Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics


Reply

Chronograph woes!

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-15-2012, 10:35 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Missouri Ozarks
Posts: 418
Chronograph woes!

I have been using a Pact Pro chronograph since 1996 or thereabouts with perfect satisfaction. A month or so ago I started having serious problems with the unit, no reading, false reading, no reset, you name it. I called Pact and was told to send it in with a check for $14.95 for return shipping and they would fix me up. I did, about a week later I got a letter stating that my unit was obsolete and parts were no longer available but I could buy a new unit at 30% off! I called and asked about the "lifetime warranty" basically I got the no parts, buy a new one or hold your breath story. After thinking it over I called and let them extort me for a new unit. A week later I called to see if the replacement had shipped, nope end of the week or first of next week. I got the same response for three weeks in a row, yesterday was the last straw, I told them to cancel my order and fix my old unit or replace it under warranty.

If anyone is on the fence about a Pact chronograph don't let the warranty be a decision maker because it is a large pile of BS! I suspect I'll have to get an attorney involved to get any satisfaction.

Now I need a new chronograph, I have read every thread that the search function turned up and narrowed my choices to the CED or the Oehler. I have read several threads and reviews on the CED but can't find much on the 35P. Can anyone add anything to the info here on the 35P?

I have a finite hunting/shooting budget and the 35P price is pretty hard to swallow but I tend to be really anal about things and if it is 1% more accurate than anything else out there I'll dig up the $$ from someplace.

What say you?

Thanks in advance!

Bob
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-15-2012, 11:57 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: greenwood, IN
Posts: 3,452
Re: Chronograph woes!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nimrod View Post
I have been using a Pact Pro chronograph since 1996 or thereabouts with perfect satisfaction. A month or so ago I started having serious problems with the unit, no reading, false reading, no reset, you name it. I called Pact and was told to send it in with a check for $14.95 for return shipping and they would fix me up. I did, about a week later I got a letter stating that my unit was obsolete and parts were no longer available but I could buy a new unit at 30% off! I called and asked about the "lifetime warranty" basically I got the no parts, buy a new one or hold your breath story. After thinking it over I called and let them extort me for a new unit. A week later I called to see if the replacement had shipped, nope end of the week or first of next week. I got the same response for three weeks in a row, yesterday was the last straw, I told them to cancel my order and fix my old unit or replace it under warranty.

If anyone is on the fence about a Pact chronograph don't let the warranty be a decision maker because it is a large pile of BS! I suspect I'll have to get an attorney involved to get any satisfaction.

Now I need a new chronograph, I have read every thread that the search function turned up and narrowed my choices to the CED or the Oehler. I have read several threads and reviews on the CED but can't find much on the 35P. Can anyone add anything to the info here on the 35P?

I have a finite hunting/shooting budget and the 35P price is pretty hard to swallow but I tend to be really anal about things and if it is 1% more accurate than anything else out there I'll dig up the $$ from someplace.

What say you?

Thanks in advance!

Bob
last I looked the new Pact is $219 shipped. With a 30% off factored in that comes in at about $153. That's a bargin! I use a PC2, and have had it since the mid 1990's. If they'd made me that kind of an offer, I would have me a new one shipped today. (they still have repair parts for it as of a year ago).

The CED is supposed to be pretty good (never used one), and the Ohler is probably as good as it gets, but they're extremely proud of them. The Ohler seems to come in at about one quarter of a percent different in readings. Is that too fast or too slow? Nobody knows for sure. My Pact uses a steel tubed light bar, and I like that much better than the others, but wish I could get a longer one (three or four feet long).
gary
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-15-2012, 12:20 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Missouri Ozarks
Posts: 418
Re: Chronograph woes!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trickymissfit View Post
last I looked the new Pact is $219 shipped. With a 30% off factored in that comes in at about $153. That's a bargin! I use a PC2, and have had it since the mid 1990's. If they'd made me that kind of an offer, I would have me a new one shipped today. (they still have repair parts for it as of a year ago).
They quoted me 197.95 with IR screens, I ordered it 3 weeks ago and as of yesterday they still hadn't shipped it so I cancelled it. My point being in the original post, they can't fix my old one they should send a new, equivalent, replacement, that is what a lifetime warranty is for.

As far as I'm concerned Pact Inc. no longer exists as an option since the warranty is worthless. What they should advertise is a 30% off coupon when your unit quits. It will be shipped whenever they get around to it. By the way, the local BBB gives them an "F" rating.

Bob
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-15-2012, 05:51 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 439
Re: Chronograph woes!

I've got tow Pact Pros if you want them for parts call me a slow learner. Just my .02 but Oehler and CED are the only two if you are serious. The CED is a nice unit and Ive shot it backed up by and Oehler with the same readings.
__________________
"Fast is fine accurate is final"
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-15-2012, 06:31 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,207
Re: Chronograph woes!

The Oehler 35 p Is the best In my opinion. and there warranty is second to none.

But they are about double the price of the others.

They have an accuracy standard that tops everyone and they are the chronograph that
everyone tries to compare with.

This is truly a case of you get what you pay for. Awhile back a friend shot an arrow through one of my screens and when i called Oehler they said they would send me the newest screens (3 of them)
for "NO CHARGE" and three days later i recieved them.

I use mine for a lot more than just velocity so accuracy counts a great deal.

I'm sure the other brands are close enough and at the price difference are worth it. I just like the Oehler.

J E CUSTOM
__________________
"PRESS ON"
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-16-2012, 08:37 AM
dig dig is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 540
Re: Chronograph woes!

PACT customer service leaves a lot to be desired. I have had two poor interactions with PACT both center around repairs and shipping. The industry as a whole is incredibly service oriented think, Dillon, Redding, Swarovski so when we deal with a company such as PACT it's a disappointment. It hurts even more with this company as they advertise as "American" company.
__________________
Digger
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-16-2012, 09:13 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Townsend, Montana.
Posts: 7,630
Re: Chronograph woes!

My 5th chronograph I ever bought is a Oehler 35P. The 4 prior included one pact. I like the Oehler a lot. I now trust what my chronograph says as the Oehler has a proof screen and checks each bullet twice. I think this one will be all I ever need. I should have bought it first instead of listening to reviews from people that were trying to help me save money. I would be hundreds of dollars ahead and have saved lots of time and components.

Jeff
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Chronograph woes!
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Millennium Chronograph Versus Pact MK IV Timer & Chronograph Eaglet General Discussion 10 03-31-2010 11:28 PM
Bipod woes.....? tresmon The Basics, Starting Out 2 09-19-2008 02:46 PM
300gr SMK Woes-Maybe?? Qzilla Long Range Hunting & Shooting 16 11-28-2006 10:53 AM
CHrono Woes FRANK21 Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 9 11-19-2006 08:42 PM
Lefty woes marketello The Basics, Starting Out 22 11-29-2004 11:41 PM

Current Poll
Are you on Facebook?
Yes - 46.67%
1,001 Vote
No - 18.88%
405 Votes
No, but I may join - 1.86%
40 Votes
No way, are you kidding? - 36.55%
784 Votes
Total Votes: 2,145
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC