I had the good fortune of picking up a dirty, but salvageable Redding Model 3 powder measure at a gun show today...on an RCBS stand...for $10. Poor thing spent a lot of years in a smokers cave but it cleaned up nicely and appears none-the-worse for wear.
I'm looking for recommendations on adapters and drop tubes for mounting it a turret. All responses appreciated.
PS - Also picked up a Savage Model 63 just like the one I had when I was 10! I invited a lot of squirrels and rabbits to dinner with that rifle.
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November 1, 2009, 07:53 PM
For auto pistol loads, I mount mine (Redding 10X) right on my Redding T-7 and bring the cases up to it, charge, then on to seating.
For weighing each charge, I use it on a separate stand. I made a chute from brass that drops the charge into the scale's pan.
For some revolver loads I charge directly into the cases, I bring the loading block up to the measure and charge directly into the case mouths.
November 1, 2009, 08:02 PM
Here's an idea.... I'm not sure if it's what you're after, but it's an idea.
Dies are needed all the time. Some dies like a Universal Decapper you simply dare not remove from your turret. Even with a big turret, you need all the die space you can find. So I mount my powder hopper and stand on a chunk of wood. If the wood is big and heavy, then the hopper is as sturdy as being in the turret, except that when I'm finished with powdering I have the luxury of moving the hopper to the far back corner of the bench.
With this setup I can also move directly from the press to the powder as an option.
See what you think.
Hope this helps!
November 1, 2009, 09:02 PM
Here's my chute set up for weighing each charge. Note the little fold at the end to slow the powder and drop it straight down.
Here's how I do it on the press, .38 Super case being charged.
November 1, 2009, 09:11 PM
November 1, 2009, 10:27 PM
for $10. Now that is one good buy right there. :)
November 2, 2009, 12:25 AM
I use a Lyman multi expand charge die for running my RCBS powder measure. Not sure how the redding is setup. It dropped my production time down and provides a better flare on my pistol casing than the RCBS expander die did.
November 2, 2009, 07:28 PM
Hard use really doesn't hurt most of good reloading equipment. Here's Before and After a little soap and water. I'm hoping I can get a new cap and decal from Redding.
November 2, 2009, 08:08 PM
I keep one mounted on an old Lyman Spar T turret. I load each round to completion by turning the turret.
November 2, 2009, 09:58 PM
Have you ever tried putting the RCBS handle opposite of what you have it now? I found that having the cavity "up" towards the powder hopper "allowed" vibrations and other tool movements to cause powder drop inaccuracy. By having the cavity down and only exposed to the powder when I cycle the handle, I got much better accuracy in my charge weights.
November 3, 2009, 10:51 PM
Have you ever tried putting the RCBS handle opposite of what you have it now?
No sir, I haven't. But I will. I like the UniFlow because there's so many ways you can go with it. Very handy device. I need to fit the baffle in mine too.
I'm a "double knocker". That is, at each end of the stroke, I knock the adjuster into the stops twice. Sort of... Raise knock, knock. Lower knock, knock. That gives me great results, but it sounds like someone at the door!