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CED - need some advice

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Kentguy, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Kentguy

    Kentguy

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    Greetings everyone,
    Sorry for the wrong headinig... (duaaa)

    I am going to purchase a new Com Elec Pro chrono, and for those of you who own one (or others brands for that matter), could you please advise me on any "must have" additional Chronograph equiptment that you use.

    With Santa tossing a gift certificate in my stocking instead of a lump of coal this year, I'll have a few extra $$$'s to spend on some much needed updated toys.:thumbsup:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/852429/competition-electronics-prochrono-digital-chronograph

    Anyway If any of you would care to let me know some items you feel are must haves at the range, please jot them down for me...

    Thanks
     
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  2. gforester

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    I have that exact model and it works great. I would recommend you get the digital interface so you can run it from a laptop. You can run it without, but it really makes life easier when you are at the range by not having to wait for it to go cold before you retrieve your data. There is also a remote control for the chrono, but it actually costs $30 more than the digital interface.

    I also bought a spare set of diffusers and rods just in case.

    Oops, I almost forgot, you will need a tripod to mount the chrono. I just used an old camera tripod I had lying around.
     
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  3. ColoCG

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    That is not a CED chronograph, that is a Competition Electronics Pro Chrono.
    CED stands for Competitive Edge Dynamics M2 chono listed here. http://www.cedhk.com/shop/products/CED-M2-Chronograph-Set.html or here at Midway http://www.midwayusa.com/product/773378/ced-millennium-2-chronograph-system

    Both are very good chronos, I have the CED and realy like it. It puts the main electronics on your shooting bench so you have no chance of acidentally hitting it.
     
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  4. Justincase

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    I have the same unit, very happy with it.
    I don't have any must have accessory to add to what has been said, just a couple suggestions;
    use wood dowel in place of the metal rods and what I did was to put clear packing tape over the opening for the sensors (saves money from buying the factory shield, use the money for other things)it will keep debris from collecting in the cavity and it does not affect operation.


    Another suggestion is to develop a record keeping method right from the start and record everything, I use a spread sheet I made up to keep all the data recorded for each session using the chrono.


    Have fun!
     
  5. WiskyT

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    Justin has a good point with the wooden dowls for the diffusers. With my Chrony brand, I use bamboo grill skewers. I don't know if they are the right size for the chrono you're getting, but they are cheap, come in a big package, have other uses, and are easy to cut with a pocket knife.

    A tripod is absolutely essential. It allows you to have the chrono at the proper height. Otherwise you will be leaning, crouching, whatever and that will lead to you hitting the unit.

    Your bullet will hit what you are looking at. If you look at the chrono while you are breaking a shot, you will hit the chrono. If you have a good aiming point, your bullets will hit that. I set up a target without the chrono and shoot a group on it. Then I position the chrono so that I can keep shooting into the same group and have the bullet travel through the area that the chrono uses to read the bullet. Ignore the chrono, keep your concentration on the aiming point, and your bullets will hit the established point of impact and not the chrono.
     
  6. Kwesi

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    The CED M2 has advantages but costs more: the electronics are on the bench, it holds all your data strings & connects to and prints from your computer. One last feature I really found helpful is the voice option. You can hear if a round was not detected as in bad weather conditions!
     
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    What Wisky said......
     
  8. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Same one I have and love it. All you need is a tripod.

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  9. Kentguy

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    Thanks for the feed back guys. Looks like I have some new toys to go and buy. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    I have one too. Best most reliable chrono you can get for the money IMHO. All you need is a cheap $20 tripod from wally world and your good to go. If you shoot indoors the LED indoor light kit is essential. I thought about getting the laptop interface kit but really all you need is a notebook and pencil to take readings after hitting string review button. Do the math when you get home.
     
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    True, but it sure makes it easier when you can change strings from your bench instead of having to wait for the range to go cold.
     
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    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    I can see how that could be handy but luckily that does not apply to me. As an IDPA SO and RO at our range. I get use of the action bays at my leisure to practice and chrono, so I call the range cold as the need arises. :supergrin:
     
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  13. GioaJack

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    Little Stevie's bullets never hit what he's shooting at. Rumor has it at his range everyone says the safest thing to be is the thing he's trying to shoot. :dunno:


    Jack
     
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    I had a CED which has many good features. It also had a lot of pieces and parts and was a bit fiddly to set up. I am going to buy a CE while they are on sale at Midway for the simplicity and lower price. My main application is power factor adjustment and the occasional velocity data point for rifle ballistics calculations.
     
  15. WiskyT

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    But the bullet still goes where he is looking. Here his HS yearbook photo

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    Considered yourself slapped with a Leather Glove and challenged to a game of Horse.
     
  17. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    What the hell does a basketball game have to do with shooting?

    Besides, you'll be like Deak, on the rare occasion he manages to beat the old, blind, dying cripple he either wants to have a parade or call 60 Minutes.


    Jack
     
  18. Kentguy

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    The UPS driver showed up today bearing a long cardbord box. Inside was the first installment of my new Chrono set up.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000V7AF8E/ref=pe_175190_21431760_cs_sce_dp_1

    I know there are cheaper tri-pods out there, but I did get this one on recomendation from a friend. My old tri-pod bit the dust some time ago, and rather than ues an entire roll of duck tape just to hold that old thing together... I sprund for a new one.