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Them little knobs

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by themighty9mm, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. themighty9mm

    themighty9mm

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    I have seen is pics in the past where members had a knob on their powder drop for dillons. It either replaced or slide over the nut for the measurement adjustment. What are they called and whered yall get em?
     

  2. themighty9mm

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    similar. Only the ones I'm looking for are more flat and round. They are also serrated on the edge. Much like a quarter.
     
  3. StaTiK

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    There's this:
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    It's called "Mr Dial" and can be found at http://www.mrdial.com. I have no experience with this product and neither endorse nor recommend against its use.

    -StaTiK-
     
  4. beancounter81

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    I'll probably be called bad names for admitting I use one of these, but I do. There, I said it. I use a single powder measure across multiple calibers and the Mr Dial enables me to immediately dial back into the correct setting for a caliber. Of course I weigh the throw to make sure but this little gadget sure makes it easy! I was not having similar success using the plastic knobs.
     
  5. Colorado4Wheel

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    How do you know how many turns in or out you need?
     
  6. unclebob

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    Just my personal option. But if you look at the design of the Dillon powder bars, it is in my option not really designed for multiple changing of the settings. At some point screwing it in and out is going to loosen up and start getting erroneous powder throws. I would rather get more powder measures and leave them set for what I’m loading or get more powder bars and change those out. They are easily removed and the bar is already set for what I want powder throw I want.
    I forget who posted on here that they had a measure bar wear out by doing just that.
    Also Home Depot depending on the store carries the round ones. My Home Depot at onetime carried them but no longer. If you can find a picture of the one you want. Take it to Ace Hardware and see if they carry them or if they well order one for you.
     
  7. beancounter81

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    It's trial & error the first time you use a particular powder. I start with the powder bar completely closed, then count the number of complete turns plus the partial turn based on the graduations on the knob. After I get a couple of readings for different amounts of a particular powder, it's pretty easy to build a table for future reference. For instance, 5.1 gr of WSF (my 9 MM load with 124 gr FMJ) is two complete turns + a partial turn to the second hash mark past 7 - I abbreviate as 2.7 2/3. My .40 S&W load with 180 gr FMJ of 6.5 gr True Blue is 2.5 1/3. Bunny fart load for .38 Special of 4.0 gr W231 under 125 gr JHP is 1.9 2/3. I weigh a sample of 10 charges after resetting but it is usually dead on.

    The knob is graduated 0-9 (major graduations) with two minor graduations in between. Each major graduation is roughly 0.1 gr although it varies a bit between powders. WSF & True Blue are pretty much dead-on 0.1 gr per major graduation. W-231 is close, but not exact.
     
  8. Colorado4Wheel

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    So can you tell how many "turns out" you are? Or do you just need to count?
     
  9. beancounter81

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    You need to count.
     
  10. njl

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    The little plastic ones slip onto the existing nut on the powder bar. Home Depot carries them in both wingnut and round dial style...but not all Home Depot's stock them. Look around the specialty fasteners area in the store.
     
  11. rball

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    I too use one powder dispenser across multiple calibers. Initially, I purchased a plastic knob from Home Depot, I think it was a dollar and some change. After a few changeovers and realizing that I still need to futz with the dial to get the right charge, I found the micrometer head from UniqueTek. I bought it, and haven't looked back since. The Mr. Dial looks interesting, but I have never used one.
     
  12. beancounter81

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    I have no doubt that the UniqueTek micrometer is superior - think of the Mr Dial as the poor man's pseudo-micrometer.
     
  13. jfrey

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    I have a Mr.Dial on my 9mm SDB press and it works fairly well. I normally set it and leave it but I do occassionally change the charge and I just notice where it is positioned first and count the turns until I get the metering I want. When I go back I just count backwards from there to the original setting and weigh the charges again just to be sure. It makes the adjustment look really scientific to those who don't know. I have the Home Depot knob on my .45 SDB.
     
  14. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    You're a smelly festering boil for not having sperate measures not only for each caliber, but for each powder used in each caliber.

    Actually, one of the niceties of the Autodisc is that you can pop in a cavity and be right where you want based on your notes. For something like 3.5 Bullseye, the 0.37cc cavity is spot on every time for the last 25 years for me. I don't even weigh any to verify things. I DO DOUBLE and TRIPPLE check that I have the correct cavity in.
     
  15. beancounter81

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    I've been called a lot worse than that! :tongueout:
     
  16. themighty9mm

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    That mr dial might be a option. 25 bucks though? For what it is, gawd.If I get that little bugger it better be worth it.
     
  17. Colorado4Wheel

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    A simple wing style nut from Lowes cost under $2. Paint one end so you have a pointer. Nearly the same function. I just wrote down "11:30=3.2 gr of Solo 1000".
     
  18. WiskyT

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    I'll have to try harder:wavey: