was looking at either the F-1Master of the Alpha Master, got any more input? Not really sure I need the alpha, since I write everything down anyhow
I am on my second F-1 master I am set up 11 feet away and can read the screen OK even with my not so perfect eyes....Like you I write down and evaluate all info after the fact, so a printer and remote screen are not a necessity for me......I use mine mostly for comparing SDs during load development...
I too am an iron ranger and I use mine every month of the year....Like T3-Oleman says what you are looking for is benchmark velocities to compare others to...Actual velocity (within reason) can be determined and verified with field testing and a good ballistic program....You will probably find that an F-1 is amazingly accurate for the price....
It is true that an Oehler is a nice machine and definitely will help in recognizing errant results....But if you must control ambient light conditions with most chronos...An F-1 shooting buddy is real consistent if you watch and control light conditions and keep consistent bore/chrono/target alignment....
Good luck in your choice gentlemen,