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Wanting a powder checker die. 223/9mm

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by AR. Hillbilly, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. AR. Hillbilly

    AR. Hillbilly Member

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    I’m hunting a powder checker die. I don’t know who makes them and what my options are. Prefer a RCBS but open to any that will work. Will they work with 223? I just got my first progressive press and plan on loading 223 and 9mm.
     
  2. joed

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    Smartest move you can ever make. I tell everyone purchasing a progressive press to add a powder check die. It's not about "IF" you get a bad charge but "WHEN".

    That said get an RCBS powder check die if that's what you want. My experience is with Dillon but I wouldn't complain about a RCBS check die. The check die is not really caliber specific, you set it to the level of powder in a charged case. Any difference in powder level triggers the die.
     
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    Only reason for mentioning RCBS is that’s what the press is. I just want one that works well.
    My experience is with single stage and I made shell holders that hold 25. I can look in each round with a flashlight and see any discrepancies.
    Didn’t know if they were caliber specific or not?
     
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    Far as I know the RCBS Lockout die is only good for handgun cartridges. I use a Power Cop for Rifle and Pistol, the reason once you get in the habit of checking it it makes no difference. If you have to switch back in forth between the lockout die and powder cop you will not be in the habit of looking every time and may miss something.
     
  5. jmorris

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    I like the Dillon powder check die, they are a lot more sensitive that no powder/double charge.



    They work for 9mm, 223 and lots of other stuff.
     
  6. higgite

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    To use the Dillon checker on the OP's RCBS press, you would have to drill an appropriately located hole in the tool head(s) or the press. Or you might be able to do something like this fellow did with his Hornady LNL press.



    Double Alpha makes a magnetic powder checker that looks sort of like a cross between RCBS and Dillon, if you can find one in stock. But, the reports I’ve read complain about powder spillage unless you do a Rube Goldberg modification. I have no hands on experience with it myself, but I read it on the internet so it must be true. ;)
     
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