hand-held ballistic calculator

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  1. HunterDan

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    Looking for a good hand held unit with a long range ballistic calculator for my brother-in-law for a Christmas present. He doesn't have a smart phone because he doesn't want the monthly bill.

    Anyone have a hand held unit that they would recommend? Something tough and durable enough for hunting trips. I use Strelock on my smart phone and it works pretty good.

    thanks
     
  2. Nomad47

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    Don't know if you would call it handheld or not, but I have a 7" tablet with Strelok installed. Paid $95 for the tablet. It's called a Latte.
     
  3. Max Power

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    See if you can find a used ipod Touch on ebay. Uses wifi only, so no phone bill, and should run most iOS apps, including ballistic calculators.
     
  4. Jay Christopherson

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    Yep, I used to use Ballistic on an iPod touch, works great, no plan required.
     
  5. broncman

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    Any of the new pad type devices with wifi. You can then download apps. I have Shooter, Strelok, and a Lapua.

    Shooter has been the most accurate for me.
     
  6. Dante

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    One idea going back to your smart phone comment... your bro in law can get an LG Optimus on Amazon for under $100 and then do Virgin Mobile for $55.00 mth total. Its a tad slower than an iPhone but doable.
     
  7. joemax

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    iPod touch4g your choice of ballistics program(I use Ballistic) and a Bad Elf wireless gps that connects to my pod with Bluetooth. The GPS is the best I have used under the thick forest canopy that dominates western Oregon. That said I have never used any handheld GPS that cost more than about 100 bucks. 150.00 for bad elf GPS and 130 for a new iPod touch 4g and 10-15 for ballistics program. The GPS also works better than the internal GPS on the iPhone 5 I compared it to.
     
  8. kelbro

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    308. 175gr SMKs and 178gr AMaxes. Strelok+ was dead-on on my come-ups from 800-900 and 900-1000. Ballistic in my iDevices was quite a ways off. Same parameters entered in both. Your mileage may vary and I haven't compared them with any different calibers yet.

    Get a cheap Android tablet or smartphone and load up the free Strelok and you will be good to go.
     
  9. Nomad47

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    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but unless you're computer savvy enough to wipe out a tablet and start over, you need to purchase a tablet that has or lets you load the Google Play Store in order to get Strelok or Shooter. I bought a Latte tablet for $95 from Amazon that had the Google Play already loaded and I downloaded the Strelok app. Strelok is very close to JBM but I still wish it would accept G7 BCs.
     

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