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Old December 7, 2008, 09:34 PM   #1
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Best powder measure for rifle powders?

I'm looking for a good, consistent, and accurate powder measure for the following rifle powders:

Hodgdon BLC(2) - Spherical powder
Hodgdon H335 - Spherical powder
Hodgdon Varget - Extruded powder

I'm thinking about the RCBS uniflow. Good choice?

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Old December 7, 2008, 09:49 PM   #2
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RCBS Chargemaster Combo

But the Redding BR series is good. RCBS is good too. Harrell the Best! But consistency of operation is the key! Extruded powders ie Varget tend to cut kernals.
But, you can get close and then trickle up on the scale to the exact charge.
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Old December 7, 2008, 09:50 PM   #3
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Guess I should have added that I am not willing to spend the crazy amounts of money those electric combo units cost.
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Old December 7, 2008, 09:59 PM   #4
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Well, I tend to think that RCBS Uniflow with with the micrometer and powder baffle would be a good measure.
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Old December 7, 2008, 10:01 PM   #5
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I use the same Uniflow measure that came with my RCBS reloading setup I purchased right after Moses parted the Red Sea. It has never failed to give yeoman service since it was new. It handles all my powder measuring needs including throwing the maximum charges required for slug loads. I also use it for the hardest powder to measure, IMR 800X. It runs through ball powders like water, and I use it to throw the extruded powders and trickle them up to snuff. I just may buy another to stop having to change the rotors and the adjustments and use one with the small drum and one with the large.
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Old December 7, 2008, 10:04 PM   #6
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I'm happy enough with my RCBS Uniflow, much more so now that I put a micrometer adjustment on it. It does reasonably well on the H4831SC.....but I still end up setting it to throw slightly light charges and using a trickler to get exact weights.

That being said I want to get and try one of these:

http://harrellsprec.com/index.php?cr...on=show_detail
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Old December 7, 2008, 10:10 PM   #7
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I've used just about everyone's measure, including Harrells', and I would advise you to save your money until you can afford the scale/dispenser combo, beit Lyman, RCBS, or PACT. Any one of them is so far ahead of volumetric measures there is no comparison. If you don't have any measure at all, then by all means the uniflow would be a good choice--you're going to need a trickler, too. Here again, spending a little extra for the heavy one --Redding--- is well worth it.
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Old December 8, 2008, 12:07 AM   #8
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For long grain/bulky rifle powders I use and highly recommend the Micro Powder Measure by Neil Jones Custom Products:
http://www.neiljones.com/html/measure.html

This powder measure throws bulky rifle powders as if they were spherical powders, smoothly and consistent. The measure is pricey but I trust it when throwing full charge loads in the higher pressure rifle cartridges.
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Old December 8, 2008, 10:19 AM   #9
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I think I'll get the Uniflow and just use the H335 and BLC(2). I am NOT spending over 300 bucks for a powder measure. I'll just avoid the extruded powders!

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