Electronic powder dispensers

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by jigs-n-fixture, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    Anyone know of online side by side reviews, of the automated powder dispensers? Or, have first hand experience with any if them?

    I want to buy one, but haven't been able to find enough information to make a decision.
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    ive got the rcbs version. have had it for about 9 months works awesome.

    works also as a regular electronic scale remembers a LOT of recipe settings. its pretty quick when combined with a single stage press. it goes about the right pace for charge weights in the 40ish grain range. if your tossing bigger weights like for a 45-70 or a 338 or 458 it can be a little slow waiting for those at times it just takes a while to throw that much powder. thats going to be with any electronic powder tosser

    based on my experience with it i can recommend it.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013

  3. Wouva1

    Wouva1 New Member

    Since day 1 I got into reloading which wasn't that long ago I purchased the RCBS charge master....punch in however many grains you like and away she goes...Cheers
  4. mseric

    mseric New Member

    I purchased a Lyman 1200 several years ago. It works great.

    A few years ago the keyboard took a crap. The warranty had long since expired by a few years. I called Lyman and was told to send it in, which I did. I was expecting to be notified that the unit was junk and needed to be replaced or that it was going to cost me more $$$ to fix it than it was worth.

    A few weeks later Brown Santa showed up at my door with my Lyman 1200. In the box was my old unit with a new keyboard and a new "Hop-up-Kit". All for FREE. That's CS.
  5. noylj

    noylj Member

    Bought a ChargeMaster when it first came out. No complaints.
  6. oldtymer35

    oldtymer35 New Member

    I've been using my RCBS ChargeMaster since 2005 and I've never looked back when it comes to reloading my rifle cartridges. I initially checked it against my powder scale, but it soon became obvious that the ChargeMaster is a totally reliable and accurate tool. I recommend it to anyone considering purchasing a powder measuring/dispensing tool. I only use my powder measure for reloading handgun cartridges - and I only use my powder scale to check the powder measure.
  7. noylj

    noylj Member

    Google "powder dispenser reviews" and you'll get lots of forums that have discussed this.
  8. Shade

    Shade New Member

    I have a Pact Unit and a buddy has the RCBS Charge Master. I have no
    experience with the Lyman unit.

    I would say both are similar and both are accurate. IMO, they are both
    slow. But they are very, very handy is when you are working up loads;
    and you are increasing powder charges by 2-3 tenths of a grain at a time.
    I use the Audette ladder method of working up loads. My powder throw
    is accurate to +/- 0.1 for my rifle charges and that is good enough once
    I have a proper load worked up.

    I will add that line power coming in can have a marked and noticeable
    effect on the scales performance. I purchased a power filter that you
    would use with an entertainment center. It really improved the
    performance of my scales. I used to have drift and at times erratic
    readings with static masses. I finally figured out it was the line power
    variations. The power filter solved all those problems.
  9. samnev

    samnev New Member

    Buying the RCBS ChargeMaster si the best investment I have ever made in reloading equipment in 40 years o reloading. I had mine 3+ years not a single problem.