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Old August 21, 2011, 10:04 PM   #1
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Lee Turret Powder Leak

Any other Lee classic turret users w/powder auto disk thrower have this happen?

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Old August 22, 2011, 02:42 AM   #2
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If you're using the standard auto disk the amount of leakage will be significantly more than the Pro Auto Disk but they both can leak. With the standard auto disk you have to be sure that when you screw it down it is flush with the body which isn't that easy being as you're screwing into plastic. The Pro has teflon wipers and has a better fit.

The important thing is to make sure you're throwing consistent powder charges. I have the Pro model and use a lot of Unique and also see some leakage.
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Old August 22, 2011, 09:07 AM   #3
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Not an actual pic of my setup but will do work for description purposes.

Seems like most of the powder is just simply excess falling out the charging die. I did notice if I go to fast powder will topple out on the downward stroke of the charging stage where the arrow depicts.

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Old August 22, 2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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http://leeprecision.com/cgi/faq/indexNew.cgi
Click on powder handling. Then click on auto disk powder measure leaking. I had to do this to one of mine fixed it
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Old August 22, 2011, 12:48 PM   #5
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Thanks I will give that a try.
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Old August 22, 2011, 04:46 PM   #6
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I had a small amount of leakage on my Pro Auto Disk. I keep a tube of graphite (like you puff into locks) on my bench. Each time I change out a disk I puff graphite onto the base, put the disk in place and puff onto the disk, then tighten the two brass screws firmly finger tight. That has pretty much eleminated leakage for me. I only use HP38 and Unique, but HP38 seems to flow through ANY opening.
I have also found that the adjustment of the powder through/flair die can lead to dropped powder. The adjustment of the die in or out moves the hole in the disk in relation to the drop hole in the base. Adjust the die so that the disk hole is directly over the drop hole.
A little fiddling will take care of this.
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Old August 22, 2011, 04:50 PM   #7
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Can you send me some pics?
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Old August 22, 2011, 05:34 PM   #8
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OK, the first photo shows only the base of the powder measure. Puff liberally with graphite.

The second photo shows the disk in place. Puff the top of the disk liberally with graphite. The shiny particles in this photo is graphite.

Then fit the reservoir on and TIGHTLY finger tighten the brass nuts. Then work the lever (with a case in the shellholder) a bunch of times to distribute the graphite. I repeat this each time I take the reservoir off to change disks.

The last photo shows the front edge of the disk even with the front edge of the base when the lever is down and a case is in the shellholder. This is where it should be. Screwing the die in or out will move the front of the disk in relation to the base. I could not get a photo down the hole, but the disk hole is directly over the drop hole in the base. If it is not, there can be a ledge at the front or back of the drop hole, where powder will not fall into the case but can dribble out around the die. It can also cause short loads of powder.
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Old August 23, 2011, 09:28 PM   #9
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Only time I had that much powder on the press is when I loaded cases without a primer in the case, still not that much powder.

dick, you scared the heck out of me with your picture, it seemed that the disks were putting groves into your platform. Then it hit me, I don't use the Pro-Auto Disk (plastic platform & Base), but only the Auto-Disk with the Pro Update Kit. So the bases are all metal.

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Old August 23, 2011, 09:36 PM   #10
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That is a teflon coating. I sent my first one back because it was flaking off. They sent me another one and it did the same thing. The vendor contacted Lee, who sent me another and told me to keep my other one. The one from Lee flaked off also. But, effectively, there is no problem in using them. The longer scratches towards the back of the first photo is where the teflon has come off.
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Old August 23, 2011, 11:02 PM   #11
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Using Unique tonight and maybe noticed minor sprinkling. The H335 definitely contributed to it,
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Old August 24, 2011, 09:02 AM   #12
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I could not get Unique to meter with any consistency. The OP photo looks like the mess I get when I forget to put a case in the press. I use a manual 3 hole turret.
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Old August 24, 2011, 09:32 AM   #13
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FYI that was about 300 rounds into a session with H335 when that pic was taken.

I did 200 last night of 45 acp with unique and it was no more spilled powder than any norm reloading session.
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Old August 24, 2011, 10:35 AM   #14
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I use the adjustable charge bar however when I purchased it I used very fine emery cloth and smoothed surfaces that came in contact then I ran couple containers of graphite through and I've never had leakage problems.. I do check screws on occasion and tighten but limited as they will strip.
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Old August 24, 2011, 10:45 AM   #15
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I use the pro auto disk measure. I can load 1,000 rounds and not have 25% of what you have in that picture.
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Old August 24, 2011, 11:15 AM   #16
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What powder Crusty?

This was with H335.
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Old August 24, 2011, 07:12 PM   #17
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H-335, W-748, Titegroup, Bullseye, WST, BL-C2 and HS-6. I don't have much leakage with any of those powders. H-335 is my main powder for 223 and I have used quite a bit of it.
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Old August 24, 2011, 07:42 PM   #18
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Want to trade presses?
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Old August 24, 2011, 10:38 PM   #19
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Are you using the auto disk or pro auto disk?
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Old August 24, 2011, 11:09 PM   #20
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Old August 25, 2011, 07:46 AM   #21
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That's not too bad compared to AA9/H108/WC820. If you really want too, and everything is otherwise clean, sweep it up and recycle it into the hopper or storage container.
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