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#191389 - 03/30/18 10:01 PM Chronograph
bscott
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Looking for suggestions for a good chronograph. I plan on doing a lot of load testing this summer.
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#191390 - 03/30/18 10:08 PM Re: Chronograph [Re: bscott]
KYODE
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A simple CHRONY brand told me all i wanted to know......the velocity. You can get fancier bells n whistles if you want. 😉

Havnt had it out in yrs, but im keeping it.
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#191391 - 03/30/18 10:19 PM Re: Chronograph [Re: KYODE]
TN Lone Wolf
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I've got a Competition Electronics Prochrono Digital. It's simple and fairly inexpensive, but it gets the job done.
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#191393 - 03/30/18 11:15 PM Re: Chronograph [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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Depends entirely upon what you want to do as far as accuracy and if you want interaction with a phone. I have a Chrony and it is only within 5% of accuracy. Good enough for me and what I do. I don't use a smart phone and I am not into needing an app for the chronograph. I have seen the Magneto and the Dopplar radar. Some guys are wealthy LOL those toys,, they are cool and accurate but Magneto is for rifles and the Dopplar radar is too expensive. Might want it if you shot Long range competition, or Benchrest.
Two most important things is velocity and Standard deviation.
I like to know the standard deviation since usually a load that has smaller deviation is more accurate. Most will do both.

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#191403 - 03/31/18 08:08 AM Re: Chronograph [Re: cherokeetracker]
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I have used the Competition Electronics ProChrono for 27 years and never had an issues. I also have an Oehler 35P with three skyscreens. I only use it when I need super accurate data on subsonic rounds.
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#191404 - 03/31/18 08:21 AM Re: Chronograph [Re: Randominator]
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I have an Oehler 35P and it is a fine piece of equipment. That said, it is a bit of a pain to set up with all of the components. Also tried using one indoors and was unsuccessful as the lighting was insufficient.
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#191405 - 03/31/18 08:44 AM Re: Chronograph [Re: Whitworth]
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For years I used a Pact Model 1, while it still works it is aging. Pact does not offer any replacement parts for this model. I begun to look for a replacement. Last spring, I chose the Lab Radar and have used it extensively with handgun, rifle, Contender and Encore pistols from 22 caliber to 50 B&M AK. No skyscreens to align in front of you, no more lighting or weather concerns. I set the Radar up on a tripod to the right of gun of choice align to the target and begin. You can set your displayed distance for velocity 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 yards as an example. While this is the displayed distance for quick visual reference it tracks the bullet and logs this in a CSV file. Smaller caliber bullets 22 ? 284 track to ~75 yards, larger caliber have tracked out to 110 yards. It provides the shot string averages, SD, ES. I am very happy with it.
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#191409 - 03/31/18 09:47 AM Re: Chronograph [Re: bscott]
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I have a Shooting Chrony Beta Master. The "master" just means you get a small remote box that shows the readout so you can have that on the bench right in front of you. Well worth the $20 or so difference in cost, IMO.
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#191416 - 03/31/18 11:36 AM Re: Chronograph [Re: s4s4u]
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My Competition Electronics Chrono does everything I need. I sure have enjoyed the remote control since I added it after years of walking back and forth to change strings.

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#191426 - 03/31/18 02:11 PM Re: Chronograph [Re: Seminole Wind]
Zee
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I have a Caldwell Chronograph and a MagnetoSpeed. One is cheap the other is not. They both tell me speed. Which........is what I?m after, I guess.
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