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lee powder drop.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by trainwreck, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. trainwreck

    trainwreck salem Member

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    is anyone else here using a lee powder drop?

    i have one that seems to be very unreliable, when using bulleye powder i am getting anywhere from 4.4-4.7 grains with adjusting anythings.

    is this normal for this lee product?
     
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    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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  3. trainwreck

    trainwreck salem Member

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    Silver02ex Hillsboro, OR Member

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    I've been using it with Titegroup for a couple of months and its been within .1 Gr. Once you pull the lever down tap on the front a couple of times. Some say that helps. Out of 50 rounds I would say 35 are exactly 4.6 gr. and the rest are within .1 gr.
     
  5. t.huynh

    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    My pro auto disk is very consistent, my lee safety scale on the other hand.... I need to zero that thing every 20 minutes.

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
     
  6. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Which begs the question, what powder drop consistently delivers to its promise? I have an crummy Uniflow I cannot even trust with any ball powder, let alone extruded. Maybe it is time for a new poll.
     
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    oldbrass WA Active Member

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    My Lee perfect powder measure does real well with IMR 3031 but thats the only powder I`ve used, I do however verify with a scale each reload session.
     
  8. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    There are some that say the Lee Perfect Powder Measure is as good as any of the "Custom" measures selling for 10 times as much.

    Lee powder handling products suffer from one major problem and that's static electricity. Powder clings to all the plastic unless you resort to all the old "tricks" such as wiping everything down with dryer sheets. I use a #2 pencil and rub pencil lead inside the disk cavity I'm using if to keep powder flowing freely. I also make extra powder baffles for the reservoir so there isn't a tall powder column standing on the measuring portion. A simple piece of roof flashing bent at about 45 degrees, trimmed to fit the inside of the reservoir, with some notches (rounded notches are better), make for real uniform powder drops. Some even use two baffles with the notches aligned 90 degrees apart. Even stick powders which tend to jamb the "rotor" don't exert as much pressure as a single bottom to top powder column. Using the baffles also keeps the weight of the powder consistent longer, instead of getting lighter as the reservoir empties. #1 requirement for consistency.

    Lee products are great, they just lack some finishing touches.
     
  9. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    deadshot, a couple of pics of them baffles would be very useful.
     
  10. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I found some patterns for various diameters. They are posted on another shooting forum under "Uncle Nick's Powder Baffle Templates". http://www.shootersforum.com/attachments/handloading-equipment/10528d1320785845-powder-measures-powder_baffle_instructions_and_templates.pdf He's made patterns for just about all diameters of powder measure reservoirs except the rectangular Lee. The templates can be printed in actual size if you follow his instructions and then glued to the material prior to cutting.
     
  11. trainwreck

    trainwreck salem Member

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    thanks for the info ill try those tips.

    Trainwreck