Choice isn't as easy as we would like it.December 2 2017 at 12:18 PM
|John M (Login FTJohn)|
Response to What Chrony & printer to get? I know nothing.... Questions please...
Unless you are a nut case for accuracy, just about any chronograph will do.
Rule #1. The further apart the sensors are, the more accurate the reading.
Rule #2. The larger the unit, the less likely you will be to use it.
Rule #3. Accuracy costs MONEY. How much do you want to spend? How much accuracy is necessary?
The price can be pretty acceptable on mid-range chrony's and for 99% of us, a 5 ft/sec variance doesn't really have much, if any, significance.
Shooting Chrony makes a unit that you can attach to a printer that is pretty reasonable and you can buy it with all accessories. But, you end up with a separate printer which adds to bulk and set-up time. Their "F-1" is their entry level unit which sets up in no time and is very handy. I had one that I let an acquaintance take home with him and I haven't seen him since. I paid $79 for it some years ago and it worked flawlessly even tho' it has been shot a half dozen times. It's a good value.
The Oehler 65P would probably be the top of the line chrony for you. They have been around a long time, have an outstanding record, and retail for about $650. OUCH!! The printer is built in. They use three sky screens so you get two readings for each shot. One is the actual reading and the other is a "proof" reading. If there's much difference between the two it will give you a warning and you can include the reading or just cancel it. At the push of a button, you get all the statistics you'll need. This falls just short of a lab quality unit. And, by the way, Oehler does make a lab quality unit for just a few thousand dollars!! The 65P ("P" is for printer that uses adding machine tape) takes a while to set up and the screen settings can go from 2 feet apart up to 8 feet apart.
There are a ton of others between these two and any of them would work well for you. If I were you tho', I would buy one that costs less than $200. Just make sure it's a quick set-up so you don't spend half your time at the range getting ready to shoot.
AND, by the way, the first Chrony I ever saw was hit by a .308 at 10 yds right in the LCD read-out. First shot, right out of the box, BRAND NEW. Back then, it cost about $200 and was really a deal. Poor guy.