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Old April 20, 2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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A couple quick questions before I begin with my Lee Classic loader?

These may seem like basic questions. But, I just want to double check...

1. Is HS6 a good powder choice for 125gr lead safe Ranier bullets?

2. I can use Winchester small pistol primers, right?

3. Since the instructions give a minimum OAL, should I have calipers to set how deep the bullet is seated? How would I know without calipers?

4. Can I do this safely without a scale? They say to use one level scoop on the .5 dipper. If I need a scale, is electronic better than the balance beam type? RCBS has a nice one. It is $100 though.

Thanks in advance.
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Old April 20, 2007, 11:38 AM   #2
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You don't mention what cartridge you're reloading.

That would be helpful.
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Old April 20, 2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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These may seem like basic questions. But, I just want to double check...

1. Is HS6 a good powder choice for 125gr lead safe Ranier bullets?


We need to know what caliber your loading? 9mm?

2. I can use Winchester small pistol primers, right?

Again what caliber

3. Since the instructions give a minimum OAL, should I have calipers to set how deep the bullet is seated? How would I know without calipers?

Really tough isn't it? Either get calipers or a case gauge. I suggest calipers.


4. Can I do this safely without a scale? They say to use one level scoop on the .5 dipper. If I need a scale, is electronic better than the balance beam type? RCBS has a nice one. It is $100 though.


Get a scale. A balance beam can be more accurate than an electronic. an electronic can be faster and easier to operate. For simple pistol stuff an electronic is accurate enough.

If money is really tight Lee makes a beam scale for about $25
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Old April 20, 2007, 11:56 AM   #4
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You must have a scale. Can't really work without them. The dipper amounts will change from one lot of powder to another due to manufacturing variances in cannister powders.

Get the Lee Safety Scale for 20 bucks. It is very sensitive; you will have to learn how to read a Vernier scale. I also use a small flashlight to read the scale more easily. I have checked mine repeatedly against Lyman test weights and it is right on.

What caliber? And, have you read any books on reloading? Don't just leap in without some background knowledge. Lee's book Modern Reloading is good; Lyman's 48 th Reloading Handbook and the ABCs of Reloading are also on my bookshelf.
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Old April 20, 2007, 12:13 PM   #5
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I am sorry. It is .38 special.
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Old April 20, 2007, 12:14 PM   #6
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Lee has issued their loader with dippers for years. Used it that way, but now weight a couple of dippers for each powder type just to be sure. Nope, have found no issues ... but will still weigh.
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