper pocket in my Eagle stock pack and the Kestral or Skymate in a shirt pocket. Interesting to compare readings with the three models, no difference. I prefer the basic model, don't need some of the more complex weather-station performance. Wind and Temp most used, some guys might like more details. Brunton sometimes has excellent deals on their gear but I just checked and no wind meters right now. You can order direct from Brunton off the net.
    Wind meter is a good accessory to have, but it can 't give wind at the target... Good learning tool so you can learn to assess wind using natural indicators. Remember that wind direction is also a key factor.
     

  3. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

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    I have the brunton. I think it cost around 60-70. It also displays date,time, temp, and a couple other little things. Nothing fancy, but works. It helps a little knowing the wind speed, but like Ian said, direction has lots to do with it as well. All in all, its a good tool to have if shooting over 300 yards. Only complaint I have, I sometimes wish that where the wind goes through the tunnel or fan, it was bigger because it seems to have a hard time recording 2-3 mph winds and at 500-800 yards, distances I mostly shoot at, 2-3 mph makes a difference.
     
  4. bailey1474

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    I take the Kestrel 2500. It has barometric pressure reading as well. W/this, you just set the altitude to 0 ft on your balistics program and use the station pressure.
     
  5. ss7mm

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    I also use a Kestrel, a 3500, and it can't be beat. You can buy cheaper meters but I don't think you'll find a better unit.

    Just "google" Kestrel and you will find a lot of different places to buy one.

    Just remember though, the wind meter is only going to give you the wind conditions at the point where you are making the shot. In addition to that info, you will still need good optics, and field experience, to read the wind down range up until the first shot and then you have the advantage of seeing the results of that shot. Make any needed adjustments and get another one down range before the conditions change and you will be on the money if you do your part.
     
  6. redbone

    redbone Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Guys for the INFO
     
  7. alcesgigas

    alcesgigas Well-Known Member

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    I have a Kestrel 4500, but it worked for about a month before I returned it to the factory for repairs. I managed another month with it before it failed again and it's been that way for over a year now. I've emailed Kestrel--at three different addresses one coming off from this website--all I get are ads from them concerning stuff I have no interest in. Now I'm getting aggressive and will get this thing to operate. Which I think means Kestrel will replace this obviously substandard unit.

    However, the real reason for this reply is a new piece of equipment that I now use--and recommend instead of any Kestrel--the Windoo. It's Swiss made and you can tell it's well made. More importantly, it works, and all the time. It's half a thumb length and a thumb's diameter. No Bluetooth connection--as yet--but it's instantaneous, accurate, and dependable. I got it off Amazon for $114; it does wind, wind direction, BP, temp, WB, and SP.
     
  8. agdavis

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    I also have a Kestrel 2500. I really like it and would not get a Sky Mate. I ordered two from Midway and they did not tell the right temperature. I put it out side in 80 degree sunlight and in the freezer, both times it said it was 60 degrees on both units.
    Wind speed, temp and barometric pressure are what I was taught to use from the 406 Precision shooting class I took.
     
  9. mtwarych

    mtwarych Well-Known Member

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    My son and I also use the 2500 Kestral.
    Read your windspeed where you are and then compare like foliage at your position and then at the targets position to try to figure out wind.
    Gather all the info, apply to your ballistic calculator and trust the science.
    Good luck.
     
  10. lowdowndirtybugger

    lowdowndirtybugger Active Member

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    I use weather flow. It plugs directly in to the phone and is supported ad a direct input for strelok pro