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Kestrel Ballistics 5 Series Instruction Manuals

A 10 step guide to setup your Kestrel to work with your gun.

Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter and Kestrel Elite Weather Meters with Applied Ballistics User Guide


Kestrel Ballistics 5 Series Downloads

A quick diagram of how to measure bullet length

This is a quick guide that shows you how to use the Accuracy 1st menu options for the Kestrel 5700 Elite (fw 1.35 or higher needed)

sources of inaccuracy in long-range shooting

Firmware 1.35 add maximum point blank range for the Kestrel 5700 Elite models, this document explains what exactly this feature does.

wind measurement and long-range shooting, SME NVDOC1403-Wind


Kestrel Ballistics 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

Document shows all the current Ruger guns and ammunition for the Ruger Kestrel 5700 Ballistics along with a tutorial on how to use the Ruger Gun Wizard.

This diagram shows the difference in the Max Ordinate value and the Bullet Drop value found on the Kestrel 5700.

This document shows how to calibrate using CAL DSF a 22 Long Rifle or other guns which do not shoot supersonic region.

How to transfer gun profiles from 4500 series to 5700 series

A quick guide to update your Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for Android firmware.


Kestrel 5 Series Certificates of Comformity

Kestrel 5 Series specification chart

Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker specification chart

Example of the paperwork after performing a Kestrel Temperature Factory Calibration (not NIST)

Example of the paperwork received when doing a Kestrel Tune-Up

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Wind calibration on a Kestrel

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Globe Temperature calibration on a Kestrel

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Pressure calibration on a Kestrel

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Humidity calibration on a Kestrel

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Temperature calibration on Kestrel


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Kestrel 5700 with Hornady 4DOF Instruction Manuals


Kestrel 5700 with Hornady 4DOF Downloads

Here is a step by step guide going through using your Kestrel 5700 with Hornady 4DOF using Ballistics Mode (not Easy mode).

Guidance on how to properly adjust your Axial Form Factor

Quick guide on connecting a Kestrel 5700 with Hornady 4DOF to the Kestrel LiNK Ballistics App

Quick tutorial on how to create and transfer gun profiles for Kestrel Hornady 5700 4DOF units

This guide covers explaining Temperature Sensitivity Coefficient and how to enter through Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app or on Kestrel itself.

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Kestrel HUD Heads Up Display Manuals, Downloads, and Troubleshooting Documents

Instructions for setting up and using the Kestrel HUD Heads Up Display for 5700 Ballistics Meters

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The free Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app is the perfect companion to the Kestrel Sportsman, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter, Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF, or Kestrel 2700 Ballistics Weather Meter. Build and manage your gun/bullet profiles and download them to your Kestrel Ballistics Meter before you set out. At the range or match, secure your Kestrel Ballistics Meter to a tripod using the optional Kestrel Vane Mount and use the LiNK Ballistics app to quickly adjust the target range and direction of fire and view the shooting solution and wind rose without leaving your shooting position. It’s like having a meteorologist and ballistician standing next to you while you shoot.

Download Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for iOS:

LiNK (Kestrel)

The Kestrel Ballistics app for your Apple iOS device.


Quick Look

  • Wirelessly adjust the target range and/or direction of fire on your Kestrel and view resulting elevation and windage solution without ever leaving your shooting position.
  • Build and transfer custom gun/bullet profiles.
  • Comprehensive Applied Ballistics bullet library provides G1/G7 ballistics coefficients, weight, diameter and length data for over 500 bullets.
  • Comprehensive Hornady Bullet Files that includes the bullet's mass properties, aerodynamic moments and Doppler Radar determined drag coefficients (Kestrel 5700 4DOF only)
  • With Kestrel Elite Meters, also access and use Applied Ballistics Custom Drag Models, providing exact drag profiles for supersonic, transonic, and subsonic bullet flight for maximum accuracy at extreme long range.
  • Advanced Target Card view allows you to simultaneously view the elevation and windage solution for up to 10 targets defined by direction, range and angle - giving you the edge at precision rifle matches (available for Kestrel Elite only).
  • Export your customized target card to save or print out.
  • Use your phone's compass to capture a new direction or fire, wind direction, or inclination angle and send to the Kestrel.

Example Screen Shots


See elevation and windage solutions as well as wind speed and direction without leaving your shooting position. Changing Target Range and/or Direction of Fire in the app automatically updates the solution from the Kestrel remotely.

Input up to 10 separate target ranges to see elevation and windage solutions for each. Perfect for competition multi-target stages.

Create and manage gun and bullet profiles for easy upload to and from your Kestrel. Includes bullet data from the Applied Ballistics G1/G7 bullet library.


Kestrel Firmware:

Support Documents for all Kestrels

Version 1.39

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: iOS versions 10.0 and higher.
  • Hardware: iPhone 4s onward, iPad 3rd generation onward, iPod Touch 5th generation onward.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF
  • Kestrel 2700 Ballistics Weather Meter
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The free Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app is the perfect companion to the Kestrel Sportsman, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter, Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF, or Kestrel 2700 Ballistics Weather Meter. Build and manage your gun/bullet profiles and download them to your Kestrel Ballistics Meter before you set out. At the range or match, secure your Kestrel Ballistics Meter to a tripod using the optional Kestrel Vane Mount and use the LiNK Ballistics app to quickly adjust the target range and direction of fire and view the shooting solution and wind rose without leaving your shooting position. It’s like having a meteorologist and ballistician standing next to you while you shoot.

Download Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for Android:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Download the Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app from the google play store.


Quick Look

  • Wirelessly adjust the target range and/or direction of fire on your Kestrel and view resulting elevation and windage solution without ever leaving your shooting position.
  • Build and transfer custom gun/bullet profiles.
  • Comprehensive Applied Ballistics bullet library provides G1/G7 ballistics coefficients, weight, diameter and length data for over 500 bullets.
  • Comprehensive Hornady Bullet Files that includes the bullet's mass properties, aerodynamic moments and Doppler Radar determined drag coefficients (Kestrel 5700 4DOF only)
  • With Kestrel Elite Meters, also access and use Applied Ballistics Custom Drag Models, providing exact drag profiles for supersonic, transonic, and subsonic bullet flight for maximum accuracy at extreme long range.
  • Advanced Target Card view allows you to simultaneously view the elevation and windage solution for up to 10 targets defined by direction, range and angle - giving you the edge at precision rifle matches (available for Kestrel Elite only).
  • Export your customized target card to save or print out.
  • Use your phone's compass to capture a new direction or fire, wind direction, or inclination angle and send to the Kestrel.

Example Screen Shots


See elevation and windage solutions as well as wind speed and direction without leaving your shooting position. Changing Target Range and/or Direction of Fire in the app automatically updates the solution from the Kestrel remotely.

Input up to 10 separate target ranges to see elevation and windage solutions for each. Perfect for competition multi-target stages.

Create and manage gun and bullet profiles for easy upload to and from your Kestrel. Includes bullet data from the Applied Ballistics G1/G7 bullet library.


Kestrel Firmware:

Support Documents for all Kestrels

Version 1.39

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: Android 5.0 and higher.
  • Hardware: Most Android Devices with Bluetooth Smart®, including Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 4, Motorola Droid and other recent generation phones and tablets.

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for Android

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF
  • Kestrel 2700 Ballistics Weather Meter
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The Kestrel LiNK App for iOS puts crucial information at your fingertips with remote mobile device viewing of real-time readings from your Kestrel 5 Series Meter or DROP Logger. Kestrel LiNK also provides easy transfer of the Kestrel’s stored data log, a clear graph of all historical data, and customizable alerts based on temperature, heat index, wind or other measurements. Data is transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart® up to 100’ line of sight or more.

Download Kestrel LiNK for iOS:

LiNK (Kestrel)

An application that can be used to view and analyze your Kestrel data on an iOS device.


Quick Look

  • Compatible with Kestrel 5 Series Weather Meters with LiNK and all Kestrel DROP Wireless Data Loggers.
  • View real-time measurements and download data logs from devices within range. LiNK for iOS can connect to up to 8 devices at the same time.
  • View and analyze logged data using range Min/Max/Average statistics and clear scrolling graphs.
  • Get alerts when conditions exceed thresholds you set in the app. (Note: Use of alerts feature reduces battery life of mobile device.)
  • Easily export and email selected data ranges or entire log in .csv format for record keeping and analysis.
  • Post snapshots of current conditions to social media with one click.
  • Manage your Kestrel's name, logging rate and other device settings.
  • Get alerted to available firmware updates for your Kestrel and install them wirelessly.
  • *New* Remote Monitoring – Set Alert Service on a local mobile device and receive emails from your DROP or Kestrel 5 Series whenever conditions go outside your preset threshold.

Example Screen Shots


Drag and drop your desired measurements to the real-time Dashboard. Share your Dashboard to social media.

See every current measurement from your Kestrel meter or DROP on the Readings screen.

New logged data is automatically added to the history in the app every time your device is within range. Scroll forward or back though all data to see all time-stamped measurements.

Bluetooth Smart makes it easy to make connections to devices within range from within the app.

Manage settings on your Kestrel 5 Meter or Kestrel DROP from within the app - alerts, name, connection settings. Install firmware updates.


Kestrel Firmware:

LiNK (Kestrel Ballistics)

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for iOS

Support Documents for all Kestrels

Version 1.39

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: iOS versions 8.0 and higher.
  • Hardware: iPhone 4s onward, iPad 3rd generation onward, iPod Touch 5th generation onward.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel DROP D1 Wireless Temperature Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D2 Wireless Temperature & Humidity Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D3 Wireless Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Data Logger
  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device and archive on your Mac computer. Data logs can be exported as csv files for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets. This software also facilitates updates and upgrades to your device firmware.

Download Kestrel LiNK for MAC:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Kestrel LiNK Version 1.04.04 for OSX.


Quick Look

  • Manage updates and upgrades to device firmware
  • View device information such as device name, model number, firmware version, hardware version and serial number. Rename device.
  • Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device wirelessly with Bluetooth dongle or with a USB cable.
  • Archive data logs.
  • Export data logs in csv format for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets.

Example Screen Shots


Easily connect your Kestrel to the application using bluetooth.

Manage your Kestrel: change its name, download data, and/or update your unit.

Export and analyze your data.


Kestrel Firmware:

Support Documents for all Kestrels

Tutorial on how to update your Kestrel 5000 series firmware using LiNK for MAC/OSX

Version 1.39

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.39 Update Installer for Windows

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.39 Update Installer for OSX. Please see included directions as this process has changed.

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: This program is only compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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The Kestrel LiNK App for Android puts crucial information at your fingertips with remote mobile device viewing of real-time readings from your Kestrel 5 Series Meter or DROP Logger. Kestrel LiNK also provides easy transfer of the Kestrel’s stored data log, a clear graph of all historical data, and customizable alerts based on temperature, heat index, wind or other measurements. Data is transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart® up to 100’ line of sight or more.

Download Kestrel LiNK for Android

LiNK (Kestrel)

An application that can be used to view and analyze your Kestrel data on an Android device.


Quick Look

  • Compatible with Kestrel 5 Series Weather Meters with LiNK and all Kestrel DROP Wireless Data Loggers.
  • View real-time measurements and download data logs from devices within range. LiNK for Android can connect to one device at a time.
  • View and analyze logged data using range Min/Max/Average statistics and clear scrolling graphs.
  • Get alerts when conditions exceed thresholds you set in the app. (Note: Use of alerts feature reduces battery life of mobile device.)
  • Easily export and email selected data ranges or entire log in .csv format for record keeping and analysis.
  • Post snapshots of current conditions to social media with one click.
  • Manage your Kestrel's name, logging rate and other device settings.
  • Get alerted to available firmware updates for your Kestrel and install them wirelessly.
  • *New* Remote Monitoring – Set Alert Service on a local mobile device and receive emails from your DROP or Kestrel 5 Series whenever conditions go outside your preset threshold.

Example Screen Shots


Drag and drop your desired measurements to the real-time Dashboard. Share your Dashboard to social media.

See every current measurement from your Kestrel meter or DROP on the Readings screen.

Select data ranges to see Min/Max/Avg or export data.

New logged data is automatically added to the history in the app every time your device is within range. Scroll forward or back though all data to see all time-stamped measurements.

Bluetooth Smart makes it easy to make connections to devices within range from within the app.

Manage settings on your Kestrel 5 Meter or Kestrel DROP from within the app - alerts, name, connection settings. Install firmware updates.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for Android

Support Documents for all Kestrels

Version 1.39

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: Android 4.3 and higher.
  • Hardware: Most Android devices with Bluetooth Smart®, including Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 4, Motorola Droid and other recent generation phones and tablets.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel DROP D1 Wireless Temperature Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D2 Wireless Temperature & Humidity Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D3 Wireless Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Data Logger
  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device and archive on your Windows computer. Data logs can be exported as csv files for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets. This software also facilitates updates and upgrades to your device firmware.

Download Kestrel LiNK for Windows:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Kestrel LiNK Version 1.04.04 for Windows


Quick Look

  • Manage updates and upgrades to device firmware
  • View device information such as device name, model number, firmware version, hardware version and serial number. Rename device.
  • Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device wirelessly via the Bluetooth dongle or with a USB cable.
  • Archive data logs.
  • Export data logs in csv format for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets.

Example Screen Shots

Easily connect your Kestrel to the application using bluetooth.

Manage your Kestrel: change its name, download data, and/or update your unit.

Export and analyze your data.


Kestrel Firmware:

Support Documents for all Kestrels

Tutorial on how to update your Kestrel 5000 series firmware using LiNK for Windows.

Version 1.39

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.39 Update Installer for Windows

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.39 Update Installer for OSX. Please see included directions as this process has changed.

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: LiNK is currently compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK

Bluetooth Support:

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Dongle Issues with the Kestrel 5000 Series Models and LiNK for Windows.

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