why I need a chronograph! https://flic.kr/p/mLJq7n Overall diameter of the black is 44" which I use to train for Palma shooting using irons, the white AR400 plate is 20" with the small plate in the center measuring 5". I fired this about an hour ago from 1000 yards using this: https://flic.kr/p/jtxu29 It's a Jon Beanland build and in an old and outdated cartridge at 108 years of age...the 30/06. Did I use a chronograph to develop this load?? NO! I went to the Sierra Reloading Manual like I've always done...looked at the loadings and found one that would possibly give me a lightly compressed charge and I chose IMR4350 at 55 grs. because I have already tested earlier starting at 53.5 gr. of the same powder and then I worked up to the present load which I will stay at. The bullet is the Berger 185 VLD Target bullet. Quite often there comes the question here...."Do I need a chronograph to work up loads?" and I always get a belly laugh from this question as I HAVE NEVER in over 60 years of shooting relied upon a chrony to work up loads! Rather...I do just as I've stated above and then I go see what the load I've just put together will deliver ON THE FACE OF THE TARGET! I will readily admit that I am not hampered with range problems because my 1000 yd. firing line is only 500 yards from where I'm typing this so I can understand why someone would wish to use a chrony possibly not having a good range at their disposal. With this being said....I don't trust any chronograph as there are just too many variables that can come into play. There is NO VARIABLE when I can see what's on the face of the target.