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Need advice on powder measure

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hanno, Feb 12, 2008.

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  1. hanno

    hanno Member

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    Long time shooter but new to reloading (the price of ammo finally caught up with me). I currently load .45 ACP (using Lee dippers checked by a scale) and intend to load .38 Special and .44 Special. To get to the point, I want to buy a powder measure and am currently considering purchasing either a Redding Model 10X-Pistol and Small Rifle Powder Measure or a RCBS Little Dandy. I would very much appreciate guidance from you fine folks on which would be the preferable choice.
    FWIW, I don't see myself loading rifle ammo or any other calibers besides these three with the possible exception of .44 Mag.
    Thanks for any help/advice.
     
  2. ldv444

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    Hanno- I would consider the Redding over the RCBS. The Little Dandy is a "dandy", but it limits you to whatever throw/charge the specific rotor you buy does-ie.....with multiple loads (45acp-38spcl-44spl-44mag) you can get high expense fairly quickly. Keep in mind, you may have to have two or three rotors for each round, depending on powder and loads that you want to shoot. The Redding is a higher quality unit, costs more upfront, but does offer greater flexibility. You may also want to consider the Hornady unit. Less expensive than the Redding, but a quality piece of gear. Hope this helps...
     
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    Welcome to The High Road.

    I have the Redding 10X and like it a lot.

    The repeatable micrometer settings are great. Spot on every time. makes switching recipies fast and easy.
     
  4. hanno

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    Thanks guys. Aside from cost, any thoughts on which of the 2 is more accurate? I have read as much as possible on both products as well as other makes and models and it seems that both of these could throw a charge that is + or - 1/10 of a grain. For handgun loads does 1/10 or even 2/10 variation between rounds make a difference in accuracy at 25 yards?
    Appreciate any help/advice.
     
  5. Walkalong

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    Ditto. Change the setting. A quick check with the scale, and off you go.
     
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    redding for me.
     
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    I have a Redding benchrest measure and an RCBS unit. Both are accurate and consistent.
     
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    I have a Redding 10X. The micrometer is a great advantage. Remember that this will be a lifetime investment, so don't worry about the small difference in purchase price. and the Redding comes with baffle and micrometer included in the price.

    Get the Redding 10X. you will never regret it. plus the guys at Redding are very helpful on the telephone.
     
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