flux1
flux1
6 posts
Joined December 2015

Chances of powder measure NOT throwing powder?

Hi there, what's the chances of a Dillon powder measure not throwing powder. Till now, it has been flawless when loading on my RL550. Is eye balling each case really necessary?
mneblett
mneblett
19 posts
Joined October 2010

RE: Chances of powder measure NOT throwing powder?

I've never experienced (or heard of) a charge not being thrown -- I suppose in theory it's possible if metering a stick powder and the powder bridges the bottom of the funnel.

In any event, even if you have total confidence in your powder measure's reliability, the potential consequences of a no-powder load (a squib that lodges a bullet in the barrel -- easy to not notice or respond to before pulling the trigger again -- followed by firing the next cartridge into the stuck bullet and blowing up the gun) are too severe to *not* either eyeball each charge or use a positive powder lever check device, like Dillon's powder checker or a lock-out die (RCBS? can't remember).
walterlaich
walterlaich
49 posts
Joined March 2008

RE: Chances of powder measure NOT throwing powder?

This works for me:
When starting a reloading session I throw the first powder charge and put it back in the hopper.

Somewhere along the line I'll have to pull a cartridge or two due to my lack of skill. I check those cartridges for powder

When I finish I check the last one.

As I stated this works for me and I bought my first SDB when it was a SD and cost $129.95