Lee loader finially figured out

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Tenderribbs, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Tenderribbs

    Tenderribbs New Member

    Well it took me a week to get the Lee master loader set up and pumping out 223 shells . Well not an entire week, but almost ! Every afternoon after work and between my autistic daughters needs and my wife's honeydoos I got it going. WOW I had no ideas how much difference what a .5 grain would make. I started out with my Smith & Wesson Ar with a 1 to 8 riffling with a 16in barell. I started out at 20 gr of H335 with a 55 gr FMJ /bt and Cci primers .The spread was about 3in at 50 yds. Not too good so I went up to 22. and cut it in half ,then went to 24gr and had a 1 moa at 50 . I hit the sweet spot at 24.5 with holes touching each other. It started spreading out past that at 25 grains ,it was back to a 3 in spread . The auto disk sucks I was getting a wide range of throws. I wrapped dryer sheets around the powder holder, ran graphite thru it , ran a pound of H335 thru it and it still was in inconsistent on its throws. I just started weighing on my digital and gave up on the auto disk . I orderd a Different lee powder dispenser that's supposed to be on the money , but we will see. I would recommend if your going to buy a progressive loader go ahead and spend the money for a better quality one. I'm not slamming Lee it will work fine for my needs ,but if I had it to do over ,I would get the RCB. Now I have three more Ar-15s that are a 1 to 9 twist to figure out best loads for, So I expect to be busy for the next few weeks.any advice would be much appreciated.
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    As you are finding reloading is great! You can develope that special load for each rifle. And even compete one load against the other. It can become addicting. I use to be a High Power Bench Rest Shooter. When I got 5 rounds of ammunition that shot exceptional well I even kept those 5 cases together until I needed to replace them due to cracking and etc. The best money I ever spent was for a Lyman Model 1200 Powder Despensor. The thing is fantastic and saves me a lot of time. Takes the pain out of powder measuring.
    Happy Reloading!