need chronograph recommendations


Ian's Dad
December 11, 2009, 08:32 AM
Looking for my first chronograph. don't want to spend a gajillion bucks.. want something that works well and is easy to use.

Not looking for lots of extras on this first one..

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December 11, 2009, 09:04 AM

This one. Its all you're going to need for a long time to come.


December 11, 2009, 09:06 AM
I've owned a Pact Chronograph for several years now and have been very pleased with it.

December 11, 2009, 09:09 AM
Chris at just recently posted a long article comparing the various models and their features. I found it very useful. Just scroll down through the site until you find it.

December 11, 2009, 09:29 AM
that is also a bit extended....

I've owned three brands, the most recent of which is the CED M2. It works very well--and if you want the download feature to your computer for record keeping, it is really the one to consider. IMO.

Jim H.

Bailey Boat
December 11, 2009, 09:38 AM
I've had a Pro Chrony Digital for a l o n g time and have no complaints, except when I forget to put a spare battery in the compartment.. :banghead:

I paid about 129.00 when I bought mine back in the dark ages, I see now they are a little more affordable......

December 11, 2009, 10:04 AM
Had a Competition Electronics for a couple of decades. Inexpensive, simple and worked well. It finally died. Bought a PACT and a few years later the CED w/IR. The PACT is in the garage somewhere.

December 11, 2009, 10:16 AM
I've been using a shooting chrony F1 and have been happy with it so far (3-4 sessions). Only 70 at midway at the moment so very soft on the wallet if you aren't trying to go hardcore and don't use it for hundreds of rounds+ each weekend. I use mine to work up loads and put together accurate ballistics tables. Good luck!

December 11, 2009, 10:20 AM
Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital ( I have this one and it is simple and works well. No complaints.

CED M2 ( Lots of good reviews on this one. certainly one to look at if you want more options.

PACT ( is the old time proven chrono company

December 11, 2009, 12:35 PM
I'll go with Walkalong
My 16 yr old PACT still going strong all the bells an jingles working

December 11, 2009, 07:35 PM
I've owned both an Oehler 35P and a Shooting Chrony. The Oehlers are pretty much the standard by which all other chronographs are judged. However... they're a giant PITA to set up compared to something like the Shooting Chrony. After comparing the velocities of the two side by side, there was no turning back. Shooting Chrony is where it's at. Plus you can buy the lowest model and upgrade it later all the way up the line to their most expensive model.

December 11, 2009, 10:21 PM
I've had a Quartz-Loc for (at least) 35 years. You can't get much simpler than that and it works good. It mounts on a camera tripod. Turn it on and shoot 6-8 inches over the top. Velocity holds on the LCD screen for about 10 seconds then resets itself to zero for the next one.

December 13, 2009, 12:10 PM
I purchased a re-conditioned one from here ... been very happy with it.

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