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Best chronograph for the buck

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dirtykid, Mar 23, 2013.

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  1. dirtykid

    dirtykid Member

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    I am looking for a new one , last cheap one I bought was just that,
    THE LAST CHEAP ONE I WILL BUY ,
    ( But what did I expect for under $100 ?)

    So Im ready to make a investment in a quality machine,
    It wont be used indoors,mostly outside,often in cold weather (20-30degreesF)

    Both places I shoot at have no shade, so sensitivity under bright sunlight
    is an issue, I have a nice tripod,just need something to sit on top of it,

    What say you THR ?
     
  2. NeuseRvrRat

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    i'm happy with my CED M2
     
  3. jr_roosa

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    My chrony beta master is OK. I got it rained on once and it got a little finicky after that.

    It doesn't like muzzle blasts from neighboring bays. It gets errors from time to time but not too often.

    I just got the lights for inside so we will see how that works.

    J.
     
  4. Matt Dillon

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    I highly suggest that you choose a unit where the main electronics are separated from the shooting screens. You will find many stories on THR of those who have mistakenly shot heir chronographs. I like my pact unit,
     
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  5. cfullgraf

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    Yes, i have had two Chrony's expire from lead poisoning.

    As they say, haste makes waste.

    I currently have a CED M2 and like it. I have found the infrared lights make operation a bit more reliable in different light conditions.
     
  6. toiville2feathers

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    Hands down the best Chrongraph built is the Oheler 35. It comes with a printer and is the only unit that I know of that has a proof channel (3 sky screens). It is also the most expensive, and it retains its value very well in the used market, if your lucky enough to find a used one.
    For a second choice I would chose the CED Millenium 2
     
  7. Lost Sheep

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    I don't know how good this one is for the price, but it is new technology.

    http://www.magnetospeed.com/

    Personally, I would very much like to have an instrument that uses microwave technology to clock bullet speed. Essentially a radar gun. No interference by clouds, flourescent lights or any chance of shooting the detectors. Should be easy with flat-based bullets. Boat-tails might be troublesome.

    But if you can't wait, good luck.

    Lost Sheep
     
  8. Shagg

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    I've had my Beta Master since 2000 and the only problem I've had was this year when I put the diffusers on in cold weather they snapped. I don't know if this was because they were cold or old. Ordered some new ones ($20 including shipping) and I'm up and going again.
     
  9. Walkalong

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    Kind of cool. It would be hard to shoot that one.
     
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    Great idea, but useless for an awful lot of semi-auto handguns. It could probably be adapted for those that have a rail, but classic 1911 guns get no lovin'.
     
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    I assume you are talking about the Magnetospeed Chronogrph.

    It is more difficult to shoot. But if the sensors are not attached to the barrel correctly, the bullet can graze the second sensor.

    It does look cool, it has some definite advantages, and I may try one some day.
     
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