Whats the best powder measure for the $

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by accident, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. accident

    accident Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    middle GA
    I'm relatively new to reloading,the 100-200shells I've loaded so far has been very slow because i have to load each charge on the electronic scale first.It's consistent but I'm not a comp. benchrest shooter.Just want to reload my own shells.I'm on a very limited budget so i want a powder measure economical and reliable.Whats the best for my money?Most of the ones i see in books are mounted separatelyon the bench not on the press.I'm using a Lyman 6 hole turret press,will they mount on the press or does the reservoir block the turret?I'm thinking maybe the Lee.Until i get it i don't know how it works,have no nearby friends that load to ask questions. THANKS Joe.
  2. cakes

    cakes New Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Northern Maine
    For those on a very limited budget, a set of Lee dippers can be had for $13 at www.leeprecision.com. You can get good results when used in conjunction with a scale.

  3. accident

    accident Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    middle GA
    cakes,I failed to mention i have a wierd condition called essential tremor,it makes my hands tremble to the point on some days i can shake almost all if not all the powder out of the dippers I bought those first and i found i couldn,t use them.Makes it difficult to reload,but I,m givin'it my best shot. THANKS.Joe
  4. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    The lyman #55 has served me well atop my Lyman turret press, it can be found for a reasonable price around $70, it comes with the 7/8 thread adapter bushing for mounting into a turret station, and two different drop tubes for large and small case mouths. http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=703838

    I am interested to see if anyone chimes in on the Hornady lnl powder measure it sounds like a nice choice for around $65 it is very inexpensive for the quality.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
  5. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    Any of the name brand (RCBS, Lyman, Redding, Hornady) powder measures are a good choice but the Lee ones, while inventive and cheap, are not a good choice at all. I have tired them and like the real powder measures much better (I gave my Lee ones away). They are plastic...UGG!

    A few things to look for in any powder measure are fine adjustments, adapters to allow "through the die" on the press operation, and a baffle in the supply tube that equalizes the weight of the remaining powder on the mechanism for more uniform delivery of powder even when the supply tube is filled or low. Smooth operation of the handle is important too as the accuracy of the powder delivery can be a function of how the handle is operated.

    With your condition you may want to consider automatic operation of the powder measure. As the case goes up into the powder die it actuates the powder measure, delivering the powder directly into the case... hands off operation except for operating the press handle. The Dillon powder measure fits in a standard press hole and operates automatically as described. Regardless of some other's opinions, I have found it to be as accurate as any of the other handle operated measures, especially if you use ball powders (it is not particularly happy with long grained powders but most powder measures suffer from the same dislike).

    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
  6. accident

    accident Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    middle GA
    thanks again ya'll. Joe
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    DING DING DING. We have a winner!!! the lyman 55 is THE best powder measure on the market for your money. there are better ones out there but they will cost your first born...
  8. i have used the lyman 55 for years and it is the best,i chk one round on my pact eletronic scale about every 20-25 rounds.i have found that ball powder works best for me. old semperfi
  9. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member

    The 55 is what I have been using for 30 years or so. When I started using it, I would check every 5th drop, then went to every 10, and am now up to 25-30 depending on powder.
  10. Lotsdragon

    Lotsdragon New Member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Potosi, Mo
    I have used the lee perfect powder measure for over 5 years and never had a problem with it. Less than 35.00 and the consistancy has been perfect.
  11. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I have a lee perfect powder measure as a back-up powder measure. I dont use it voluntarily unless my 55 goes down for some reason but it will get you by rather accurately...
  12. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    To be perfectly honest I started using mine the same way. checking religiously every 10th drop to verify weight. A weight that NEVER changed, so I too quit checking so often. Now when I set it up I set it to drop a specific charge weight with a lyman 1000 digital scale. load 10, check weight and load the rest. I always check the last round loaded just to make sure i aint got to get the bullet puller, I have used this measure this way for half a decade and i have yet to break my rounds down because the measure malfunctioned.
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