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  1. emptybrass

    emptybrass Member

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    I'm using the Hornady powder dispenser that came with my LNL single stage kit...so what is the trick to dumping the unused powder out without the baffle falling out at the wrong and unpredictable time and making a mess? I know you guys have a simple secret that you are wanting to share with me before I spill all of my powder. It' a lot like that last swallow of drink in your glass when the ice breaks loose and splatters your specs.
     
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    It's not answering your question, but on my LEE powder container, I put on a velcro strap to fasten the lid on. I just turn the whole thing upside down over a funnel in the powder jug.

    Before this, I had powder everywhere once in a while.:cuss:
     
  3. cfullgraf

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    I use a funnel to pour the powder from the measure to the storage container. On the one or two powder measures I have where the baffle is loose, I pour carefully until the baffle slips out and is caught by the funnel. Regardless, if you pour too fast, powder will go everywhere.

    My funnel is a Tupperware funnel with a 3 to 4 inch mouth and a fairly large discharge but any funnel with similar characteristics will work.

    If you do not want the baffle to move when dumping the measure, spread the baffle a little so that it grips the sides of the hopper. It can be set to not move in the hopper but can be pulled out with a wire with a hook bent in the end. Another advantage to this, you can set the baffle at different heights.

    Redding does this with their powder measure baffles.

    The Hornady L-N-L has a dump tube option. When done reloading, raise the metering cavity, pull the metering adjustment and replace it the dump tube. Then, most of the powder will drain out the tube when it is lowered again.

    The dump tube works and I have used one with my L-N-L but I found it took more time than just pouring the powder out the top of the measure,

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. rcmodel

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    Yes, the secret is a .99 cent funnel from the Dollar Store.

    Put it in the powder can, and you have a 6" target to try & miss!

    PS: if your baffle falls out that easy, you need to spring it open a tad so it fits in the hopper tighter.

    rc
     
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    I turn my adjustment to the largest charge and work the lever to drop it straight into the powder container. It's clean and takes a little time, but i'm not in a big hurry.
     
  6. ZGunner

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    I have the LnL AP, i just take the powder measure off and dump it back in the jug while I cup my hand around the top. I got around the baffle problem by dumping it in a 8 lb jug of Varget the first time I poured it back in. Haven't been able to get it out.
     
  7. emptybrass

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    Understood...tweek the baffle and get a funnel....thanks, guys
     
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    A match.
     
  9. cfullgraf

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    A quick solution but undesirable collateral damage.
     
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    I made a funnel from a plastic soda bottle. It is just large enough to fit over the hopper and seal around it. Catches the baffle if it does come out.
     
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    Where is the link to your video? :)
     
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    I have only used my LnL measure one time, but that time I used it as above. Poured into a funnel. I did have to watch the baffle. I normally use my Lee PAD on my LnL AP and I just unlock the bushing and dump it into the funnel.
    A appreciate the idea on spreading the baffle a little bit. I would have never arrived at such a technical solution on my own..:)
    About 45 years ago I bought a powder funnel for just such thing. Kind of flat taper at the bottom and only about a 1/2" spout. Haven't been able to find another for that purpose. Then someone suggested sawing off most of the spout on a regular funnel. Another brilliant technical solution I would have never thought of on my own!
     
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    Pour it carefully. Btw, at some point you're going to spill A LOT of powder. It happened to me....
     
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    thats one HOT idea.
     
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    I have found the baffle in my Hornady LNL powder dispenser totally unnecessary.
     
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    In my Uniflow, the baffle is not needed for most powders I use. However, when I am using 700x, I must use the baffle to get consistent results. It definitely makes a difference there.
     
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    I use a Uniflow with a baffle. Tie a string around the baffle long enough to loop over the top of the powder reservoir and tie a small washer to it to keep the string from falling back in. Lift the baffle slowly to get it out from under the powder in the reservoir when you're through.
     
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    I don't use the baffle. Never saw the need. But I don't load the tube up either. I load in small batches and just pour powder in the measure body without the hopper tube. Seems to work fine.
     
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    I have two Hornady measures, never use a baffle, don't need it.
     
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    I get better results when using a baffle in my drum style powder measures. I do find it works best if the holes in the baffle are not directly over the metering cavity.

    (The axis between the baffle holes is parallel to the rotational axis of the drum or the pent roof bend in the baffle is perpendicular to the rotational axis of the drum).

    But, the use or non-use of a baffle is dependent on how the measure is operated. Regardless, the measure has to be operated the same way every stroke to get consistent results.
     
  22. loose noose

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    I've got two Uniflow one on my progressive, and one when I'm loading Single stage mostly rifle cartridges, I have never used a baffle in either of these. However my Lyman Black Powder measure has a baffle which appears to be fixed into the tube, probably because of the course nature of black powder. With smokeless I've never seen any reason for it, when loading near maximum charges I use my trickler and check every load with my scale.
     
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    NOTE!

    I take a 1" wide strip of DUCT TAPE and run it around the bottom of the tube
    and Housing area to keep the tube attached in case you bump it.

    You don't want the tube falling off and it's not screwed to the housing like a Dillon.

    I also cut a CLEAR SHEET PROTECTOR to fit inside the tube, it keep the powder
    from reacting with the tube and discoloring it.

    I keep powder in my tube all the time, I also protect it from LIGHT by placing
    an OLD SOCK OVER THE TUBE.
     
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