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Old 06-26-2010, 04:39 PM
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RCBS Chargemaster

So I'm sitting here. Just finished watching USA vs. Ghana and have 60 empty .308win cases to load for tomorrow's f-class match. Got me wondering, how accurately does the RCBS Chargemaster drop it's charges? Does anyone have any experience to share with it? How fast is it?
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:49 PM
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Re: RCBS Chargemaster

You should search it here, rather than have us begin all over.
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I would hardly call myself in the know. However, I have used a chargemaster and now use a Lyman 1200 DPS 3. I like the lyman better because it is faster but the RCBS seems very accurate. Charge weights are exactly what I weigh on my Lee Safety Scale, if weighed correctly on the safety scale. It's charge weights are also the same weight that I get on the rice sample scale I use at work. so comparing four scales and all measuring the same weight down to the tenth of a grain says to me that it is pretty accurate. It will do better if you allow it 20-30 minutes to warm up, then calibrate it, and go. I would not be afraid to use it if it was me, but that is a judgement call for you. I assume if you compete, you compete to win, so you should do what you will be comfortable with. Personally if I were to compete, I would try it both ways, but I don't think you will be disappointed.
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It wouldn't make a lot of difference when doing only 60 rounds, IMHO. I mean, if it were twice as fast as manual it still wouldn't make a lot of difference to the total length of a smallish loading session.
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Actually that is true. My preference is the powder drop and a digital scale. I realize a good balance beem scale can be more accurate than an inexpensive digital, but the digital is faster in my opinion, and accurate enough for sub half inch groups in a decent rifle so thats good enough for me. May not be to others.
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I really do like mine! When loaded right right my ES are around 8 FPS but on many occasions the are around 2-3. You just have to watch it though, once it gets the charge about all the way full it will go into trickle mode and sometimes it will trickle too much powder and after you hear the beep I have to let it sit and then re-read the weight. Sometimes its dead on and other times its .1 to .2 gr. over, never under(yet anyway) Personally feel it was some of the best money I have spent on reloading. Works great and cuts times!
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You just have to watch it though, once it gets the charge about all the way full it will go into trickle mode and sometimes it will trickle too much powder and after you hear the beep I have to let it sit and then re-read the weight. Sometimes its dead on and other times its .1 to .2 gr. over,

My Lyman 1200 will do this exact thing too. I have found that some powders are much worse than others about it. I have also found the feed tube is threaded inside to the end, so it keeps pushing as it turns until the kernals fall. I have a piece of drinking straw cut about 3/4" long. I insert the straw into the feed tube and leave about 1/8th to 1/4" sticking out. This helps this condition alot for me. You might give it a try.

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