Redding chamber meter


November 11, 2010, 12:04 AM
I bought a Redding match 3BR powder measure and realized the chamber meters lowest setting was 5gr. I ordered the handgun meter. Still building bench. So I haven't used 3BR yet,nor read manual. So, I'm wondering if it's a big deal to change chamber meters? Is it just attach and start throwing powder or some calibrating involved.

Rikman-reloading newbie

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November 11, 2010, 12:48 AM
You're just starting out and you needed a benchrest lever powder measure?
1) Sit down and read the manual. In general, the metering chamber unscrews and the replacement chamber screws in. In some measure, you have to remove the metering chamber and then remove the rotor, install new rotor and then install the metering chamber for that rotor. I believe the BR3 uses two metering chambers and the same rotor.
2) Not sure of question, but you will verify the powder charge by weighing it. In this case, you should record the micrometer reading and the powder charge it produces so you can determine the charge per increment changed and go back to the setting later.

November 11, 2010, 01:06 AM

Thanks for the response,good info, I appreciate it. Yes, I went with Redding because I like their quality &precision. I have 2 match rifles I shoot in 223 & 308 but with commercial/match ammo...also I didn't think the price was unfair and I could afford it. Should I have bought something cheap to learn on and then purchased something better down the road?

I will read the manual when I get home...on the road now working and figured I'd use this resource. Got my other books, lymans,abc's of reloading with me....good stuff.


November 12, 2010, 12:36 AM
Went and looked and can't find manuals on Redding's site. Dumb.
No, if you have a reason to buy up to start with. Just don't see that level of powder measure for pistol ammunition.
I believe that everyone can do as they like as long as they are safe and NOT telling others to do things their way. I was just "worried" that you might be another new reloader who wants to incorporate every benchrest trick and tip for their handgun loading.
My recommendation do new reloaders is to start at the beginning and learn as they go along and not to just assume that they need to incorporate every trick they read about. I try to convince them to stick to the basics and NOT get involved in extraneous details until they have a reason to try it and a way to verify that it actually did them some good.
I would rather spend trigger time on target at the range than worry about every small detail of reloading, when the manuals make clear exactly what you need to be concerned about and that is the basics.
So, from your post, I just thought it was another pistol shooter who wanted to do all the benchrest tricks to his ammunition before he ever reloaded some and would never really work out what did and did not improve his ammunition.

November 12, 2010, 01:13 AM

I understand. Thanks for the leg work. I saw that on Redding's site, no info,I agree dumb. I took te NRA metallic reloading class and have become quite excited and interested in reloading. I was so proud when I cranked out 6 rnds of 38spl & 5 rnds of 223 rem in class.I've really appreciated shooting from a different & interesting perspective.

I just got home for the night and going to check out the instructions. Heading back out on the road.

Have a great night!

November 12, 2010, 07:24 AM
The 3BR is a "rifle" measure capable of large charges. The BR30 is a "rifle" measure that targets charges "around 30 grs". The 10X is a pistol measure. I do not know if the metering inserts are interchangeable. Call Redding and ask.

As is, your 3BR will work just fine for .223 & .308. I have a 10X & a BR-30. I use my BR-30 for those two rifle calibers. It just does do .308.

November 13, 2010, 12:57 AM
For what they charge for the reloading class, you should be able to teach us.
I looked into the Reloading Instructor class, but they were far away and too expensive.

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