Powder Measure for Ball Powder

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Dutchboy, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. Dutchboy

    Dutchboy Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    I use a Lee Perfect Powder measure. It works fine for me with one big exception. With ball powders, the thing is absolutely worthless. It binds, and it leaks powder all over my reloading bench.

    What powder measure do you recommend I buy to use with ball powders?

    90% of my reloading is for handguns, and I'm a tinkerer. I'll make 25 rounds with this charge, and 25 rounds with that charge, and 50 rounds with this other kind of bullet, etc. Then, I will shoot them all through the Chrony, measure groups, and start all over again. (You've seen my type before. I'm sure.)

    Thanks for the advice
  2. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Before I switched to the turret my Lee Perfect was ...well.. perfect using Win 231/HP-38, which is a ball powder? I have heard that stick powders can be an issue with some dispensers?

    What powder are you using?
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2011

  3. daboone

    daboone Member

    My Lymans 55 and Belding and Mull both meter ball powders very consistently.
  4. Dutchboy

    Dutchboy Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Randy P.

    I also have good results with my Lee Perfect measure and Win 321 (And Bullseye, and Red Dot). When I wrote "ball powder" I must not be calling the powders the right name.

    The powders that the Lee Measure chokes on are Accurate #5 and H110. That stuff looks like tiny little balls; so I figured they were called ball powders.

    Anyway, I'm looking for something that will do a good job with powders like #5 and H110. Because my Lee Measure can't handle them.

    Thanks for the comments
  5. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
  6. reynolds357

    reynolds357 Former Guest

    Oct 24, 2011
    They are an issue with ALL dispensers.
  7. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Active Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2010
    Medina, Ohio
    Almost all. The Quick-Measure has no problem with stick powders, anymore than the B&M does.

    The Quick-Measure is on the left, a B&M clone is on the right.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011
  8. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I use a lyman55 and love it.. But you 'tinkerer types' as you describe may be better off just hand weighing each charge with a powder trickler and a scale. Afterall you are loading pistol.. 5 grains with a powder trickler doesnt take 30 seconds to dribble out..
  9. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Those are ball propellants, except only winchester is legally identified as ball powder, they own the nomenclature. all others are spherical types.. tomato tomatoe right.. W231 is a flattened ball propellant, as is titegroup and HP38 (HP38 is also same beast as W231), AA propellants are all mostly fine spherical propellants as is H110 and W296 (Again, same beast, different labels)..

    All volumetric powder measures have 'issues' metering ball/spherical propellants. the finer ones do tend to creep between the drum when you throw a charge and cause it to leak powder and stick..
  10. Dutchboy

    Dutchboy Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    To celebrate Black Friday, I ordered an RCBS uniflow powder measure today. Thanks for all of the input and advice.

    I'll let you know what I think of the powder measure after I get a chance to use it.
  11. X Ring

    X Ring Active Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    I think you will be happy with the Uniflow its easier to adjust than the Lyman #55. The Hornady is more or less the same as the RCBS at a little lower price.
  12. I've loaded a bunch of AA#2 with my RCBS Uniflow and had no problems. It meters it very accurately. I will soon be using the Hornady measure on the LNL so will see how that does.
  13. Dutchboy

    Dutchboy Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Today I set up the RCBS Uniflow powder measure, and I used it to make some loads with H110. It worked great. My Lee Perfect Powder measure chokes on H110, but the Uniflow did fine. There was no binding and no leaking of powder. Thanks for the advice!

    I'll still use the Lee measure for other powders since it is quicker to set up and put away than the RCBS. But, for those tiny spherical powders, this RCBS is just the ticket.

    Thanks again.
  14. reynolds357

    reynolds357 Former Guest

    Oct 24, 2011
    Thats what I use. It will throw anything. I do not care about accuracy of the measure because I weigh every charge. It is reasonable accurate with everything except stick. Having said that, I think it is a physical impossibility for any volumetric powder measure to be accurate with stick.
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