chronograph recommendation


January 28, 2008, 05:57 AM
hi, i am thinking about getting a chronograph, as much for black powder shooting as rifle / hand gun ammo making. i guess i am just kind of tired of guessing about what i am loading, and how fast things are shooting. it seems like it is the only way i will ever know, kind of like a dash full of gauges on a hot rod. only in shooting, i think there is only one gauge available. i was looking at a Shooting Chronny F1 on midway's site. i know NOTHING about these things so i have no idea what is good and what is junk.

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January 28, 2008, 07:01 AM
check out midsouth they had the crony cheaper than midway, good luck

January 28, 2008, 09:04 AM
i use a competition electronics pro chrono and like it quite a bit. i've had it maybe 7 or 8 years and it has worked well across a variety of conditions.

January 28, 2008, 09:38 AM
I just bought the Beta Chrony @ Cabela's and paid 130.

I like having the readout closer to me and behind the firing line.

The Bushmaster
January 28, 2008, 09:55 AM
Been using my Pact Mod 1 for the last 18 years with no problems. I'm afraid I can't help you on this one as I haven't had to do any chronograph shopping in years...

Smokey Joe
January 28, 2008, 10:10 AM
Moose 102--Bought the Shooting Chrony Gamma, as it was on sale. Didn't know I needed all those bells & whistles until I had 'em!

It takes strings of 10 shots and averages yr fps. Gives you standard deviation, hi & lo speeds also. AND, it does all the math for you, and best of all, it writes it all down on a strip of paper on yr bench.

Takes just a little putzing to set up, but when I go to the range I normally plan to spend a goodly bit of time there so no problem.

If you want to shoot blackpowder over the Chrony there are guards that Shooting Chrony sells to put over the "eyes" of the sensor unit, which they recommend getting--sounds like a good idea.

One other item--the shades over the "eyes" are supported with steel rods--DON'T USE THE STEEL RODS!!! If you shoot one of the rods, and it WILL happen if you use the Chrony long enough, they will break the plastic base as they leave. Instead, get a set of thin dowels and sand the ends to fit in the sockets of the base, and the shades. If you shoot a thin dowel, that's all that gets damaged. I prepared several extra dowels for spares; haven't needed them yet (knock wood).

A final suggestion: get a cheap fishing-tackle box or similar, and keep all the Chrony stuff in it, including spare dowels, spare batteries, roll of adding machine paper, etc, etc. Using such a box, I don't have to fold up the Chrony sensor unit for transport, and all the little bits are all kept corralled, and I don't forget one small essential when packing to go shooting.

Bottom line: The printing, calculating Chrony works well for me. You might like it also.

January 28, 2008, 12:56 PM
Amen on the wooden dowels. If you're like me, you'll shoot the diffusers, too. These days I use a 15" "Beware of the Dog" sign from the Depot, cut in half with holes drilled to fit the dowels. Works better than the stock diffusers and you get two new diffusers for $4.

January 28, 2008, 09:29 PM
Well, I went with the Beta Master from Midsouth ( but I've only had the chance to use it once. This winter has been one snow storm after another (got another 5 inches today). But so far I have no complaints :)

But if you'd like you can read about the discussion I had in my original thread right here (

January 29, 2008, 05:18 PM
Pact Model 1. Midway has it for under $130. Does all the functions, uses separate skyscreens (included) and puts the chrono where you can read it.;)

January 29, 2008, 08:13 PM
Chrony Gamma here, bought on sale + birthday discount from Midway. Can't beat it.

February 2, 2008, 10:28 PM
I want to try the new (PACT?) infrared model. Looks like it will solve all the lighting/glare type problems.

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