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Old 09-09-2009, 05:26 PM
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Budget Chrono

Im a student on a tight budget. I need a decent chrono to work up my loads so I can keep my freezer full of wild game. Any suggestions on what brand and where the best place to buy would be?
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:04 PM
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Re: Budget Chrono

I have a shooting chrony beta-master (masterbeta?). It's one of the cheaper models. You pay a little extra over the base model to get the readout on a cable that you can set on the bench rather than have to get the numbers off the chronograph. I think it's worth it.

I've never used any other chronographs, so I can't really compare it to other more expensive models. I can say it doesn't work in dim light. On a sunny day, I can see well enough to see the target at 100 yards a half-hour before sunrise. The chrony won't work until sunrise.

I'm happy with mine. Cost around $90 when I got it in '08. But it's got limitations.

Be nice to see a study that evaluates different chronographs. I'd like to see how they all compare if lined up in a row and measuring velocity on the same bullets.
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:07 AM
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Re: Budget Chrono

I was just about to ask a similar question on what chronograph I should get. Like everything else when I read a review on all the ones I've seen there are some good and some bad. The area I shoot at is outdoors, but the benches where we shoot from has a roof overhead so you are in the shade. What chronograph will work best in this case? Thanks for the help!
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:13 AM
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Re: Budget Chrono

Find a way to contact the Shooting Chrony company direct. I understand they have a slow but steady stream of used/repaired chronographs they sell at greatly reduced prices. Should be able to get their basic model for something around the $50-60 range.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:38 PM
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Re: Budget Chrono

Thanks everyone, i will start trying to contact the companies and checking out that beta.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:08 PM
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Re: Budget Chrono

I am another with the Shooting Chrony Beta Master with the detachable screen. It works good under the conditions I have used it in. It was about a 100.00 at Midway and seems to be backed up with a decent warranty. Scotty
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