Please help.Lee .7 dipper?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by sasquatch76, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. sasquatch76

    sasquatch76 New Member

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    I reload .45LC. The Lee dipper I have says .7 on it. How many grains of Alliant Bullseye powder is that? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    sasquatch, if you are going to reload ammo, you would be wise to invest in a modest powder scale.
     

  3. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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  4. sasquatch76

    sasquatch76 New Member

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    Well the recipe I have uses this Lee dipper anyways I was just curious, I'll check the cc to grs. conversion tables and the density of the powder I use. And you're right I really need to get a good dig. scale, tax return should be here in a few weeks.
     
  5. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Guys, as a new reloader myself, PLEASE take care when you undertake this great hobby!!!!!

    There are way too many experienced loaders here and all I've talked to are willing and anxious to make a noobs venture into reloading a fun move.

    Use the in-house experts to save you time on the learning curve!
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Scale is the best and only way to reload.

    As for scale talk. I would not get a digital scale ever. I have a PACT BBK II and it was a good and accurate scale when it worked. It lasted a little over 1 year before load cell went belly up in it. Now it is a nice looking $100 prop for taking photos.

    If you are going to get a scale I prefer a beam scale like the RCBS 10-10 which can be had in many forms I have a Lyman M-5 which is an Ohus 10-10 or an RCBS 10-10 The lyman is an ugly copper/gold color and the Ohus is a nice gray color and RCBS is well RCBS Green.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I ended up selling my beam scale but probably shouldn't have. I have a Frankfort arsenal digital. That has been superb. If you follow the instructions and zero it after changing batteries or when the 0.0 reading climbs on its own, it is fine. I go through a pair of batteries a year. You can catch these scales on sale for less than $40 at Midwayusa.com.

    Dippers must still be checked and confirmed. Just because it says .7cc's does not mean it actually is. Powders vary from lot to lot. Each lot should be tested.
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Hey robo, is it this one?

    Frankford Arsenal DS-750 Electronic Powder Scale 750 Grain Capacity - MidwayUSA

    On sale for $20 right now, I've been thinking about ordering one.
     
  9. sasquatch76

    sasquatch76 New Member

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    My uncle gave me an extra Lee balance scale he had, I measured out my Bullseye powder in the .7 Lee dipper and weighed it, it measured 4.7 grs., which is perfect for what I'm loading. I would definitely say that a powder scale is a must for reloading now that I have one. thanks for the help.
     
  10. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    I have always used a beam scale. I do use a powder measure for handgun, but even after 15+ years I still check every 10th one on the scale. Rifle cartridges all get scaled except for .223. I treat them like handgun. I am very methodical when I reload.
     
  11. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    I have a full set of the LEE dippers and love them. Use them to dump a load of powder into the scale pan close to my desired charge weight, and then let my auto-dispenser finish it off. Saves time by not waiting for the dispenser to trickle the whole charge when I'm working up loads. :)

    The beam scales are best for weighing out powder charges (IMO) but you can't beat the digital units when it comes to weighing out bullets or cases for segregating into batches/lots.
     
  12. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    I use a RCBS powder dispenser for my handgun loads and an RCBS 5 0 5 beam scales for everything I need to weigh. This scale sells for around $60.00 and is actually made by Ohaus. I prefer this to my digital all day long.
     
  13. sasquatch76

    sasquatch76 New Member

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    Proof that it's always good to double and triple check when hand loading. I measured the Lee .5 dipper of Bullseye accidently, it's 4.7 grs. . The .7 dipper of Bullseye is 6.6grs. I would've had some underpowered rounds at the least.
     
  14. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Do not trust the dippers. They weigh differently with every powder. Select a load that you are going to use then try the dippers. Take 10 dips in a scale tray and then weigh it and get an average to see what they are throwing with THAT powder. Also. To get consistent loads from the dipper, Pour excess powder in a bowl then dip through the powder and then use a straight edge to cut off the top of the dipper so you get a level dipper each time. I use the straight edge on my powder funnel.

    What I'm getting at, is, that for the load that you want, it may not be the AVERAGE dipper on the Lee chart. Sometimes I use a different dipper to get the load I WANT. Also, to get the in betweens, I sometimes use two of a smaller dipper. You sometimes have to use some common sense and experiment. I have an expedient kit with hand press, dies, dippers all necessary items in a clear plastic dog food bucket that goes in my truck when I go out for a while. You can make them work.