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Old 02-10-2007, 12:13 PM
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Re: Lyman 1200 DPS

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For the $100.00 less it may be worth the 30 min warmup. I use my chargemaster all on its own every day.

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You are going to lose more than that, twice as long to drop charges and twice as long to clean up after you're done and/or changing powders!
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:18 PM
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Re: Lyman 1200 DPS

I have now owned both so I guess I can give my 2 cents. I got to do a side by side test on them before I sold my Lyman on ebay last week.

The first thing that I would like to talk is about the price difference. Now the price difference is about $50.00 and not that large when consider all the other cost of shooting and reloading. RCBSand I saw the Lyman on sale for $209 somewhere?

Ok the next thing is the speed everyone is talking about. If you are loading for the smaller grain cases around 50grs or less then the speed is the exactly the same on both units. I tested my 22-250 load of 36.1 grs varget and they both filled the pans at the same time. But when I put in 100 grains the RCBS is much faster, maybe even half the time the Lyman takes. This isnít that import to me since I shoot the smaller grain loads in high quaintly, I donĎt plan on shooting 1000 rounds of 300 mag any time soon.

Warm up time! The Lyman takes forever. But the Lyman does say that you do not have to let it warm up but it may not be as accurate. You donít think this time is very much but if you use it a few times it adds up fast.

Accuracy they both seem to be the same with the scale. Both scale read the same, on every test I did. One problem with the Lyman is that it seems to throw overcharges more often then the RCBS. For those who have never used one of these I am talking about the dispenser putting out 36.2 or 36.3 when you wanted 36.1. This isnít a huge deal because the scale shows that it is the wrong weight but you than have to remove .2 grains or dump the whole charge back in the hopper and dispense again. Like I said this isnít a big deal but is kind of like the warm up time it is just a pain and a few of these get old quick.

The last two things is the noise and clean up. The RCBS is almost silent and the Lyman is loud when charging. I think the cleanup on both of the sucks. The RCBS seems easier but the little tube the powder comes out of is small and you need to make sure you get all the powder, this is very import if you use different powders. The Lyman is a pain because you need to take out the charging tube.

Over all I like the RCBS a lot more. They both are good units and should work for most people but for the price I would buy the RCBS again.

I hope this helps .
Mark
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:46 AM
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I think the cleanup on both of the sucks. The RCBS seems easier but the little tube the powder comes out of is small and you need to make sure you get all the powder, this is very import if you use different powders. The Lyman is a pain because you need to take out the charging tube.
Mark

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I keep a can of compressed air around to blow out that last little bit of powder.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:13 AM
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Re: Lyman 1200 DPS

Have the Lyman. Would not buy another. Mine has been back twice for repair, left half of the keyboard ceased to work. Same problem, twice.
Speed or lack of it doesn,t bother me, usually something else to do. Yes it is noisy. Don't find cleaning to be a big deal, while I'm brushing out reservior key in a charge and let the tube run til empty.
Fluorescent lights, cell phones will cause erratic readings. What's hanging over your reloading bench???
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:22 PM
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I keep a can of compressed air around to blow out that last little bit of powder.

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That is a good idea.

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Fluorescent lights, cell phones will cause erratic readings. What's hanging over your reloading bench???

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If you are asking me, I donít have anything near my bench. The readings is right and shows the right weight. It just throws a few to many granules of powder out.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:27 AM
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Re: Lyman 1200 DPS

i bought a used RBCS charge master for $140. it is the cat's meow. i should have bought one 15 years ago. it complements my dillon 550 nicely!!!
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