Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

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Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

Post by igolfat8 on Thu May 26, 2016 12:43 pm

Does anyone have any experience using a powder weight in their Dillon powder reservoir tube? Like this one - 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141997795362?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

If so, does it actually do anything to improve charge consistency?

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Re: Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

Post by JIMPGOV on Thu May 26, 2016 1:25 pm

NOPE

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Re: Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

Post by igolfat8 on Thu May 26, 2016 1:29 pm

NOPE to which of the two questions or NOPE to both questions?

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Post by JIMPGOV on Thu May 26, 2016 1:32 pm

SORRY I DIDN'T SEE THE LOWER QUESTION.
NOPE, TO USING ONE . I JUST KEEP THE MEASURE FULL. I FILL IT AFTER 200RDS ARE LOADED.

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Post by Jon Eulette on Thu May 26, 2016 2:11 pm

The old Star reloader came with one. I  just checked with a couple buddies who have used it. They find no variation in measured charges. I've always tried to keep the measure more than half full. I don't think it's necessary.
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Re: Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

Post by Jack H on Thu May 26, 2016 2:16 pm

Nope.  And going back to my benchrest rifle days, keeping the same cranking force (vibrations) on the unit seems to do everything within reason that a weight and hopper filling does.  But do always cycle a couple throws if your cranking cadence is broken.

With those tin baffle inserts, I don't know how a weight would work anyway

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Post by AllAces on Thu May 26, 2016 2:56 pm

I have used the RCBS powder measure without a weighted follower, and now use two Star presses with weighted followers.  I prefer the weighted powder follower as it seems to be more consistent.

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Re: Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

Post by bdas on Thu May 26, 2016 3:44 pm

igolfat8 wrote:Does anyone have any experience using a powder weight in their Dillon powder reservoir tube? Like this one - 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141997795362?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

If so, does it actually do anything to improve charge consistency?

You could test the "improves charge consistency when the powder reservoir is nearly empty" theory in your press before you buy this fancy brass-and-aluminum contraption, by using a short bolt (say, 1/2" diameter, 1" long), a corresponding nut, and a stack of fender washers (say, 2" diameter).  If it helps, it could be useful when keeping the powder reservoir more than half full isn't practical, like when using up the last of your remaining stock of a particular type of powder.

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Post by jglenn21 on Thu May 26, 2016 4:29 pm

no powder weight, but this has proven to me to help quite a bit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261896882184?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT



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Re: Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

Post by Blsi2600 on Fri May 27, 2016 5:40 am

Prairie Dog 6-101 is worth every penny.  

I have them in my Dillon RL1050s.  

Terry at Magnus Bullets uses them in his commercial loaders.

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Re: Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

Post by DavidR on Fri May 27, 2016 10:53 am

I use one on my hornady LNL, it works fine keeps constant downforce on the powder in the hopper, my charges are very consistent, is it better with it? hard to say but it doesn't hurt. I don't use the prairie dog baffle in the LNL because it didn't seem to help but I do use one in the Dillon 1050 as it does seem to help.

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Re: Anyone use a powder weight in your powder tube?

Post by fc60 on Fri May 27, 2016 12:06 pm

Greetings,

The old Star Loaders had an Aluminum Powder Hopper. The "weight" had a piece of wire that showed the user the amount of powder in the hopper.

When they switched to the clear Polycarbonate tubing, the "weight" disappeared and a plain Aluminum cap was on the top of the hopper to keep stuff out.

Both Star hopper designs have a built in powder baffle to maintain a constant volume regardless of powder in the hopper.

Cheers,

Dave

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