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Old 12-27-2011, 07:38 PM
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I have been thinking of getting one and this is all great information. My question is , does room conditions such as air currents, people walking , vibrations or anything else have an effect on it. Someone told me that their's (not RCBS) reguired a pretty sterile enviroment to operate consistently.
I wouldn't say sterile but you do want to be free of air currents directly on the unit and a vibration free bench.
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:42 PM
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Re: RCBS Chargemaster 1500 Review By Jim Brown

i recently had a large 338 rifle built by a well known pa gunsmith.
i questioned him about the chargemaster on his loading bench.
there were several other scales and dispensers also. his opinion is that he dosent trust them with large charges of coarse powder like h50bmg.
he has found them to be off by several grains when checked on another scale.

i also had a long conversation with a tech at sinclairs. his recommendation was the 1500. he then went on to say warm up time is crucial.
several hours at least before using. also no moving air or flouresant lighting.
he then said he personaly checks about every 10th load on a balance scale.
that was enough to convince me to stick with my old redding balance scale
and conventional powder measure.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:43 AM
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Re: RCBS Chargemaster 1500 Review By Jim Brown

No florescent lighting? Why does that mess up the scale?

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Re: RCBS Chargemaster 1500 Review By Jim Brown

I have just purchased a chargemaster 1500 and seem to be having issues with it. After calibrating it I will check the weight using the 50 gm check weight after zeroing the pan and will check it again at some point whilst reloading. I can get a variation of anything between 49.99 grams to 50.02 grams, which probably amounts to .4 grains. Went to a buggies last night and checked against his RCBS 750 scale. Initially they were both identical and then sure enough after half an hour my 1500 started getting higher readings although it was consistent.

Do I take this thing back because I DO need my loads to be within one tenth of a grain.

Thanking you in advance

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:28 AM
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Re: RCBS Chargemaster 1500 Review By Jim Brown

As a retired W&M Investigator with over 30 years with the State of Michigan, I would advise you to deep six it and get another one if it isn't staying within +/- 0.1 grain. I still take my time and use a 505 Ohaus beam scale to weigh each load, rather than digitals, because there is a lot less that can go wrong.

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:46 AM
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Re: RCBS Chargemaster 1500 Review By Jim Brown

Thanks Top gun me thinks you have the right idea. I have a 5-0-5 but getting a bit old thats why I got this one.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:21 PM
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Re: RCBS Chargemaster 1500 Review By Jim Brown

I have always felt that reloading is a time to relax and that's why I stick with my beam scale and take my time doing each load. One will last forever with an occasional good cleaning of the knives (V section pivots if you will) and making sure to lift the weights and ease them into their slots and not raking them across the beam. When not in use the beam should be locked in place and if that isn't built into the system all you need to do is run the large weight out on the beam to hold it down. That way the beam isn't constantly moving due to air movement and wearing itself out, which eventually can wear the knife edges and that makes the scale lose accuracy.
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