Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, May 05, 2008

It's Official. I Like It!

Over the last weekend and this evening I loaded 500 rounds of .223 and 100 rounds of .308. For every one I used my (relatively) new RCBS Chargemaster 1500 that I bought last May. I've reported on it before, but (now that I've actually, you know, read the instructions and made use of some of the neater features) I thought I'd report in again.

Worth every penny.

However: "Throw a measured charge ±0.1 grain, in about 20 seconds?" HAH!

All my loading over the last few days has been with Varget, which is a short-cut extruded powder. The Chargemaster handles it fine, but each charge takes closer to 30-35 seconds. Plus, it never throws a charge light. It either hits the mark or goes 1-3 tenths over. One tenth I will live with. Two or more, no.

This is a function of how the powder stacks up in the trickler tube, mostly. Tonight, for example, I threw twenty charges each of 42.0, 42.2, 42.4, 42.6 and 42.8 grains. On average I probably had to throw 22-24 charges to get twenty at the programed weight (within 0.1 grain). Interestingly, at 42.6, the Chargemaster threw 19 precisely at the programmed weight and one at 42.7, but when I programmed it for 42.8, I had to throw 25 charges because it kept trickling up to 43.0-43.1.

Still, it's faster than I used to be using an RCBS powder measure and a Wheeler Engineering trickler over a PACT electronic scale, so I'm not going to complain.

Previously I used the Chargemaster to throw some 2400 loads for .45LC. 2400 is a tiny ball powder, and it measured a bit more accurately. Plus, the lighter charges measured out a tiny bit quicker. The individual granules of 2400 don't weigh as much as the cut granules of Varget, so consequently it takes a few more of them to make up 0.2 grain.

Like I said - worth every penny. If you're loading for accuracy, this is a very nice setup.

UPDATE:  Original JS-Kit/Echo comment thread available here, thanks to reader John Hardin.

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