July 24, 2013, 02:54 PM
I'm going to have to get a chronograph. I'm just looking for suggestions/comments on what to get that won't break the bank. I've needed one for awhile now so I better dive in and do it.

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loose noose
July 24, 2013, 03:22 PM
I've got the Pro Chrono Digital, and I like it really well, it is made with very light plastic and appears rather cheap, but so far it is holding up really well. Before I got that one I had a very inexpensive Chrony that lasted me about 20 years, but then it wouldn't give me an accurate reading on the first shot that I fired. Further the Chrony wouldn't store the shots recorded like the Pro Chrono Digital does, and you can program it into your computer.

Anyway you can buy more expensive Chronographs and they will all tell ya about the same thing. Incidentally I bought both Chronographs from Midway for right around $100.00. I was pleased with both to be honest,

July 24, 2013, 03:30 PM
I am with loose noose, have the same chrony, been accurate and reliable.

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July 24, 2013, 03:42 PM
Thanks guys, That's what I wanted to hear.

Claude Clay
July 24, 2013, 04:11 PM
I'm cleaning house and my Beta, Master Crony with 2 sets of screens is going to be for sale when i get pictures taken. but it is this one:

tripod will be included, which is why i need to take pictures. it is accurate and consistent as i have used it for bow, air guns and all types of firearms.

for some (me) use of the crony adds a dimension to the sport beyond just knowing how fast the bullet is going. bullet hardness, crimp, powder burn rates all become real in a way books do not learn you.
it allows me to duplicate a factory round, a self-defense round ( for 20 cents rather than $1.50 each, a best accuracy and a practice round for different guns.

if interested, PM me and we can chat price. have fun.

July 24, 2013, 09:42 PM
oehler 35p is absolutely the best there is out there.....

July 24, 2013, 10:06 PM
oehler 35p is absolutely the best there is out there.....

Agree 100% but for some it might break the bank. Well worth it IMO though.

July 25, 2013, 06:14 AM
The Oehler 35P is without a doubt one heck of a chronograph and carries a price tag that reflects that. It was designed years ago and I wish it had some of the features that today's chronographs offer. :(

When chronograph shopping here is what I believe the buyer should do. Start reviewing features. For example if I look at the Prochrono Digital features:

Store 9 shot strings with up to 99 shots each in power down memory.

Review each velocity and shot string data which includes average velocity, standard deviation, and extreme spread.

Delete an individual shot or entire string with the touch of a button.

Connect to the data port for remote capability with optional accessories.

Customize your system with optional accessories. Only pay for the features you need.

Quality Electronics, years of refinement yield a sensing design that is compatible with a wide variety of loads and light conditions.

I like being able to download the data to a laptop or have my laptop connected to the chronograph at the range. Just something I like. I dislike that the unit is pretty much self contained with the electronics and screens together.

Anyway, I would start looking at what is out there, weigh in and out the features and then make a decision on what meets your criteria.


July 27, 2013, 07:26 PM
This CED M2 ( is my 2nd chronograph. Have been using it quite a bit and have no complaints. (

July 29, 2013, 03:19 PM

I've got the Oehler 35P & have had it for about 20 years. The company has excellent customer support, and will have an English speaking American talk to you if you call in. Then, all the expensive bits are on your bench. The shootable bits are quite affordable in my estimation, which is to say not all my downrange pieces are original you understand. But, when my son put the screens out at 300 yards (and the 'spensive bits behind a big rock, I didn't soil my shorts. He now has a very acccurate B/C calculation for the bullets you see. And I gave him the keys to his motorcycle back too.

If you want to talk about accuracy, the Oehler gives you the ability to adjust your screen spacing, maintaining the check channel. I currently just have it spaced at four feet and am confident that the velocities I get & the calculations made from them, will hold to extended ranges.


Lloyd Smale
August 5, 2013, 07:50 AM
if you want cheap your going to get cheap. Ive used most of them at one time or another and if i was to buy one and cheap was the first criteria it would probably be the rcbs bullet chrony. Its plastic and the screens will need to be duct taped to keep from flying apart but then so do the ones on my pact and the rcbs units ive used have beem more reliable at giving accurate readings in differnt light conditions then my pact that cost twice as much.

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