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Powder drop question.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Hydraulicman, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. Hydraulicman


    May 21, 2007
    I was looking at the ammoload machines and noticed the rifle machines drop three charges at three different stations . Is this how they meter stick powder accurately? Would it be advantageous to meter 1/3 of my powder at a time on my dillon 550 and just pull the handle three times (running one cartridge threw at a time)

    I don't load rifle yet but Just thought i'd ask around.
  2. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    May 22, 2002

    Your fine just dont try to set any land speed records and your Dillon will treat you just fine.

  3. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    You can do that, but you'll have to be very, very carefull to monitor it. IMO, stick powders just don't flow well enough in the DIllon or any measure for tha matter. I hand weigh or use ball powders on the Dillon.
  4. Hydraulicman


    May 21, 2007
    I'm curious how factory rifle ammo is loaded so fast.

    thanks for the responses
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2010
  5. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    That sounds like a horrible idea. All you need is to pull the handle four times and your hand gets mangled. No thanks. You hear lots of rumors about the Dillon powder measure not measuring great. In pistol I knw this is a bunch of crap. I know some rifle powders give lots of powder measures grief. Dillon will accept the RCBS measure if you just get the right part from Dillon. You can find it in the Blue Press or just call them. I would just find a powder that works in your measure and be done with it.
  6. RLDS45S


    Jun 8, 2003
    I got better results with the manually activated DPM with stick powders ie 4895 or 4064 because I was the consistent part of the equation. Dual springs and a firm and smooth stroke.....I had excellent consistency....
  7. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I'm sure the powder measures on factory equip are rpobably designed to meter anything & w/ a cost to go with that. What do you expect for $100 powder measure? My Dillon is terrible w/ stick powders & my RCBS not much better. I don't consider 0.2-0.3gr variation acceptable.:dunno: SO I went ball powder for my M1 loads on the Dillon & everything else gets hand weighed.