Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CoalCrackerAl, Nov 5, 2022.
I have had one of those for decades. It is a great press, massive cast iron construction, lots of leverage for small base sizing 30-06 cases. Mine, the handle angles a little off to the side on the down stroke and that is good for the elbow and wrist. I have multiple turrets and never used them. With good dies and a controlled amount of case lube, I had case neck run outs a thousandth of an inch. Strangely, too much lube and erratic levels of lube increased case neck run out.
My main complaint is primers coming out of the primer cup. A tight primer will eject itself out of the collecting cup as it rebounds from rocketing out of the pocket. Never hurts to have a shop vac near by to vacuum up primers.
Had powder spills today pulling bullets. A shop vac is an indispensable reloading accessory!
That’s what I use. I have multiple turrets with all of my dies set up for quick change outs.
It’s very rugged and I’ve never had an issue with it other than a few primers missing the tray when popped out. No big deal.
The electronic scale is still accurate and dependable. Powder thrower does a good job. I bought a desktop mount for mine.
$300 is a good deal. I’d buy it.
I have a few of the Lyman 55 measures and they are good for somethings other powder measures are not so great at, as there are multiple ways to achieve the same volume throw with them. (Small/deep hole or large/shallow).
Who was advertising no longer made stuff and have no stock? Website?
My son ordered that kit and loved it. But the digital scale gave up pretty soon (like weeks) into ownership. I'd say they realized their mistake and and corrected it.
A good balance scale is the best kind to have , it doen't stop working when the power goes out ...
electronic can get wonky with lights and motors on the same circuit and they never run out of batteries ! Use the balance and hang onto it ... I've used one for 50+ years .
The electronic one I bought sucks rocks ... it can't seem to get a itself zeroed ... I just don't trust it .
you can toss a balance scale across the room and still get it to work. Oldest way to measure in known history
I can on my RCBS 505, and you should be able to with the Lyman scale as well.
When I start, I zero and level my scale with the pan on it, then set my charge weight (say 5.0 grains or whatever for what I'm loading), then I drop a charge in the pan and place it on the scale. If it lands on the center line it's good to go. Rinse and repeat for your comfort level. I weigh every charge, some people weigh every fifth or tenth, really up to you and whether you trust your measure.
If it lands above the line, it's heavy (overcharged), and if it lands below the line it's light. My scale has three lines, and IIRC the distance between the upper and lower line equals 0.7 grains. I may be mistaken on that but I seem to remember reading it and it has stuck with me.
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