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Garmin Astro 330?

Postby Johnothan2 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:14 pm

Going to buy a GPS tracking system and was wondering if anyone has the new astro 330. I know people with the 220 and they love it. Is the 330 any better ? And the DC40 collars i've heard wasn't any good . Do any of you have a 40 collar ? Everyone tells me to get the DC 30 collars but they quit making them. would appreciate the help before spending 800-1000 bucks.Thanks
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby rinker » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:43 pm

I have a 220 and two DC30 collars. I love it! I will eventually upgrade to the 320, but I am going to wait until some good used ones start showing up for sale. I think they had some trouble with the early DC40s, but I think that has been worked out. If I didn't already have one, I would not hesitate to buy the 320/dc40 combo.
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby BigShooter » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:16 pm

I have both the 220 with one DC-30 & the 320 with one DC-40. I upgraded the software in the 220 at the Garmin site. I've used both set-ups on the prairies without any issues. Right now I have both collars synced to both Astros. My 320/DC-40 combo hasn't seen extensive duty yet. I saw a 320/DC-40 combo in a bargain cave at Cabela's a while ago.
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby jczv » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:22 am

Bought a 320 with 2 dc40 collars this fall right before a trip to northern Wisconsin. I upgraded the software on the unit and collars right away and haven't had any issues with either. I've used it the rest of the season and haven't had any issues with either. Some leaking batteries had destroyed my old Garmin (not a dog tracking unit). It was good piece of mind especially in the some of the wolf predation areas I was hunting since my 30 pound runt can get on a roll out there a ways and lose contact. I was somewhat concerned about the collar because she's an 'under' dog (a lot of times in blowdowns or heavy cover she'll go underneath logs, brambles etc that's in her path) and although the dogs consistently got pretty beat up the collars held up well.

Almost all my use was after leaves were down so I can't comment on how that would effect the collars connecting to the hand unit and satellites.
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby Nebraska » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:38 pm

Thought I'd bump this one up for some more feedback......thanks!
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby Munster » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:29 am

You should probably wait til this fall and see if something new comes out. Just saying, with a merge like that.......you never know.
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby SetterNut » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:33 pm

I have had both the 220 and 320, with both the DC30, and DC40 collars.
It think the 320 is a better unit, but just by a small margin.
I have had the same results with the DC30 and DC40. The DC40 seems to take a minute or two longer to synce up to the handheld than the dc30

If I were buying a new unit and collar, I would do the 320 with a DC40 collar.
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby BigShooter » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:44 pm

I now have another DC-40 collar & have not experienced any issues to date. I use the DC-30 & the two DC-40s weekly. I prefer the 320 slightly more than the 220 & use the 320 most often.
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby nhachman » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:00 pm

I'm in the market for my first Garmin GPS collar / receiver setup, but I'm waiting until fall. I heard from a reliable source that there will be a new product out by then.
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Re: Garmin Astro 330?

Postby BigShooter » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:09 am

nhachman wrote:I'm in the market for my first Garmin GPS collar / receiver setup, but I'm waiting until fall. I heard from a reliable source that there will be a new product out by then.


Just like computers one can wait forever for the next new product offerings. :wink:
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