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Electronic Powder Measure

12 Oct 2018
@ 12:22 pm (GMT)

Lane Salvato

Do any of you have suggestions for good, accurate electronic powder measures?

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11 Nov 2018
@ 08:05 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
Hi Lane. I am a bit dubious about all of them, none of the reloading units are lab grade. It can go either way. Sometimes a $10 elcheapo can perform better than a more expensive (yet still not lab grade) unit. They also do annoying things like turn off after a short while if you are not quick enough- peeves everyone off.

Forum member Jon Short sent me a $10 jobby simply becuase he had just bought the same from a Chinese retailer and it turned out to be more accurate than most. The one he sent me was the same. So you never know, everything simply has to be tested.
21 Nov 2018
@ 06:11 pm (GMT)

Chris Murphy

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
I used a small fankford arsenal scale and found it bang on for weight (checked against my paint scales at work) but my phone effected it and it would sometimes skip .1 of a grain going from say 53.4 to 53.6 not ideal but before I knew better I made do
22 Nov 2018
@ 04:27 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
Relative to Chris' experience, I had a Frankford vernier that was effected by fluorescent lighting. You may want to test the scales under and then away from these lights. (Frankford replaced them at no cost. Great company to deal with.)
30 Apr 2020
@ 01:36 am (GMT)

Paolo Consalvi

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
GEMPRO 300 Precision or CHARGEMASTER Lite.

I checked the CHARGEMASTER with respect to the GEMPRO and even if it is an automatic scale it never makes more than 0.1 grains wrong: the error is often 0.05 grains (lower than the set value).
30 Apr 2020
@ 10:35 am (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
G'day all.
I've been using a Lyman gen 6 for a few years with no problems. I keep the doors shut to stop any breeze. It sometimes drops a load 1/10 of a grain out but always low and I flick some grains from the tube to bring it up.

I test a load now & then with my Ohaust 10-10 balance scales, they always read the same weight. I've never had a discrepancy.

I don't have any fluorescent lighting
30 Apr 2020
@ 11:30 am (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
Dont recall brand (sorry!)

Tried an electric set years ago when l started reloading and it was not repeatable or reliable in anyway....... caused all sorts of dramas as you can imagine. Fixed them with a ball peen hammer after doing back to back tests with the trued balanced beam Lymans (Ohaust).

Recently I tried a Electronic Hornady powder dispencer/scales (couldn't afford the Charge Master) and it floats around within .3 grain accuracy, so l only use it as an exspensive powder thower and finalise on the beam scales.

The beam scales do not very with temp or warm up time and are 100% repeatable when checked with multiple test weights. I leave them in a fixed position with a perspex cover on them when not in use.
30 Apr 2020
@ 12:52 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
AND Beam scales don't need batteries.... Balancing on the edge of a razor blade has it's advantages.... The only possible negative I can see!
Would be if the blade's steel and it went rusty.... My Lee scales will do me weigh every charge and get the best ammo possible from the gear that I have.
30 Apr 2020
@ 12:54 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
Sorry I forgot to answer the Original Posts question.... NO.....
01 May 2020
@ 09:45 am (GMT)

Hamish Gibbs

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
Hi Martin was that the Hornady Auto Charge Powder Measure? Spoke to an owner of one of those about 6 months back, was having common overthrow issues, He had not heard of the RCBS straw mod so with this info he went into his merry little way, have not caught up with him yet, could this help in the Hornady?
See they released a pro model(and a new precision management station) which both look interesting but price is irrelevant if they don't do the job properly.
01 May 2020
@ 09:48 am (GMT)

Hamish Gibbs

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
Oops meant Hornady Precision Measurement Station.
01 May 2020
@ 11:45 am (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
Yes Mate about 2 1/2 years old. Damn finicky thing to use & very sensitive to powder type/shape/size kernels. Speed, trickle speed/time all adjustable and have them set to slow and long trickle times. Worse with some large kernel powders. I have the straw in the tube but it still over throws every 6/7th once settings are optimised. Sometimes 4 to 5 trows in a row.

So l throw under charge weight by .2 then transfer & trickle manually into beam scale pan to final. Would be ok for general use hunting loads in larger capacity cases say 308w plus.

The scales drift .1-.2gr most times when pan is put back on & all this is compounded by the machine adjusting out +/_ .1 “float” once weight is achieved.
Hope all that isn't to hard to follow!

As Nathan said the money is in (or not!!) the scales themselves , the programming etc is relatively simple.
Would love to try a good Charge Master or equivalent but funds just don’t allow. Once you start shooting comp or reloading higher volumes they do make things easy.
02 May 2020
@ 05:41 pm (GMT)

Hamish Gibbs

Re: Electronic Powder Measure
Awesome thank you Martin just the feedback I was after, sounds like a bloody expensive powder thrower! My Lee works fine apart from with ball powder, leaks a bit and don't find repeatable adjustment very straight forward but probably need more practice.
Guess I should stop being lazy and just get on with it!
Cheers
 

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