Which Chronograph to buy?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by D.B. Cooper, Jun 18, 2019.

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  1. Hondo 60
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    Hondo 60 Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Freeport, IL
    For several reasons I have 2 chronographs.

    Someone of less than menses material (aka idiot), shot my
    Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital.
    So I replaced it with a Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph Premium Kit.
    The shooter eventually replaced the CE.

    Both have their good days & bad.
    Bright sunlight can affect the accuracy.

    And having the whole unit down range can be hazardous to the chrono.
    But in general I have more faith in the numbers from the CE.

    But don't get me wrong I like (an use) both.

    The indoor light kit that can with the Caldwell kit works great on either chrono.
  2. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Member

    May 25, 2011
    Piney Woods of East Texas
    With the Bluetooth link for the CE Pro it gives you a lot of options with the data. You can export in many formats, plus you get to put real names on the data string.
  3. gudaki

    gudaki Member

    Aug 10, 2018
    I started with a Caldwell Ballistic Precision then a Shooting Chrony Beta and now use a Labradar. Like some have said the Labradar is pricey but it's performance in my opinion is second to none.
  4. CMV

    CMV Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Tons of good stuff here already. I use the Chrony F1 - about the cheapest option, but works well enough outdoors. Many better devices, many with more features...but just a matter of time until I shoot it to death so want low $ replacement option. Have already gone thru several sun shade supports.....so just a matter of time until the main body takes a critical hit :)

    If you do go that route, best advice is use on an overcast day. Wow - no fiddling with sunshades and it reads really well hardly every missing recording a shot on an overcast day and no screens installed.
  5. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    I see the OP already ordered, but I'd like to also put in a plug for the Labradar. The unit can be found on sale from time to time for $500, and yes Scheel's now carries them. You also need an SD card, a decent USB style battery, and a stand or tripod. It's an expensive investment but the unit works excellently. You can take readings at multiple distances that you specify, there is no chance of shooting the unit unless you're a special kind of stupid, and since its a doppler radar it isn't reliant on light.

    It's my first chrono, and I'm glad I went straight to the top of the heap.
  6. thomas15

    thomas15 Member

    May 27, 2005
    My wife was looking for something to give me for Christmas ...and that is what I now have. Got a good tripod, carry case and the IF sensor with rechargeable batteries. Nice unit.
  7. lordpaxman

    lordpaxman Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    An excellent choice! BT to the phone/tablet and you can choose formats and data and email the results easily. I built a boo boo plate so it’d deflect bullets and used wooden dowels instead of the metal ones, but use the sky screens. Get some factory ammo and use that as a reference just to check the chrono is doing what you expect.

    If you have the $$$, put a Labradar on the wish list. I gave my CED to my son and got one, and while it is a bit pricey, it’s so much easier.
  8. D.B. Cooper

    D.B. Cooper Member

    Oct 2, 2016
    Just got it today. Labradar was wayyyyyy too much money.
  9. Jeb Stuart

    Jeb Stuart member

    May 4, 2017
    Confederate Country and proud of it!
    I have three chrony's but use the Caldwell Precision more than the other two. Like the software that goes with it. I mostly use it for Pellet gun rilfe Ammo. It is a hobby in itself. Amazing how each rifle will shoot one pellet better than others. And so many different types of pellets and brands, and quality. The software makes a huge difference. And nice to pull up different data on the computer and store each string for each gun and each pellet. Otherwise it would be a nightmare.
  10. Howland

    Howland Member

    Dec 17, 2017
    Upstate SC
    I've got the Pro Chrono Digital and I've had decent results even in sunny weather.

    I have come to the conclusion that it cannot divide time fine enough to distinguish less than 5 fps. The output average lines up with the impact I'm seeing out to 400 yards but because all velocities are at 5 fps groups, I just use the average and ES values, not that I would place much stock in an SD calculated from a sample size of a five shot group. Still, it does what I want it to.
  11. jr_watkins

    jr_watkins Member

    May 11, 2010
    another +1 for ProChrono.

    In my opinion, if you already have a good tripod, good for you....now put that away and buy a cheap one from Goodwill or something and use that. Anything downrange is in jeopardy.
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