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Offline larryflew

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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2019, 04:39:11 PM »
If you don't do a lot you can probably borrow or meet with someone that has one.
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2019, 06:44:03 PM »
If you don't do a lot you can probably borrow or meet with someone that has one.

Yeah, that might work. Seems the consensus is it's a 'nice to have', not a 'vital to have'. I might just stick one on my Christmas list and see if the wife gets me one, but if not, I'll wait for a used or 'on sale' one to turn up.

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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2019, 11:16:28 PM »
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2019, 07:25:15 AM »
Rifle for longer ranges yes. Pistol I never have probably help if I shot longer than 25-50 yards. I should probably on 50 yards but haven’t.
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2019, 04:41:20 PM »
You can load thousands of really good range rounds without one, but .... it will give you an edge if you are looking for the perfect round for a specific load,or a specific ogive, or a specific gun, or a specific distance, and so on.
It will give you added informations .... if you want them.

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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2019, 05:08:03 PM »
Thanks everyone, on the Christmas list it goes!
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2019, 10:47:44 PM »
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2019, 10:43:19 PM »
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2019, 09:01:15 PM »
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Do I really need a chronograph?

I'm going to say if you reload your own ammo, yes.

While I don't use one all the time, but when I do use one, it's because I need to know what my loads are doing in my gun and there is really nothing else that will do that other than a chrono.  Just guessing that since it goes bang and didn't blow up my gun that time is usually not a very good technique for me.

Unless you're just going to use whatever load data is in front of you and have no intention of ever deviating from that and you're OK with just accepting someones word for it. 

I've worked up a couple of loads recently that there is basically no load data for anywhere.  So, yes, they're good to have if you're going to be making your own ammo.  How else can you be sure it's doing what it's advertised to do?
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2019, 01:05:04 PM »
heres the thing.

You have NO idea on where you are with your reloads without a chrono.  Yes, you can shoot at paper all day and look for the best group, but what does that tell you about your load and what and where you are in terms of that loading curve?

If you always play it safe and use the low end, you maybe fine.  but iirc, some loads dont like to be lightloaded where you may have some erratic results and from what i remember there are 2 points on that load where you will have a sweet spot.

i did without a chrono for a long time, but decided to buy a chorono since i reloaded for a friend and he wanted similar loads to factory or as close.  So without knowing what velocity the factory was giving, its hart to know what my reloads will do.

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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2019, 01:18:47 PM »
I picked up an inexpensive chrono yesterday, so I can finally know where I am at with my reloads as I try to work up the highest speed and heaviest weight through my Scorpion Carbine - while still remaining subsonic.

https://www.brunoshooters.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=chronographs_shooting_chrony

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Offline Rex Kramer

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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2019, 08:28:43 PM »


In the grand scheme of reloading and all the equipment that entails, plus owning firearms in general, a chrono costs next to nothing. It's a good tool to have.

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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2019, 09:31:01 AM »
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2019, 10:18:40 AM »
That's the same one that I have wobbly.

I've grazed the top of it a time or two.  Still works great.

Actually, I grazed the top of it once.  Left about a finger long gash the width of a 223 bullet.  The other time I knicked one of the metal rods that hold up the white reflector things.  Straightened it out pretty easily.

Still works though.
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Re: Do I really need a chronograph?
« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2019, 05:08:29 PM »
The other time I knicked one of the metal rods that hold up the white reflector things. 


You're lucky the metal rod didn't bust the plastic case wide open. Try chop sticks.
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