StevefromOhio
StevefromOhio
6 posts
Joined May 2019

Hard time with extruded powder

I was having a heck of a time trying to load some .223 with IMR 4166 extruded powder. I have the RL450 with most of the 550 upgrades like the auto primer feed and the powder drop.

The IMR 4166 is a great powder as I am using it with 69 grain Nosler match HPBT bullets. Shooting out of a CZ 527 Varmint .223 with 1to 9 twist and a 24 inch barrel.

The powder was dropping inconsistently and often time it was backing up and then a huge drop with powder all over the place. I called Dillon and they said that extruded is very difficult to measure with their powder drops and that they do not recommend using extruded powder with small caliber loads...often times the powder gets cut by the sliding bar inside the powder drop.....but I want to use 4166 as I have a ton of it and I like the accuracy it gives me with the 69 grain bullets.

The tech rep then told me that he knows of people who use vibrators...not the kind you are thinking of....but little electric motors with an offset weight to it that are sold on E-bay for a couple of bucks. I did not want to wait so I remembered that we have a hand vibrator that would be just perfect.

I attached the vibrator to the plastic container on the powder measure and found that I need to only turn it on when the powder measure is in use....so I set up a foot switch to turn it on and off.

What a difference. The accuracy of the powder drops are now very very consistent and no more powder getting jammed up inside the drop tube. I also found it works great will ball powder.

So if you are having gunpowder spilling all over the place, get yourself a vibrating motor and also check the main bolt on the turntable....it may be too loose which causes the casing to miss align and makes the powder spill off to the side of the case. Those cases must be pretty tight so the tops do not get out of position.
StevefromOhio
StevefromOhio
6 posts
Joined May 2019

RE: Hard time with extruded powder

Found out how to load with extruded powder.......
The problem I was having was that I was lubing my brass with case lube made from alcohol and lanolin. I would spray about 10 shots of case lube in a plastic bag full of brass....often times spraying the lube directly into the neck of the case. The lube was getting into the case neck causing the powder to stick in the neck when the powder was dropping into the case. I solved that by spraying a paper towel with case lube and then putting it in a plastic bag with the brass and shaking it up.
No more case lube in the neck....only where it needs to be....on the exterior of the case. Most smaller extruded powder now can be dropped without sticking and dumping all over the loader. I'm loading .223 so no real experience with larger extruded powder but I figure it is not so much a problem as the larger case neck allows for better flow of powder no matter what size.
StevefromOhio
StevefromOhio
6 posts
Joined May 2019

RE: Hard time with extruded powder

I meant on the interior of the case.