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Old March 12, 2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Do you have multiple powder measures for your progressive press?

I just bought a second powder measure for my 550B. I plan to use one powder measure for large rifle cases and one measure for small cases.

This seems logical and I assume it can help save time when moving back and forth from small to large cases....

Swapping out the large and small powder shuttle in the Dillon powder measure is a PITA, so this is a solution to that, I suppose.

Anyway, it does not seem to be a waste of $. It took about 6 weeks to get this powder measure from Dillon - yikes!
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Old March 12, 2013, 03:56 PM   #2
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Yes, I have 2.
One (The original factory Dillon) I use for stick & ball powder, (IMR 3031 or WW748BR) mostly when loading rifle cases. The other, an old Lyman #55 I use with an adapter when loading fine grain or flake powder such as Unique or H-110 for pistol loads, as it suits the material better.
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Old March 12, 2013, 04:25 PM   #3
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I have 7 powder measures for my XL650 (same one as RL550b) but that is just because I am to lazy to adjust them all the time.
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Old March 12, 2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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I have two with my Dillon 550, one with the small bar and one with the large bar.
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Old March 12, 2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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Well now, I have five Dillons, each dedicated to a specific caliber (45, 9, .223, .308, .30-06) and each is left set up until I'm ready to load that caliber again. Very simple, nothing moves. I watched yard sales and gun shows to find good deals on presses and bought them when I found them.
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Old March 12, 2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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I have 4 two are dillion for the rl550 one is a lyman the last is a rcbs i use the lyman for my single stage orange crusher good luck to the newbee's
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Old March 12, 2013, 07:35 PM   #7
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I have several Dillon's for my Dillon; one for each pistol caliber. I also run a single Quick-Measure for my rifle reloading. It handles all powders equally well.

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Old March 12, 2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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Only running pistol calibers on my 550B on a regular basis. 3 toolheads set up
complete with powder measure--9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP
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Old March 12, 2013, 08:07 PM   #9
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Swapping out the large and small powder shuttle in the Dillon powder measure is a PITA, so this is a solution to that, I suppose.
It's only one bolt.

I think I have 7 or 8 Dillon measures but 6 of them are always on a press have a separate powder bar for every load though.
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Old March 13, 2013, 04:43 PM   #10
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1 550b

2 Dillon powder measures each on my most-used pistol caliber toolhead setups

1 RCBS measure with the adapter rig that lets me use it with the Dillon powder drop die which also works in my single-stage press or wherever I want to use it.
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Old March 13, 2013, 05:58 PM   #11
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I have a Dillon RL550B with a separate powder measure each for 9mm, 40 S&W, & 45 ACP. Also switching my 45 ACP over to small primer. Now all I have to do to change caliber is pull the two pins and switch out the tool heads containing the dies and measure.
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Old March 14, 2013, 11:45 AM   #12
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XL 650

Yes, I have one set for every caliber. I am Lazy as well.
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Old March 14, 2013, 11:53 AM   #13
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Apparently I'm the only non-dillon dude on this thread.

I have an LnL and use the micrometer inserts on my powder drop. Swapping them out is about a 30 second task (complete rotor and all). I keep micrometer settings noted in my load book, set to that and usually make a tweak or two - then start rocking and rolling. Easy peasy.
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Old March 14, 2013, 03:35 PM   #14
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I have 3 for my 550B.
I generally use one for 9x19mm, one for .45 Auto, and the third gets used for everything else - usually .380 Auto.

However... I still have some extra "change-over" time when going to .380 Auto, because I don't own a proper .380 cartridge conversion.
Instead, I use the .223/5.56 shell plate and 9x19mm powder funnel / expander. (I also use a .38 Special "Wadcutter Only" die for seating... but that's a different matter. )

If I had more money lying around, I'd have a full quick-change kit (including powder measure) for each cartridge conversion... but I still haven't found a money tree.
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Old March 15, 2013, 04:17 AM   #15
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I have 4 power measure for my dillon 550 with tool head
One for 357, one for 38 sp an two for 9mm (one for target bullet an other for plinking bullet)
I dont like adjust its for diferents caliber or bullets.
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Old March 15, 2013, 01:02 PM   #16
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This is a great thread.

I have been loading on a 550B for 19yrs now and have JUST ONE POWDER MEASURE with the pistol, rifle and magnum powder bars. Just got all the stuff for my EIGHTH caliber.

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Old March 15, 2013, 01:30 PM   #17
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I have ONE powder measure for my LNL!

It's interesting to see that some reloaders have 6-7 powder measures for the same press.
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Old March 15, 2013, 03:28 PM   #18
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Yes...I have two Dillon 550B's for reloading hand gun ammunition. One is permanently set for small pistol primers and the other for large. Each press also has its dedicated Dillon powder measure. This setup minimizes caliber change time and after 50+ years of reloading, I figgur I'm worth it!

For rifle, I use an RCBS Uniflow with both big and small micrometer drops.

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Old March 15, 2013, 03:54 PM   #19
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that's what I'm sayin... time to buy another
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Old March 15, 2013, 10:36 PM   #20
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I have 2 powder measures for my Dillon 550B, and one powder bar for each caliber I load (5 calibers so far; 9mm, .38 special, .223 Remington, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .220 Swift), so I can swap out the powder bar fairly quickly and not have to adjust the measure each time. I do weigh a powder drop before I start loading, just to make sure nothing shifted since the last time the powder bar was used.

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