LABRADAR PROS AND CONS

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  1. Bill Norris

    Bill Norris Silver $$ Contributor

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    Just ordered mine and was wondering what the pros and cons are from experience with it.
     
  2. Gabe22BR

    Gabe22BR Gold $$ Contributor

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    Pros- there great from what I seen

    Con’s- I don’t own one...yet
     
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  3. Bill Norris

    Bill Norris Silver $$ Contributor

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    Yea I think it will be great. Can't wait to try it out for sure.
     
  4. Dud

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    One big con is that the squarish shape makes it hard to find a good case that isn't oversized. They really should have made it rectangular.
     
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    dogdude Egan O'Brien Gold $$ Contributor

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    Labradar makes a case for it.
     
  6. MikeMcCasland

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    Pros:
    Allows you to chronograph every shot, without causing any issues with barrel harmonics.
    Very easy to deploy & run multiple rifles over it.
    Within ~1-3 FPS of my Magneto Speed every time I've measured against it.
    Allows you to extrapolate BC of bullets, because it tracks most out 50-100 yards.

    Cons:
    Interface is clunky, non-intuitive, and slow to respond.
    Internal AA battery life is horrible; everyone is using USB battery packs with them.
    Will require some ramp time to use... nobody is powering a LR on out of the box and using it seamlessly without an instruction manual.
    Can trigger off other rifles at crowded ranges.
    Will require some experience before you can get it to "work like it should" all the time.
    Aiming the unit can be a PITA in some circumstances.
    You gotta take care of them; I've read reports of them being fragile, and I had to send mine back because it got knocked out of calibration.

    For a lot of people it's the best chronograph on the market (myself included), but it's going to take some time & effort on your end to learn how to use it, and how to deploy it correctly.

    Once you get that down, they're freaking amazing.

    Edit: You'll also want these accessories.
    A carrying case of some kind, either from LR themselves or a Pelican etc.
    A base plate, either from Lab Radar or someone like Arko machining.
    An external USB battery (this is a requirement, these things don't run for very long off internal batteries).
    Recoil/Inertia trigger - Triggers off recoil of the rifle vs. sound...invaluable if you're shooting on public ranges.
     
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  7. OKyote73

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    Watching this thread with interest.... How bout 17, 20, 22 cals and the stated 4000 fps speed limit?
     
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  8. garandman

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    @MikeMcCasland ... you just convinced me to stick with my MagnetoSpeed.

    :)
     
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  9. MikeMcCasland

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    I could never go back to a Magnetospeed. Shooting over a LR is like having 'logging enabled' on your rifle 24/7.

    No having to re-shoot rounds just to get speeds, no working up loads that look good on paper just to find out they're way too slow, or the SDs are too high to work for your purpose etc.

    Seriously they're awesome, they just aren't intuitive.
     
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  11. littlebuddybr

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    I got a nice case for mine at harbor freight.
     
  12. Bill Norris

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    garandman Bolt Gun Bodacious Gold $$ Contributor

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    Curious... How does LR give you SDs on loads without working them up / shooting them ?

    Of 2-300 rounds fired, Ive had maybe 5 didnt register, and those cuz I set the MS up wrong.

    I got enuf stuff to do without spending hours learning the LR :) :)

    I reload to shoot I don't shoot to reload. :) And I check velocities to get trajectories not as an end unto itself. :) I like intuitive tech / gear.
     
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    Big_Daddy Gold $$ Contributor

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    There are no Cons if you are using the Bluetooth interface.

    I have owned them all and now it is just the LabRadar...
     
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  16. Bill Norris

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    Does it tell us how to use bluetooth interface in the instructions?
     
  17. Big_Daddy

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    It is all laid out on their website.
    Takes about 1-2 minutes to get it set up.
    Makes using the LabRadar very easy.
     
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  18. Bill Norris

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    Cool. Thanks Bro.
     
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  19. ckaberna

    ckaberna Gold $$ Contributor

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    Thanks for the honest review. Seems to make an Oheler even more valuable.
     
  20. Big_Daddy

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    I did not like the interface using the buttons on the unit itself. However, once you go to Bluetooth, it is extremely easy to use and not "clunky" at all.

    BTW...I retired, but still own, an Oheler 35P. It just sits in its case now since the arrival of the LabRadar.
     
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