The loss of a dependable shooting buddy
Well, it finally happened. One of my most faithful shooting companions ultimately bit the dust last week. After riding along with me for about 15,000 miles and being subjected to many long lasting shooting and loading sessions, my RCBS Chargemaster finally decided it had put up with me long enough. She loaded her final 200 rounds one night without a hickup, I shut her off, and in the morning she just wouldn't wake up. No beeps, no green lights, nothing. I guess after 30,000 rounds of precision ammo and countless buttons being pushed, I would have to say she gave pretty dependable service!
So I boxed her up and sent her to RCBS with a nice, complimentary note on Monday. I got a replacement this afternoon (Friday) and it didn't cost me a penny. I was shocked to say the least because I had read in my owners manual that the warranty was only good for 2 years and their website says the warranty is only one year. Well, I've had it for 3 years this month so I was expecting to pay something, but the kind folks at RCBS wouldn't hear of it. I had my new one free of charge in less than a week no questions asked. What a good company. They are wonderful.
So I turned my new one on this afternoon and compared it to UB's Chargemaster that I have been borrowing this week. UB bought his a few months after I let him use mine so the new one and his are a few years apart. On the outside, the newer Chargemaster has a wider readout screen, a bigger diameter drop tube, and an ambidextrous wind gate. The new pan is also a metal pan which I like better than the plastic one that came with my original. I can't tell any difference on the inside but the new one does have two arrows that point to the "zero" marker in the upper left hand corner. I don't remember those arrows on my old one. It does make it easier to see.
So now I'm off to the range to put the new girl through the paces. I hope she works as good as the old one she replaced. I'll update the thread as time goes on......
If it's not far, it's boring.