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Range temperature when you go.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by savagelover, Nov 23, 2022.

  1. savagelover

    savagelover Member

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    How cold is it when you go to the
    range for load testing or whatever?
    Are chronographs effected below
    certain temperature?.
     
  2. Bartojc

    Bartojc Member

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    I've tested anywhere from about 40 degrees up to 90. The 90 degree day was miserable but I am from the north. Never used a chronograph so I cannot answer your question. Readings will be different hot to cold depending on how temperature sensitive your powder is, but I would think they should all work.

    -Jeff
     
  3. trackskippy

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    I shoot outdoors, year round, so the temps are what they are when Im shooting. Might be near 100, or in the teens.

    I dont do a lot of load development anymore and have only used my chronograph when it was "comfortable", low to mid 70's or so. I would think it would be OK in the cold, just make sure your batteries are good.
     
  4. Bfh_auto

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    It's been as low as -18 and as high as 105. I didn't notice a lot of difference except in 30-30 factory ammo. It lost a tremendous amount of elevation at 400.
     
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  5. IALoder

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    I usually don't like to go under 10° or over 90°. It's just not near as much fun for me if I'm freezing or sweating myself to death. I've never noticed my Chrono working any different when it's cold out. It is fun/educational to see the velocities change with the weather/temperature though!
     
  6. CoalCrackerAl

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    I'll go when it's in the 30's and no wind. Going out today. It's going to be in the 40's. Only time i have issues with my chronograph is in the wind. I get a lot of error codes.
     
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  7. jak67429

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    I used my crono in 20 to 80 deg only issues in cold have been batteries. sun and wind cause way more errors them temp.
     
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  8. jmorris

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    If it’s a cloudy day, I don’t get gloomy, I try and think if there is anything I want to chronograph.

    Just turn it on and shoot, no screens needed, regardless of temperature.

     
  9. Chuck R.

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    This was 19 degrees for a practice session, prior to a hunt:

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    One huge advantage of having a home range is I make it a point to chrono my hunting loads in the conditions that I expect to see. I'll set the rifle and ammo on my back porch for a while, let it come down to temp, then make the 5 minute commute own to the range. I'll then chrono and verify my zero's.

    I've got a Labradar and with the auxiliary battery pack it lasts for pretty long session. I try to get several sessions in for a load over varying temps to I can enter them into Strelock Pro. I also make my dope charts IAW the season and enter the expected average temps before computing.

    I carry a Kestrel in my Bino Chest harness along with my phone with Strelock pro open. Periodically I synch Strelock with the Kestrel readings using the Bluetooth connection.

    Then on average I pop something under 300 yds where all of the above didn't make a bit of difference..

    But, hey it's a hobby.
     
  10. Demi-human

    Demi-human maybe likes firearms a little bit…

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    Much of my brass is frozen when it gets home…;)
    As long as the batteries are warm enough to discharge, my chronograph has worked. NiMH is weak here.

    We just had a foot of snow.
    It will be 48° tomorrow.
    I could be shooting in shorts or snow on the same day, but I don’t do load serious development in extremes. I might fool around some, but there isn’t a point for me to optimize in whether I won’t be shooting in much. It’s more for my own knowledge.

    One thing is true, woods and the ranges are less busy on “Weather-ful” days!:D
     
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  11. savagelover

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    I think the coldest I have gone is in the 20s unless it's windy then my fingers get cold. Seems the older I get the colder I get. Lol
     
  12. Rockrivr1

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    The colder the better. I'm usually alone in the cold weather at the range I belong too. Bonus points if it's snowing!

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  13. savagelover

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    Yes. Nobody is there until hunting season. Then I don't go,to dangerous for me with all the guns waving around..lol
     
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  14. lightman

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    Having worked out in all kinds of weather, 24/7/365, I hunt or shoot whenever I take the notion. Not to say that I don't enjoy a beautiful Fall day with mild temps!
     
  15. Dudedog

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    Winter usually not much colder than 40 in the morning, 60-65ish in the afternoon.
    (rarely below 32 where I am at)
    Summer I get payback for mild winters, 100+ on average, bad days 110+, and your not safe from 100s until mid Oct.
     
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  16. reddog81

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    I go to the range because I enjoy shooting. If it's in the 40's or lower I'll go to the indoor range. I prefer to be able to feel my hands and fingers when shooting.
     
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  17. twofewscrews

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    Whatever the temperature is when the wife gets crabby is the temperature I shoot in ;)
     
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  18. Ignition Override

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    Pleasant isn’t so good. Some of The Older guys with little peripheral vision show up! They have no situational awareness of a new arrival;.

    When near freezing, one can have a 100 yard range

    to one’s self:

    --go fill in target holes whenever we want (Shoot N See).

    Most of the time some of us go to Action Pistol, limited to 30 yards - even for rifle shooting.
    It's worth it most of the time because you almost never are asked to share one of the eight AP ranges.
     
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  19. Jim Watson

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    I am a fair weather shooter. I didn't used to be but the fun factor started declining in cold and wet.
    It is sunny and mild here today but I don't feel well enough to get out in it.
    I had hopes of perking up enough to go to Saturday's wildcat pistol match but see 82% chance of rain in the forecast, so will plan on just watching Alabama clobber Auburn.
     
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  20. savagelover

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    Hope you get feeling better soon..After my dealing with prostate cancer I have lots of not feeding well days,but I do my best to carry on... happy Thanksgiving...john
     
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    Mine is a case of Local Diagnosis Crud, i.e. respiratory ailment with cough not diagnosed as Covid, influenza, pneumonia, or bronchitis. Usually runs about two weeks so I should be ok next week.
     
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  22. Col. Harrumph

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    I don't know. I remember remarking to the guy at the next table how cold it was. I was freezing. He replied, in a thick Russian accent, "Is not cold." It's what you're used to I guess.
     
  23. warnerwh

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    It was 46 there a little while ago. I will go when it's in the 30's but not the 20's. I don't care how hot it gets unless it's over 95 but that's rare in central Oregon.
     
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  24. savagelover

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    I stayed in independence Oregon for awhile years ago
     
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  25. Legionnaire

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    If I can choose, I prefer between 45 and 75, and will try to plan load testing for such. However, I've been out in the upper 30s and the mid 90s. The temps will affect velocities with some powders, but I don't think they affect the chronograph.
     
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