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where did my powder go?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kennedy, Feb 6, 2008.

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  1. kennedy

    kennedy Member

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    Ok, I had 1 pound of AA#5 which is 7000grs, I am using 7grs for my .40, so I should be able to load 1000 rds, but I have only gotten 700 rds loaded and am out of powder, what happened to the rest?
     
  2. Eagle103

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    It's sprinkled all over your reloading bench, floor, and probably even your pants.:uhoh: At least that's what it does out of my Lee Auto Disk. I like the stuff but you could mistake it for baby powder if it wasn't black.
     
  3. mc223

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    Time for a new scale?
     
  4. SR_

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    or check weights for the scale you're using.

    BTW, do you still have 300 primers? If you started with 1,000 primers and now have zero, then maybe you somehow forgot about the 300 you loaded a while back..... just a thought.
     
  5. kennedy

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    yes, I use a lee auto disk. but I can`t believe I spilled that much
     
  6. Hook686

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    This is one of the reasons I have given up on Winchester 296, and gone back to Alliant's Unique and 2400, as my complete powder options.
     
  7. kennedy

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    I went thru a box of 500 rainer bullets, then 100 out of a new box and 100 hornady xtp. its kind of got me worried, so much I also loaded 70 rds of .308, but the missing powder would account for 40 rds of .308, i might pull a few to see if I goofed, except the amount of H4895 left over looks correct.
     
  8. GP100man

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    is aa5 in a 1# or 14oz.?????

    GP100man
     
  9. Walkalong

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    Need a new scale or better records, because that's 10 Grs. per round. :what:

    My 10X does not spill/leak powder. My old Hornady pistol measure would leak a little now and then. I can't say I have never spilled any, but that is not the measures fault.
     
  10. shc1

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    Bush got it...:D
     
  11. kennedy

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    I know they are not loaded heavy, less recoil then factory winchester white box and in my EAA witness, just enough power to cycle the action.
     
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    i think id randomly pick some rnds & un bullet em to check powder weight!!!
    like Walkalong said 10 gr/rnd thatll work the slide too good!!!

    GP100man
     
  13. TEDDY

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    powder

    believe me the ones that blow a cylinder or slide dont kick or make loud noise
    I use lee powder measures and dont have that problem with 700x.
    PULL A FEW.:uhoh:-----:confused:---:mad:----:rolleyes:
     
  14. kennedy

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    pulled a few and every thing is correct, going to get a new powder hopper from lee since mine will not tighten down anymore(stripped threads)
     
  15. Eagle103

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    Get a Pro Auto Disk hopper this time. No more stripped threads. I think that explains the lost powder.
     
  16. kelbro

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    The SW near me recently fired a guy. Said he had been 'skimming' their powder bottles for quite some time. "Nobody will miss a few scoops out of these bottles".
     
  17. wworker

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    I was thinking the same thing, the bottles probably had less than a pound in them.
     
  18. K3

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    An easy way to check if it's a scale issue is to place a light bullet on it. I was wondering about a similar issue with IMR4895, so I weighed a 50gr VMax. It weighs 50 grains. Tried a 180gr Gameking. 180gr. I then checked a couple of powder charges on a second scale, and there was no discrepancy.

    As it turns out, I had loaded some other rounds that I didn't write up in my notes.
     
  19. 1911NM

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    What I was thinking also. Last time I bought a pound of W231, it had 14oz written on it. Rather like, where did my 3lb can of coffee go?
     
  20. KeithB

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    my W231 says 1 pound
     
  21. ArchAngelCD

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    kennedy,
    I agree with the above advice, get a Pro Auto-Disk Powder Measure. I had the non-Pro and the hopper does strip out easily because you have to remove the screws so often. The Pro model has fixed screws and you remove Brass nuts which have a knurled bottom. It also has a better mechanism so it's slightly more consistent.

    ALSO, you didn't answer the above question, how many primers do you have left?? If you bought a box of 1,000 you can tell exactly how many rounds you made up.

    W231 has been and still is a 1 lb can. Are you sure you're not thinking of Clays which is 14 oz. can?
     
  22. ninja45

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    +1 on Clays. W231 is 1 pounder.
     
  23. GearHead_1

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    I ask this question every I go to the bench to load .50 BMG's :D
     
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