Auto Powder Dispenser


December 12, 2009, 08:47 AM
My son's want to buy me a Christmas present of an Auto Powder Dispenser. Lyman, Pact, and RCBS all make basically the same unit and I want to get some opinions on your favorite one and also any horror stories that you may have about any brand...have heard of several problems with the Lyman unit on this site btw. It's a shame there isn't a Consumer Reports magazine for reloading equipment since I hate to have by soms buy a POS that will constantly fail. Help please!!!!

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December 12, 2009, 09:19 AM
I don't own one but read these on TFL.

I bought a lyman 1200 dps3 and hate it! Very sporatic with the stick powder! and when it gets close, it recalibrates on its own and ends up way off. They claim thats its the fastest powder measurer on the market and that my be, but when you have to constantly dump your charge back in to the hopper, you won't save any time.

i agree with steve i have a lyman 1200 and it did give me trouble at first but i sent it back and the problem was corrected, no charge, when all else fails, read the instructions.. it works great on all kinds of powder. i also have dillon, lyman , and others. each has its own job. thanks cjs

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December 12, 2009, 09:23 AM
I own the 1st version of the PACT and find it very accurate and a good buy for the money. You do have to give it at least 30 minutes to warm up (I leave mine on all the time) but when its warm it throws very consistently

December 12, 2009, 10:51 AM
I drop my powder from a measure and never use a trickler to finish it. Unless you are shooting at long range (600 to 1000 yards) it will never make a difference.

Spend the money on a good powder measure.

Harrells, Redding, RCBS

December 12, 2009, 02:11 PM
Walkalong: I couldn't agree with you more and counting my powder measures mounted on my Dillon 550B heads, I currently own nine. My two sons want to buy me a present and they selected a Auto Powder System for a father that loves gadgets, and I do load quite a few rifle cases on a single station press, especially when working up new loads. Would rather have this new toy than some ugly ties or more black socks. :D

December 12, 2009, 04:20 PM
No doubt it's MUCH better than a tie. :D

I misread your OP. (skimmed too fast, argh) I thought you were buying him one.

December 12, 2009, 04:51 PM
Walkalong: No problem, and I won't even wish an ugly tie on you. :)

December 12, 2009, 05:58 PM
I've read decent reviews on the RCBS. Here is one write up:

Hornady has a version that is supposed to hit the market first of the year, as I recall. I've been contemplating selling my Harrell and buying a auto...for long range ammo.

December 12, 2009, 06:15 PM
I have the Lyman DPS3, and initially had a lot of problems. Even sent it back, and of course they found no problems. However, I finally figured out the problem. They tell you to turn it on for at least 24 hours before 1st use. But I've found 24 isn't really enough, but leaving it on for a couple of days seems to do the trick. But I've bought a Dillion electronic scale,and an RCBS powder measure that I use most of the time. The Lyman just sits unused.

December 12, 2009, 06:36 PM
PACT told me not to use near fluorescent lights. I've read the RCBS and Lyman suffer the same affliction.

Russ in WY
December 12, 2009, 07:09 PM
Never had a problem with my Pact near florescent lights. I did the Speed up Grade on the Pact last yr & that was a good $50 spent. In fact I still think they sent Me a new measure , is quick & more accurate then the early model. Some times the scale will turn on, I leave the scale plugged in all the time, actually I have 2 scales & the dispenser... My 2 Russ.

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