Need powder dispenser advice

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ICANHITHIMMAN, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    OK so I have been milling over this for 6+ months. I am having issues with my RCBS powder dispenser scale combo. Its the older model and RCBS says they don't service it anymore, I don't trust it any more.

    But what to replace it with? Another RCBS, Hornady etc.... I don't know anyone who has an electric combo like I do to compare it to. None of my drop tubes will work for the longer stick powders like H1000.

    I need some advice on what your using for your loads? What should I trust?

    Jon
     
  2. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    I haven't heard anything bad about the new rcbs unit from the folks that actually have one. I have the pact II, I like mine. Since I tend to load in smaller batches I set the charge weight to 0.1gr lower and use the dispense button to trickle it up. I have found that larger stick powders will occasionally bridge in the slower of the 2 drop tubes, so I keep a piece of wire about 6" long with a small hook on the end to insert into the tube and break up those powder bridges when they happen (not often at all).
     

  3. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    sell me your old one and buy a new one
     
  4. Outlaw6.0

    Outlaw6.0 Well-Known Member

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    My first combo was a Chargemaster, it lasted for 3-4years but finally died. I received a Lyman DPS III as a gift shortly thereafter... worked once & never turned back on.... My hunting partner & I went in together & bought the Hornady Lock'n'load setup... it works, kinda.


    The RCBS was by far the better of the three, the Hornady is notorious for overcharging.....


    When either this Hornady dies of natural causes or I put a bullet hole in it, i'm going back to the Chargemaster.


    t
     
  5. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    The Lyman DPS system is a piece of crap. I went through 4 in one year before I decided to go back to using a powder measure. I'll keep happily using my powder measures until I can afford the chargemaster.
     
  6. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everybody, RCBS sounds like the best bet. I would not feel right selling the old one someone may hurt them selves.
     
  7. lloydsmale

    lloydsmale Well-Known Member

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    ive got both the pact II and a lyman dps. Both have worked well. The lyman is a bit faster but I still prefer the pact. Ive just had it longer and im more used to it.
     
  8. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    i check every charge on my beam scale anyway, i just want it to throw my loads a little short so i can trickle up on my beam scale....shorten my loading process
     
  9. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Mike

    That what I have done in the past as well but the scale keeps getting errors. Been through the reset procedures at least 10 times no joy. Cleaned everything to try to eliminate any error. But it is not close to the beam scale.
     
  10. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    well if you decide to sell it let me know id like to play with it.
     
  11. sleepyeddie

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    I have had the lyman DPS III for 4 years and have great luck with it. I load thousands of rounds with it every year and the only problem I have had is with throwing .1 or .2 grains heavy with larger extruded powders. I simply set the target weight .2 grians short and trickle the last. I check weight with independant scales frequently and have not had any variances. I mostly load with varget, H1000, retumbo, win 296, Hogden 4831 SC.
     
  12. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    You are luckier than me. My uncle has the DPS II and used it for years with no problems. When the 4th DPS III in a year quit working I decided I was done using Lyman electronics. I wish I could say that the scale got thrown around or left in the super hot/cold, but it sat in one location on a table and didn't get moved and would just give up the ghost.
     
  13. JMUPT

    JMUPT Well-Known Member

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    I have had a Lyman DPS for 8 years atleast maybe a few more, and it has worked well over that time. A few times it will be set on 0 and then start to climb with nothing on the scale. Not sure why, no lighting issues but it may be it feedback from the outlet I'm not sure. I still use it some but not like I did when I first got it I just don't trust . A buddy of my has had 2-3 Lymans and they all have stopped working for him. I am going to get the new RCBS as soon as I can afford to. Right now I have a older version of the rcbs 750 and it seems to never have any issues. I just use it and the lee dippers and I can dispense powder almost as fast with that method as I can with the lyman.
     
  14. lloydsmale

    lloydsmale Well-Known Member

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    my lyman is 5 years old and works just fine. Only trouble was it like the other posters would throw charges a bit heavy. I got ahold of lyman and they sent me a little piece that screws on the dump pipe that constricts it a bit and it cured my problem totaly.