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I have been very happy with mine. Can't wait to see your thoughts.

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I assume glass and rangeing ability will be adequate, the app is standard, and form factor and weight a given. What I want to see in a review is how quick is it to change wind input? More than 3 seconds is a long time imo. How quick is it to change profiles? Again more than 3 seconds is a long time. Waiting for designers to address this. No reason you can’t have two profiles displayed or a toggle button input. And wind could be an up/down button or dial option. Or does a wireless wind input work well enough that wind input is continuous?
 

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Great review. In your use have you drug along a kestrel with the BR4 or left the kestrel behind?

I just recently got a kestrel and haven’t really gotten too acquainted with it yet.
 

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Great review. In your use have you drug along a kestrel with the BR4 or left the kestrel behind?

I just recently got a kestrel and haven’t really gotten too acquainted with it yet.
The 5700 is always with me but the BR4 will allow the use of a much cheaper wind meter and some practice reading wind.
 

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I have to say but I took the BR4 with me to the SMR class but the BLR10b did so well, the BR4 did not make it out of my pack. My thoughts are the BLR10b is my go to now. We'll see how it goes while in a hunting scenario though.
 

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I assume glass and rangeing ability will be adequate, the app is standard, and form factor and weight a given. What I want to see in a review is how quick is it to change wind input? More than 3 seconds is a long time imo. How quick is it to change profiles? Again more than 3 seconds is a long time. Waiting for designers to address this. No reason you can’t have two profiles displayed or a toggle button input. And wind could be an up/down button or dial option. Or does a wireless wind input work well enough that wind input is continuous?
It’s just under 10 seconds to change profiles.To get wind heading and speed to a shoot solution is 10-12.This is with the unit powered off.Taking in a breath and exhaling the one breath is 3 seconds.So we have to be realistic in our standards.3 seconds in my opinion is not long especially getting good data to the unit.
 

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It’s just under 10 seconds to change profiles.To get wind heading and speed to a shoot solution is 10-12.This is with the unit powered off.Taking in a breath and exhaling the one breath is 3 seconds.So we have to be realistic in our standards.3 seconds in my opinion is not long especially getting good data to the unit.
Im not suggesting a standard, but a goal. See a bear behind you and want to change profile to son’s rifle - 20 seconds is a loooong time . Thats current technology. Toggle a switch for profile or show 2 profiles and dial wind direction could cut that in half. Good could be even better.
 

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Im not suggesting a standard, but a goal. See a bear behind you and want to change profile to son’s rifle - 20 seconds is a loooong time . Thats current technology. Toggle a switch for profile or show 2 profiles and dial wind direction could cut that in half. Good could be even better.
Brotha I’m not subscribing to the scenario.If it’s a long range shot your son needs more than 20 seconds to setup and acknowledge the conditions while you are changing the profile to get the dope.Otherwise it sounds like perhaps you are describing a close range shot where you should not need dope perhaps depending on shot distances and the rifle zero.
 

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Oh I know you aren’t getting a shot off in 20 seconds its just I hate spending 20 seconds *looking at my equipment instead of the animal* when it doesn’t have to be that way. For paper it doesn’t matter. My 2400abs is nice but cycling from 3mph wind to 2mph wind takes 40 presses of the button - those types of things shouldnt happen. And getting a reading for a second rifle could be done without fumbling without Bluetooth and phone - 2 presses on a button or long hold - could be software update?
 

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Oh I know you aren’t getting a shot off in 20 seconds its just I hate spending 20 seconds *looking at my equipment instead of the animal* when it doesn’t have to be that way. For paper it doesn’t matter. My 2400abs is nice but cycling from 3mph wind to 2mph wind takes 40 presses of the button - those types of things shouldnt happen. And getting a reading for a second rifle could be done without fumbling without Bluetooth and phone - 2 presses on a button or long hold - could be software update?
The br4 is very fast to get a vectored wind.
 

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The br4 is very fast to get a vectored wind.
Indeed. Blows the 2400 ABS away. As far as I am concerned the BR4 is the best out there to date. The key, as with any new gear is to get fluid with the functions until they are second nature. Changing from one rifle program to another is a breeze as well. If it is really that big of deal, for that scenario, there are choices. One if you hunt together why is there a need for two rifles? or add a second RF for the sons rifle. Have him range for you and you do the same for him. If you practice this you will find building shooter / spotter skills and delegating duties are priceless in a smooth engagement.
 

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I used my BR4 last year in So. Africa for my rifle and Dave’s. He shot a 7 Rem mag and had two loads, one with the 168 gr Berger and one with a 120 gr Barnes TTSX. Mine was the 300 PRC with a 215 gr Berger. Switching back and forth between the three profiles was easy because I worked it for every shot because Dave is not too savvy with electronic wizardry. We killed everything we went after including a long shot at a springbok and a split second kudu at last light. Dave shot a Cape buffalo at 40 yards with a .416 Rigby, without the BR4 of course. Plus I killed my Wyoming buck with the BR4 at 600 yards and he killed his 195” buck at 75 yards without. I think that’s 15 animals with the BR4. I love it. It’s mine forever. I’ll carry it this year too but as backup to the BLR10b while I work with it. So far that is the bomb, which is good.
 

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The br4 is very fast to get a vectored wind.
Ryan, you are saying it's fast to change the wind speed values in the unit correct?

My thoughts on the current discussion points mentioned on posts above are this. You still need to meter the wind with a Kestrel. It's still a step needed before entering the wind (or changing) the vectored wind in the unit. -Unless of course you can read wind good without a meter.

Nothing in long range hunting is super fast. You can be quicker with knowledge of your equipment and practicing scenarios ECT. But in my experience, going too fast and being frantic results in less than optimal shot placement.

I am still using a SIG 2200 unit. The steps needed to change wind speeds and direction are through the app and a lot more time consuming than the BR4. Obviously not an apples to apples comparison as this unit isnt even in the same tier group as the BR4. But definitely see the value of the Revic range finding products (BR4 / BLR10b).
 

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Ryan, you are saying it's fast to change the wind speed values in the unit correct?

My thoughts on the current discussion points mentioned on posts above are this. You still need to meter the wind with a Kestrel. It's still a step needed before entering the wind (or changing) the vectored wind in the unit. -Unless of course you can read wind good without a meter.

Nothing in long range hunting is super fast. You can be quicker with knowledge of your equipment and practicing scenarios ECT. But in my experience, going too fast and being frantic results in less than optimal shot placement.

I am still using a SIG 2200 unit. The steps needed to change wind speeds and direction are through the app and a lot more time consuming than the BR4. Obviously not an apples to apples comparison as this unit isnt even in the same tier group as the BR4. But definitely see the value of the Revic range finding products (BR4 / BLR10b).
Answer to the fist questions is yes.

Second, you are correct but everything adds time and any steps where time can be cut ups your odds of killing your target.

The revic products are the fastest to shot products currently available without an expensive kestrel. This means fast with natural wind reading skills or a cheap wind meter.

The absolute fastest to shot setup is a kestrel with bluetooth and ballistics like the elite and a compatible rangefinder using easy mode in the kestrel. If you already have the kestrel then this is a comparable option. If you don't it's an unfair comparison because it costs roughly $1K more(depending on rf).

Another consideration is the revics base wind option which basically eliminates the need for wind input inside say 600 yards but the second you manually input vectored wind the base wind goes away. You can keep a wind in the Sigs but are still stuck with a slow input if it needs changed.
 

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Here’s one point. A buddy. If he/she is up on all this like we are, when you are preparing for the shot, your buddy can be ranging and measuring the wind. That’s what I did for Dave and that’s what my guide did for me in Wyoming.

Then, as I learned last month in Montana, a good spotter is valuable. They can pinpoint the first shot and give you a correction.

All this is better than what I used to use, a rangefinder with holdovers taped to my stock. That works too and quickly, and I killed some nice critters that way, but I wouldn’t trade that for what I use now.

That’s me gassed hauling this bull out with my 13 lb Remington Sendero. Dave took the pic.
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I assume glass and rangeing ability will be adequate, the app is standard, and form factor and weight a given. What I want to see in a review is how quick is it to change wind input? More than 3 seconds is a long time imo. How quick is it to change profiles? Again more than 3 seconds is a long time. Waiting for designers to address this. No reason you can’t have two profiles displayed or a toggle button input. And wind could be an up/down button or dial option. Or does a wireless wind input work well enough that wind input is continuous?
I actually have a lot of experience hunting. There are times where 3 seconds feels like an eternity! So I completely agree. Here's how we address wind. We offer two modes for wind Base Wind and Vector Wind. Our Youtube channel has videos on this, by the way. In Base wind (in the BR4) you enter it in the settings. I choose 5mph. When you range, you instantly have a correction for a full value 5mph that you can quickly scale. You do not have aero jump, headwind, spin drift, or corriolis routines (you do have eovtos), so limit ranges to under a half mile. For longer shots (hopefully taking more time), you can use the arrow buttons to enter the wind speed and direction in a few seconds. Depending on your settings, that will turn on all of those routines above.

It works. The other RF manufacturers are already starting to copy us.
 

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I actually have a lot of experience hunting. There are times where 3 seconds feels like an eternity! So I completely agree. Here's how we address wind. We offer two modes for wind Base Wind and Vector Wind. Our Youtube channel has videos on this, by the way. In Base wind (in the BR4) you enter it in the settings. I choose 5mph. When you range, you instantly have a correction for a full value 5mph that you can quickly scale. You do not have aero jump, headwind, spin drift, or corriolis routines (you do have eovtos), so limit ranges to under a half mile. For longer shots (hopefully taking more time), you can use the arrow buttons to enter the wind speed and direction in a few seconds. Depending on your settings, that will turn on all of those routines above.

It works. The other RF manufacturers are already starting to copy us.
Love your product! If I could respectfully make a suggestion: when I enter a wind vector, I wish it would stay in there longer before it goes back to zero.

Keep up the good work and innovation!

 

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