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Best power powder dispenser?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Gasitman, Feb 7, 2011.

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  1. Gasitman

    Gasitman Member

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    From the top 3 I have found, the RCBS $329-$0 rebate, the Lyman $279, and the hornady $224.

    I know this may be a loaded question, but there are some significant price differences. Not sure if Dillon makes one, but you can throw that into the equation if you know of a price.

    Looking for some accurate loads, and plus if I do this, I know for sure the right amount of powder is going into the cases. With the one that comes with my press, it is not very accurate at all.

    Does one out perform the others as far as speed of the correct measure?
     
  2. Gasitman

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    anyone? Bueller, Bueller? anyone?
     
  3. RB98SS

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    I can't speak for the other two but I really like my RCBS combo. It's fast enough for my needs but occasionally will throw a charge over what it is set for -- depending on the powder. The electronic scale is also extremely accurate when I compare charges to my beam scale. FWIW.
     
  4. mbruce

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    kinda a loaded response but..... What powder measure is not accurate and in what ways? There are powders that drop well with powder measures and there are powders that do not drop as well as others.... if a press manufacturer includes a scale or powder drop system in it's kit -- then rest assured it's accurate when used exactly as prescribed.

    accurate loads meaning accurate powder drops to the +- .1gr ? sorry -- we're kinda anal people --

    If you just want one of the cool auto dispensers...then that's another story -- just didn't want you throw down that cash thinking that's the only way to go....unless you wanted to of course.
     
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  5. Walkalong

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    I have found the Harrells, Redding, & RCBS hand measures to work just fine for anything, including Benchrest, except perhaps 1000 yard competition where they need to have extremely tight ES & SD numbers. and weigh all the charges.

    What application? How far off are the charges yours is throwing? What powder/s?

    Factory rifle? Forget about it and learn to use the hand measures well. :)
     
  6. 918v

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    I have the RCBS unit. What I like about it is the speed and lack of drift. I dunno how stable the other two are.
     
  7. Funshooter45

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    When it comes to the scale-dispenser combo units, I have heard nothing but good reviews on the RCBS combo. I don't have the dispenser part - yet. I bought the 1500 scale part of it by itself but I am leaning toward getting the dispenser soon because my rifle loading needs have increased. The only problem I have heard regarding the Lyman unit is that it is verey slow when dispensing big powder charges, like you get with the big magnums. The Hornady combo is relatively new compared to the others so we haven't heard of the warts yet. It is suspiciously similar to the Chinese-made unit called Smartreloader ISD something. That one is even cheaper than the Hornady.

    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=UYVBSR0021&src=tpCtg

    I am kinda committed to the RCBS path now that I have the disppenser, but I would consider the Hornady and I believe PACT makes one also.
     
  8. Brian10

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    Given the price and purpose, there will be an extremely small number of people - if any - that has owned all 3 units and thus no one will be able to give you a solid answer. I have read good reviews on the Hornady and ended up buying that one. So far so good.

    All 3 get good reviews, but the Hornady was cheaper.
     
  9. ranger335v

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    "Best" is big word. Fact is, if there were a 'best' of anything, the market would have pushed the rest of its competion out.

    No digital dumpster for me! My old Redding measure, trickler and beam scale are totally under MY control, I'm NOT going to put my accuracy or safety under the control of some black magic Chinese made device hidden under a plastic cover.
     
  10. USSR

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    Well said.

    Don
     
  11. Gasitman

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    From what I have read, the pact high speed is the fastest. They all claim to be 1/10 of a grain accurate. I wanted to hear if someone had any issues with the one they purchased, or if someone had recently bought one and was happy or not.

    Amazing on the internet how a question becomes loaded, but I bet if your buddy was standing next to you, and asked, "Hey man, I want a new electric powder dispenser, what would you recommend?" I bet you would not say that is a loaded question. Amazing the internets are.:rolleyes:
     
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    I found my RCBS one excellent. Its super easier to use, once adjusted, its very fast (I drop 42grains of RL15 in average of 9seconds), and out of 50 drops, I maybe have to adjust 2 of them (usually 0.1 or 0.2g over). It makes precision loading so much easier, but yeah, its costly. I got mine on sale for $250 shipped and it was a no brainer for me at the time. I drop all rifle rounds except my cheap plinking round of 223 which I use the Lee Pro Auto Disk unit for and it gets me to .1 of the target load I am looking for).
     
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    I am very curious to hear reports from anyone who buys the Smartreloader iSD. But I don't want to be the first one to buy from that outfit. Swiss engineering, Italian design, Chinese manufacturing... what's not to like? ;)
     
  14. Gasitman

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    doing a google search, the PACT system is the fastest, the new version. I also noticed that the RCBS does not come with a powder dish, is this true? :confused:
     
  15. mbruce

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    Your friend will know your shooting habbits, the cartridge(s) you reload, the powder(s) you are having issues with, and the current powder measure that's not dropping consistently...

    Sometimes the replies given don't answer the question specifically asked but are the answers needed read -- in other words we are all trying to help steer you in the direction that will work out the best.
     
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  16. Jasper1573

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    I am in agreement with ranger335v...slow down and use a balance scale, a powder trickler, and if you want extremely accurately loads, then calibrate your balance scale with a set of check weights.
     
  17. mbruce

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    And as Mr. rfwobbly points out...use a set of check weights that are in the same weight range as your measured load(s).
     
  18. Old krow

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    I use the Lyman 1200 DPS. It's a good unit so far, no issues. It's pretty sensitive. It's pretty much maintained it's +- 1/10 gr measurements provided I didn't knock it around or subject it to too much movement (like seating a bullet during a measurement). I check mine pretty frequently with the beam scale.

    I read in the instructions to take care to keep it still while it is operating. They're not kidding about that.

    I'm not entirely sure how long the larger loads take in reference to Funshooter45's post. I can go out tomorrow and run a few of the 30-06 loads to give you guys a reference point if you'd like.
     
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