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caldwell chrony

04 Jan 2015
@ 01:06 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

i went into hunting shop to by a f1 chrony the other day but they were out of stock and had been having few returns so shop assistance recommend try the caldwell one. display screen is on front of unit but you can connect it to a smart phone and download the app that will record your shots (calculates average, spread etc to). took it out today for first try, can be bit funny syncing to phone but seems to work fine once its syncs plus can always read screen on unit. had no errors even in full sunlight today. will make update if i have any issues

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18 Jan 2015
@ 03:59 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: caldwell chrony
Thanks for the info on this Thomas, much appreciated.
11 Aug 2015
@ 02:37 pm (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: caldwell chrony
One of my sons got one and we have used it quite a lot this year. We shot several days comparing my Shooting Chrony Gamma Master model and his Caldwell. Other than forgetting to remove his battery and having to replace it a couple times it appears to work quite well. The Apple iPhone APP is very good as well, and I thought about how neat that would be for my Chrony as well, but an email to the company got a terse reply so I suppose that is not in the works.
11 Aug 2015
@ 03:34 pm (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Re: caldwell chrony
I would echo Thomas and Bryan's experiences with the Caldwell. I also am pleased with the kit option, which provides a nice carry case for the whole thing.
08 Jan 2017
@ 04:58 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: caldwell chrony
I've been having so many inconsistencies with my Hornady chrono, I bought the Caldwell just now. Should be here within the week. Nice thing about Cabela's: they don't ask questions about returns, they just do it. If this one doesn't handle the cold either, they are getting it back.
08 Jan 2017
@ 05:36 am (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: caldwell chrony
Hi Paul

I'll be interested to know how your caldwell chrony goes mate.
I though I was over developing new loads & sold my good Oehler chrony .
Cheers
Bob
08 Jan 2017
@ 03:07 pm (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: caldwell chrony
Bob - I will definitely be putting it through its paces. Winter is hard on horses and women, and anything electronic. I should be able to make a preliminary report by next weekend, so I'll let you know.
08 Jan 2017
@ 03:48 pm (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: caldwell chrony
Recently several locals at our busy gun range got the Labrador and several got the Magnetospeed V3 chronographs. Accuracy in all kinds of conditions was amazing good compared with my Shooting Crhony as well as my son's Caldwell unit. One more thing that I liked about these was the range being busy much of the time, one has to get everyone to stop shooting and wait for you to set up the Shooting Crony type but with either of these newfangled units do you have to do that. You can put the Labrador unit right beside your rifle and go to it. The Magnetospeed hangs off the end of your barrel so it too is good that way. Both took me 2 minutes each to set up and try and were accurate during a day my Shooting Chrony gave me weird results due to weather/enviro conditions it hated.

Both are pricey but seems like I will be getting one or the other.
The fact the Magnetospeed hangs off the end of a barrel does not bother me at all as I do my loads without the velocity test going from low to high, find the node I want then do the Chrono thing so firing 5 to 10 extra rounds to get an accurate velocity estimate but already having the accuracy load the only downside I could see is not an issue...other than the price, but I can afford it anyway.
08 Jan 2017
@ 03:50 pm (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: caldwell chrony
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got the Labrador
end quote

Should read "LabRadar" damned spell checker....
19 Apr 2017
@ 05:06 pm (GMT)

Phil Van Zuylen

Re: caldwell chrony
Hi guys any update to how these different units are going?
20 Apr 2017
@ 04:55 am (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: caldwell chrony
I have seen fewer Caldwell and Shooting Chrony units at our gun range now and so far have observed a big increase in the Magnetospeed lower priced model called the Sporter. Have also been seeing more Labradar units but those cost quite a bit here in Canada so the magnetospeed units are more attractive.

One day a fellow was shooting his 300 Win Mag using a Magnetospeed and a friend asked him if he mided if he set his Labradar up near his rifle to see how much or how little defference might be seen between the two.

Well after 10 rounds the difference was so small it was statistically insignificant, and in fact just after doing this another guy asked the same shooter to try a few shots with the Shooting Chrony F1 he had set up. The Chrony results were nearly 15 to 20 percent higher than the using either the Magnetospped or Labradar and the variance from shot to shot was terrible but was really good on the pricey chronos.

Am gong to sell both my shooting Chronys but have yet to decide on the Labradar. Several guys had issues with theirs while brand new and contacted the company who were prompt about sending replacements that worked very well. No such rumours about the Magnetospeed having issues at all and it is half the cost for the V3 version compared to the Labradar.
22 Apr 2017
@ 03:07 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: caldwell chrony
Bob - sorry for the late reply. I have used the Caldwell extensively over the last few months, and it has performed flawlessly. Easy to set up and use. I don't have a phone, so I read from the front screen only. Easy to see at 12', even with failing eyesight. I've seen others at the range using theirs without the sunscreens with no problems (they say). I will have to try with and without to get a good assessment.

You probably already replaced yours, but if you haven't, I like mine.
28 May 2019
@ 02:17 pm (GMT)

Trace Jacoby

Re: caldwell chrony
I am in the market for a new chronograph and after reading through this thread, am looking toward the Caldwell. The one I used before was a borrowed shooting chrony alpha model. I was not impressed with it. It seemed to be very sensitive to lighting and would not read consistently most of the time.

I was wondering if there are any useful updates on the Caldwell unit? Some of the reviews online are mixed, some have me believing it may not be much better. But I trust the collective knowledge and experience of this forum more than online reviews.

Thanks,
Trace
28 May 2019
@ 03:48 pm (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: caldwell chrony
Trace, not sure about any updates. I am still using my dinosaur era caldwell, and once in a blue moon it misses a shot, but really it isn't life changing if it does. Still works in the cold just fine (I adapted a remote battery set-up) and still easy to see the screen. All the goodies and apps won't help me much, as I don't have a phone (just the landline).
28 May 2019
@ 11:23 pm (GMT)

Trace Jacoby

Re: caldwell chrony
Thanks Paul,
It’s good to know that it has been reliable for you. I think I will give it a try.
 

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