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Ideas on how to store pre weighed powder charges

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mwsenoj, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. mwsenoj

    mwsenoj Well-Known Member

    I am getting ready to load 260 on my Dillon 650 and I am trying to think of a good way to store 100 or so pre weighed charges so I can dump them in manually to the powder funnel in the press. I know I could use other cases to hold my powder (43.1gr of H4350) but I don't have any extra 260 or 308 laying around. Anyone with a non-brass suggestion?
  2. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    May I ask....Why do you want to do this? What advantage do you perceive?
  3. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    That sounds like doing a job twice.
  4. mwsenoj

    mwsenoj Well-Known Member

    I have a chargemaster and I can do other tasks while I am getting precise loads trickled out. If I had 100 charges ready to go I could speed up the actual progressive loading.
  5. primalmu

    primalmu Well-Known Member

  6. mwsenoj

    mwsenoj Well-Known Member

  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  8. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    A lot of restaurants that do not use prepackaged condiments use small plastic cups with removable lids that will stack well for storage. Most will hold 3 large tablespoons full with ease. Or those paper or plastic ketchup containers you fill yourself at the Big Mac store.:D Those will not be that expensive to obtain while saving on your time spent cooking on occasion.:cool: You will just have to wash them before the propellant is dumped in them.
  9. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Your method seems to add unecessary and inherent risk to the reloading process. It's never a good idea to have unlabled powder on the bench at any time. Your opening up a can of worms, so to speak.

  10. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I'm curious why/how you would need to modify the 3006 cases?

    I was thinking you could use 100 of them, preferably with the spent primers still in :). Charge 'em and put 'em in your loading blocks. Dump as you load your 260.

    This could be safer than progressive charging. You would get the benefit of being able to visually check the powders levels in the loading block.

    You could label the block with the powder and charge info, if you planned to leave them in there for an extended time period.
  11. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Gloob you would have to verify that ALL the propellant exited each 30-06 brass each time also. to me a series of little plastic Solo cups with covers would stack in neat rows corresponding to loading block positions and are see through mostly so you see if there is anything left in your container easily. What I would do. I also would label a piece of paper with the load info and stack the cups in rows on that for safety. YMMV
  12. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    Do you know anybody who takes pills on a regular basis?

    When I take my Savage smokeless muzzle loader to the range I carry my pre-measured smokeless powder charges in pill bottles. They are water tight, see-through, and free. They also have the benefit of not building up static charges so the powder doesn't cling to the inside walls.
  13. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Put a bullet on it and finish the job.

    Otherwise, dont.
  14. Centaur 1

    Centaur 1 Well-Known Member

    You might make the loading process move quicker, but overall it will add to the time spent reloading. Not saying it will, but every time you add a step to powder charging you're increasing the chance that something could go wrong. And never forget how similar some powders look to others. One example in my powder cabinet is HS-6 and LeverEvolution, can't see the difference without magnification. I wouldn't want to accidently charge a 30-30 with 35.5 grains of HS-6.
  15. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    i think you could put those little plastic cups right on the chargemaster scale and hit zero each time, then just hit dispense, throw a lid on it and repeat.
  16. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    I can't place a bullet as fast as my dispenser/scale can have the next one ready.

    if yours is that slow try sizing & trimming in between charges.
  17. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    I could think of a few reasons for doing this on a progressive press.

    A) using a powder that doesn't meter well, and wants maximum accuracy

    B) pushing the upper limits of a powder charge, and accidental overthrows when metering by volume can be dangerous

    C) Working up ladder loads for accuracy testing (10 each, for instance), where "resetting" the powder dispenser would be more hassle than it's worth.

    So, gain the advantages of auto-sizing/priming with manual powder dump and bullet seat.

    If any of the above is the case, skip the powder dump and bullet seat stations on the progressive. Run your brass through to size and prime, then load them up in a tray and finish by hand on a single stage or turret press.

    I do this on 223 when I'm loading accuracy loads or ladder testing. Let the progressive walk the brass through two of the steps, finish it off by hand on my turret press.
  18. mdemetz

    mdemetz Well-Known Member

    Search vials on eBay.
  19. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  20. hueyville

    hueyville Well-Known Member

    Just curious, but why set up a progressive for a run as small as 100 rounds? Especially if your looking to be super precise as it sounds from your concern over super critical charge weight. My suggestion is to slow your roll and clean primer pockets or some other mundane task between powder dumps from your trickler. In the end, time will be the same or quicker as you don't have to handle the powder charges twice. My advice is worth exactly what it costs...

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