The Oehler Research booth at the NRA 2019 show was small and somewhat unassuming. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed that I did not see more of what I consider new and innovative products at this year’s NRA convention like I did at SHOT Show back in January, but that was until I stopped at Oehler.
I have used a Model 35P proof chronograph for the last couple years in my articles. It’s a great device that provides me with extremely accurate data and it is easy to use and set up. I have come to trust it and the results it gets.
When I stopped at the Oehler booth, it was more to simply shake hands with Dr. Oehler himself and put a face to the name. I was surprised to find that they had a new device that does some rather interesting things.
The BC Chrono System- also known as the System 89 Ballistic Coefficient Chronograph– is a multi-part machine that can determine the exact ballistic coefficient of your individual bullet.
Yes, you read that right. The system has the ability to determine the BC of a single fired round. For a long-range shooter, that’s amazing. In addition, it can also determine group size and muzzle velocity for a complete package of ballistic data.
The long-range shooter can take advantage of this because in one system they can test more variables and deliver better performance as a result. Imagine that you have a pet load that you’ve fine-tuned over the years, but you still can’t get it to do what you want at 900 yards despite the fact that you have it down to a standard deviation of 5fps.
Imagine now that you can analyze the bullets in flight. What if it turned out that your favorite brand of bullet had a widely varying ballistic coefficient at your chosen range? This type of data allows you to determine the exact flight characteristics of your bullets in flight.
So how much does this system cost? The answer is both higher and lower than you might expect at $2485. That’s a big chunk of change for the casual marksman, but for a person who spends $10,000 on optics, spotting scopes, barrels, actions, and other accessories, it’s a relative drop in the pond. The ability to test so many things with one machine has a great value of its own.
For more information, go to www.oehler-research.com to see full details.