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    I have a chrony that I've used in the past to measure the velocity of loads that I'm working up. I don't love setting up the tripod in front of the firing line which requires a cold range until I get everything lined up. If it isn't perfect, I have to get a cold range again. It is also somewhat unreliable based on the weather conditions and distance to the muzzle. I've seen other threads about a specific brand, but I wanted to start a more generic thread asking what others use. Unfortunately, I don't have access to private land so my range time is usually at a very busy range. Is there a newer technology that is easier to use and might be more reliable? My main goal is to use it for rifle, but if it can do pistol too that would be ideal. Thoughts?

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    I have a LabRadar that I'm coming close to outsmarting and I would recommend it if you have the money. It's probably the most expensive option out there by a factor of 2 or 3 but it sits right beside your muzzle so the chances of shooting it are not good and you can place the tripod right in front of the bench so you wouldn't have to go down range to set it up or adjust it. And it has settings for rifle and pistol.
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    Yep if shooting rifle you can use a Magnetospeed which mounts on the end of the barrel. Compact, easy to use, consistent data. I just did a review on my YT channel on it.

    If you have a more complicated set up with muzzle brakes, tapered barrels and other more difficult set ups you'll have to go with their V3 model. Otherwise the Magnetospeed Sporter works fine for "regular" barrels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanneroo View Post
    Yep if shooting rifle you can use a Magnetospeed which mounts on the end of the barrel. Compact, easy to use, consistent data. I just did a review on my YT channel on it.

    If you have a more complicated set up with muzzle brakes, tapered barrels and other more difficult set ups you'll have to go with their V3 model. Otherwise the Magnetospeed Sporter works fine for "regular" barrels.
    The magnetospeed Sporter gives good reliable readings however, a tube feed rifle requires you to remove the mounting strap and fish the end between the bbl and tube.

    My 1903 A3 only has a short section of barrel to attach it to.
    The V3 is about a hundred more and I'm not sure about the mounting options it may have.

    I like mine so far over the caldwell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 27hand View Post
    The magnetospeed Sporter gives good reliable readings however, a tube feed rifle requires you to remove the mounting strap and fish the end between the bbl and tube.

    My 1903 A3 only has a short section of barrel to attach it to.
    The V3 is about a hundred more and I'm not sure about the mounting options it may have.

    I like mine so far over the caldwell.
    The V3 is actually about $200 more but has more mounting options.

    Yes that can be a problem is having enough open barrel length to make it all work.

    Probably someday I will go the labradar route but this works fine for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walleye Hunter View Post
    I have a LabRadar that I'm coming close to outsmarting and I would recommend it if you have the money. It's probably the most expensive option out there by a factor of 2 or 3 but it sits right beside your muzzle so the chances of shooting it are not good and you can place the tripod right in front of the bench so you wouldn't have to go down range to set it up or adjust it. And it has settings for rifle and pistol.
    Thanks! Looks like LabRadar is out of stock and no back orders. I will wait and see on that one.

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    Thanks for all your replies. I might see if I can pick something up on eBay.

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