I am looking into getting a digital scale with powder dispensor. Currently I have an RCBS beam scale which does work good. I am looking at the RCBS Chargemaster combo, because the reviews for the Hornady lock N load auto charge and the Lyman 1200 DPS 3 Digital Powder System were not all the great. The RCBS Chargemaster combo had far better reviews on the Cabelas site.
So my question is do any of you guys own one of these scales and is it worth spending the money on a digital scale/powder dispensor combo, or should I just look at the digital scale? How does the RCBS scale work on the bench for you?
Your not going to find a digital scale, dispenser combo that works 100% of the time, a good one will occasionally throw a charge 0.1gr over. But for me being able to seat the bullet as it's throwing the next charge is a big time saver.
I compared my pact II against my beam scale for consistency, throw a charge with the pact, run it across the beam scale, did this for 15min and every charge the pact threw showed +-0.05gr. on the beam scale. I doubt I could realize the difference in the field.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.
if by chance your using a Pact digital scale with the inferred port (all the later ones have this), then all you need is the measuring device itself. The scale they use is the same as the one with the inferred port. You can save yourself a lot of money that way.
Every measurer has it's own set of advantages and you really need to know what they are. The difference in speed so often touted is crap. But the RCBS has a built in memory device that's nice. (is it worth $100? That's the user's call). I've used the RCBS, Lyman, and the Pact, but have never used the Hornaday. Of them the RCBS and Pact are the best. The Pact is much easier to clean out when changing powders (I do often change powders while reloading). Some guys have compaigned out the RCBS not working well with certain kinds of powders, but I never saw it. I also saw no difference in accuracey between the two. Best thing to do is to find somebody that's got the RCBS and somebody else that's got a Pact series two, and try them out. That's what I did.