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Recommend a good quality chrono for pistol and high powered rifle

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 I have used a chrono before but really have no idea between the different brands and types. Looking for a good quality Chrono to take to the range for 9mm pistol through high-powered rifle, what do you guys recommend?

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I've been using a $79 Chrony for the past 30 years - tells me how fast the bullets

are going, but doesn't make ice cubes.     :) 

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I’ve been using a Caldwell chrono and it’s great, used it with pistol, pcc and rifles. The app is great and it’s nice having the data on my phone if I need it. It’s been very accurate as well, whenever I chrono my rounds using another chrono at a match it’s alaays been the same velocity as my chrono. I’d highly recommend it.

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Labradar if you can spend the coin.  Caldwell G2 if you can't.  I have both (and the older Caldwell as well) and like both, but the Labradar is my favorite.  The Labradar and G2 seem pretty close in terms of accuracy. 

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Another one for Labradar. Have a Pact and I liked it a lot until I got the Labradar. 

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My fav is the PACT Professional, but I also use 3 Shooting Chrony's.

 

FYI For the rifles I set the chrono at 15 feet, to eliminate muzzle blast.

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2 hours ago, RePete said:

 

FYI For the rifles I set the chrono at 15 feet, to eliminate muzzle blast.

 

Yes, and at least 10 feet for pistols    :) 

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Oehler 35P works very well,  have had one for practically forever and it still works and prints well.  Oehler has them on special now, you get the whole set up and carrying case.

 

If you don't do a lot of chronographing, I would then recommend the Pro Chrono, there are several models, look them over and pick the one you think would suit you best.

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I have the Labradar and have never regretted it. No worrying about clouds, sun, all the other stuff that messes with optical chronos.

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3 hours ago, Hi-Power Jack said:

 

Yes, and at least 10 feet for pistols    :) 

 

No,  8 feet.  That's the distance that IDPA /IPSC/USPSA are set at.

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1 hour ago, RePete said:

 

No,  8 feet.  That's the distance that IDPA /IPSC/USPSA are set at.

Huh? USPSA APP C2

The closest skyscreen must be placed no less than 10 feet from the shooting location.

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3 hours ago, RePete said:

 

No,  8 feet.  That's the distance that IDPA /IPSC/USPSA are set at.

 

Especially for OPEN guns, any less than 10 feet and you may get

some pretty funny random numbers.    :( 

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The CE Pro Chrono Digital is the best deal for casual Chrono use. You can catch them on sale for $100 or so. Accurate, reliable, and sends numbers right to your phone via Bluetooth. 

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And for a side bar, the pro crono digital was the only consumer model I could find that would crono shotgun reliably...

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After using a Shooting Chrony and Pact for a while and having them both hit by errant rounds (other shooters, not me) I finally splurged on a Magnetospeed.  It is perfect for rifles and revolvers and most .22 LR fixed barrel pistols like the Ruger, Mk-series, S&W Victory, etc. It is usable for centerfire  semi-auto pistols with Picatinny rail slots on the dust cover.  

 

Its benefits are that it is completely indifferent to ambient light so it works under daylight, florescent artificial light and in complete darkness.  It also doesn't require you to go in front of the firing line to set it up or to change from one firearm to another and with any care in installation, you can't shoot it accidentally.  Muzzle blast is completely ignored too.  There is an SD card in the display that records all of your data for future access.

 

I haven't figured out how to adapt it to other center fire semi-autos with no dust cover slots but there may be a way to do it.  That isn't a problem for me and I love it's versatility and data handling capability.

 

 

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On 2/7/2019 at 8:34 PM, Smithcity said:

Will the lab radar work indoors?

Absolutely. It is the best chronograph I have used ( I have tried 4 or 5 different types) and own a labradar and a shooting chrony. The Labradar is the most convenient one I have used in both set up and for recording results. 

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Another vote for Labradar. I love mine!

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So typically when shooting high power rifle, your not just trying to verify power factor.  Usually your trying to find out extreme spread and standard deviation, along with you average velocity over a larger string of shots.  This kinda changes the game.

 

There hasn't been much in terms of improvement in the lines of "sky-screen" chronographs in the last 20 years.  The $100 rcbs and chrony's are not accurate or consistent enough to get data that you need.  The CED and old Ohler are decent, but their interfaces are like trying to program a 90's era home security system.

 

The Labradar is an awesome creation.  Its relatively easy to use, provides all the information on the screen at hand, and is by far one of the most accurate ways of measuring possible.  Its great all around for rifle and pistol, and if I had to get only one chronograph this would be it.  It basically has two downsides... The first being price.  The other is trying to use it on crowded firing lines.  Unless you have a range to yourself, it can be problematic.  

 

The Magnetospeed is another option, specifically the more expensive V3 version.  Its multi button interface is considerably easier to scroll thru and work than the lite version.  It ironically doesn't seem to effect barrel harmonics as much as one would assume.  Its a very simple design that works quiet well.  And its about $150 cheaper than a lab radar.  Its easy to pack in your gear bag, and not awkward to setup (no tripods or sweet spots) as it literally just clamps on your barrel.  The big winner I give it is the user interface.  It give standard deviation and extreme spread on the fly, so no math work involved on your part, and its archiving ability is really cool.  They work on suppressed guns, and quiet guns that sometimes the lab radar has problems picking up, and it doesn't care if someone is on the bench next to you.  Also if you want to get it off your barrel, a little creativity can go a long way.  I've seen folks buy cheap picatinny attachments and use pieces of extruded aluminum to make mounts to isolate sensor from the barrel because they perceive it might effect their accuracy, which in my experience it doesn't.

 

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I'm trying to get the gear I need to get up and running with my reloading game.

 

Getting closer.

 

I do need a chrono.....sold my old one along with my older reloading gear 12+ years ago.

 

I need something that will work for me on the indoor ranges when I'm working up handgun loads......as well as be of use for my hunting rifle loads.

 

The indoor range has narrow lanes with dividers....pretty much like most.  I'd be unable to set up a chrono downrange any distance at all as per range rules.  The LabRadar appears to able to sit on the shelf right next to where I'll be shooting.

 

How sensitive is it if there is someone shooting a couple lanes down from me ?

 

 

 

Ideally, I'll have my arse there when the range opens so I can have it to myself for a few minutes and not have to worry about other shooters.

 

 

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