Best manual powder dropper?

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  1. Stanm70

    Stanm70 Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to hear some opinions, thanks guys.
     
  2. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

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    Harrels makes a pretty good one
     

  3. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    My Ohaus does pretty darn well.

    Can get'em on ebay occasionally for a decent price.
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I used a Ohaus for over 30 years and found a good deal on a Harrels and tried it . Both do an excellent job.

    The Harrels is the easiest to change from one setting to another and appears to be a little smoother
    and has a clear drop tube that I really like (You can see the powder to make sure it is through dumping before removing the case and dumping powder every).

    The Harrell's would be my favorite. but both will drop powder accurately if you develop a consistent
    way of operating the measure.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I only use a manual power disenser for my pistol loads (.357 Mag & .44 Mag).

    I use the RCBS Uniflow powder thrower: RCBS Uniflow Powder Measure Standard Cylinder

    On this stand: RCBS Advanced Powder Measure Stand

    And used some carraige head bolts that would sink in flush to the bottom of a piece of plywood as a base to hold it up so I could move it around wherever I need to, and move it out off the bench and out of my way when I need the space.
     
  6. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I have two manual dispensers, and both are very accurate with ball powders. My first one was a US built Lyman #55 with the Sinclair bottle adapter and several of his drop tubes. It'll meter ball powder to about +/- .13 grains all day long, and probably a little closer if I cross my fingers right. The other is a Harre benchrest Culver measurer. When I bought it they only did the 60 grain one and the 90 grain one. But now they also do a 120 grain one. It will metter ball powder al day long at +/- .1 grain or better (much better). The two will do 2015 BR and 3031 at about +/-.2 grains, but forget stuff like 4350. With long grained powders I simply throw it a full grain short an trickle from there
    gary
     
  7. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

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    My Hollywood is superb. My two Quick-Measures are fine, and the B&M clone is exceptional. The Dillon works fine, too. I have no opinion about my Lyman 55 or the Phelps, as I have not yet used them.
     
  8. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    I have a Redding BR30, but it is not as accurate as the Harrels Culver model.
     
  9. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    when I first started reloading, A shooting buddy loaned me his 3BR and his BR30's to try. Both were as Redding supplied them. The same guy later gave me a Lyman #55 to play with and a Lee. I like the Lyman, and it seemed to be pretty accurate. Bought it off him. Later down the road I bought the Harrell, and have very few omplaints. The one thing I really like aout the Harrell is that I can look in my log book to see what the settings were a cuple years ago, it it will be right there everytime. But on the otherhand you have to learn to keep track of how many clicks, and of course write it all down. One thing that's really nice about my Hrrell is it's compact size! I have a large cigar box that holds it and my K&M arbor press plus a few other odds & ends.
    gary
     
  10. Sully2

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    I used both of those for many a year until I started using Varget. It seemed like every 3rd load dropped was hung-up by that stick powder. Went to the ChargeMaster and of course dont have that problem now...
     
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  11. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    Best manual powder dropper?
    Pretty much any with a scale underneath and a trickler on the side
     
  12. wstanton

    wstanton Well-Known Member

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    I love my redding powder trickler and dispenser!
     
  13. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    You know everybody has what he thinks is the best powder measurer on the planet. I've used everything from the older Sinclair and the Jones to the Lyman at onetime or another. I'd have probably bought a Sinclair or a ones, but they way over my budgit at the the time. Yet I was lucky enough to get o try out several brands befor I bought my first one. I bought the Harrell because it worked like Homer Culver's measurers did, and accuracey was actually second thought. When I used the Reddings, Sinclair only offered aftermarket stuff for the RCBS and the Lyman. The Redding stuff came a little later. Sinclair put me onto the drop tubes, and looking back now; I don't know how got by without them! First ones I bought were four inch ones, and within ten days I had ordered in six inch ones. Later Fred came out with drop tubes that were cailber specific. Now I have them in 30, 6mm, and 223 caliber. I always found the stands they sold with measurers to be a little bit of a comprimise. So one day I dreamed up an adjustable stand that was also very ridgid. Don't know how I ever got by without it!
    gary