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Old April 11, 2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Sudden inconsistent drops with Lee adjustable charge bar

I have been using a lee adjustable charge bar for nearly a year on a Lee deluxe turret press. I typically load 5.1 grains of W231 over 230gr LRN in .45 ACP.

Just a few weeks ago my charges started going haywire. It has always metered +/- .05 grains or less, but now I am getting swings of .3 grains or more (4.8 to 5.2 has been the most extreme). Nothing has changed on the press and it has not been adjusted.

I tried some Titegroup and Powerpistol with similar results.

Anyone else know what the heck is going on here? I upgraded from the disks to the ACB because of spilled powder but it looks like I need to go back. Now I have to pull the 80 or so rounds that last made because I just dont trust them... That'll be fun


edit: forgot to mention the hopper is always at least 2/3s full and I am as consistent as I can be with each pull.
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Old April 11, 2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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Is it inconsistent with only the charge bar or also with standard disks? Could be the powder drop operating mechanism getting worn. Part of it is made out of pot metal and a groove will wear into it over time. Or might be time to replace the rubber(?) wiper. Have you called Lee to get suggestions on what the problem might be?
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Old April 11, 2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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I've only loaded 1000 rounds or so on it so I would doubt that its worn out...

The disk had a problem with "sticking" and not dropping a charge every now and again. So, I upgraded to the pro powder measure and the ACB.

I'll pull it apart tonight and take a better look. Good idea about calling Lee, also. I've heard good things about their C/S
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