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Powder bowl (might be a stupid question)

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by SC Tiger, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger EL GATO!

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    I have a potentially stupid question. I am working on some .357 reloads but it is a small batch. Too small to make setting up the powder dispensor worth it. What I have been doing is using the Lee pre-measured powder scoop set and weighing each charge (which I do anyway even with the dispensor) and dialing it up with a trickler. However, my powder container is now empty enough that I can't get to the bottom. Is there any special type of container I should use to pour the powder into so I can get to it?

    I was thinking about something like a large shot glass but I figured I'd ask here.
     

  2. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger EL GATO!

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    That simple, huh?

    Just wanted to make sure there wasn't anything I needed to avoid.
     
  3. fredj338

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    I use a small plastic container like butter comes in. It stays on the bench, I use it for holding powder for wieghed rifle loads. My trickler is a high tech plastic spoon, way faster than any trickler.
     
  4. ColoCG

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    If you use that shot glass, make sure you drain the contents first. I hate to see scotch or bourbon go to waste.:whistling:
     
  5. firefighter4215

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    I actually use the plastic icing container from a package of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. I noticed when my wife was making them once that it would be perfect.

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  6. WiskyT

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    I cut the bottoms off of bottles, clean and DRY them and let them DRY overnight to be sure there is no moisture in them.
     
  7. Ajax27

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    Haha jk, but for real I usually use a little clear glass dish like you would use on the dinner table for condiments or something like that
     
  8. WiskyT

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    One advantage of using the bottom of a bottle is that you just squeeze the sides together and poor the powder back in the bottle when done. You can't do that with a bowl. A Nyquil cup works well too.
     
  9. wrencher

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    I like little paper Dixie cups. Clean, disposable, easy to pour the powder back into the can.
     
  10. PCJim

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    Why don't you just use the trickler itself? Fill it to within 1/4 - 1/8" of the top, and dip your powder from it. That's what I've done for years. It's a no brainer...
     
  11. ColoCG

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    I actually use a small plastic tupperware container, works great and you can bend it to pour the excess powder back in the powder container. I also use the Lee powder scoops plus a battery operated powder trickler. Quick and accurate.
     
  12. SC Tiger

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    Actually that's what I did for a few rounds. I was just trying to make my process more efficient without losing quality.

    Honestly, what I was looking for is warnings like "gunpowder in a steel bowl is a bad idea because it could drag against it and ignite" or something (if indeed that is the case).
     
  13. SC Tiger

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    But that's was going to be my "secret recipe." 1 shot of bourbon/50 rounds hopefully brings up the velocity by about 100 fps (in my mind).:rofl:
     
  14. Glockaholic2

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    I used a cereal bowl. Here's my concern....I use to use the Lee scoops but then eventually got a powder scale and found that some of the scoops did not come close to the published grains of powder for the recipe. Am I just being too cautious?
     
  15. PCJim

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    I'd say you are needlessly worrying about something that isn't a concern. Steel cased ammo doesn't self-ignite, and dropping powder thru a Dillon powder funnel has no ill effect.

    And you might find that your trickler isn't steel, but a lighter material like heavy aluminum?
     
  16. Ethereal Killer

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    if you use a cereal bowl, I would avoid eating it.
     
  17. ColoCG

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    You just use a scoop that throws a charge consistantly .5gr or so lighter than what you want, dump it in your scale pan, then top it off with a trickler or plastic spoon until it zero's out at your correct charge. It's quicker than starting from zero and adding powder slowly until you get your correct charge.
     
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  18. SC Tiger

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    Even with milk on it? :D

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  19. SC Tiger

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    Are you making sure you got all the air pockets out of the scoop (if they are low)? Do you level off the top of the scoop (if it's high)?

    I noticed the same thing yesterday. No big deal as I use them as an approximation and weigh each charge.

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