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    Ok,

    I can do that. I thought about a light press fit with some loc-tite also. I really like the option of taking them apart easy so the threads are probably the way to go.

    Richard

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    Forgot to ask you Jackie,

    how long did you make tubing for the cups and do you think there is a "ideal length?
    I have never used probes so just not trying to reinvent the wheel.

    Thanks again.

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    Arrow shafts work well for tubes that hold the cups, at least that's what I used to make mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    how long did you make tubing for the cups and do you think there is a "ideal length?
    I have never used probes so just not trying to reinvent the wheel.

    Thanks again.
    I guessed at the length. The top has to be just a touch lighter on balance than the counterweights. I made the cups adjustable up and down so I could find the ideal weight bias at the range. A little goes a long way.

    The tubing I used weighs just about nothing, as well as the cups.

    I’m new at this wind probe thing too.

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    Exactly

    Quote Originally Posted by steve stanley View Post
    Arrow shafts work well for tubes that hold the cups, at least that's what I used to make mine.
    That is what the original Beggs probes are with the inserts that are used for the broadheads...

    I made spare shafts just in case the one in use happens to get damaged. Also have spare Red Solo cups glued together.

    The dampener can also be made using arrow shafts.

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    I took a little different

    approach to putting the holes in the cups. I used a piece of .375 SS tubing and turned a slight taper and heated it up until it was glowing a slight red, plunged that through the cup. The hole was .030 larger than I wanted. Turned it down .030 in the lathe and the cups fit perfect on a .375 shaft. I did 4 cups with just one heating on the rod.
    Super quick and worked great.

    Richard

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    Cool No direction

    Probes give no in and out direction great for left and right

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillBrawand View Post
    Probes give no in and out direction great for left and right
    Bill, I'll disagree with that.

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    Cool Whoa

    Butch make sure you are on right side of the range

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillBrawand View Post
    Butch make sure you are on right side of the range

    May be the left side?

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    What am I missing here?

    I thought the probes were for reading the L-R. Butch, what else do I need to be looking at? I have not used probes before so I am open to any suggestions on how to use them.

    Gene Beggs, chime in here and tell me what I need to be looking at.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    I thought the probes were for reading the L-R. Butch, what else do I need to be looking at? I have not used probes before so I am open to any suggestions on how to use them.

    Gene Beggs, chime in here and tell me what I need to be looking at.

    Richard
    This is where Gene Beggs needs to chime in and explain the “crosswind component” of winds affect on a bullets path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackie schmidt View Post
    This is where Gene Beggs needs to chime in and explain the “crosswind component” of winds affect on a bullets path.
    Wuhh-BAMM!

    You see, the dixie cups are round, they take wind from all directions and "give an answer" that's perty steenkin' useful...


    GENE!!!!

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    Probes

    When I bought my two probes from Gene we went out to a park near his shop and he explained how they help and what to look for. They complement wind flags. The only times they don’t help are when there isn’t any wind or if you have a switching head or tail wind. When that happens the probes act like windshield whippers.

    A 5 MPH wind from 3:00 will move the probe more than a 5 MPH wind from 1:00... and it will move your shot farther as well. I feel that the comment “Probes tell you when NOT to shoot” is he reason everyone needs them on a windy day! You just might start seeing a few less 4&1 groups using probes!

    Myself and a few others out here in West TX will make adjustments to the weights to take some of the amplitude out on very windy days. If the winds are going to be gusting 15-25 out of the West... and 15 will have your probe at 90* then it’s worthless nearly. For light winds I’ll tape a quarter to the top of the cup and adjust the cup to where it will very slowly rise when released from 90*. Just keep in mind that some of your other competitors may not have their probes set the same as yours when you look across the range. I remember at the Cactus one year, the guy on the bench next to me had a probe lock up at 11:00! (It wasn’t one of Gene’s probes), I’m just glad that I realized it when i did and didn’t get fooled!

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    Thanks Scott

    Your explanation is what I was thinking. I have made 3 weights, one for light wind, one for med and the other for heavy winds. I have been playing with them under varoius conditions, haven't shot over them yet, just watching and see how they react compared to the flags. I like what I see so far. Yesterday had straight tailwinds at about 20-30 mph and your right, they were like windshield wipers!
    Thanks for the tip on how to adjust for super light winds, I think mine are set a little heavy.

    Richard

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