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Need Advice Quick: Shimano Core 50mg7 or Shimano Chronarch CI4+ 150

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Hi all,

So, I've come across a local tackleshop that is having close out sales. They are selling a Chronarch CI4+ 150 for $209.99 + Tax and a Core 50mg7 for $239.99 + Tax. Normally, the Chronarch CI4 retails for $269.99 and when the Core 50mg7 were still being sold they retailed for $369.99.

The Chronarch CI4+ was released more recently. Around 2013 I believe. It has new features and tech in it that the Core 50mg7 doesn't have.

The Core 50mg7 was released around 2009, but this reel is still good. It's super light and is buttery smooth.

 

I got the store clerk to hold the reels for me, but they can only hold it for a day. So I have to make a decision quick! And they only have a couple of each reels left in stock.

I would prefer people who own both to chime in on what reel I should get. Because both are a great deal, but I can only afford to get one. I appreciate all advice.

Thank you!

 

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I own both get the CORE50MG7 while you can at that price. The CI4 you can buy later for around $220 w/tax & shipping during sale events so $209 isnt all that great a price.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, d-camarena said:

What are you gonna use it for?

Gear ratios?

The Core 50mg7 has a gear ratio of 7:0:1 I believe.

The CI4+ is available in 6:2:1 or 7:6:1. 

I plan on using these reels for flipping and pitching. So a high/fast gear ratio is preferred.

4 minutes ago, QUAKEnSHAKE said:

I own both get the CORE50MG7 while you can at that price. The CI4 you can buy later for around $220 during sale events so $209 isnt all that great a price.

 

 

Thanks for the reply. Do you think the Core50mg7 is still a good deal at $239.99 for a reel that was first released back in 2009?

 

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26 minutes ago, The Pond King said:

The Core 50mg7 has a gear ratio of 7:0:1 I believe.

The CI4+ is available in 6:2:1 or 7:6:1. 

I plan on using these reels for flipping and pitching. So a high/fast gear ratio is preferred.

Thanks for the reply. Do you think the Core50mg7 is still a good deal at $239.99 for a reel that was first released back in 2009?

 

Yes its still a great reel at that price. Cant think of a reel offhand that I would purchase over it at $240. It will hold its own quality performance wise with any 2015+ reel at $240. Still is my most used reel

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17 minutes ago, QUAKEnSHAKE said:

Yes its still a great reel at that price. Cant think of a reel offhand that I would purchase over it at $240. It will hold its own quality performance wise with any 2015+ reel at $240. Still is my most used reel

Alright, this is the answer I needed. Thank you!

11 minutes ago, everythingthatswims said:

I'm just jealous that you are getting to make that decision

Ha ha ha ha ha

 

Alright guys, 

I've decided. I'm gonna get the Core 50mg7! Ugh, I told myself I'm not gonna spend anymore on fishing... I've spent too much on fishing over the years. Thousands upon thousands hahahaha. There's so many other things that I actually NEED to buy. It is truly an addiction that cannot be quenched.

 

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Get the core, that's a good price for that reel.  It's my favorite reel I own.  

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Get the core, it isn't even a close comparison. If I could find another 101mg I'd buy it right now cash.

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I've never used the Chronarch.  But I loved my Core so much I gladly traded a Steed for another one and haven't looked back.  Get the Core, you'll be glad you did.

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Got rid of my chronarch  CI4 's and kept my cores.

The only drawback  about  the core is no saltwater  usage.

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Awesome reply guys. Really appreciate hearing about your guys' experience.

My question now is this: 

How does the Core 50mg7 compare to the new Alderbaran? Is there much of a performance difference?

 

Thanks!

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Grab the core and run or give me the name of that shop. 

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Hey guys!

I bought the Core 50mg7 for a total of $260.99! Thanks for all the advice. Otherwise, I wouldn't have pulled the trigger! Hahaha

Here's a pic:

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They also have the Daiwa Luna on sale for $207, Daiwa Lexa 400 for $187, Core 100mg7 for $259, and many more deals. I don't know what to do because I want to buy more!!! What should I do guys??? I'm dying here. I need to stop...but I want to buy more. 

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Nice pick up!  I have both the Core 50 and 100 - such awesome reels!

 

 

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Nice! I'd get the other core as well

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1 hour ago, The Pond King said:

Hey guys!

I bought the Core 50mg7 for a total of $260.99! Thanks for all the advice. Otherwise, I wouldn't have pulled the trigger! Hahaha

Here's a pic:

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They also have the Daiwa Luna on sale for $207, Daiwa Lexa 400 for $187, Core 100mg7 for $259, and many more deals. I don't know what to do because I want to buy more!!! What should I do guys??? I'm dying here. I need to stop...but I want to buy more. 

nice buy man!  you see any core 51 or 101's in there?  it's hard for a lefty out here!!  

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1 hour ago, timsford said:

Nice! I'd get the other core as well

I felt the 100, but I don't like the ergonomics compared to the 50. The ergonomics and palmability is worse than the Curado 200e series in my opinion (not that the ergonomics/palmability on the Curado 200Es are bad by any means). And while the Core 100s are light at 6.5oz (if I remember correctly), it's not super light like the Core 50 at 5.5oz.

1 hour ago, buzzed bait said:

nice buy man!  you see any core 51 or 101's in there?  it's hard for a lefty out here!!  

I don't think they did for the 50s. For the 100s I'm not sure. 

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9 minutes ago, The Pond King said:

I don't think they did for the 50s. For the 100s I'm not sure. 

sounds about right.....  nice score man!

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The correct answer is buy both of them.  Both great reels and even better at that price! 

I don't own a Core 50 MG7 but I do own a Core 100.  I own a Chronarch too and I like the Core 100 much better.  It that helps you any.  Like you I found this one on clearance, I had to pick it up because of the great deal.  It was like an old puppy dog that no one wanted.

To reiterate that the Chronarch isn't shabby either.

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I think I paid around $285 for a 50MG7 when I found a dealer having a sale so I think you got a pretty good deal on that one considering it is NIB. I have had the reel for a good 3 or 4 years and it is one of my favorite reels. Very light, lots of tuning options, palms well, and the casting adjustments are very user friendly. The reel comes stock with a very high quality bearing that would be similar to an Abec7 or Abec9 so you don't need to upgrade the bearings. Out of the box the reel is a winner but if you prefer a longer handle you may want to look at something around 85-90mm

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The core really starts to shine with light line and lighter bfs type applications. I've got both reels. Both are really good. But something about the new ci4 material. I can whittle it with a knife. How good can it be ? I'd never buy another chronarch ci4. I'd either save for a metanium or get another curado. 

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Core 50mg is a d**n fine choice. Congratulations on the score..

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21 hours ago, lmbfisherman said:

The correct answer is buy both of them.  Both great reels and even better at that price! 

I am gonna go broke hanging out with you guys! Hahaha, the avid fisherman mentality is to just buy them all! Forget the consequences. Deal with them later! Hahahahahhaha

 

Thank you to everyone that has replied! I am overwhelmed with all the responses I've got here. I love this forum and especially the people who make up this forum. You guys are awesome! It's so cool to connect with people all over the country.

I am very happy with my purchase. You guys have made me feel very confident in the great deal I got. I wouldn't have hopped on this opportunity otherwise. This reel is so light and ergonomic. The smoothness is indescribable! I can't wait to put some hi vis Suffix 832 on this bad boy and put the hurtin' on some bass with it. Before this, the nicest reel I've had was a Shimano Curado 200e7 and 200e5. The Curados are great reels, but now, I see them more as utilitarian reels. The Core is like a sexy sports car, and my Curados feel like a heavy truck now! Hahaha!

The only problem is..now that I have this bad @$$ reel, I want to get a bad @$$ rod for it. I've been eyeing the new GLoomis GLX rods that are coming out. Those things look sweeeeet!

Tight lines y'all!

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