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Auto-Matic Powder Dispensers ???

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Unread 04-17-2006, 04:19 PM
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Auto-Matic Powder Dispensers ???

I'm thinking about buying one of the auto-matic powder dispensers that weigh out the individual charges onto a scale that's linked to the dispenser. The three Ive found are made by RCBS, Lyman and PACT. Does anyone have experience with any of these? The main considerations are "how fast do they weigh a charge", "can they handle the different types of powder?" and "do they last"?
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Unread 04-17-2006, 05:01 PM
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Re: Auto-Matic Powder Dispensers ???

I received my RCBS Charge Master Powder dispenser the other day and finally used it today.

What a difference this thing is compared to the older version where the scale sat on the side of the powder dispenser.

The old scale and powder dispenser worked with the exception of the scale going bezerk every once and a while and after about 20 rounds showing error in the display window. It allowed me to seat a bullet between loads and wait a few seconds for the load to finish up. One thing I did not like about the old scale was if you let it sit for a few seconds it would second guess itself. This was in an environment where it was stable enough to not have wind effects so the scale needed improving.

The powder dispenser worked well and delivered great loads with the odd loads every 50 or so rounds hitting a number that wasn’t even close to what I entered, or with extremely large powders such as H50BMG, H5010 it would drop loads every 4 to 5 then start messing up and require recalibration for powder.

I did not like the scale being on the side either, as many times, while trying to remove the powder pan you may hit the tubes and drop a few kernels of powder causing a change in weight. If the scale popped up with error on the screen it was a lengthy process to re-calibrate it.


The two units are connected together by way of a rail. The screws that hold both items together can be used to level the two items also but probably was not intended to serve this purpose but it does and quite well.

They have changed the whole set-up completely. 30 memory slots and the buttons have changed from protruding rubber buttons to covered push style like on some new calculators. The buttons are larger and easier to read and hit. It has an audible sound for buttons entered and when the powder has dispensed and reached its intended weight. This makes it nice if you’re seating bullets you do not have to watch the thing.

You better be quick about seating the bullets too because this thing is fast. It however delivered 40 loads exactly 65.0 grains of H4831 in 14 minutes about 2 loads per minute.

The powder dispenser has only one tube and trickles using a jog method. I like this method better as the single tube cranks outs kernels of powder really fast right up to within 5 grains of so of targeted weight then slows down to within 1 to .5 grains and then jogs until weight has been met.
Many times the tube ran right up until it got to within 1 to .5 grains and then jogged. Some loads ran right up until correct load. No calibration is needed for different powders just pour and go easier than the old way. The dispenser has a chute tube on the right hand side that allows drainage of the powder once you’re finished with it. I liked this feature it was quick and less likely to spill powder. The powder holder is clear and larger in diameter than the older version.

The scale must be calibrated but it is a lot faster, less than a minute compared to the older version of two to three minuets.

The scale also has more features on it and is easier to use and also reads out in its display full words not messed up numbers meant to mean letters.

I am extremely pleased and although the cost was $272 and some change from www.armsandammo.com it is well worth your money if you like this type of powder dispensing.
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Unread 04-17-2006, 05:47 PM
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Re: Auto-Matic Powder Dispensers ???


How come you didnt mention the problems i have had with your Charge Master? I call it the Death Master

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Unread 04-17-2006, 06:21 PM
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Re: Auto-Matic Powder Dispensers ???

I have the chargemaster as well, it's now my favorite piece of equipment. Beats the mechanical drop guess-o-matic and trickle top off meathod. Sped up ultramatch ammo making by half. My only complaint is the scale will need to be zeroed with an empty pan every 30 rounds or so to ensure 100% accuracy. I use the brass tray from my 505 instead of the plastic one that comes with it.
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Unread 04-17-2006, 08:12 PM
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Probably because it was operator error on your part as it has dropped powder fine for me.

Its the 5% rule and I didnt want to make you out to be an idiot but since you open your mouth and removed all doubt its all on you now [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img].

Its the best single piece fo equipment I have purchased and highly recommned it to anyone who wants this type of powder dispenser.

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Unread 04-17-2006, 09:24 PM
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I agree with Dave. This thing is awesome. A couple of time it threw a tenth or 2 over, but it has an indicator when that happens. It happened about three times with h1000. Don't know why but I've loaded plenty of rounds and it only happened those few times. Great piece of equiptment!

Dave if you want to spend more money for cool equipment, try a giraud case trimmer. Trims, chamfers, and deburrs in seconds!
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Unread 04-17-2006, 11:17 PM
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Re: Auto-Matic Powder Dispensers ???

Will the thing neck turn as well?
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