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Powder measure reccomendations?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Craig28, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. Craig28

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    I figured that was the case. I'm looking for something at least on the mid-end. I may end up with more than one eventually, but I'd rather not end up with junk to begin with. I'd prefer not to buy something twice right off the bat.
     
  2. Craig28

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    Is this the lyman #55 or the lyman brass smith?

    I haven't got my hands on any varget yet. With the shortage it's up to 33 bucks a pound where I live and it's sold out immediately. It's a longer grain extruded powder I take it?
     
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    I was not familiar with this brand. With the accuracy of a Redding and price lower than RCBS with a life time warranty, this is definitely something I'll look into.

    I appreciate all the info!
     
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    Redding makes some real nice equipment. My press is a redding. I was looking at their powder measure. Looked like one of the better ones for sure. Price tag was around $190.

    American made and a lifetime waranty what more could you ask for?
     
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    If you’re in that price range, you may want to consider something like the RCBS chargemaster or chargemaster lite. I really like the convenience of typing in a throw weight and hitting the dispense key. Think of it as an alternative to the powder measure dump/trickle stage. There are other automatic throwers by other brands as well.
    I used to use the RCBS measure, it worked fine for both ball, flake and stick powders. As others have mentioned, they’re all volume based so there’ll be some variability and you’ll have to determine if you’re going to do a post-trickle adjustment. I do have a Lock n Load press and it came with the Hornady powder measure and I will say it’s better than the older RCBS measure. Good luck!
     
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    My beef with H110 isn't the consistency of the throws but the fact that it is so fine that it binds up my measure. Granted, the measure in question is an Ideal #5 that is probably 60 years old. But I've seen other posts complaining about the same thing or leaking with H110. Like I said, maybe it would work fine with one of my Uniflows, but those are dedicated to pet loads.
     
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  7. Herman B

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    A baffle in the hopper negates the problem. Baffles are pretty common features among powder measures.
     
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    I have played with baffles, and moving them up and down. I keep the hopper filled above the middle and keep track when the charge starts to consistently change.
     
  9. greyling22

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    I have an old lee perfect powder measure that has never leaked and works fine with ball powders. However, it does not operate smoothly and takes a fair amout of force to make work, and stick powders like 4895 really make it choke. I also have a ancient uniflow. It is much smoother in operation, works fine, and kind of chokes of 4895, but nowhere near as bad as the lee. it is 2x as good as the lee, but not 3x or 4x. I now try to avoid stick powders, but the blasted m1 garand really wants stick powder.
     
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    I have an RCBS Uniflow that I run off the press and really like.

    I also have a Lee Auto Drum that I run on the press, and don't much care for.
     
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    Harrell's Culver THIS
     
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  12. Craig28

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    The price was what turned me off the redding although I'm sure it one of the better measures you can get.

    Those automatic powder throwers have definitely caught my attention. It's about 200-300 bucks to get into one though. Maybe someday I'll grab one.

    With all the planned power outrages as well as ones caused by nature here in California I'm leaning more towards manual tools that don't need to be plugged in for now. Chairman Newsom of the people's republic California may be moving to take control of our electric utilities. If that happens well be losing power everytime the weather channel thinks there will be santa ana winds.
     
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    I use an old Lyman 55, but I don't use many stick powders. That might make a difference for some folks.
     
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    If the auto drum is leaking, try a different drum. If you just don't like the apparatus, shoot me a pm. I like them.
     
  15. WrongHanded
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    It leaks with ball powders like 300-MP, but works okay with extruded and flake powders. What I really dislike is that it's quite sensitive to vibrations of the press. So I found that even though it's fairly consistent, setup is a pain.

    I often find it's just easier to use the RCBS and pour each charge, unless I'm doing large quantities and not so concerned about precise charge weights.
     
  16. greyling22

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    Yeah. I set mine to each die set and never move it again. I know that technically the drums are made to swap out from caliber to caliber. In theory 1 measure and 6 drums for 6 calibers, but forget that.
     
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  17. Chuck R.

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    Just for the heck of it I measured 10 throws of 26.8 Varget (small extruded kernels) using one of my Harrell's:

    26.8
    26.9
    26.8
    26.7
    26.8
    26.8
    26.8
    26.7
    26.9
    26.9

    AVG 26.82
    SD 0.079

    So actually pretty good, probably good enough for mid-range work.
     
  18. RealGun

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    What about comparative leaking judgment? Unless excessive with really fine stuff like Belgian, I think the leaking issue is overstated (unless binding). Automation will likely bring some compromises.
     
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