Rick, I finally took your advice...

Ian

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...and unboxed that brand new RCBS Chargemaster 1500 that's been sitting in a dark corner for years and years. It works purty dang good just like you said. :)

8845

I was having too much variance with a couple different measures when using my new progressive press for loading .308 Win. So I said screw it I got a fix for this: Scale and a damned funnel just like when I started. Then I remembered I had this. Problem solved.

It ain't lightspeed but it doesn't need to be, I got plenty to fiddle with and check between handle cycles while it's dispensing.
 

Rick

Moderator
Staff member
I really like mine. Got it initially for SR4759 but it wasn't long before I was using it for just about everything.
 

4060MAY

Member
I use the Lyman pan with a funnel attached, made out of plastic, a steel washer epoxied to the bottom keeps the load variance stable
 

waco

Springfield, Oregon
I use mine for all rifle stuff. Agree with Rick. It’s a must for SR4759.
 

Ian

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I'm liking it a lot so far. Not the best thing for batch loading where I want to charge 20 or 50 cases in a block at once, but fine for sequential loading like when taking a primed, sized, expanded case from a container one at a time, charging it, seating a bullet, grabbing another one and repeating through the lot.
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
Never used a loading block., except for storing cast bullets. I always use my Chargemaster for dispensing and then immediately seating a bullet. The unit excels for ladder loading. I check it frequently, against a beam scale, but it stays at the setting I select.

I don't use their powder pan. I replaced it with a plastic Lyman (IIRC), that has a built in funnel, rather than a spout. Less chance of spillage.
 

Pistolero

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I use it for rifle match loads with 4064. It WILL get off by 0.1 or occasionally 0.2, but you
can easily fix it at that point. Probably 90-95% of the charges are right on. I have it on a table
behind my loading bench so it doesn't get bounced by operating the press, turn around (swivel chair)
and grab the powder pan, dump into a primed case, replace the pan, hit the DISP button, and swivel
around, place the bullet on the case, put it in the press, seat the bullet, then wipe down and put the
finished round in the plastic box. Then pick up another primed case from the loading block, just about
when it is done measuring the next charge.

I find it very convenient. It sits full of 4064 most of the time.

Pistol loads either go thru one of the Dillon 550s, or for small test batches, I either scoop and weigh
(say making only 5 of a particular test load) or for greater numbers, set up a Uniflow, or the Lym 55
to dump. Any of the ball powders measure well enough thru the Uniflow, IME, but the stick powders
are not that reliable, really.

Bill
 
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Aya

New Member
I have used one for years. Some years ago, it turned mad, giving wrong numbers or not at all. Turned out to be as simple as problems with static electricity. Now I use an antistatic cloth from time to time and no more problems! I can remember doing a couple of mistakes, one was not waiting for the ok-beep and removing the pan as soon the powder stopped dropping. Another was, not closing the drain tube after use. I got a reminder on the next loading session.
 
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Ian

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Yes, I already have anticipated both of those pitfalls, almost forgot the beep one time already but stopped my hand in time. Can't wait until I forget to close the drain! Great tool though, hope it lasts a long time.
 

fiver

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I keep a cheap-o won't drop water consistently powder dump set up right by mine.
I just drop a few grains short, set the pan down and press the button.
it's ready for me before I have the bullet seated.