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powder measure question?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dana345, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. dana345

    dana345 Member

    Does your powder measure drop on the upstroke or downstroke? It seems like from the factory they are set to drop on the upstroke. I would think they would work better on the down stroke...?
  2. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Most of the powder measures can be reconfigured to drop either way. Depends on how the handle is installed and where the metering unit is located, front or back.
  3. Lee S. Forsberg

    Lee S. Forsberg Well-Known Member

    What measure are we talking about? Most dump on the up stroke now days. I have one old Redding that dumps on the down stroke. I have a new Redding that dumps on the up stroke. Wonder when and why they changed their mind?
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  4. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    There's the best answer you can get without providing us more information. And as Lee asked, what powder measure are you using? There's surely someone here with the same measure that would instruct you on how to change it around.
  5. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

    Most rotary measures can be set up to operate from either direction. Usually it is more convenient to work from the side with the measure, or front. This method fills the rotor on the upstroke, and the charge is dropped on the downstroke.

    The key to consistent measuring is not the direction, but the manipulation of the measure. Stroke and tap with even handling going up and down, or down and up. Same speed of motion in both directions with a light tap against the stop.
  6. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Actually power drops on BOTH up and down stroke.

    On mine, powder drops into the measuring tube on the up stroke and then powder drops into the case on the down stroke.

    Hope that helps.

    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  7. dana345

    dana345 Member

    I should have made myself more clear. I have a uniflow and a redding 10x. I was just wanting opinions which setup most preferred and worked best.
  8. James2

    James2 Well-Known Member

    That is how mine works too. Never tried any other setup. Works fine for me.
  9. Lee S. Forsberg

    Lee S. Forsberg Well-Known Member

    James2 has it I think, whatever works for you. Dump on the up or down stroke, what works for you? As far as accuracy I can't see any difference between the two. Inconsistent operation will make a difference, Jesse Heywood has it right.
  10. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I have micrometer adjusters on all my drum style powder measures, a Uniflow, Redding 10-X and a Midway Indispensable (discontinued). I prefer the adjusters on the front of the measure where I am operating.

    So, I guess I prefer to dump on the up stroke.
  11. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    Dillon and Q-M: downstroke
    Hollywood and Lyman 55: Upstroke
    B&M: sideways
  12. Rule3

    Rule3 Well-Known Member

    I reversed my RCBS to drop on the down stroke. Seems more intuitive to me. You are dropping a powder charge

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