Powder Measures

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by McX358, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. McX358

    McX358 New Member

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    OK! :) You ammo-twisters out there; which is the best POWDER MEASURE out there? We are looking for one, which will set and drop a charge of IMR 4350 or IMR 4831 overtime within a 1/10th plus or minus. It also has to be within the reach of a working mans budget. Just want to what everyone’s idea of the best Powder Measure is, what Brand, Model, and type of Powder measure. I will reserve my comments and what I have till near the end. :cool:
     
  2. Highpower

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  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Highpower posted the best powder measure out there. If you are looking for accuracy then a culver type (Harrell's ) are the cats azz when it comes to this.

    As far as powder measures that normal people use I love my RCBS it is 60+ years old and on it's 3 owner. It got rusted up real bad after being stored for 6 to 8 months by the army. One call and $7 in postage got me a powder measure that was the same as brand new. RCBS will fix or replace any equipment for the life of that equipment. Hornady will also do this as will many reloading companies.

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  4. 1hole

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    "We are looking for one, which will set and drop a charge of IMR 4350 or IMR 4831 overtime within a 1/10th plus or minus. It also has to be within the reach of a working mans budget."

    Understand the desire. But, when I read this, first thing that came to mind was the old saying, "Yeah, and people in hell want ice water but it ain't gonna happen." What you are ask is impossible, coarse powders just don't measure that well.

    That fact is what drove some inventors to cobble up the electronic powder dispensers/tricklers controlled by a digital scale and now sold by RCBS and Lyman. If they are within your budget, get one. Otherwise....it's just not available, not at any price.
     
  5. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    Tango, this is CERTAINLY good to know. I bought a Rockchucker and Piggyback II from an old school buddy of mine that could use looking at. I never got into reloading that much, but if they'll straighten out the mistreated pieces, then good times are ahead.
     
  6. cpttango30

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    Even though RCBS is HQed in COMMIEfornia they are still good people.

    Just ring them up and see what they say.
     
  7. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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  8. Highpower

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    The electronic scale/measure combination's truly are a welcome addition to any reloaders workbench if you are working up different loads. The ability to change charge weights with the push of a few buttons on the fly is a great feature, but the system quickly becomes a boat anchor if you are trying to crank out a large volume of ammunition. They are just too slow in the delivery of each charge. That is where the powder measures really shine - the number of cases you can fill in "x" amount of time. The question then becomes, how accurate are each of those charges going to be, compared to the trickle & scale methods?

    And how much am I willing to spend to get that accuracy? :D
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    when i load where i need EXACT measures each time like accuracy rounds for my .308 i measure each charge by hand using a trickle measure to get the right weight.

    there isnt a measure out that can really do what your asking.

    anytime your working near max loads you should hand measure. anytime your working with making super accurate loads you should hand measure.

    i dont hand measure pistol rounds or rounds for my various 5.56 rifles.
     
  10. Gatekeeper

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    I like my Lyman Dps III. It is not as fast as a powder measure, but for loading precision rifle rounds to the 0.0 exact weight with stick powder it is hard to beat.
    Set on auto dispense, I set the pan in the scale and in the time it takes to place charged brass in press and seat bullet the next charge is weighed out and waiting on me.
    If you're loading single stage I'd highly recommend.

    For high volume rifle(AR/AK) and pistol- I'm going to go with ball powders and use the measure on a progressive press. Thats my next investment
     
  11. McX358

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    Well it appears we are all on the same page. My effort was to see what equipment some of us had, and what they like or did not like about the powder measure. I have an old Lyamn 55 I’ve had it since 68, I’ve placed it in semi-retirement, it will throw a nice charge; but it’s chore to setup! Have a RCBS electronic thingy digital measure with scale; it’s dam accurate BUT SLOW, if you time everything right you can go about and write notes, go use the head, answer the phone, and come back; OK I’m exaggerating a little! I’ve recently acquired a Hornaday measure, have one on the Hornaday Progressive, and another on the bench. It likes some powder, and not others; perhaps it needs a break in period. I’m not too happy with it, with the mic/adjustment it is very touchy; the one on the progressive seems to work better. I may take your advice and send it back to Hornaday, and have them look at it. I agree 100% with the exception of the digital (I don’t know if I’ll live long enough to do a 100 cases with it) I trickle my accuracy loads; makes a BIG DIFFERNCE, and always when approaching that maximum level; you’re an idiot if you don’t! I.E. the picture of blown up firearms…. What else is out there, any one have anything about Lee???? Redding????
     
  12. BILLYBOB44

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    Powder measure

    ++1 with Tango. I have had my Uniflow powder measure for 35+ years and it's just now getting broken in. For the most acc. I set to just below charge wt. and then trickle in to center the weighing scale. :D
     
  13. McX358

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    Thats what I've been doing. and I think your right; there is abreaking in period, the one on the progressive works great, but it's older has had quite a few charges run through. Maybe my other measure was made on a Monday or Friday and needs a littel more time. It did what it was suppose to do, went hunting and the 4 carrtridges I loaded for the trip, 243 WCF, 30WCF, 308 WCF, and the mighty 358 WCF all shot great, with the 243 & 358 going sub MOA.
     
  14. Txhillbilly

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    I use a cheap Lee,a RCBS,and just bought a Redding 3BR precission dispenser. I have thought about getting a PACT electronic dispenser,but just keep doing it the old fashion way.
     
  15. McX358

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    Txhillbilly; how you like that lee? IS the redding as good as they say it is?
     
  16. BILLYBOB44

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    That's some pretty good shooting, Mc. Looks like you need to keep doing what your doing...;):D