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    Chronograph trick

    The other day I accidentally shot one of the "rabbit ear" rods from the top of my chronograph. It was badly twisted and bent, and I would have to heat up the rod to straighten it out again. But I happened to see some long bamboo barbecue skewers in the camping section of Walmart. It was only 88 cents for the package so I took them home, cut one to length, and it works perfectly. Now if I do happen to shoot one again I have a lifetime supply of bamboo skewers.

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    Very nice.

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    Nice!

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    The local Ace sells different sizes wood dowels, I've used the proper sized one to replace the shot off one on my chrono, I try to not hit it so it has lasted me a while.
    "People in Arizona carry guns," said Detective David Ramer, a Chandler police spokesman. You better be careful about who you are picking on...

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    Now if I do happen to shoot one again I have a lifetime supply of bamboo skewers.
    That's an old trick
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    If been using that trick for some time after i shot the metal ones, then shot the back timer, still going tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy View Post
    That's an old trick
    Maybe an old trick, but if we don't talk about the "old tricks" from time to time the newbies won't know about them and some of the oldies will have forgotten about them.

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    There are two kinds of chronograph users: Those that have shot their chronograph and those that are going to shoot their chronograph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrol & Powder View Post
    There are two kinds of chronograph users: Those that have shot their chronograph and those that are going to shoot their chronograph.
    So true (sigh)!

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    Replaced mine awhile back. Lot easier to replace wood.

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    In a pinch, i've taking a metal coat hanger and cut it to length.

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    I've shot those so many times I gave up and bought a LabRadar. LOL Gp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrol & Powder View Post
    There are two kinds of chronograph users: Those that have shot their chronograph and those that are going to shoot their chronograph.
    I have an old *** chrono; IF I shoot that one will it break the curse and keep my new one safe

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    There are two kinds of chronograph users: Those that have shot their chronograph and those that are going to shoot their chronograph.
    Been there and the reason I switched over to a MagnetoSport. No need for a stand - a 10' cable - paper data recorder - screens and have to order new parts. Plus the MagnetoSport is just attached to the barrel, shoot in the basement at any distance and even in the dark or low light is so desired. Plus with the MagnetoSpeed - download the data to your cell phone and then to a spreadsheet if desired
    http://www.longrangeonly.com/magneto...porter-review/
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    I should have guessed that everyone else had already been there and done that with the dowels. This was the first time I shot mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RegCom7 View Post
    .....But I happened to see some long bamboo barbecue skewers in the camping section of Walmart. It was only 88 cents for the package so I took them home, cut one to length, and it works perfectly....
    As a side benefit, I bought a pack of those skewers & keep them in my shop. They are very straight & tough & I use them to get my seating depth for different bullets in my rifles. I use a razor blade to mark the skewer at the muzzle. I keep them hanging there handy next to my cleaning rods. It's a lifetime supply for 88 cents!
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