Chrony…Yea or nay?

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    Zoey
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    I am considering purchasing an Air-Chrony MK3, but don’t want to end up with one more thing that sits in the closet for xxx amount of time until I sell it off on Ebay.

    I’ve started doing some rudimentary benchrest shooting, and will most definitely be hunting. I use both Strelok and Chairgun. Gun is a Vulcan Bullpup.

    So, talk me into/out of purchasing a chronograph…

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    If you’re serious about tuning and experimenting with different pellets/weights/velocities, then a chrony is a valuable piece of equipment to understand what your gun and pellets downrange are doing.

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    Percula
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    http://www.edgunwest.com/store/p6/Edgun_Mini_Chronograph.html

    You will likely have to do some work to get it to fit your barrel, but bang for the buck this is a good deal.

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    Wager
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    Anyone I talk to that is thinking about getting into pcp guns. I always highly recommend they get a chony of some sort. Even if its just a basic trying to find the best fill pressure you will need one.

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    Zoey
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    Ballistic: Can you further expound upon your statement?

    Wager: I really would like to know when my gun falls off the regulator. Right now it’s nothing short of picking a number out of the sky.

    Percula: Thanks for the tip, but if I were to get one, my heart is set on the Air-Chrony.

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    Wager
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    Didn’t realize you had a regulated gun. The reason the fps are always different is do to the slight difference on the fill each time. At least I think that’s what your talking about. Or are you saying your shot count is really random? I was talking more about the knee on a unregulated gun qith thw best max fill but its nice to just know what your gun is doing. Anytime i’m shooting paper and not hunting I at least through up a cheap chrony but I also do a lot of tuning and tickering.

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    What I have found out:   When I am shooting in the basement, almost everyday, I always have the chrony going.   Checking speed of each gun and pellet.  If the fps falls off it indicates something maybe a dirty barrel or a small leak etc. 

    i have the precision digital, light kit, with Bluetooth  adapter and all the strings are recorded to my phone, you actually see each shot on the phone.  Gives you a chance to compare one day to next and allows me to see each shot.  In low light it gives a great read out, better than the face of the chrony. Helps you count number of shots also.  I had a bad mag, until I fixed it, knew the 8th shot was done, take the mag out, or your just shooting air.  

    Helps you find the sweet spot, I have 3 unreg guns, 177,22,25 marauders.  If you make adjustments you can view the results don’t how you could do it w/o the chrony.   I think you would most likely use it.  

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    linsfreak
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    for sure….help me alot.

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    ClearedHot
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    If you’re even halfway serious about air gunning then a Chrony is simply a must have. After researching awhile back, I went with the Caldwell premium kit. An outstanding price, reliable and most importantly the free cross platform user friendly software readily available. I just don’t want to have to bother with data entry on some spread sheet program and the Caldwell App does most of the hard work already. Be it on my phone, iPad or computer. I’s a joy to use.

    That said, I was excited about the BC calculation potential and ease of use with newly released LabRadar and ordered one several months ago only to cancel. I had some unexpected expenses that delayed the purchase a month or two, but in the interim, I decided it’s not yet ready for prime time, at least not for this poor sod. What little software it has and that others have done is clunky and PC only. The LabRadar is even bluetooth ready, but no one is even utlizing that yet. All in all, it would still require hand doing the data entry and for a system that pricey, I want well written cross platform software available. I knew over time the novelty of the LabRadar would wear thin with the fallback Caldwell doing most of the hard work far easier. 

    I just recently purchased Caldwell G2 kit only becuase I wanted wireless. Again, a joy to use and no need for a cord now. Easier setup with an even beefier housing, built-in rechargeable battery pack and sporting even more robust light panels.  Love it!!  

    If LabRadar or a third party software developer gets their act together  I would still love to give them my money. The ability to get accurate readings at differing distances  with any lighting conditions with EACH SHOT would be amazing. 

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    Zoey
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    “Wager”Didn’t realize you had a regulated gun. The reason the fps are always different is do to the slight difference on the fill each time. At least I think that’s what your talking about. Or are you saying your shot count is really random? I was talking more about the knee on a unregulated gun qith thw best max fill but its nice to just know what your gun is doing. Anytime i’m shooting paper and not hunting I at least through up a cheap chrony but I also do a lot of tuning and tickering.

    
I am new to PCP’s, but it is my understanding that after the gun falls off the regulator, accuracy changes. I have *randomly* picked 66 shots as the magic number before I refill the gun. If the gun was filled to 250 bar, at 66 shots I end up at about 130 bar.

    I really appreciate the responses here. There are a lot more uses for a chronograph than I had initially thought.

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    “Zoey”I am considering purchasing an Air-Chrony MK3, but don’t want to end up with one more thing that sits in the closet for xxx amount of time until I sell it off on Ebay.

    I’ve started doing some rudimentary benchrest shooting, and will most definitely be hunting. I use both Strelok and Chairgun. Gun is a Vulcan Bullpup.

    So, talk me into/out of purchasing a chronograph…

    
For me a chrony is a requirement for airgunning if the shooting is any more serious than “can rolling”. The pellet trajectory and even the function of the gun is monitored by noting the pellet velocity and consistency of the velocity.

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    Zoey
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    Well, it pretty much sounds like a unanimous thumbs up to getting a chronograph. I’ve got several things on order right now, so I need to see what the bank account looks like after the dust settles. I’m sure I’ll be fine, but better safe than sorry.

    Thank you to everyone for your input. I appreciate it very much.

    Cheers

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    DellaDog
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    Just got the Ballistic Precision Chronograph from Amazon today ($73)
    Tested 40 shots with AirWolf and had 1 error shot out of 40, not bad at all.
    Shot without the rods and screens attached on a partly sunny, shaded patio.
    It’s a keeper. (And so is the Wolf!)

    Created: 02/17/17 04:19 PM
    Description: AirWolf – JSB 15.89
    Notes 1: Start 227 Bar
    Notes 2: Low power setting
    Distance to Chrono(FT): 2.00
    Ballistic Coefficient: 0.030
    Bullet Weight(gr): 15.89
    Temp: 69 °F
    BP: 28.35 inHg
    Altitude: 600.00
    #     FPS  FT-LBS      PF
    10  888      27.83    14.11 
    9    893      28.14    14.19 
    8    896      28.33    14.24 
    7    896      28.33    14.24 
    6    897      28.39    14.25 
    5    888      27.83    14.11 
    4    890      27.95    14.14 
    3    890      27.95    14.14 
    2    898      28.46    14.27 
    1    893      28.14    14.19 
    Average: 892.9 FPS
    SD: 3.8 FPS
    Min: 888 FPS
    Max: 898 FPS
    Spread: 10 FPS

    Shot/sec: 0.1
    True MV: 898 FPS

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    Erik
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    Get one used when someone sells one. I got my Air Chrony Mk3 for half Price in excellent condition when someone decided to sell theirs.

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    LIVIT
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    I have been looking at the Caldwell myself since my  chrony got drilled by a bolt from a high poundage crossbow. DellaDog that is very nice results you got from both brother. Tks you convinced me to hit the buy button from amazon prime. I have a lot of other Caldwell products and have been dealing with them on a commercial level also for a lot of yrs now. They have great Customer Service and stand behind products. I like that you have the option of just using the display screen or get fancy and use a smartphone.
    …. Word of advise to all, if you are letting someone else shoot through your chrony, make sure they are lined up correctly regardless what they say :)

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    Zoey
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    Well, as Eric said, maybe I’ll hang out a bit and see if a MK3 pops up for sale. All of you have convinced me that I should get one.

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    Zoey: to expand further and as others have mentioned, it helps you tune your gun, figure out your shot curve “sweet spot”, get reliable data to plug into a program like Chairgun or Strelok, etc.

    I got the Caldwell last week as well, and the 10¢ poor man’s regulator (neoprene washer behind the tophat) on my Talon SS is working wonders, giving my .25 Air Wolf MCT Tactical a run for the $!

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    John_in_Ma
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    Cheaper than the Edgun model, no less accurate,
    http://www.chronoscopes.com/

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    bltefft
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    I also have a Caldwell G2 and it is a pleasure to use.  The bluetooth pairs great with my 5s cell phone.  I briefly looked at the Labradar, but din’t like what I saw.  I appears that you have to use the Labradar in a field at least 100 yards long, else it won’t track your bullet.

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    Zoey
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    Thanks! For better or worse, I ordered the Air-Chrony MKIII.

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