I have found the powder baffle to work, unless it is in my head. It seems to throw more consistant charges. The Universal charge bar is something I have not tried. I only reload 28 gauge. Since the 28 ga. can only be loaded with a shot charge of 3/4 of an oz, I only need to change the powder bushing when I load for Sporting Clays. I dont see spending $30.+ for one.
I have had good luck with my universal charge bars.It takes a little work to dial it in but well worth the effort.The biggest plus IMO is the ability to adjust for different shot sizes.The baffle is an asset with some powders and a liability with others.
I say the baffle is worth every penny. It helps to keep the powder charge consistent from the top of the bottle to the bottom. With out it you get heavy charges when the bottle is full and light charges when it starts to get low.
The universal bar would be a good investment for you at this time, since you only have one bar and two bushings now. If you had three or four bars and all the bushings I would say no. As others stated it does take a few minutes to set it up for a new load, but if you keep records of the settings it will help you later to reset for that load if you had changed it for something else. I like it because I have yet to see a mec bar drop the shot weight that it should, and I always find myself needing a bushing between thier numbers.
Don't get too lazy with charge bars guys....I've found them to be rather inconsistent at times. If you are going to use them, make dang sure you measure out every so often.
I quit using mine due to inconsistency....but that was me and my bar.
I use the universal charge bar and the powder baffle, and believe the baffle does help with charge consistency. I seem to be always messing around with different loads, requiring different powder charges, and for that the adjustable charge bar is great. If I were to load only one or two recipes, like a sane person would, I'd just use the MEC bar and bushings. That said tho, if I loaded different shot sizes I'd still use the universal since I could tweak it to get the same weight of #4 as of #8.
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