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An excellent tool for a hand loader. Make sure to read the instruction book.
on September 23, 2012
I am a low volume handloader. I more than get by with a Lee Breech Lock hand press kit and the most basic reloading equipment. The one step of the process that irritated me the most was measuring out the charge. I wanted something that didn't need to be excessively fiddled with to measure an exact charge. I already use Lee Dippers for some loads, but I wanted something more precise.
The Hornady Lock N Load Auto charge fit the bill. Oddly enough, its the most expensive piece of reloading kit I own. I consider it money well spent.
I have used it to meter out charges of: 2400, Unique, 231, Titegroup, and Bullseye. The only powder that gave the Hornady Auto Charge issues is Bullseye because its clumpy.
Set up the Auto Charge, calibrate the scale using the included check weights, zero the pan, set a charge weight, load powder into the hopper, and let it do the work. It beeps when it reaches the desired charge weight. As soon as the empty pan touches the scale, it will meter out the next charge. If it throws an over-charge, it will alert three times and lockout operations. I have to deliberately press a key to release the lockout.
First and foremost, let the Auto Charge warm up for at least 15 minutes as directed in the owners manual. All the electronics warm up affecting the scale. Once warmed up you'll see that the scale readout will remain rock steady. That's when you calbrate the scale & zero the pan.
Second, double check the position of the powder drain stop BEFORE depositing powder into the hopper. Trust me.