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Old October 6th, 2019, 08:01 PM   #1
 
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Hornady Auto Charge..........Yeck!

Finally had it with my Hornady Auto-Charge! Have spent the last 4 years babying this thing along and have been totally frustrated with it! It will not 'calibrate' no matter how clean the power is or what is running near it. Hornady won't do anything other than say it is out of warranty and I just do not trust it anymore. I am weighing almost all charges on a separate scale. Order in to a supplier for the RCBS Chargemaster!



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Yet another reason why I continue to use my beam. Sorry for the bad luck.
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I watched a video on YouTube that showed a plastic straw mod and it worked great for my overcharge alarm problem. Never had any problems with calibration. Been measuring every charge for around 9000 rounds.
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Must be the weather or operator error. Autocharge calibrated perfectly this morning. Oh well...........red and green look good together.
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Have a Hornady LNL bench scale given to me for a
Christmas present. Worked fine till after a yr. then
on off button decided didn't want to work all the time.
Now just leave plugged in and on. Seems to measure
better also.
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I'm still using my old beam scales I've had since day one. Figured if I ever lost power they'd still work.
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Have a beam scale, two other digital's that work off of batteries, a solar charger for the batteries, an inverter, and three generators (one lp/ng/gas, 1000 honda gas and one diesel. Wasn't a boy scout but always prepared.
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Have the LNL auto charger dispenser, it can be finicky at times but fine tuning it to the powder your using is the key. Wipe it down with dryer sheets, keep everything that vibrates, a/c vents etc. I have been using ome for atleast 8 years, still going strong even for the 50 bmg with 240 grains of powder. I do have a balance beam that I can use as well, but mostly run the LNL for speed. Hope yours gets on the right track.
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I've looked at some of the electronic automatic powder dispensers but never felt the need to have one mainly because of anecdotes like Ranger's. It seems to be a hit and miss proposition whether they'll work as advertised. Some folks love them while others have had nothing but problems. The only one I've heard reasonably consistent good things about is the RCBS Chargemaster. If I decide to get an electronic scale/dispenser that's the one I'd get.

For now I'm comfortable weighing every charge on a beam scale for hunting ammo but I'm only loading 100 rounds or less at a time. For bulk reloading I let the powder measure on my Dillon do the work. I check/weigh until I'm convinced it's consistent and then I put the scale away and have at it.
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I For bulk reloading I let the powder measure on my Dillon do the work. I check/weigh until I'm convinced it's consistent and then I put the scale away and have at it.
I tired my case activated dispenser on my LNL progressive, despite my best practices I could not get it to work consistently no matter how much I tried. Worked great for ball powders, hates stick and perfers to chop it, making the charge way off. So had my progressive for some time along with my 2 single stage presses, the case activated charger is still in its package.
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And after getting the good ol' Chargemaster:

https://www.ammoland.com/2019/10/rcb...97c29-20899797

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The Hornady AutoCharge is a very poor quality unit, especially from Hornady.

They do get a lot of unfair bad reviews by users who don’t know how to read their manuals, because of the high rate of over charges. Simply tuning the trickle-start approach will eliminate these over-charges.

However, there are a LOT of issues with the digital controller in the Hornady unit. There’s a high frequency of failures where the controller will simply stop, instead of trickling, or the units will refuse to dispense. Equally, many units do over-throw even when properly tuned for trickle-start, as the controller will miss the trickle-start mark.

I personally went through 3 AutoCharge units. My first made it about 18 months, out of warranty, so I bought another, thinking it a fluke, my second died within the 1 year warranty, and they sent me a 3rd unit, which also died within another ~18 months. Alternatively, I have an RCBS chargemaster which has been in service for more than 15 years. I also have a Lyman Gen 5 which has been running for ~ 3years for me and 2 for another guy before me which has been exceptionally good. Faster than the RCBS, and more reliable in charge weight. My fastest and most precise unit is an AutoThrow + AutoTrickle set up on an A&D balance, but it’s a much more expensive tool.

I love Hornady tools and components, but the AutoCharge isn’t up to par with the rest of their product lines.
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Good info. I won't waste any money buying a Hornady unit.
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I have the RCBS Chargemaster System and it works great for me. The scale is accurate, doesn't not drift, and the powder drop is very consistent. Every charge is weighed. I don't need speed when I'm reloading and like the accuracy it provides.
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I have the RCBS Chargemaster System and it works great for me. The scale is accurate, doesn't not drift, and the powder drop is very consistent. Every charge is weighed. I don't need speed when I'm reloading and like the accuracy it provides.
Finally was able to put it through it's paces last nite for a couple hours. This thing is almost too easy and is very consistent. Throwing 48 gr of CFE 223 and not 1 overcharge! Going to try it tonite on some H4895 for some M1 Garand loads. So far so good. The Hornady is back in the closet.
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