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Title: Powder Scale and Dispenser Combos
Post by: Brandon on November 05, 2013, 09:50:14 pm
Has anyone used those all in one powder scale and dispenser combo units? I have heard some bad and good reviews of the Hornady and RCBS units are there any others out there I should look at. And which one do you think is the best value?
Title: Re: Powder Scale and Dispenser Combos
Post by: Outbreak on November 06, 2013, 01:48:33 pm
I've used a friend's RCBS. It does ok, but I can't help but wonder if the time it takes to tune each drop (it gets it close, but often a tenth over, so you gotta dump a little, manually drop a little blah blah blah) is any better than a standalone powder measure and a trickler dropping into a standalone scale.
Title: Re: Powder Scale and Dispenser Combos
Post by: Mississippi556 on November 06, 2013, 05:28:16 pm
Yes. I've been using the Lyman DPS 1200 with a speed increasing upgrade to equivalent of the current system:

http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/scales-measures/1200-DPS.php (http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/scales-measures/1200-DPS.php)

Of course, prices are a good bit lower on line and at local stores than MSRP shown here.

Mine is an older version but has been upgraded for the higher speed.  It's been good, reliable and is quick once set up.  I've had it about 5-6 years, if I recall.  No problems.  It does take a while to warm up and stabilize, but once it's ready and calibrated, it holds calibration and can dispense very accurately and with good speed.  Really speeds up my precision reloading.  Not as fast as flipping a lever on a press mounted powder measure, but way more accurate.  Also holds multiple loads in memory and can change out powder pretty quickly.  The memory feature for multiple loads alone is worth the initial delay in "warm up."

The down side, as mentioned is that it has to warm up and settle down and be calculated each time you start from scratch, and this can take up to 15-20 minutes or so to stabilize.  I like that I can do something else, like chamfer a case mouth or do some other case prep operation during the few seconds that it takes to dispense each load.  No real wasted time.
Title: Re: Powder Scale and Dispenser Combos
Post by: alone on November 06, 2013, 06:00:36 pm
No experience.
Granted most of my reloading in the past was all four gauges of shotgun shells, or using a RockChucker.

Currently using a Dillon 300 for .38spls.

Hint: It ain't that high tech, and hence one reason I appreciate having it on loan. I like simple, and I like keeping my body parts and guns intact. Just me, just raised with if something sounds too good, it probably is.