The Kestrel Sportsman Ballistics Weather Meter was made for the hunter or amateur long-range shooter with an in mind. It contains same environmental data as all the 4500 models, and the option to open up in a Ballistic mode with a G1/G7 ballistics calculator to instantly provide accurate targeting DOPE for shots within the Supersonic range of the bullet or approximately 800 yards. It stores up to 16 personalized gun/bullet combinations. The complete weather meter with built-in recording also allows you to log the environmental conditions of your best hunts and identify animal behavior patterns using your specific captured data.
You have the optics, ammunition, and gun - this meter helps take the guesswork out of your shot as well as aid you in practice of reading the mirage and recognizing environmental conditions that affect your shot.
G1 - G7 Ballistics Coefficients
Muzzle Velocity Calibration
Applied Ballistics Gun Loader Software
Built-in crosswind calculator and target range estimator
All in one environmental meter and ballistic solver
Rugged, Waterproof, Compact
High precision, local environmental measurements for more accurate ballistics solution
Up to the second calculations account for changes in wind, altitude, and temp
Unlike ballistically calibrated turrets, Sportsman is always accurate for all ammunition, at
all elevations, and in all conditions.
While the Sportsman will provide a ballistic solution for distances further than 800 yards, it is best suited for the supersonic ranges typically involved in long range hunting. For accuracy at extremely long range, the 4500 Applied Ballistic Meter includes even more variables and allows input of Bryan Litz’s library of custom drag curves in its solution, allowing for an even higher level of precision.
As you've likely read, the 4500 Applied Ballistic Meter contains the full Applied Ballistics solver for extreme long range accuracy and costs a couple hundred dollars more. This Sportsman has software by the same company, but the Sportsman calculations are limited. While it can still be used at long ranges, it will take more work on your part if you use it beyond that, as those custom curves are limited to the high-end meter.
The Basic Kestrel Sportsman:
The Basic Sportsman meter does not have bluetooth, can does not come with a carry case.
You can enter you everything you need manually and do not need to download software. You can also use the meter in 'Weather Mode' and use it as a Kestrel 4500 to your environmental data.
The Sportsman Spotter Pack option:
Includes the 4500 Sportsman with Bluetooth, a vane mound and a large carry case. It can attach to your belt, but it's not the Belt Clip or TYR Carry Case, as it's big enough to hold the vane mount. We recommend one of these cases if you're not using the wind vane or you get the basic Sportsman.
The bluetooth has a couple of advantages:
Upload guns and ammo from your computer using the free Profile Loader software. This is very useful if you are swapping out more than the 16 gun/ammo combinations.
You can also use it with the free Kestrel Companion app which acts as a viewer of the screen of the meter. This allows you to conveniently get up to the second wind and elevation calls without having to shift from your shooting position. You enter your latitude, your range, your gun, and ammo... you set the meter on a tripod with the Bluetooth on taking environmental data from where you want (within 30 feet), where you get your reading to your Android / Tablet sitting next to you where you're shooting from. (available for Android Only)
KESTREL SPORTSMAN BALLISTICS BLUETOOTH SPOTTER PACK FEATURES:
Tripod-mountable vane mount to allow the unit to calculate hold information using real-time wind and weather data
FREE Kestrel Companion App for remote viewing of your shooting solution from your shooting position
Bluetooth® Wireless Data Transfer to access to the most up-to-date firmware upgrades from shooting industry experts
Protective, zippered carry pouch for compact, lightweight carrying
KESTREL WEATHER METER COMPANION APPLICATION
What is the Kestrel Meter Companion App?
The Kestrel Companion app maximizes the capability of your Kestrel Sportsman by allowing it to directly measure the wind speed and direction, all while allowing for easy viewing of your shooting solution. The large display on your mobile device or tablet allows for a quick view of the elevation and windage holds, in addition to the current weather conditions and gun parameters. By placing the Kestrel Sportsman in wind-capture mode, your shooting solution will automatically update on the display with the measured wind values and wind direction.
NOTE: Currently our Bluetooth units are not MAC/Apple compatible.
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