Firing Solution in Cold Weather for LRH Without my Phone?

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  1. sedancowboy

    sedancowboy Well-Known Member

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    My struggle is to find a rangefinder that will give me a firing solution without using my phone which does not work in cold weather below zero F. No matter how I carry my phone keeping it warm and covered the display goes haywire when I get it out in the cold air. By the time I have ranged a target and gotten my gloves off to use my Strelok Pro App I can't see the screen. Also if the sun is bright on white snow it is almost impossible to see the screen.
    I am currently using a Sig 2000 with Strelok Pro with Leopold impact 29 reticle. This all works fine in warm weather albeit slow to have to range a target or animal, enter distance in App and dial the scope.

    What are some of the solutions you have come up with. Are there any all in one units and do they work well in cold weather?

    How accurate are the Sig 2400 and the Leica 2800.com and are their Ballistic solutions working?
     
  2. LDHunter

    LDHunter Well-Known Member

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    I've noticed that you did NOT mention what brand of smart phone you're using. If you have that much invested in rifle, scope and rangefinder then maybe you should get a different phone because very few of us these days can afford to have a phone that lets us down in any weather for a multitude of reasons including apps for rangefinding.
     
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  3. sedancowboy

    sedancowboy Well-Known Member

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    I have a Motorola Z3 Play a very new and up to date phone. Since I got it just recently I have not tried it in very cold temps but I have always had a Motorola phone of the latest version. Here in Montana this is not an uncommon problem in cold weather. At 20 below zero there is no need to get your phone out of your pocket.
     
  4. Chuckrub

    Chuckrub Well-Known Member

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    Look at the G-7 BR2500. If you know the area you are hunting you could make some drop charts ahead of time.
     
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  5. Litrfoot

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    Terrapin and a kestrel. Or run the numbers with the temps expected, make a card and tape it to your gun..
     
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  6. Ross1147

    Ross1147 Well-Known Member

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    Exactly what litrfoot said. Take a couple different temps, print up the dope and tape it to the stock. Works great for me and I don’t have to look at my phone during the heat of the moment!
     
  7. chuplis

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    You could try the new Swarovski DS scopes, it worked very well in cold weather.....
     
  8. cohunt

    cohunt Well-Known Member

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    One of the bdx rangefinders, or the abs, or a kestrel --- or a dope card if it's so cold that no batteries work. Make sure you have fresh batteries-- you could also try those handwarmer packets in the same pocket as your phone
     
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  9. cross

    cross Well-Known Member

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    Been hunting with a long range setup since 2006. I have never used my phone or a rangefinder with a ballistics program. I always use drop charts calculated for elevation and temperature. I will admit that once you get out past 750 or 800, smaller variations start to make a bigger differences but I seldom find the need to shoot that far.

    Cross
     
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  10. geo4061

    geo4061 Well-Known Member

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    Kestrel
     
  11. Jeffrey Van Zandt

    Jeffrey Van Zandt Well-Known Member

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    get the kestrel 5700 with link to a range finder true your round on the kestrel and you should be good to go we use ours at -40 up here
     
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  13. T3ninja

    T3ninja Well-Known Member

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    This. My last iPhone would die almost within minutes if taken in temps below 30. Not only hunting but working out in the field it could be quite bad having it die that fast. My solution, until I bought a new phone was to tape a hand warmer to the back side of the phone. It worked for keeping it warm and the battery from dying. This might help keep your screen warm enough that it won’t “dim out” on you
     
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  14. Ingwe

    Ingwe Well-Known Member

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    THIS!

    A perfect example of how some of us have become too reliant on technology.
     
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