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Old April 27, 2005, 09:42 AM   #1
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Lee Loader powder Measure????

Does anybody know where I can get a lee loader powder measure for a 45/70? Thanks, Ryan
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Old April 27, 2005, 10:07 AM   #2
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The first 2 I can think of are Lee and Midway. There are more on the net.
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Old April 27, 2005, 12:26 PM   #3
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Just the dipper, Ryan?

Lee sells a set of dippers very reasonably. If you have a buddy with a powder scale, you can make your own from fired cases.
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Old April 27, 2005, 01:02 PM   #4
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I second the making your own dipper from a fired case.

You can use a tubing cutter to get the rough dimension, and then use a dremel to fine tune the capacity.

A little stiff wire and some solder, and you have your own dipper.
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Old April 27, 2005, 06:31 PM   #5
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Lee sells a set of dippers very reasonably. If you have a buddy with a powder scale, you can make your own from fired cases.
That sounds great. Is the Lee scale o.k. or is a better option available for about the same cash? (Spent all my free cash on ammo. )
Thanks.
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Old April 27, 2005, 08:22 PM   #6
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Which Lee scale?

If you mean the Lee Safety Scale, I would avoid it. It's never impressed me at all, and the ones I've tried have been pretty finnicky and not very accurate.
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Old April 27, 2005, 08:50 PM   #7
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Measures and scale

JR;
I have used the Lee powder measure set since the '60's, very convenient to make up a few quickly.
I have a Lee powder scale and a Lyman scale, the Lee is easier to use than the Lyman and at least as accurate, the only reason I keep the Lyman is it goes to 505gr and I use it to weigh bullets, the Lee only goes to 100gr, still much more weight of powder than I shall ever use.
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Old April 27, 2005, 09:05 PM   #8
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"still much more weight of powder than I shall ever use."

You are a man desparately in need of an UBERMagnum...

Of course, loading for one of those is simple... You simply neck down a powder bottle to take the correct bullet...
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Old April 28, 2005, 10:26 PM   #9
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I am just looking for the dipper. I am thinking about getting these from Midway.
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=943305
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Old April 28, 2005, 10:48 PM   #10
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Those are handy to have around. Most of us who have been loading for years and who have every gadget known to man still have a set to load a few quick rounds when it is not worth the time to adjust the powder measure.

I would not try to load max loads with those, but they give amazingly uniform results when you push them down into the powder, lift up, and strike off with a straightedge.

If money is really tight and all you need is a measure for a particular charge, email what you need and I'll see what I can do.
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Old April 28, 2005, 10:48 PM   #11
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deerhunter17, that is exactly what I'm looking at as well. I'd love to make some from cases, but I don't have any scales handy . Could we get by with only these dippers, or must scales be used to be safe/accurate?
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Old April 28, 2005, 11:09 PM   #12
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JR, the Lee dippers are as safe as the person using them. They've always thrown a touch light for me and I never use them for max or near max charges. There are better ways of doing things, but if you can't afford the better ways, this works.

The limitation is that you usually only have one, at most two, workable charges for a given powder in a given cartridge. You can't dink around with small changes looking for the best accuracy or the most velocity. You have to pick the dipper that throws a starting load or slightly over and go with it.
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Old April 29, 2005, 12:11 PM   #13
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Loaded for many years with nothing but Lee Dippers. As DJ said, on the low end. But, shot a lot of white tail and they did not know the difference.
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Old April 29, 2005, 06:39 PM   #14
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Thanks guys. The price sounded too good, but now I understand why. I need much shooting practice with my new gun and I think the dippers will be perfect.
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