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What is your preferred powder dispensing and measurement system? Least preferred because of bad experience. Thoughts on traditional vs. digital.
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I have the RCBS combo digital scale and dispenser (charge master).about every 5th round i'll recheck weight on a lyman digital scale for ghitts and siggles. i have never had to add or take poweder out after the RCBS combo measured and dispensed. Its been dead on for the last 10,000+ rounds.


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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I have the RCBS combo digital scale and dispenser.about every 5th round i'll recheck weight on a lyman digital scale for ghitts and siggles. i have never had to add or take poweder out after the RCBS combo measured and dispensed. Its been dead on for the last 10,000+ rounds.
 
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except for the cowboy butts drive me nuts, -1 on that  Cool
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Originally posted by sakomato sakomato wrote:

Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I have the RCBS combo digital scale and dispenser.about every 5th round i'll recheck weight on a lyman digital scale for ghitts and siggles. i have never had to add or take poweder out after the RCBS combo measured and dispensed. Its been dead on for the last 10,000+ rounds.
 
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except for the cowboy butts drive me nuts, -1 on that  Cool


Don't knock it till you try it!!!!!
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I have and really love my RCBS Charge Master.
Might be like the one Big Daddy mentioned.
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I have and really like the Redding 3BR "match" powder dispensor.

I've always used it in conjunction with an RCBS digital scale, and a traditional gravity scale, just to verify the calibration and weight readings I get on the digital scale. Jumping into the 21st century, I just recently bought Hornady's variation of the RCBS Charge Master that they call the "Lock N Load" auto charge, only because it was less expensive than the RCBS unit and seemed to have the same functionality. I don't have a feel for whether it's better, worse, or the same quality as the RCBS because I haven't used it yet.

I too can't summon any enthusiasm for cowboy butts, but if they drive Bigdaddy nuts, that's his business, and I won't judge him for his life choices.
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I am still using the RCBS "Uniflow II" which I bought in the 70s. I've accessorized it over time with a powder baffle, which increases precision, and a long drop tube for use with a Lee rifle powder- thru die. The RCBS with baffle is reliably within +/- .1 gr. This measure has both the pistol and larger rifle drums.

Here's the drop tube equipped Uniflow:



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For volume loading, I use the Lee "Pro Auto Disc" on a Lee Classic 4- hole turret. The Lee measure is superbly accurate and throws spherical pistol powders <+/- .1 gr. and coarser powders like VV N-105 w/in _/- .1 gr.  I did make a powder baffle for this measure, but it was very accurate anyway.

AVOID:       DANGEROUS
Lee makes a micro- adjustable powder bar which I consider to be too iffy and dangerous to use. It will not drop consistently with course or flake type powders and/or small charges of even the smoothest flowing powders, like W-231.
I found the problem when I shot and  my .45's slide didn't go fully back into battery... the next round hit the back of the lodged bullet... had I hit the slide with my hand and somehow closed the slide, the pistol would have been destroyed with the next shot and my son would also have been at risk.
Simultaneously, my son stuck one in the bore of a Blackhawk. We quit shooting and broke down the ammo - had several different loads with 4 different powders and  all loads were inconsistent and dangerous.

I've loaded since the 70s and know that the bar is a flawed design. I've fiddled with it and know how to fix it, indeed there are people who "engineer" their charge bar to make it work. While I'm a tinker to the nth degree, I said to hell with this device.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/150005/lee-auto-disk-adjustable-powder-charge-bar


     When the bar can't reliably be used to throw powder(s) for something as common as a .45acp or a .45Colt, then what good is it?
     Lee has known about this for some time. One would think that if they aren't so inclined to do the right thing on their own, that the bad press would cause them to fix the problem and get right with their customers.

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I've accumulated several powder scales over the years, but found an inexpensive digital scale which gets most of the use, now... gave away most others.
Here's a review of the scale: 
http://www.opticstalk.com/very-accurate-digi-scale-02grain_topic33889.html




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I have two Pack's that has done a very job for the last 20 years. I have loaded thousand's of rounds and no brake down! If I ever need one again I hope that Pack is still being made.
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I use an RCBS chargemaster I bought about 6 years ago
Love it..

Also have a Redding benchrest dispenser but I use the RCBS the most
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Another thumbs up for the RCBS Chargemaster. 
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I use PACT scale and electronic dispenser for everything other than the stuff that goes through the progressive press.

The progressive press I have is from Hornady and it has a Hornady measure.  Seems to work well with enough, although for precision loads I might get a higher end powder measure.  Perhaps, Redding or something else.  Hornady measure does not like extruded powders too much.

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