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Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital Chronograph CEI3800...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by BENCH, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. BENCH

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    I needed one and the price and reviews were pretty good.

    Wanted Oehler 35, but with a daughter in pharmacy school, I just couldn't turn loose of the extra money right now.

    I'll probably just end up accidentally shooting it anyways:steamed:
     
  2. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    Have had some buddies purchase this one. Doesn't always work in morning light. I have a Chrony chronograph and it has never failed me.
     

  3. jmorris

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    I have a couple but always seem to have the small and cheap shooting chrony around when I need it.
     
  4. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Nothing wrong with the Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital Chronograph CEI3800. I’ve shot mine end to end with a Oehler 35, the difference is negligible.

    ProChrono works great easy to use, very reliable, the indoor lighting kit works well. I just got the parts to build my own computer serial cable this weekend.
     
  5. WeeWilly

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    I have a few different chronographs, I use my CE Digital ProChrono most. It works great.
     
  6. fredj338

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    It's a solid chrono, better than the Chrony line, but I still hate shooting at the box. The Oehler, just a $15 screen if you hit anything, my choice, but they were only $200 when I bought mine. Today, I like the CED, good unit w/ just screens to shoot thru & the box on your bench for easy data collection. You'll wonder how you ever reloaded w/o one.
     
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  7. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    Up a tree.
    I have a Pro Chrono Digital and I've shot it twice. Second time i had to take it apart and glue some plastic back together, but it still works.
     
  8. BENCH

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    Thanks for the help guys.

    Will be a couple of weeks before I will be able to use it, and I'll let you know what I think about it.

    Bench
     
  9. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I have a Pro Chrono. Only gripe is that the remote is as much as the chrono.
     
  10. BENCH

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    i didn't even know it was an option.
     
  11. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

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    Good chrony. The better news is that if you do end up shooting it, they'll fix it or replace it pretty inexpensively. Very prompt customer service.

    You won't shoot it if you 1) put a target behind the chrony so that you have a fine point to aim, and 2) remember the bore and scope height relationship if shooting rifle.

    I shot my diffuser rods after my buddy asked about the previous velocity right as I was letting one go. My eyes went down to the chrony, and so did my aim. Shook it all apart. I re-assembled and it worked ok for a while, but eventually sent it back.
     
  12. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    I made a serial cable for $11 and downloaded the software for free. I didn't really need it but it will make it easier having my laptop on the bench when I develop rifle loads this spring.
     
  13. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    Yep I have the cable and software. Had a gift card I needed to use. Like Boxer said, I like seeing the display and statistics on bench. I also like being able to change strings and not have to wait for a seize fire Best $130 I have spent in awhile
     
  14. Beanie-Bean

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    I have one of those, bench--do yourself a favor and get some 3/16" wooden dowels, and cut them to length like the steel rods it ships with.

    Don't ask how I know about that :)
     
  15. BENCH

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    Would my IPad work in place of a laptop?
     
  16. BENCH

    BENCH

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    Ok, I won't ask, and will do that.
     
  17. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    NOPE, Windows 7 or 8.
     
  18. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Got my serial cable built today and the software downloaded works good. Ready for some load development once the weather dries out.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtzZKBB-WWA&list=UU0vlo4JOyQ65qBsnKEVDrFw&feature=share"]Competition Electronics ProChrono remote software and serial cable test. - YouTube[/ame]

    Used my sons MEGA Nerf gun to test. The laptop is running Windows 7.
    BTW I'm using the CE IR indoor light kit for testing, as you can see it works well. I've even used it at dusk outdoors and it doesn't miss a shot.
     
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