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223 funnel choice..?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Shanghai McCoy, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Member

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    Since I have only recently started loading for 223,and I am still acquiring the necessary stuff, a proper powder funnel is on the list. I know what all is available but would like to hear what is the best to spend my money on..?
     
  2. edwardware

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    I like Lee's red plastic funnel. Wash in dishsoap, let dry soapy, and never look back.

    Avoid RCBS's .224+ funnel for .224; it doesn't self-center on the mouth.
     
  3. WestKentucky

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    I have a few “universal” funnels. I like the lee best. RCBS funnel has more wobble which means spillage. Only complaint about Lee is that the smaller hole bridges easily with stick powder.
     
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    I've been using the RCBS funnel that came with my set-up way back when. If you hold it with one hand while pouring down the side slowly and steadily, it gets the job done. In fact, I need to go load some 223 up now.
     
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    Hardcore Xtreme powder funnels. Expensive but worth it. The cost of the funnel isn't going to kill you, the fact that after you use it you will buy more of them is what hurts.
     
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    I have 3 powder funnels from Xtreme Hardcore gear: http://xtremehardcoregear.com/powderfunnels.html I am using these for .223, 6.5mm and .308 which I use for both .308 Win and .300 blackout. I much prefer the caliber specific powder funnels over the universal plastic one. Area 419 also makes a universal powder funnel with different caliber bases that screw on the bottom. This is one of those items that are pricey but I find it to be well worth the money. I also have the stand for the powder funnels.
     
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    don't buy a lyman! pure junk!
     
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    How are you charging, measure or weighing each charge?
     
  12. Shanghai McCoy

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    ^^^^
    I weigh each charge then poor through my current RCBS "universal" funnel.
    Thanks for the input Gents.
     
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    Im using hornady auto tricklers. Not the fastest way but faster than trickling by hand and very accurate. Works well when doing load development when your making 5 - 10 rounds of each charge weight.
     
  17. jmorris

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    That’s even easier to use the Lyman pan/funnel on digital. Just hit zero, no need to mess with the pan hanger like you would have to on a beam scale to adjust for the difference in pan weight.
     
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    I'm still using the RCBS funnel that I bought sometime around 1980. It works and rarely gives me any problems.
     
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    I use an RCBS .17 cal. powder funnel; I found the .22-.45 one barely fit the .223 necks, and often leaked powder.
     
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    I have both RCBS and Lee plastic funnels and they work fine for me. If you don't like plastic funnels the above linked to Satern funnels work very well and are not extremely expensive. I might be buying one for the .223/5.56 soon because of the added speed for volume loading.
     
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    I found the Satern to suit my needs.
     
  23. Shanghai McCoy

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    That's what I've been using but it's not sealing as well on those 223 cases. Never had that problem with my 45/70 cases... ;)
    Ordered one of the Saturn funnels today and we'll see how that works out.
     
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    I really like the Lyman pan/funnel too. I don't spill powder when I pour thrown charges from a case to check the weight. Also, my Gempro is definitely more stable with the slightly heavier pan.
     
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    I also found the old RCBS funnel to leak powder with .223. I have been using a plastic MTM funnel for .223 which worked well, but recently purchased the new Lyman Brass Smith funnel set. I used it for the first time on Saturday. Even after treating with a drier sheet I still have static cling for the first 50 rounds or so. After that it seem to acquire a good coating of graphite and worked much better. I still found myself having to tap it against the case mouth to drop granules clinging to the removable caliber-specific insert. The jury is still out but I think after it breaks in it should be fine. I was expecting less cling from the aluminum, but it was a very damp day, so maybe that was part of it.
     
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