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Kestrel Ballistics has been researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing its Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters for more than 20 years. If you own a rifle and plan to use it for hunting, competition shooting, or even for fun, you need a Kestrel Ballistics weather meter. This powerful tool will help you understand crucial data to ensure you make the perfect shot.

Why Kestrel Ballistics

Compared to other products on the market, Kestrel Ballistics is far superior to any of its competitors. Kestrels have been used by Special Forces, wildland firefighters, Mt. Everest expeditions, and by auto pit crews to name a few. Their products have been tested in the harshest of weather conditions on earth and have been more reliable than ever. You’ll see on-screen meteorologists use Kestrels during a hurricane to get live weather data.

Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics® and LiNK

Kestrel Ballistics Weather Meter

The Kestrel 5700 Elite is a powerful tool that is both a weather meter and an advanced ballistics calculator that you should always have with you on the range. The 5700 Elite is drop-proof, dust-proof, and waterproof making it virtually indestructible. The three modes it can be used in are weather mode, ballistics mode, or easy mode. The Elite model is a better fit if you have multiple rifles you’re moving back and forth between and wanting to store multiple target data. The Elite also has a range card and target card displaying crucial information for accuracy on multiple targets at varying distances which the basic 5700 model does not.

Ballistics Mode

I use my Kestrel Elite 5700 in weather mode and in the ballistics mode for the rifles I own. In 3 gun competitions, I have a primary rifle and a backup rifle that I have to know my holds for, also referred to as DOPE (data on previous engagements). When targets stretch out to over 600 yards in a competition where time and accuracy are everything, I need to know my ammunition velocity, wind conditions on match day, humidity, scope settings, and even the angle of the shot especially if I’m in an unconventional position.

Rifle ShootingI also hunt deer with a variety of rifles chambered in different calibers. It’s important to know what your bullet will do as it travels out of the barrel so you can make a clean kill.

Shooting out to 900 yards, 1200 yards, and beyond is a breeze when you have a Kestrel to tell you were to dial or hold. At these ranges, a Kestrel is a 100% necessity that if I don’t have it, I’m literally shooting blindly into the field. If you plan to get into precision rifle series (PRS) competitions, consider the Kestrel Elite 5700. I’ve shot a .308 rifle, a .223 rifle, 6.5 Creedmoor, and a 6×47 Lapua rifle at longer distances, all that require different dial increments. The Kestrel 5700 is able to store 16 guns in its memory so I can flip back and forth between the data that I need.

In the ballistics mode, you’ll have access to these submenus:

  • Target
  • Wind
  • Gun
  • Environment
  • Range Card (Elite Model only)
  • Target Card (Elite Model only)
  • Ballistics (Limited on 5700 model, full on Elite model)
  • Manage Guns

Kestrel Ballistics Weather mode

Weather Mode

The Kestrel 5700 Elite is not just a ballistics calculator but is also a comprehensive weather meter. If you’re new to learning about your rifle, ammunition ballistic data, and shot projections, environmental conditions can influence the movement of your bullet. The 5700 Elite measures wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, heat index, pressure, and altitude.

One of the most important things you should do when traveling with your rifle is to retest your data in any new environment you visit. The ballistic data in a hot and humid environment is going to drastically change in a cold and dry environment. The more data you can collect in different seasons and locations, the better you’ll be in understanding your rifle and ballistic data.

Kestrel HUD Heads Up Display with Remote

Kestrel Ballistics Heads Up Display

When you spot a doe or buck coming across your field at a distance, you may or may not have time to calculate the shot data. When you’re on the clock at a PRS match, you need information quickly that is accurate. With the Kestrel Heads up Display (HUD), you can view target data without ever coming out of your scope. The HUD mounts onto your rifle and gives you real-time data from your Kestrel 5700. Even in the brightest of sunlight conditions, the HUD is easily readable.

Kestrel Ballistics LiNK App

One of the biggest benefits of using the Kestrel 5700 Elite with LiNK is being able to pair it via Bluetooth to the Ballistics App and view all of the data on your phone. You can also build your gun and bullet profiles on your phone and have that data sync to your Kestrel for easier data input. If you don’t want to have this data on your phone, you can also connect your Kestrel to your Windows/Mac device via USB.

Kestrel meter with long range rifles

Mini Tripod & Mystery Ranch HUD/LRF MOLLE Carry Pouch

Tripods are a handy tool for mounting cameras, binoculars, and even your Kestrel 5700 Elite. The Mini Tripod is lightweight, weather-resistant, and creates a stable position even in stronger wind conditions. The tripod features a U-ball head for easy movement of the Kestrel on uneven surfaces.


Kestrel owners know that once you own one, you’ll never need or use anything else again. It’s a product where you don’t understand how you were doing anything before it.

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