The new RCBS ChargeMaster Lite packs unparalleled powder-measuring accuracy in a compact package. The one-piece unit features an LCD touchscreen display that ensures accurate data input. The hopper holds nearly a pound of smokeless powder, and can dispense anywhere between 2-300 grains with a +/-0.1-grain accuracy. The ChargeMaster Lite is an effective, accurate powder-measuring tool.
Bought this measure/dispenser to replace my Hornady Lock & Load Auto Charge Dispenser because I wasn't satisfied with it's (lack of) accuracy. The 1st day I received the Chargemaster Lite, I turned it on for the 15-20 min warm up and after about 10-mins I noticed it had turned off. Turned it back on & after 6-7 mins it was off again. This happened 4 or 5 times before I stopped for the night. Next day, I turned it back on and kept a closer eye on it & it never went off. I have not had a recurrence of the problem since & have had it for about 3-weeks. The dispenser is very accurate & so far has not thrown an overcharge. I check every 10th charge with my RCBS 10-10 beam scale and it's dead on. The powder dump tube is larger and faster than the Hornady's and the dispenser is easily as fast as the Hornady. The Chargemaster comes with a TINY cleanup brush which is totally useless. The Hornady comes with two brushes. One very long narrow brush for brushing out the inside of the hopper as it drains and another which is shorter but wider for general cleanup of the machine & table. RCBS should really consider doing the same. I do a lot of load development & don't really need a dispenser with load saving features like some of the more expensive dispensers. All in all, the CM Lite is a good & reliable dispenser.
I put off buying this auto scale for a long time. Really sorry I waited. This thing is fast and very accurate. After I got the calibration sequence figured out it went very well. RCBS, that says it all.
My original Chargemaster 1500 scale died, so I decided to replace it with this new Chagemaster Lite. I like it. It is a single integrated unit instead of a separate scale and trickler. The touch screen is nice, but you have to be careful when reaching for the powder pan as it is easy to accidentally touch the screen and do something you don't want to do.
I've thrown probably 200 charges with it so far and it works great.
I had one for 2 years, and loaded 200-300 rounds a month average on it, decided to stop working last time I used it. It still powers on, takes a charge weight, but makes no effort to turn the tube to dispense powder when you press go. right up until that point I was very happy with the product, but 1 year limited warranty so I am just out of luck.
Once again RCBS provides a product that is accurate, reliable, consistent and easy to use. My only regret is that I didn't purchase one sooner. RCBS continues to be my go to company for my reloading needs. Well done!
I thought I’d like it but I never really knew how much easier it would make my life. If you load a lot then the CM lite is the only way to go. It will sometimes throw an under charge by a couple grains but never an over charge. You can manually trickle up with the touch of a button. Easy clean up and extremely easy set up. Punch you charge weight and your ready to go. It makes working up loads so much faster and easier. No more dipping or dropping a load then trickling up. It does it all for you. This thing is well worth the money IMO.
So far I've only used it for testing accuracy loads on a new rifle, loading multiple sets of various powders and charges. I've confirmed most with a Ballance scale and I have to say it's been spot on. If you are looking for something that will work for huge quantities of reloading at speed this is not what you want. But if your like me and want precision on each load down to the 10th of a grain, then this is what you want. Very easy to operate and it's been great, hopefully it will last a long time because this thing is great
Overall, I like the scale. Scheels is great to work with and they ship fast. The scale has been accurate every time I've used it. Not too hard to figure out once you go to YouTube. The included instructions are terrible. It's a novel in 6 different languages that tells you how to zero the scale.
I’ve only used it to load about 200 rounds so far but I have yet to have an over or under charge. If I start to see some over/under charging I will buy the mk machining inserts but as of now I don’t see the need to. It’s actually a pretty quick dispensing too. Much quicker than I had anticipated. Now if I could actually get my hands on more primers so I could use it more.
Don't know how anyone reloads without these! I now have 2 of these and out of 500 charges thrown each maybe 5 overthrows between the 2 and those were by .1 grain and that was with extruded powders that is touchy anyways. And can't get any better customer service from Scheels, they've went way above the bar to help me!
I love my new RCBS Charge Master Lite Scale. I am very careful with my long range rifle loads and this scale works just great. I have already loaded hundreds of rounds and I am quite pleased with its performance. It's not inexpensive and the final few trickles do take a little time but in general, it does save me time and effort. Hopefully it will perform for years.
Bought the Chargemaster Lite mainly to use with stick powders. Works great with those. Have also run ball and flake powders through it. Seems slow on 5-6 grain charges since most of the time it is trickling. I use a measure to throw pistol charges anyway.
Without any calibration it has been spot on with various check weights. As a scale alone, it is much easier to weigh things than a beam scale. I haven't used my beam scale since buying the Chargmaster.
I have never owned an electronic powder measure before so I did a lot of research before I purchased the Chargemaster Lite. I am glad I did. First reload session I took it out of the box and set it up. That process was very easy. After warm up I started some charges. Its amazing! Every charge was right on the money. Loaded 60 rounds and not one over charge or under charge, not one. I checked the scales against another scales. Dead on. I would highly recomend the chargemaster lite to any reloader. I am very happy with my purchase. ps: I used 3 different powders.
Just loaded up 100 rounds of .223 this afternoon. Used my new rcbs chargemaster lite scale. With reloader 10x powder it threw .1 grain over only once. Great product. Works great weighs fast. It'll throw a charge as fast as you can reload on a single stage press.