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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrol & Powder View Post
    What kind of chronograph should I consider ?

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    ain't dat da trooth!!!

    plugged the prochronoDLX with a 6.5 creedmoor this past fall. this was the 3rd screen type chrono i've killed in the last few years.





    i immediately acquired a magneto speed sporter for the rifles, have used it dozens of times and that unit does yeoman service.

    if i had the need to chrony handguns i'd have gotten a labradar. i'll never buy a screen chrony ever again.
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    If budget allows a LabRadar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrier View Post
    If budget allows a LabRadar.
    That's on my wish list. Just waiting to see if a new version is going to come out.

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    Labradar, by all means. It lives in a safer neighborhood(behind the gun). I don't have one yet but I'm gonna'.
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    Goodness, you guys make me feel old. I got my PACT Pro in the mid 90's. Don't know if they're still made but if I needed another I'd get the same if possible. Shooting it didn't sound like a good idea so I never have. I keep the screens, basic unit and cables in a fitted (cheep) "attache" case from a thrift shop. Never found tripod/screen set up to be difficult or slow.

    I like simple things but I also like versatility. The built in printer is a nice aid and, when I use it, the built in ballistic computer program is also great. I have used it for everything I shoot and I shoot everything - black and smokeless powders, handguns and long guns, pellet guns and spear guns, shotguns and Red Ryder BBs, and arrows from compound bows.

    I fire through my Pro while developing loads for accuracy so there's no way I'd settle for the limitations of a muzzle mounted device.

    Radar speed readers MIGHT be okay but I KNOW my skyscreens are good! And they're fairly safe because NO ONE except me is permitted to shoot anything over those screens!


    IF I wanted a basic bullet speedometer I'd think very hard about the Caldwell system.

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    Local gun club swap meet is later this March. If I can raise enough cash to grab the LabRadar, I'll be pleased. I keep finding ways to purchase rifles rather than the LabRadar.

    I do have the caldwell deluxe kit and it really is a great chronograph. Very inexpensive, has always performed very well. Only reason for the upgrade is that I often shoot two separate targets down range that are about 6 feet apart. So I can shoot one rifle group, then let it cool while shooting a 2nd rifle on the other target. The Caldwell (or any chrono of this type) can't catch the bullets for both targets.

    LabRadar would allow me to do this very easily. Also, I wouldn't have to stop the line for setup/takedown. Totally luxury item.

    to 90% of reloaders, I would heartily suggest the Caldwell. My reloading success increased 10 fold when I started recording speeds.

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    +1 on inexpensive (not cheap) Caldwell...works on phone app as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig556r View Post
    +1 on inexpensive (not cheap) Caldwell...works on phone app as well
    I forgot to mention the app. It's great. I can export my data in .csv files and import into google sheets. Then all my data is right at my fingertips.

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    1hole, I still use a Pact purchased a little earlier than yours. Mine doesn't have a printer but, I do like my hand written old Chrony page that I've put in a 3 ring binder. It is great for referral. It's surprising how thick it is after close to 30 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfd View Post
    ain't dat da trooth!!!

    plugged the prochronoDLX with a 6.5 creedmoor this past fall. this was the 3rd screen type chrono i've killed in the last few years.





    i immediately acquired a magneto speed sporter for the rifles, have used it dozens of times and that unit does yeoman service.

    if i had the need to chrony handguns i'd have gotten a labradar. i'll never buy a screen chrony ever again.
    Your 6.5 penetrates better than the 22 mag NA mini revolver I shot mine with.

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    My first chronograph was one of the first Chrony's. I don't have any pictures but, I killed mine with a 45-120 and a 540 gr. bullet....at about 10 ft. It rained plastic and yellow sheet metal for a minute or two. There wasn't enough left to examine but I'm fairly confident penetration was complete.
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    The green Caldwell unit is a complete piece of garbage. They replaced the first one and the replacement sucks donkey too. Erratic readings, errors, itís GARBAGE. if anyone wants mine I have two for free.

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