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    Powder measure

    I'm after some recommendations for a powder measure. Never used one before and want to speed the reloading process up a bit.
    reloading for hunting and a bit of informal paper punching thinking of maybe a Lee one or RCBS.
    What do you think.

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    I am new to reloading too and after a lot of trying (at people's places and dealers) the RCBS powder measure is the one I got.
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    Can't beat the Lee for the price! Great bit of kit

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    It is said, I don't know, that the Lee is in fact superior for long grain powders as it has a rubber "wipe" not a metal "shear". I had one in some stuff as a job lot. It is in comparison to the RCBS, the Lyman, the Hornady somewhat flimsy. But nevertheless there are those who rate it as the best long grain powder thrower they have used. Me? I have two Lyman 55 and an old Ohaus Duo-O-Measure....plus a powder measure that I forget the name of.

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    Have used/owned a few. The Lee Perfect was and felt cheap, however it did throw very consistent powder charges...almost scary. It did wear down over time (many years of use) and I replaced it with the RCBS which I really like. Can't say the RCBS is any more accurate than the Lee, but it doesn't leak as much as the Lee and will probably outlast me.

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    The Lees suck for fine powders but are great for coarse powder. Scary accurate.
    I have a Lee, four Belding and Mull, an old SAECO Seely Masker competition measure, a Bonanza (Forster) Bench Rest measure, a Redding Competition Match, and a Jones Precision Measure.

    The Lee is excellent, as mentioned. The Belding and Mull are about infallible but a little tedious to use. The SAECO is excellent with the finer powders. The Bonanza is excellent but a total pain in the a$$ to set... really difficult. The Redding I would gladly give away to any SD member who knocked on my door and asked for it. It is accurate with one particular charge of a certain pistol powder but nothing else; basically worthless. (@ $257 a copy)

    The last, the Jones, is the absolute best you can buy. So accurate that a comp shooter in AU can email a guy in the UK and say, "use X clicks on the Jones" as a load recommendation and be confident that the other man's measure will toss exactly the same charge. Very expensive @ $600 but it will toss coarse powders to a tenth of a grain.

    I did see the Lee Classic iron measure in the City once. It was about $100 US but the tale is that it is dead nutz accurate. I wonder if Spud carries them?? Worth a look. ~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backstraps View Post
    Have used/owned a few. The Lee Perfect was and felt cheap, however it did throw very consistent powder charges...almost scary. It did wear down over time (many years of use) and I replaced it with the RCBS which I really like. Can't say the RCBS is any more accurate than the Lee, but it doesn't leak as much as the Lee and will probably outlast me.
    +1 on this.
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    Muir...Belding and Mull. That was the one! I read Keith's books so always wanted one. It took the advent of eBay to realise that goal. With it's double chamber it was a sort of Holy Grail when as a teen I used to read "Hell I was there..."!

    However I did not have mine permanently fixed to my bench; but fixed to a board that I clamped on the bench. So it still used to "twist" when I used it.

    I certanily liked the idea of a selection of powder tubes and my aim had been to make up a selection of such things from capped copper pipe. But as it was, indeed, tedious it ended up at the back of the drawer. It used to come out now and again.

    Would I sell this one. No. Would I get one again. Also no. BUt why has no one resurrected the concept of the things?
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    I got my first about 40 years ago and it was my "precision" measure for a lot of years. A coworker of mine at a gun shop had one with the highly sought after Micrometer Drop tube. I wanted that tube in the worst way but he wouldn't part with it. One day, I was walking through a gun show and there was a bin of 'bits' as you'd call them, marked "50 cents each" and one of the items was a B&M micrometer drop tube. I was in pig heaven.

    Ebay brought me my other measures -about 6 total but I have given a couple away. Did you know they are still being made? No digital anything. No tech-ie looking micrometer drums. Just very accurate powder measurement. A tool of the purist.~Muir

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    Got to say muir I don't find the lees to suck with fine powders. I use mine with ramshot powders which are very fine ball powder and they've never missed a beat! Very very accurate, my 223 load I never even bother weighing and my SD and Es on that is single digit

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