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Well, it's time I replaced my old, beat up RCBS 5-0-5 scale. I got the RCBS Chargemaster Combo the other day. Haven't loaded any rounds yet, but hope to next weekend.

Anybody else got one?   
 
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I have a simular Pact model, I'm sure RCBS is as good if not better.  You'll love it!

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 Exact same unit just different color.
 I have been using one for about 10-12 years now and really like it.Just be sure to weigh your loads on the balance scale also and if possible keep out of flouresent lighting it will screw up scale on occassion.
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I've had one for 3 or 4 years, wouldn't be without it. 
 
Tips;
 
  • Put it on a surge strip, keep it plugged in and turned off
  • If you develop static electricity, get a dryer sheet and wipe it down
  • Get a straw from McDonalds and cut a short piece off and stick it in the end of the tube.  It will let you set your dispense amount to the exact amount and 90% of the time it will drop dead on
  • After the dispenser beeps and stops, wait 5 seconds and it will tell you the exact amount dispensed.  Because of the way it works, sometimes more than necessary will drop off the end of the tube on the last rotation of the tube
  • If your actual dispense weight is .1 or .2 gr over, use a small dipper or spoon to dip a few granules out
  • Set up your loading block with all your prepped cases and dispense and charge the first 2 or 3 cases.  Also have your seating die in the press ready for seating.  As soon as you push the dispense button for the next load, seat a bullet.  The vibration from the seating process will cause problems with the dispensing if the dispenser has slowed down or stopped.  So seat while the machine is running in fast-dispense.
  • When you have finished charging the cases, you are within 2 or 3 cases of finished seating.  This will speed up the whole charging/seating process.
  • Always check for powder bridging in the funnel before moving the funnel to the next case.  Always check for powder level in the case before setting it in the shell holder.
  • So process is:  Hit dispense, seat bullet, place loaded round in box, place next charged case in shell holder (check level of powder), wait for beep, wait 5 seconds to see what powder was actually dispensed, adjust weight to be dead on, swirl powder into funnel/case, check for powder bridging, place funnel on next case, replace pan on platen, wait for zero on display, grab a new bullet from box, hit dispense and start all over.  After a while it becomes a practiced motion and is easier than it sounds.
  • Keep track of loads by watching the count on the display that will be given immediately after the beep, before it shows actual amount in pan
  • Before placing the empty pan back on the platen, watch what weight is shown on the display.  Mine always reads -155.0 grs which is the weight of the pan.  This is a constant calibration throughout the process.
  • To empty reservoir move the machine sideways to the edge of the bench and hold your powder bottle under the drain.  Open it up and the powder will empty directly back into the bottle.  After it appears empty, hit the dispense button and a few more granules will fall out.  Use the supplied brush to swipe around the interior of the reservoir.  If you are dispensing less than ~70 grs then the machine will slow down before the tube is emptied.  Hit Cancel and empty the pan into the bottle.  Put the pan back and hit Dispense again and it will empty the tube completely on fast mode.
  • Remember to close the drain!

You won't go back to the balance beam since this is almost fun!  When I first got mine I would check against the balance beam but quickly found out it is unnecessary.

BTW mine is directly underneath a small flourescent tube light and there is no observable effect on the machine.  Drafts and vibrations are the only thing that influences operation.


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Sako pretty much covered it. Very good advice there. I love mine.
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They are great.
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I forgot to mention, that if you are patient, you can get very precise with reprogramming it to be much faster, and just as accurate. Mine will now throw 49 gr. of IMR-4350 in 4-7 Seconds, and 85 gr. of Retumbo in about 15 seconds.
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I have one, and it is absolutely great!  One of the best reloading purchases I've made. 

My only change was to upgrade the powder pan.  The one that came with it was a real pain, since it constantly collected static electricity.  I replaced it with the scale pan RCBS uses for their balance beam scales. ($20 or less, and worth every penny in terms of aggravation saved.)
 
I use mine for .38 and up handgun cases, and .30 and up rifle cases.  The balance beam scale pan pours directly into these cases without a problem.
 
Mine is extremely accurate, even with small handgun charges.  Even so, I always double-check the charged cases with a small Maglite
 
Sakomato's comment on the surge strip is excellent.  I use exactly the same setup.
 
I use a funnel when I drain the reservoir into the powder container.  You will probably forget to close the drain at least once...I did.  After that I put labels on the drain (reminding me to close it when finished), and on the powder tube cap (reminding me to check the drain before filling it with powder).  If I'm leaving powder in the tube for a few days, I put a thick, dark paper bag over it to keep light away from the powder.  I have read that TiteGroup can discolor the tube.  Don't know if it's true, but it did discolor some of my handgun cases.  I don't use TiteGroup.  There are other powders I like better.
 
  
      
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Thanks for the tips and comments, Group! 

It's gotta be better than my old 5-0-5!  Bucky  
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Excellent to Sako!

Excellent points.

I love mine as well!

Protect it with the mentioned surge protector and keep it out of any extreme temps.
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WOW! Used this gizmo for the first time last weekend. I'm scared to even test it against my old 5-0-5.

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Might have to get one of these. I'm still using the scale and a trickler and it is more like 10 seconds just to throw a charge. Seating comes after they're all done. Nice tips, sakomato.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

WOW! Used this gizmo for the first time last weekend. I'm scared to even test it against my old 5-0-5.

 
 
  For a good while after I got my digital scale I would use my 5-0-5 for double checking.
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This is super helpful for even a noobie as me!

Thanks everyone for the step by step and details.

K
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