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Thread: Balance scale vs Powder thrower

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    Balance scale vs Powder thrower

    I use an RCBS balance scale and religously measure out each charge to the last 0.1 grain. It is very acurate but it takes allot of time.

    A friend of mine who I have a great deal of respect for and is proven to be a very accurate shot swears that you should load by volume and not by weight and uses a Harrell powder thrower. It is far quicker than my method and as i said, he is horribly accurate.

    I have an RCBS thrower and it is not accurate, +/- 0.5 grains.

    Does anyone else have any experience of accurate throwers or any thoughts on measuring charges by weight vs volume?
    So much to learn and so little time left

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    An old discussion! What powder and what caliber? Obviously, if yoiu are loading 77 grains of relatively slow H-4831 in a 30-338 wildcat and are off by .5 grains it's not a big deal and not worth the cost of a Harrell. If you are loading a 5mm Craig then a half grain is a 15% change in load. Oh! +/- .5 from a standard volumetric measure is fine accuracy, actually.~Muir

    PS: Commercial manufacturers all us volumetric measure for their standard loadings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NigelM View Post
    I use an RCBS balance scale and religously measure out each charge to the last 0.1 grain. It is very acurate but it takes allot of time.
    Why not invest in a Target master trickler?
    http://www.targetmasteruk.com/

    I have one and it's fast and I also have one of these which is faster
    http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/s...s/1200-DPS.php

    O_R

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    I am in full agreement with Muir, but I throw all my loads 222, 22.250, 6.5 x 55, 270, 30.06 with a Lee perfect powder measure.
    With the powder I use the accuracy is a variable of .3 grains and even in the 222 it does not make a difference to accuracy.
    But I am a stalker not a target shooter
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    I vary between RCBS digital scale to lee basic beam scale or Lee perfect powder measure. I do shoot for accuracy & aint had much if any diffrence between the loaded rounds using each. I would however like to up grade my powder flow to redding or harrel but the type of powder has a big influance in how it meeters in the powder flows in its accuracy to the grain.

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    I use the Lee powder thrower to throw approx 51g of imr 4831 and I then use rcbs digital scale to take it up to 51.5g. I find the thrower is +\- 0.5 g in charges dumped and a lot depends on how you move the handle. Since I am in no rush I don't mind the extra time to get it accurate. whether or not this actually makes much of a difference I haven't a clue, but it is a confidence thing.

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    I use an RCBS thrower with trickler attached, straight onto digital scales. Throw the charge a little bit light, couple of twists of the trickler up to the required measure. With a bit of practice it takes seconds.... certainly faster than the automatic chargemaster type systems.


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    Quote Originally Posted by old_realtree View Post
    Why not invest in a Target master trickler?
    http://www.targetmasteruk.com/

    I have one and it's fast and I also have one of these which is faster
    http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/s...s/1200-DPS.php

    O_R
    +1 for the Targetmaster trickler, a superb bit of kit for the price.

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    I throw a measure and weigh every one its quicker than a dipper and every one is gauranteed to be right.
    All rcbs. and i rarley have to adjust the measure.

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    When developing a load i weigh each load, , but now when reloading for .223 with 26 gn varget I find my lee powder thrower fine, but i do check every 10th.

    I just put some powder in a plastic universal container and tip it in a pan, you soon get used to the amount and then gentle trickle a few kernels into the pan to get the correct weight. Not that i reload that much/often.

    D

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