Re: decision on chronograph
You absolutely need a chronograph if you plan on doing any sort of precision handloading... doing so without one is like "loading in the dark"..
I used my grandfather's Oehler for years, which quit on my last Christmas... Since then, I bought a Shooting Chrony Alpha Master series unit, and used it 4 times, first time, it clocked 75% of my shots... every time after that, when I would turn it on, I would immediately get an error message on the display - "Err 2" or sometimes "Err 9".. which indicate problems with the photosensors, but believe you me, I have tried it in every conceivable lighting imaginable... it just simply malfunctioned, permanently.
Since then, I got a Millenium, and it works wonderfully. I've also used Pro Chrono Digital as well, and recommend them both.
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