Lee Perfect Powder Measure test report
My bench is set up with a Rockchucker and a Uniflo. But I have other equipment set back as a "just in case". Recently I decided to try the new stuff out, and make sure it really works. Plus, I didn't want to take the Unique out of the Uniflo so I could use AA#2.
I have read where you can take a powder measure and, holding it in your hands, move it over the cases in your loading block, charging each case. Instead of having the measure mounted, and moving the loading block underneath it, charging each case. This is what I did with the Lee. It sucks at this.
The adjustment rod/thimble/whatever sticks out so far that, when charging short cases anyway, (I was doing 32 ACP) it hits the loading block. My blocks are set up in five rows of ten. Row one - no problem. Row two - it touches the block, tilting the case slightly, but still doable. Row three - you can't charge row three. Row's four and five - turn the block around so they become one and two, and you can charge them. So, using the Lee with a 50-round block, I can only charge 40 rounds.
The force required to turn the drum is too high. Maybe, if the measure was bench-mounted, this would not be noticeable, but the way I was doing it, I didn't like it. There is an adjustment screw, where you can increase or decrease the force required. The instructions tell you that, with the factory tension setting, "Extremely fine powders may leak very slightly at this setting. This causes no harm. Should you find this objectionable you may tighten the adjusting screw slightly." With the factory setting there was a few granules laying on my loading block. I thought I was being sloppy, and wondered how I was spilling so much powder. Then I loosened the screw to a point where it was easy to turn the drum. Now it looked like I was shaking pepper on my eggs. Every time I turned the drum there was this little "powder cloud" in the air. I tightened the drum back up.
Now, to be fair, AA#2 is about as fine a powder as they make, so if any powder will leak out the edges, this one will.
The working parts are made of nylon, and should, with use, smooth onto each other and become easier to work.
I think that I will bench-mount this thing, and use it for IMR powders. I currently weigh each charge with them, and that gets really old.
Ending thoughts: I'm not real happy with this. If it were all I could afford, I'd probably use it and live with it. Make my powder choices based on what it likes, rather than what I want to use. If I could afford something better, though, I'd get it.
Lee measure, comes with stand - 24 dollars. RCBS Uniflo - 78 dollars + stand 22 dollars = 100 dollars.
Funny, how every Lee die I've used has worked great. Every Lee bullet mould I've used has worked great. But once it starts to get complicated, with moving parts, I'm not real impressed.