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At last, the ProChrono PC Remote review...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mmorris, Jan 27, 2010.

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  1. mmorris

    mmorris Member

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    you've all been waiting for. :neener:

    Sorry, I couldn't resist after the resounding lack of interest my original post generated (and here I am wasting more of your time and bandwidth :))

    For what it's worth, the original thread is here: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=500834

    So I decided to just buy it and see if it's worth having, and here it is.

    I installed PC Remote and proceeded to process data from the ProChrono into excel files. It saves a .csv file for each string, and if all you want is a record of the data, you’re done. I pasted the shot velocities into my spreadsheet as a record of the load workup process which includes the chrono statistics, firearm info, load recipes (powder, boolit info, etc.) and the chrono data with excel graphs. I am happy with the results since it saves me from entering the shot velocities one at a time, and my ss calculates the stats for me. It also leaves me with the string export files as a backup, and I will probably keep them all since they are only 1 KB in size.

    It is a simple program and it is limited to the same interface with the ProChrono as the unit buttons since all it does is communicate with the chrono. It is a lot faster and more accurate than reading the screen and writing down the data by hand. While I could ask for a slicker program, it’s a lot better than no PC interface. Plus, it does act as a remote control for the ProChrono if you need that feature, the BIG display is cool (I don't need it since I shoot alone in the backyard :p), and the wire for connection is just a simple 1/8” sound cord so you could easily extend farther than the 20 ft. wire supplied.

    Exporting is pretty straightforward:
    Press “Get statistics”
    Press “Get Velocities”
    Select “Export” form the File Menu and Press “Enter”
    Show it the folder to save the first string (the rest default to the same place)
    Press “Enter” to save if you like the automatically generated file name
    (which are pretty good IMHO, see below)
    Press "String Change" and do it again

    ProChrono Pc Remote Export file names
    String/Yr/Mo/day/hr/min/sec
    Str-1-2010-1-26-16-31-48
    Str-2-2010-1-26-16-32-2
    Str-3-2010-1-26-16-32-12
    And so on …
    Str-9-2010-1-26-16-33-10

    Less than a minute and a half to save all 9 strings.
    Then, if you are at the range, you can delete the strings as needed and keep on shooting, no cease fire required. :D

    If you can handle the tedium of reloading (clean the cases, inspect, de-prime, make the boolits (if you cast), measure the powder and all the other things, this is nothing. ;)

    I like it. Is it worth $50? Your call.

    If you like the ProChrono and you copy all the data by hand anyway, I think this is worthwhile. If you expect Microsoft-slick programming then you will not like it. :(

    Mike
     
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    So you got those .csv files to work! Good to know.

    Jimmy K
     
  3. mmorris

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    Yes, I did. Actually, it was pretty easy. Once I had the dongle the program export function worked well.

    Also, thanks to your link (but through a different website) I've spent several happy hours up to my chin in excel scripting trying to make charts behave as I want them to.

    Thanks, Jimmy.

    I wonder if anybody else (other than madd0c ;)) actually uses this software? :confused:
    Mike
     
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    well, i wouldn't actually say I use it :p
    I have it and have used it heh.

    "So Peter, I see you have been missing work alot lately."
    "Well, I wouldn't say I have been missing it Bill." Office Space

    madd0c
     
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