LEE Turret Press Leaking Powder


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1SOW
February 15, 2012, 12:40 AM
My LEE turret has loaded a LOT of 9mm with great success. It has the Pro Auto-Disc update.
I tried the new-to-me AA#5 powder, and the powder system "leaks" almost as much powder as it loads. I'm not exagerating here. I'm talking a LOT of powder leakage. I'm talking the handle pull/turret rotation is "grating" and "sticking" after 20 powder drops.
Okay, I ordered "3" new hopper seals thinking this may be the problem. NOT!
I was going to contact LEE, but checked the "FAQs" section first. For any who haven't seen or experienced this, I found:
The only powders that give the Auto Disk Powder Measure problems are Accurate #5, Hodgdon H-11 or Winchester 296. All three of these are very fine ball powders, and can get between the disk and the hopper. The fix is to order the Pro Auto Disk update it.

If your measure is leaking with any other powders, it's most likely because of excessive clearance between the hopper and the disk. As with all mechanical devices, enough clearance has to be built into the device to allow movement of the components. If you are experiencing leakage, one fix is to reduce the amount of clearance between the hopper and the disk by carefully sanding down the risers that the hopper is mounted to. Place a disk between the risers, with a piecce of scotch tape on top, and use a file or sandpaper attached to a flat surface, and file/sand until contact is made with the scotch tape.


I have the Pro-Disc update WITH a new seal, but will try the second suggestion that does make sense. It also sounds a little risky for taking off too much. I'll see.

Has anyone else run into this or "tried this fix to reduce the clearance between the hopper and the disc"??

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ArchAngelCD
February 15, 2012, 03:40 AM
I guess I'm lucky because I use W296/H110, AA#5 and W231/HP-38 without any leakage problems with the Pro Auto-Disk. I wish I could help you but I don't have that problem.

kingmt
February 15, 2012, 06:16 AM
I'm in the don't have that problem. Call Lee & see about sending it back & letting them fix it. If they take to much off they can replace it.

shootinxd
February 15, 2012, 07:20 AM
Have you taken it apart and look to see if they have to much clearence?Never had a problem with using AA#5 in mine.Its all I load for my XD40.Do you have the adjustable charge bar?

Mike 27
February 15, 2012, 09:58 AM
I would call them. I bet they address it. The regular perfect powder measure has what I would call seepage with the fine grain powders as well. I get some AA2 that works its way out of the side of the cylinder. They work well just not as tight as some of the others.

squarles67
February 15, 2012, 10:27 AM
I did have leakage with mine and I have the same set up, an Auto Disc with the Pro update. I used a sanding block in a similar fashion to what you show to reduce the slop and it made a big difference when using Win296. I've since used some AA#5 and while it still leaked some it wasn't near as bad.

I just used the sanding block to take some metal off the top of the base to reduce the clearance between the hopper and the base where the disc sits. I didn't have any disc with scotch tape in there I just sanded some then checked clearance and sanded some more.......until I got it where I wanted it. Just make sure you're sanding it flat.

jfh
February 15, 2012, 10:54 AM
My experience with the Lee measures--updated with the Pro setup--is what the others have described. I use AA#5 religiously--and the leakage one gets with that powder is the spillage that makes its way down through the actuating lever slot. I don't think there is any way to avoid it.

However, I have gotten the leakage minimized by careful tweaking of the hopper screws--between that tension, and new seals, it works OK now.

Jim H.

john16443
February 15, 2012, 03:16 PM
I think the permanent solution to 1SOW's issue is to buy an actual Pro Auto Disk and not use an older auto disk converted with some of the pro parts. I've had no problems with AA#2 and AA#5 through a true pro auto and charge bar. The difference is in the hopper seal or wiper that I don't think you can replicate with the pro conversion on an old auto set-up. Under $43 delivered to your door from fmreloading.com

MADDOG
February 15, 2012, 03:50 PM
Are the "Pro Auto Disk" black instead of gray? I bought one and I noticed the disk's were black. Thanks

greyling22
February 15, 2012, 04:49 PM
I'd never read about sanding down the bottom of the hopper before. I just assumed the design leaked. I've got 2 pro's and a regular converted to pro and the all leak. worst with 110 and #5, but even red dot escapes.

kingmt
February 15, 2012, 05:40 PM
If even Red Dot is getting out something is wrong. One of my powders has the smallest balls of any I have seen & it doesn't leak. Nether does the flake powder.

res7s
February 15, 2012, 06:07 PM
I upgraded mine. I never had problems(even with AA#7) with it leaking until I tried Bullseye in it. I ended up sanding the sides down a little bit to close the gap. That fixed it.

Hondo 60
February 15, 2012, 08:18 PM
I had the same issue with AA5 & Tite Group.

First, I switched to a RCBS Uniflow & no more leaking.

I then bought a Dillon & still no leaking.
Not crowing or drinking blue Koolaid, just reporting my experience.

1SOW
February 15, 2012, 09:32 PM
I'm in the don't have that problem. Call Lee & see about sending it back & letting them fix it. If they take to much off they can replace it.

Their warranty was good up to a couple of years and 30,000 rds ago.

I've looked at the clearance and there IS a pretty big (light visible) gap between the disc and the hopper, a bigger gap than the seal can handle with those three powders listed by LEE.
I used a flat 1/4" aluminum plate with 400 grit carborundum paper to level and polish the aluminum edges the plastic hopper sits on. It did remove a little of the gap and still runs smoothly. I put a disc in with a piece of Scotch tape across the the disc before I sanded. The sand paper never touched the tape.
The plastic hopper bottom has two narrow 1/16" or less "ski-like" runners that rest on the aluminum. I'm going to do the same to these plastic "runners" to tighten it up a skosh more.

For those who said leakage is normal: "You didn't read my post". With AA#5 it leaked as much as it dropped. The press was grinding and sticking after 20 test loads. Powder was all over my bench.
I'm perfectly satisfied with the very slight leakage other powders like 231 and n320 have had. It's been insignificant until I tried A#5.
greyling22: I'd never read about sanding down the bottom of the hopper before. I just assumed the design leaked. I've got 2 pro's and a regular converted to pro and the all leak. worst with 110 and #5, but even red dot escapes.
LEE didn't recommend sanding the hopper, they recommended sanding the risers that hopper sits on.

Hondo, even Dillon has a new drum (?) they will give you if it's 'cuz AA#5 leaks. Some 550Bs leak too. (referencing a friend)

kingmt: If even Red Dot is getting out something is wrong. One of my powders has the smallest balls of any I have seen & it doesn't leak. Nether does the flake powder.
LEE lists "THE" smallest powders, see the initial post. AA#5 is waaay smaller than 231 or anything else I've seen.

Will update.

kingmt
February 15, 2012, 10:11 PM
I have never seen AA#5 but my WC Blank is not much bigger then dust.

1SOW
February 17, 2012, 12:22 AM
I tried the A#5 again today and there was significant improvement after the sanding.
I loaded 10 rds plus a lot of test drops and didn't have a lot of powder strewn everywhere.
I did have a few specs of powder visible on the disc, but not bad. A#5 powder looks like indistinguishable specs of fly doo doo.
Maybe a "tiny bit" more sanding would give even better results, but sanding too much isn't a good idea.

Anyway, the LEE FAQ suggestion for fixing powder leakage in the disc system, seems to be fairly effective.

Finis

res7s
February 17, 2012, 01:29 AM
kingmt:

If even Red Dot is getting out something is wrong. One of my powders has the smallest balls of any I have seen & it doesn't leak. Nether does the flake powder.

My Uniflow leaks Red Dot, and AA#7. It's not huge leaks, but I think any leak counts.

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