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RCBS ChargeMaster and pistol loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ForneyRider, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Active Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Forney, TX
    trying to make a set of 38Spl 158gr Sierra JSP with 4gr of W231.

    I put the W231 in the RCBS and set the weight to 4.0. the trickler spins slower than a 58gr R22 load, but not as slow as the 5.3gr W231 load for my 45ACP, and comes out to 5+gr each time. I tried setting the load to 3gr and it comes out to 4gr but not consistently.

    The 5.3gr of W231 works pretty well with the RCBS.

    It's also 100degrees here, I wonder if that is causing issues. I usually wait till late night and let the A/C run in the garage, so I don't have to run a fan.

    Is there a trick to get the RCBS to work with these light loads? or should I break out the manual trickler and just use the scale?
  2. lgbloader

    lgbloader Participating Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    I love my ChargeMaster Combo but I only break it out for my Extruded powder for rifle.

    My Dillon Powder Measure's on my 3 blue presses and my Uniflow's work just fine for pistol.

  3. MCMXI

    MCMXI Mentor

    Jul 1, 2008
    NW Montana
    ForneyRider, I agree with lgbloader here, I use the CM for rifle loads only since it's a lot faster to use my Redding 10X for pistol loads up to 23.0gr (H110). I've also found that extruded powders work best in the CM and spherical powders such as H110 (and possibly W231) don't work as well. I have used the CM to dispense Trail Boss loads (around 6.0gr) and that powder meters very well, but then again it's a flake or wafer type powder rather than a spherical one.

  4. loadedround

    loadedround Senior Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Valley Forge, Pa
    In my opinion, the RCBS Chargemaster is much to slow to load any quantity of pistol ammo. I would use the balance to set a quality powder measure and dispense pistol powder that way, checking every 25th or 50th load for accuracy. :)

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