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    Chronograph question

    Sinclair has two chronographs for sale, the Crony and the CED M2. Is one better than the other. Whats the besy buy. Any opinions?
    Also the Crony offers a new LED light system to mount on a existing system. Has anyone used this feature, if so any thoughts.
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    Imo

    I don't own either.

    But before I had my Oehler I had a Pro Chrony that served me well for 10 years.

    The CEM seems mighty flimsy to me. The Chrony seems to be a solid unit.

    BTW you really don't need the printer.

    I keep all records in spiral bound note books.

    Just remember Chronographs are very sensitive machines and react to the clouds, sun, shade etc, etc.

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    I've either owned or played with just about every chrono on the market. Of the two you mentioned, the CED M2 is lightyears ahead of the ShooterChrony. Currently, I think the CED M2 is the best available chrono going. It's a little more spendy than the Shooter, but consider it money well spent and never look back!

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    CED M2 is my recommendation. Check around on prices...there's a big variation out there.

    Hovis

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    I have the Master Beta

    Wonderful.

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    Smile Ron ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ron collins View Post
    Sinclair has two chronographs for sale, the Crony and the CED M2. Is one better than the other. Whats the besy buy. Any opinions?
    After the novelty wears off you probably won't use it much. Go with the Chrony Master Alpha, but look around the internet for a range of pricing. You'd be surprised how your bottom line will improve even with shipping.

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    I bought a chrony master alpha for around $90 to the door check out the internet, you'll be happy you did.

    Dan Honert

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    Thumbs up Beta Master Chrony

    Thirty five plus years ago I bought a Shooting Chrony, can't remember which model, but it didn't have the remote data readout. It served me very well until my eyes got too bad to read it from the bench. I sold it to a friend with younger eyes and I bought a new Beta Master Chrony with the remote readout head that goes on the bench where I can see it. That was ten years ago and both my friend and I are still happy with our Shooting Chronys.

    Shop around, Midway, Midsouth, Natchez, etc. will have them on sale from time to time.

    Dick

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    I like my PACT 1.

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    Oehler 35P

    Had heard that the Oehler 35P at one time was one of the best out there. We have them installed on an indoor range I'm a member of, and understand these are still supported.

    Any idea why Oehler discontinued there, we they no longer price competitive in the market place or???

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpapadimitrio@g View Post
    Had heard that the Oehler 35P at one time was one of the best out there. We have them installed on an indoor range I'm a member of, and understand these are still supported.

    Any idea why Oehler discontinued there, we they no longer price competitive in the market place or???
    Not one of the best out there, THE best out there. Only chrono with three screens so it works like two chrono's in one. Thus, Oehler got gov't and military contracts and quit selling to civis. But they will still send replacement parts for the people lucky enough to have bought them when they could.

    I can go to the range with my Oehler 35 anytime I want and know it will read. Can't say that about ANY of the SHooter CHrony's. My AlphaCHrony has to have the bullet pass within an inch of the "sweet spot" and even at that, the lighting has to be just right or it won't see a darn thing. Early morning, late evening, forget it. And when it does read, it is off from what the Oehler reads every time. It has no been relegated to a secondary chrono for ballistic coefficient testing only.

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    I have a couple of old 33s and some of the latest sky screens. No more often than I use one, I can write down the results. The only thing that is a pain is that they run on D cells, and the on off switch is easy to accidentally turn on when putting the unit away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodgrouper View Post
    My AlphaCHrony has to have the bullet pass within an inch of the "sweet spot" and even at that, the lighting has to be just right or it won't see a darn thing. Early morning, late evening, forget it.
    On hazy and cloudy days when the light is low, do you LEAVE THE POLY-DIFFUSERS OFF the Wire-Rods that normally support them as mentioned in the instructions ??? The POLY-DIFFUSERS are not a mandatory fixture every time you set it up. I ALWAYS leave them off even on a clear day when our bench line roof casts a shadow on the firing line [which is where my tripod is located] and have never had a problem. I also mark the area on the Wire-Rods with Bright Green Tape, six (6) inches above the unit for my scoped rifle, so I know where the "Sweet Spot" in the line-of-fire is located. Once set up properly and for the prevailing climatic conditions, it's a piece of cake and fun to use ... and for me, it's always been without headache. Art

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    If you can afford it, get one with IR screens, as you won't be dependent on the ambient lighting for the chronograph to work. This is important if you use it at an indoor range regularly.

    Also, RCBS has apparently released their own chronograph. I read about it on AccurateShooter. The RCBS website does have a listing if you search for "chronograph", priced at $149 USD, but there are very few details.

    Midway USA has more details, and is priced at $124.99. I've copied and pasted those below. Please note, there is no mention of IR capability.

    RCBS AmmoMaster Chronograph

    Designed to store inside its own carrying case, the AmmoMaster Chronograph measures velocity ranging from 50 to 7000 feet per second while also measuring in meters per second. Storing up to 100 velocities, this chronograph features a detachable keypad display and also mounts to a standard camera tripod. Operates on a single 9 volt battery (not included).

    Technical Information

    Notes: (from the manufacturer)
    Self contained carry case
    Detachable keypad display
    100 shot memory
    Velocity range 50-7000 feet per second and meters per second
    Operates on one 9 VDC battery (not included)
    Standard camera tripod mounting
    RCBS one year warranty

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    Quote Originally Posted by abintx View Post
    On hazy and cloudy days when the light is low, do you LEAVE THE POLY-DIFFUSERS OFF the Wire-Rods that normally support them as mentioned in the instructions ??? The POLY-DIFFUSERS are not a mandatory fixture every time you set it up. I ALWAYS leave them off even on a clear day when our bench line roof casts a shadow on the firing line [which is where my tripod is located] and have never had a problem. I also mark the area on the Wire-Rods with Bright Green Tape, six (6) inches above the unit for my scoped rifle, so I know where the "Sweet Spot" in the line-of-fire is located. Once set up properly and for the prevailing climatic conditions, it's a piece of cake and fun to use ... and for me, it's always been without headache. Art
    Art,
    I have left the diffusers on and taken them off and have even tried taping some orange paper to the tops (Oehler says that orange creates the best results diffusing the light and their's are made this way) but nothing has worked all the time everytime. The sweet spot on my Alpha is about where the brass elbows are. The sweet spot on the old Beta I used to use was about an inch below the elbows which became very close to the unit itself. I wish they'd make their "triangle" area bigger on all their models. With my Oehler, the "triangle" is huge and as long as the bullet goes through it anywhere, it will read it.

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