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Thinking of getting a Chronograph

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by coyoteman5, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    I'm thinking of getting a Chronograph I am wondering what you guys out are using and can recommend. Plus what is the difference in Alpha, Beta,Gamma chronographs ? And has anybody tried the Rcbs Chronograph?
    Thanks guys
     
  2. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    In easy terms, the difference between the models listed are features. I have one of Chrony units the Gamma Master and it works great. I 'think' that the measuring guts are common across all their units. You would have to verify that.

    Bottom line, take a look at what features you ink are important and go from their. I like having a remote readout and the printer, but they are not essential if your not on a shared firing line. If you are, then being able to drive the unit and take readings without leaving the bench are useful.

    If you reload, they are just another very important piece of the process.
     
  3. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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  4. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    I had one of the little chrony's but only used it when playing with wildcats to develop loads, then it sat in the drawer for years. Sold it off finally. It worked fine. Inexpensive too.
     
  5. nehalemguy

    nehalemguy Vernonia Well-Known Member

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    First chronograph I played with was the POS RCBS Ammomaster. Pile of junk. I should have read more reviews about it before purchasing it because it has been plagued with problems since its introduction.

    Trust me. Get a Chrony. You'll be much happier.
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  6. geometro

    geometro PDX Active Member

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    At the risk of sounding like a shill: check out magnetospeed at MagnetoSpeed

    Simple set up and good accuracy.
     
  7. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have a Chrony Beta. It works pretty well but is not terribly intuitive/user friendly to operate.
     
  8. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    I'm leaning towards the beta chorny or gamma chrony at this point they are little bit more in my price range And sounds like they'll be more than qualified to do the job.
     
  9. SmawGunner

    SmawGunner portland metro Active Member

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    bought the chrony f1. the green one. hated it. it only worked about 75% of the time. switched to the competition electronics prochrono pal. It always works. Its on sale at midway right now. It goes on sale every 3rd month on midway.
    Competition Electronics ProChrono Pal Chronograph

    get a good tripod also. this is the standard because you can use it for spotting. anything less is compromising.

    Manfrotto 055XPROB Aluminum Tripod with 322RC2 055XPROB,322K B&H

    do not shoot your chronometer. watch your scope offset.
     
  10. stavros4570

    stavros4570 eugene,or. Member

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    Magnetospeed is way to go. Easiest setup and not weather sensitive.
     
  11. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    Thanks I'll take a look at that also.
    You gotta love this gun forum. I know I do.
     
  12. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Buy ammo instead
     
  13. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    iirc you can go to the chrony website and they have "factory refurbished" ones for a fraction of the cost.
     
  14. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    I like that thanks.
     
  15. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    I love reloading i find Great Satisfaction in it.
     
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  16. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Buy more powder, primers, brass, bullets (instead)
     
  17. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    I'm guessing you're trying to say, save my money by not buying a Chronograph and put It towards reloading supplies. Well I like to get one just so I can any see Inconsistencies in my reloads Besides seeing it on the target.
     
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    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for bringing this thread up fellers. My son recently started reloading, and I don't believe he has a chrono yet. Now he'll get one for Christmas! I'll also be curious to learn the effects of various length barrels on the store-bought ammo I use.
     
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  20. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Now that's a good gift to give a son! Hopefully you won't just get a new pair of socks! :)