Electronic Powder dispense/scale combos

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by kfrye, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. kfrye

    kfrye Well-Known Member

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    I am looking for advice on the latest powder dispenser/scale combos. I have used the older style RCBS unit that needed calibration and was looking at the newer unit but wanted opinions on the lyman unit sold at Cabelas.

    I have noticed in the past that some scales were built and relabled for the manufacturer.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ken
     
  2. RDM416

    RDM416 Well-Known Member

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    I have newest RCBS model that I got about 6 months ago. I have checked it for accuracy several times against my old RCBS balance beam scales and digital scale. It is right on every time.

    I enjoy my loading time much more as the automatic scale/dispense takes the tedium out of trickling powder to get my charges just right. I punch the "dispense" button, then turn to my press and seat a bullet. Just about the time I finish that.......the next powder charge is ready. I find it saves me a lot of time. Don't know why I waited so long to buy one!
     

  3. Pat S.

    Pat S. Well-Known Member

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    I'll 2nd the new RCBS unit. Mine works great also.

    Pat S.
     
  4. BountyHunter

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    My RCBS has a bad problem with retaining calibration and we have traced it to the pan part of the time. go to a metal pan instead of the plastic.

    BH
     
  5. bailey1474

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    [ QUOTE ]
    My RCBS has a bad problem with retaining calibration and we have traced it to the pan part of the time. go to a metal pan instead of the plastic.


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    A little static problem?

    I have the Lyman and have no complaints. I think it is a little slower than the RCBS, but works great just the same.
     
  6. lovdasnow

    lovdasnow Well-Known Member

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    i also have the new rcbs chargemaster combo, and it is great. It's fun to watch work, so far super fast and really accurate. good luck
     
  7. ErikD

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    I have Lymans digital scale/dispenser, and although I understand it's a bit slower then the RCBS one, mine has at least worked perfectly since I got it a year ago. I don't use it to lots tons of "bulk" ammo due to the relativly low speed (I use a Redding BR3 for that), but rather for hunting ammo where I am extra picky with weighing/dispensing each charge.

    Erik
     
  8. ELZWizz68

    ELZWizz68 Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, I have one of the original Lyman DPS units. They now have a DPS II unit out,which I understand fixes a lot of the issues I have had. I bought my scale 2 years ago, and got one of the ones that has some of the same problems that others online have complained about (do a google search for 'Lyman DPS forum problems'). Keypad sometimes doesn't work, won't recalibrate (have to turn the unit off and back on), I emailed Lyman customer service 6 months ago on whether the repairs would be covered under warranty (the unit only has a one year warranty - I was six months out of warranty) Lyman replied 'send the unit in', not telling me one way or the other..... I would stick with the RCBS, better warranty by far for only a little more $$. Wish I had waited for the RCBS chargemaster....

    EZ Shooter
     
  9. SamSpade

    SamSpade Well-Known Member

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    EZ Shooter, I had the same problems then the keyboard finally quit. I sent it in and they replaced the whole unit with a new one. I was hoping they would give me the DPS II but no luck. I subsquently sold it on eBay for almost two hundred so I got an RCBS now!!!!
     
  10. Wizard

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    The new Pact High Speed dispenser and scale combo are suposed to be good according to the write ups. I have not talked to an owner about it yet though. It goes for $253 at Midway. Has anyone else heard about it?
     
  11. uncleB

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    I have newest RCBS model that I got about 6 months ago. I have checked it for accuracy several times against my old RCBS balance beam scales and digital scale. It is right on every time.

    I enjoy my loading time much more as the automatic scale/dispense takes the tedium out of trickling powder to get my charges just right. I punch the "dispense" button, then turn to my press and seat a bullet. Just about the time I finish that.......the next powder charge is ready. I find it saves me a lot of time. Don't know why I waited so long to buy one!

    [/ QUOTE ]I agree word for word.
    UB
     
  12. wapiti13

    wapiti13 Well-Known Member

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    I've use the PACT system for three years. Started with the old unit and sent it in to be updated to the higher speed. Easy to calibrate and easily holds 1/10 gr or less in accuracy. VERY FAST. If you dump a load and restart, it is usually done by the time I seat my round. Would highly recommend. Not sensitive to air movement like some, and does not require a long warm up to stabilize! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  13. ELZWizz68

    ELZWizz68 Well-Known Member

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    Sam Spade.

    Was your unit still in warranty then? Or did they go ahead and fix yours anyway? I didn't send mine in cause I couldn't tell if I was going to get a bill for it (and mine still works, albeit not how it is supposed too - still, I know that any day now it will stop working....). Thanks for the reply.

    EZ
     
  14. SamSpade

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    Mine was out of warranty but they didn't even ask! They just told me to send it in, apparently they know the first ones had a problem??