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Old January 26th, 2017, 03:30 PM   #16
 
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I've always had solid performance out.of my Redding 3BR. Just picked up Varget and I'm looking forward to cooking up some .308.



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Old January 27th, 2017, 07:40 AM   #17
 
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Not being familiar with the Chargemaster, I searched and found this . . .

Review the RCBS ChargeMaster

Looks to me like if you're using this method of dispensing charges you are "trickling" for sure. It certainly isn't a time-saver as compared to a simple manual measure, so that's not a "feature" even if the time savings with a manual are only a few seconds. Besides after the Chargemaster pours the charge, you still have to carefully dump the little pan into the case by hand, so that's yet more time involved whereas with a bench-mounted manual you just stick the case under the measure and cycle the handle with very little chance of spilling the powder. Using a little funnel to aid in dumping the pan works, but further complicates the process.

So, the only advantage I can see to using the Chargemaster is the accuracy it may deliver over any other device. And that said, it's hard to claim that you don't care about that accuracy and deny its benefit to the end result because you're getting that accuracy, like it or not.

I load the slow way with a 'Chucker and a Uniflow, so this is all just an observation and JMHO.


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GONRA's happy with my RCBS Chargemaster electronic scale. (Bet there are other good ones out there too?)

Zero electronic scale with pan from your BEAM BALANCE scale, then place the filled pan ON yer beam balance to check it all out.
Reloading is for Paranoids! DON'T BLOW YER HEAD OFF!

(Am setting up for another Pointless Retired Man Reloading Project - 7.62x25mm Tokarev Tracer loads - with 800X powder.
YES - 800X is a PITA to measure, but will try it anyhow. Stay Tuned...)
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Going back at least 3 decades, here's the cat's meow for long extruded power. This AutoScale was made by AMT and was state of the art back then .... one of the few products they made that was actually high quality. It uses an Ohaus / RCBS 1010 balance beam with a modified powder pan. This unit has two augers ... when you first push the green charge button, both augers start dumping powder. When the charge gets close, the fast auger will shut off while the slow auger continues to trickle until the pointer is at zero. It's pretty fast and very accurate. Although it was designed for extruded powder, it works pretty well with other types too .... but not so good with charge weights under 20 grains. The yellow knob adjusts the point where the fast auger shuts off.

I use this AutoScale when I load rifle ammo on my Rockchucker. It's much faster than manually trickling ... mostly because you can push the charge button while you are seating a bullet. By the time you are finished with one round, it is ready for the next one.

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Then of course, there's the semi-manual way of trickling. I made this "electric trickler" out of a RCBS trickler and a electric geared motor scrounged out of a Halloween toy on top of a Speer bullet box. Three switches .... fast, medium, and slow. I've been using this trickler for about 10 years .... works perfect with a RCBS balance beam scale.

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That homemade electric trickler is pretty frickin' cool!
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I'm old school, I still throw with my old RCBS and trickle into a RCBS 10-10. I reload a lot and shoot a lot, that's all I do. I see the new fangle things, but why change at my age.
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Bite the bullet and get your Charge Master..
It took me some time to save up for mine, but I'm very happy that I did!

I have two '55s, a Lock and Load, a 550b and my Charge Master.
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Thanks for all the input. A Lyman 55 and a Redding trickler are on the way from Brownells.
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Lyman 55 or any Redding!
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On the press measurers I use the Hornady LNL and Lee. I know many talk bad about the Lee but I have found it to work as well as the LNL and 55 presses. The For rifles I use a beam or Lyman Accu-Touch. The Lyman works very well when I put on top of a mouse pad.
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RCBS's Uniflow has been with me for 30+ years...no problems, but I've tried others and None were smooth when metering stick powders...they all crunch when cycled. But all, including the Dillons and RCBS would meter well enough to load me sub-MOA ammunition. Flake powder is a problem with all of them as well, and even with the pistol sized drop chamber, the varied +-0.2 grain. HTH's Rod
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