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Review of the Caldwell Wind Wizard
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Posted: September 24 2010 at 4:38pm | IP Logged Quote weaponeer

The Caldwell Wind Wizard 112350 is the entry level tool for indicating wind speed and temperature for shooting at any distance.  Knowing wind speed gives the shooter the ability to judge shot placement in always varying cross wind conditions, which make it valuable for hunting, and target shooting. A small, light, hand held anemometer (wind speed meter) can make the difference between a hit and a miss at long range. If you spend a great deal of money on your hunt, why would you risk missing the shot based on guessing on wind?

The Caldwell Wind Wizard gives wind speed readings in a variety of measurements, such as the familiar miles per hour, but can also provide you data in feet per minute or knots etc.

It has a few features above the basic anemometer as well, automatically giving you wind-chill temperature when the temperature drops below the freezing point of water. It also has a handy back-light to its LCD display that is easy to read, and pressing any button will give you 12 seconds of back-lit display for low levels of light.

The Wind Wizard comes complete with a common CR2032 lithium three volt battery and also has a neck lanyard to keep it handy in the field, and easy to find when needed.

To turn the unit off you can hit “both buttons”, but if you forget it automatically turns itself off after 14 minutes of inactivity to save your batteries.

Features:
• Wind speed measures in mph, ft/min, km/h, m/s, or knots
• Wind chill display
• Temperature display in Celsius and Fahrenheit
• LCD backlight
• Auto power off
• Neck band included

I call the Wind Wizard an entry level unit due to the ultra affordable price, and for most shooters an entry level unit is all they need.  The Wind Wizard is not a weather station unlike the units above the entry level, but those can cost significantly more, and the learning curve is much higher for them as well.

I found the Wind Wizard to work VERY well and it was very handy to use. Most people know that the Wind affects the bullets flight, but most people do not know that the temperature can also affect the velocity of the ammunition depending on how temperature sensitive the powder is. You should be testing your loads at the range and have accurate tempture data (as well as wind) otherwise it’s hard to track just what the load will do under what conditions.  You load and or sight settings will change with the seasons, so test your loads and record the results.

If you are shooting and you notice that a 5 MPH wind deflects your bullets 2 MOA at 300 yards, write it down.  It’s valuable information for when you are in the field later. The Wind Wizard can provide the basic data you need. Other information such as pressure, humidity, altitude etc you can get from the morning weather forecast.  That’s good enough for hunting, but you still need to know the wind and temp in real time to really know where that shot will hit.

I highly recommend the Caldwell Wind Wizard; it’s the best of the entry level wind meters, and also at the best price.  If you look around you can normally buy it online for under $40.00 which makes it a tool you cannot afford to go without at that price (these days that’s nearly a box a shells, so don’t waste your ammo, get a Wind Wizard and make the shots count.

Note: The photos below were taken with a polarized lens, which tends to make LCD screens look like rainbows.  that is not how it normally looks in person.

 

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