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Steel Powder for shot gun

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by grubbylabs, Sep 30, 2010.

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  1. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Member

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    I am going to try and use some Steel powder for my steel loads this year. The last time I tried it I was told to trickle it in to a scale and not use a bushing. Has this changed, or has any one been able to get it to meeter out of a powder dispenser?
     
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    Steel powder,(Alliant), is a very coarse flake type powder. It does not meter well through any kind of volume type measure. When I was loading steel shot, I'd use a dipper that always came up short, then trickled the remainder with a trickler.

    If I were to do it today, I'd use my pact/RCBS dispenser to measure out exactly the grain weight I'd need.

    Try to use a bushing. I'll bet you'll find a swing of +-1.0 grains! Not good, even for shotshell loading.
     
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    I tried my RCBS powder dispenser and the variance was scary.
     
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    I have the best luck using a Lee dipper that is either close or right on. I definitely weigh each charge unless a dipper is right on, and in many cases, you can find one very, very close to what you need.
     
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