RCBS Chargemaster Lite

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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,104 Senior Member
    Jay wrote: »
    Well, done did it. Cancelled the Chargemaster Lite back order and ordered the full size Chargemaster. For $50 more, and it ships tomorrow instead of maybe in two weeks, and I get a $10 rebate plus a free tshirt. Added in a $4 free shipping item, so shipping was only $5. Good to go.

    Also added one of these
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/755866/rcbs-electronic-scale-powder-funnel-pan

    Sorry I won't be the guinea pig for the Chargemaster Lite....

    OOPS! Now you went and did it! And a Tee Shirt to boot? I do hate you now!!!

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,447 Senior Member
    Jay wrote: »
    Sorry I won't be the guinea pig for the Chargemaster Lite....

    Thats alright. My French Model deserves the Full Monty.
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  • PegasusPegasus Senior Member Posts: 2,482 Senior Member
    Jay wrote: »
    Well, done did it. Cancelled the Chargemaster Lite back order and ordered the full size Chargemaster. For $50 more, and it ships tomorrow instead of maybe in two weeks, and I get a $10 rebate plus a free tshirt. Added in a $4 free shipping item, so shipping was only $5. Good to go.

    Also added one of these
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/755866/rcbs-electronic-scale-powder-funnel-pan

    Sorry I won't be the guinea pig for the Chargemaster Lite....

    Yeah, about that funnel pan. It doesn't replace the pan that comes with the Chargemaster, without modification. I think it's too light and you would need to change something in the programming. It's funny because I've been working in IT for over 40years and can program in multiple languages, but I hate to modify things like that because with age I forget stuff and if I needed to replace it, I would have to scramble around.

    Anyway, I use these funnels:
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloading-equipment/powder-handling/powder-funnels/aluminum-powder-funnels-aluminum-powder-funnel-30-cal-sku749-001-871-33260-65733.aspx

    But if you look around, I'm sure you can find more expensive ones.:)
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,063 Senior Member
    Pegasus wrote: »
    Yeah, about that funnel pan. It doesn't replace the pan that comes with the Chargemaster, without modification. I think it's too light and you would need to change something in the programming. It's funny because I've been working in IT for over 40years and can program in multiple languages, but I hate to modify things like that because with age I forget stuff and if I needed to replace it, I would have to scramble around.

    Anyway, I use these funnels:
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloading-equipment/powder-handling/powder-funnels/aluminum-powder-funnels-aluminum-powder-funnel-30-cal-sku749-001-871-33260-65733.aspx

    But if you look around, I'm sure you can find more expensive ones.:)

    You can't zero the scale on the Chargemaster with the pan in place? On the Rangemaster and Chargemaster Lite, you calibrate the scale without the pan in place, then place the pan and zero the scale. I thought it would work the same with this replacement pan. Especially since its an RCBS and they say it works with any electronic scale.

    If not, at least I'm only out $7 and maybe I can use it on my Rangemaster if I found a use for it.

    ETA - I have a funnel that works fine. I only ordered the funnel/pan to help prevent kernels of powder from bouncing out of the pan, if that should try to happen, and to simplify the process. Dispense powder, pour straight into case. No separate funnel needed. That was the thought process anyway.
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,979 Senior Member
    Jay wrote: »
    You can't zero the scale on the Chargemaster with the pan in place? On the Rangemaster and Chargemaster Lite, you calibrate the scale without the pan in place, then place the pan and zero the scale. I thought it would work the same with this replacement pan. Especially since its an RCBS and they say it works with any electronic scale.

    If not, at least I'm only out $7 and maybe I can use it on my Rangemaster if I found a use for it.

    ETA - I have a funnel that works fine. I only ordered the funnel/pan to help prevent kernels of powder from bouncing out of the pan, if that should try to happen, and to simplify the process. Dispense powder, pour straight into case. No separate funnel needed. That was the thought process anyway.
    If a Hornady dispenser that costs WAY less than a CM will let you zeronthe scale, I'm certain the CM will.
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  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,063 Senior Member
    I figure so too.

    Here's a video I just found comparing the Hornady and Chargemaster, using the exact same funnel pans I orderd..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57QQI0Wgd-U
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,063 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    If a Hornady dispenser that costs WAY less than a CM will let you zeronthe scale, I'm certain the CM will.

    The RCBS might not be that much more expensive than the Hornady these days. At least with the sale going on. $209 for the Hornady, $259 plus a $10 rebate for the Chargemaster 1500 right now. I'll be curious to see if the price of the Chargemaster goes back up to it's normal $300+ prices any time soon.
  • PegasusPegasus Senior Member Posts: 2,482 Senior Member
    Jay wrote: »
    You can't zero the scale on the Chargemaster with the pan in place? On the Rangemaster and Chargemaster Lite, you calibrate the scale without the pan in place, then place the pan and zero the scale. I thought it would work the same with this replacement pan. Especially since its an RCBS and they say it works with any electronic scale.

    If not, at least I'm only out $7 and maybe I can use it on my Rangemaster if I found a use for it.

    ETA - I have a funnel that works fine. I only ordered the funnel/pan to help prevent kernels of powder from bouncing out of the pan, if that should try to happen, and to simplify the process. Dispense powder, pour straight into case. No separate funnel needed. That was the thought process anyway.

    You can zero everything fine. The problem is when you use the CM1500 in automatic mode. When you pour out the load from that little pan and replace the pan on the CM, it does not trigger the next load for some reason. When I zero with the regular pan and use it, the automatic mode works fine. Maybe it was just me, but I found some posts about that very thing on other forums, but that's years ago now. In my setup, I use the regular pan and just dump the contents into that exact same fancy funnel that you have on my A&D, and then I drop everything into my Satern. This makes for a long drop and it packs the load really well. My match load is a pretty hefty charge of Varget under a very long bullet. This funnel-to-long funnel methodology prevents me from pushing the powder when seating the bullet.
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,063 Senior Member
    Pegasus wrote: »
    You can zero everything fine. The problem is when you use the CM1500 in automatic mode. When you pour out the load from that little pan and replace the pan on the CM, it does not trigger the next load for some reason. When I zero with the regular pan and use it, the automatic mode works fine. Maybe it was just me, but I found some posts about that very thing on other forums, but that's years ago now. In my setup, I use the regular pan and just dump the contents into that exact same fancy funnel that you have on my A&D, and then I drop everything into my Satern. This makes for a long drop and it packs the load really well. My match load is a pretty hefty charge of Varget under a very long bullet. This funnel-to-long funnel methodology prevents me from pushing the powder when seating the bullet.

    OK. Gotcha. Didn't think about that. I'll play with it when it comes in and see what happens. Possibly, if it is too light to trigger the auto dispense, I might put the funnel pan on top of the metal pan, zero it with both pans, then just lift and replace the funnel pan.
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