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Lee Double Disk Kit or Adjustable Charge Bar?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by cowboy1964, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. cowboy1964

    cowboy1964

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    What the pros and cons of each? Seems to me the Adjustable Charge Bar would work better than the Double Disk Kit and it's also cheaper to boot.
     
  2. paydro13

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    I have the lee auto disk setup. I went to the double disk add on and it has worked very well. I've used it in h110, power pistol, and 2400. My first uses of it I weighed each load. usually it came within a .1 everytime. The con would we be the plastic construction. I woory changing the disks for different loads I will strip/break the powder measure cannister.
     


  3. sig357fan

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    I have both.

    with the disk measure your stuck with what weight the disk throws unless you "customize" the cavity to throw the charge you want.

    with the charge bar you can adjust it to throw the charge you want but I've only had good results using ball powder, mine dosn't seem to like extruded or flake powder

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  4. unclebob

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    I have a question along the same lines. I’m thinking about getting the LCT from Kempf with the upgrade kit. I don’t think I would want the adjustable, just because it is adjustable. So what is the advantage of the double disk over what comes with the Pro powder measure?
     
  5. WiskyT

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    The single disc set-up is "GE, good enough" as my father would say for anyone who isn't from Colorado. The graudations between cavities are close enough togeather to get you close enough to do just about anything. Any finer graduation, by using the double disc kit, is splitting hairs as far as I'm concerned.

    I have the DD kit because I lost one of the four discs, and it was the cheapest way to replace it at that time (years ago). I never actually used the DD set-up, so I can't attest to it's reliability. I have never read anything bad about it.

    I have the adjustable "disc" and only tried it once. I wanted small doses of Bullseye and it was an epic fail. It through wildly different weights. In fairness, it specifically says that it won't throw accurate charges with flake powder on small settings. The adjustability of it is lost on me. I like the LACK of adjustability of the discs. 0.37cc is ALWAYS 0.37cc. I don't need to check or calibrate anything if I want 3.5 Bullseye, just pop in the 0.37cc cavity, verify that it IS the 0.37cc cavity, and proceed to load.

    I got the adjustable cavity free with the kit to upgrade my measure to the Pro or Deluxe or whatever they call it. This is definately worth it. It makes it much easier, neater, and faster to change discs or powder and the brass screws hold up very well. The standard hopper screws never gave me any trouble, but the hopper does seem a bit fragile. Anyway, with the upgrade, you can change powder or discs without remiving the body of the measure from the press.

    ETA: One use for the DD kit is for large charges. 23 or so grains of 296 is about max with one disc, so if your loading 500SW you might need to double up





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  6. Boxerglocker

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    Double will allow you to throw larger rilfe caliber charges. The adjustable bar is only really good for ball powders as mentioned earlier. IMHO it was easier and just plan safer to use the disks. I would find a cavity that was midrange within the +\- .1 of my target load and just live with it.
    I tried the adjustable and it way, way too inconsistent using TG anyways...
     
  7. Colorado4Wheel

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    Adjustable is fine but just be prepared. It's much more likely to bridge then the disc. I would use the discs over the bar. I would make a custom disc before I used the bar as well. But I really like the discs because they never change. It's awesome. But for larger volume stuff (bigger then 4.2 grs of titegroup) you should be fine with the adjustable charge bar.