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Well I finally broke down and bought a automated powder dispensing system.  Went with the Lyman 1200 DPS III.  Unit is fairly well made and simple to use.  you c an program 20 different loads into it and it has a repeat button that when turned on automatically re-zeros the scale and dispenses the next load when you set the pan back down on it.  It is pretty sensitive to air currents and static electricity can drive it nuts.  I ended up rubbing down all the plastic on it with clothesdryer sheets the platter and pan too.  After that she settled down and become repeatable and accurate to 0.1 grains compared to my other digital scale!  I then loaded up 50 308 casings and man did that thing speed up the reloading process and allowed me to watch TV without worrying about screwing up a charge.  After pressing the bullets I re weighted all the loaded cartridges and since I had weight sorted the empty casings all were within 0.3gr of each other!  I is a happy camper!!!
$279 was a hard pill to swallow but I will save tons of time and should aleviate one variable in the reloading process (me)!
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 Sounds GOOD,Bud.  A friend of mine had some brand dispenser like that(may have been Lyman)when they first came out. Couldn't get it to stabilize for nothing. Got rid of it. But now that they've been out for a while and users have figured out things that can affect performance and how to remedy the problems I hear nothing but GOOD about them.  Same thing happened with chronographs when they were first made available to the public.
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I ended up with the very similar RCBS unit. I will never reload with out one. (I'm impatient) I seat bullets, and it weighs powder. Handy.
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You lucky man. I looked at the Lyman and RCBS but the setup in South Africa they cost about $680. I could not justify the expense, so I am still using my RCBS balance beam.
I had a cheaper electronic scale, but it drove me nuts. Lost zero all the time. 
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  I have been using the RCBS unit since they first came out. It is the best thing I ever bought for reloading.
 Always check load weight every 8-10 rounds on your balance scale to be sure it is holding true. The only negative I found is at times the scale does not like flouresent lighting,and from what I was told by someone at PACT(the makers of these units) is that issue has never been resolved.
 But on the positive side they are made in the USA, right there in TEXAS.
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Any scale sensitive enough to measure grains will be sensitive to air currents, floor vibrations, magnetic fields (flourescent lights) and especially static electricity!  In medical labs their digitals scales are usually enclosed to guard against air currents and the scale is kept on a granite slab 2-4" thick to alleviate vibrations.  Since almost all plastics generate static electricity it is seldom used in high end models.  Then there is the issue of electronic drift and its one of the things that make digital scales so expensive!  The electronic parts used need to be ultra low offset, leakage and drift versions!
 
For us the two biggest isues would probably be static electricity and vibration followeed by air currents.  The best fix for vibration is a granite table on a concrete floor.  Strive to use the sturdiest table you can find.  If possible have your reloading station on a concrete floor, if not try to pick times to reload when others aren't around. Even music or TV is a no-no unless played at a very low volume with little ot no bass.
 
Finally Static electricity, the cheapest trick is to wipe or rub down all surfaces of the scale with a once used dryer sheet.  A fresh dryer sheet can leave a residue.  I usually re-use my dryer sheets a couple of times in the dryer, added one single fresh one to each load and a couple of used ones.  I found that if I take a multiple use sheet and rub it with a fresh sheet it seems to work better than the once used sheets.  Another option is to get some PC monitor anti-static wipes from Staples or Office Max.  Just be sure to let everything dry completely before pouring powder into the dispenser.  There are also sprays we use in electronics to clean our benches that leave a anti-static film that dissapates any static charge.
 
Sorry to be so long winded!
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Good tips Bud. One other tip is to keep your scale on a seperate table from your reloading press, and don't touch the table with the scale on it if possible before or during the dispencing of the charge.
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