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Old 01-30-2014, 1:29 PM
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Default Lee Perfect Powder Measure - Best $25 I've spent!

Been reloading about a year now on a Lee Classic Turret. Up until yesterday I used the Autodisk Pro to drop powder. Worked fairly well, but for working up rifle loads it was a pain to try 3-4 different combinations of disks to try and get close to the load I was trying to throw and the consistency just wasn't there. After using the Perfect Powder Measurer I don't think I'll bother with the Autodisk for anything other than plinking rounds.
Setup was super easy. Screwed it into a board and clamped it to my reloading bench and it was ready to go. First time using it with Varget and I tried their formula and dialed in the numbers then had to fine tune it. Realized it was much faster to just start throwing loads and adjust as needed. Didn't take more than a minute to dial it in to .1gr of where I wanted to be.
The consistency was what really made me a believer. I'd say 9 out of 10 throws was within .1gr, most being spot on. After working with the Autodisk for so long I got used to throws being up to .4gr+-. When working up loads in .2gr increments it meant every load had to be adjusted. Now, once I load my 5 rounds at one charge, a simple twist of the charge bar and I'm ready to load the next 5.
Today I used it to load some 357 rounds and once I got it dialed in I took the scale out of the equation and the process was nearly as fast as using the autodisk.
Just wanted to throw my 2 cents out there about it because it really is the best money I've spent on reloading equipment so far (the Lee Classic Turret being a close second).
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Old 01-30-2014, 1:43 PM
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I only use the double-disk when loading pistol & 223 plinking rounds. For 223 test loads & my hunting rifle (7mm-08) I want to be more precise so I use a Hornady auto dispenser. Rock solid device! And accurate to 0.1gr. If your charge is set to 40.0gr it will never dispense less than 40.0gr, and never more than 40.1gr. If it dispenses 40.2gr it will beep & say "over". It's the cheapest out of all the other auto dispensers. If you ever decide to get an auto dispenser look into the hornady
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i like it even though some 223 powders seeps through and it can get jammed up with bullseye
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.... and I tried their formula and dialed in the numbers then had to fine tune it. Realized it was much faster to just start throwing loads and adjust as needed....
My experience as well.
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I was looking for a powder measure for ever and finally just figured I'd get the Lee Perfect while trying to justify the funds for a Harrells. Never felt the need to buy that Harrells.
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Old 01-30-2014, 3:34 PM
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H335 did leak through a little, but I don't think any more powder was wasted than when it leaked through the autodisk. Varget, Benchmark and 2400 all worked well with no leaking. Good to know about Bullseye, I'll definitely measure my loads with that powder.
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Somewhere I saw this hot tip a couple years ago and it worked. Get some valve grinding or lapping compound (From NAPA or Amazon) and some dry lube spray like graphite or moly. Take the screw out of the side and take the cone out (center piece with the micrometer adjuster on it). Put some compound on the cone and hold it together and twist back and forth a bunch to lap the two surfaces together. Clean with some alcohol and then put some dry lube on it and put back together. Screw to loose and it leaks, to tight and it binds up.

I lube mine about every 500-1000 loads. When you pull it apart you will see dull and shiny spots on the cones where the high and low spots are. I have lapped mine twice now and Bullseye hardly leaks at all. I am on my second 8# jug of Bullseye and 20+ lbs of Varget/4895/4227 and 4064 and it all throws pretty consistent.
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Old 01-30-2014, 5:24 PM
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Nice, great tip!
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Can this be use on a Lee Loadmaster? I don't mind the auto disk but would like to fine tune my loads a bit more.
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I only use the double-disk when loading pistol & 223 plinking rounds. For 223 test loads & my hunting rifle (7mm-08) I want to be more precise so I use a Hornady auto dispenser. Rock solid device! And accurate to 0.1gr. If your charge is set to 40.0gr it will never dispense less than 40.0gr, and never more than 40.1gr. If it dispenses 40.2gr it will beep & say "over". It's the cheapest out of all the other auto dispensers. If you ever decide to get an auto dispenser look into the hornady
+100, the auto-dispensers are so choice. I still have my lee PPM just in case I don't have electricity, but the autos are incredible. I have a lyman 1200, woulda bought the hornady but I got a killer deal on the lyman and I like all their other products I've dealt with so I got it. bought my dad the hornady for Christmas a year ago, not sure if he's even tried it yet, lol. each brand has good and bad points but overall I'm very happy with it. the lee perfect powder measure is renowned for being a great product though, except by the people who can't bring themselves to buy something that inexpensive, for fear their yuppy friends might see it or something.
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I picked up the Lee perfect powder measure about a month ago and love it. I've only used it with IMR4064 so far but it works great - I use it for my 30-06 and .303 rounds. Be sure to run a couple of pounds of powder through it to coat everything and it will be much more accurate on the drops.

For my .223 I use the Lee auto disk with double disk kit and have had excellent results with it too using Benchmark powder. However, I just stick with 24 gr for plinking rounds, I haven't tried to use it for precision rounds.
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If you're reloading .40 S&W with a Lee Classic Turret press, would you recommend the Lee Perfect Powder Measure over the Lee Pro Auto Disk Powder Measure?
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:41 AM
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The autodisk will be faster and should do fine for 40. Where the PPM shines IMO is for working up rifle loads and keeping all your rounds very consistent.
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Where the PPM shines IMO is for working up rifle loads and keeping all your rounds very consistent.
+1, I have also discovered (by trial & error) that if you tap on the PPM a few times while it's charging the case, it will drop a more accurate load. By NOT tapping on it, I noticed that my charges were +/- 0.2-0.3 grains. Whatever powder that did not drop into that case (shorting the charge) dropped into the next case causing an over charge.
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Same for me about the "tapping" -- seems to throw more accurately.
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I'm also a tapper
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:49 AM
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I've seen aquarium air pumps bungeed to powder measures instead of tapping. On my Loadmaster, just the vibration from operation seems to keep the powder moving.
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