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Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Lazarus » 12 Feb 2024, 6:58 am

I just bought one of these, and I'm buggered if I can get a consistent measure.

I ran three full bottles through just to coat things, the instructions said one bottle but after one, I set it to 2cc and started weighing what came out, and there was a .8gn spread over 40 cycles, so I refilled the bottle and ran throught it and tried again, twice, same result.

I wanted to work out the volume of 1gn of 2208, but I can't do that if the unit isn't throwing a consistent weight.
0.1 or .2gn I wouldn't stress on, but .8 is ludicrous.
I'd spend as much time fiddling and trickling as I would with a dipper.
I'm hoping I'm just a little 'tarded, and missing something obvious.

Do we have anybody using this dispenser?
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Oldbloke » 12 Feb 2024, 8:48 am

Hi Laz,
Got one. But don't use it often. 0.8gr is a lot of variation. I get closer to say,,,, 0.3gr IIRC

There should be a set of instructions that tell you what it will throw with each powder. IIRC A calculation. (Varget = ar2208) gets a mention. IIRC it's fairly close, throws a tad less than what the instructions say. e.g. calculation works out to 20g for a certain setting, but actually throws 19.5gr

In real life I just set it roughly then adjust it as required.

I didn't run any powder through it, just started to use it.


Some tips.
1. Be very consistant in how you work the handle.
2. Keep the hopper at least half full. So top up often.
3. First 5- 6 loads always vary a fair bit then should settle down. I just put them back in the "hopper"
4. I rubbed some graphite inside the "hopper" mainly for static but this may help too?
5. Set a tad low and trickle up. And dont worry about one or two 0.1 - 0.2 over.
6. Some powders throw better than others but buggerall experience with that. I only use it for AR2208 and AS50N
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Oldbloke » 12 Feb 2024, 9:08 am

https://youtu.be/Qx51uRRU0E0?si=4s1VRuuxYI2cUOiW

Below link is how I operate. Once I have the setting right I write it down and leave it in the hopper till next time.

https://youtu.be/WVyLVYjm0ZA?si=dNv_0bXTOY1nyyBc
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Larry » 12 Feb 2024, 9:55 am

Not sure what is going on there to cause you the issue However when running the powder through the hopper I would wind the measuring tube all the way out so that it gets coated with the graphite and lubes the tube as well as the hopper.

Ps dont leave powder in the hopper for any length of time I dont know what the issue is but I have been told that by heaps of old rifle shooters that know their stuff. :allegedly:
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Post by Oldbloke » 12 Feb 2024, 11:52 am

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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by wanneroo » 12 Feb 2024, 1:19 pm

Yes I eventually moved onto a RCBS for the single stage and have a glass Hornady one for the progressive.

I had issues with inconsistent powder charges. Using dry graphite lube helped.
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Oldbloke » 12 Feb 2024, 2:18 pm

Laz,
I just run 14 through of 2208.
Hopper about 70% full
First 4, didn't weight.
This is next 10.

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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Lazarus » 12 Feb 2024, 3:10 pm

Thank you gentlemen.
So Varget is 2208?
Well, I'll be a gumboot, did not know that, that will help too.

Those numbers are sort of what I'd expected OB, but, I just went back over the 40 I weighed and the spread set at 2cc was from 26.2 to 27.1, so actually 0.9 variation.

I will try as you suggest Larry, I'll actually run another full bottle at max cc.

Thanks wanneroo, I have dry graphite,how did you apply it?
Pull it down and do it bit by piece, or just a squeeze down the feed hole?
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Oldbloke » 12 Feb 2024, 3:16 pm

These are t he rebadged ADI powders.

ADI = Hodgdon.pdf
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I just rubbed some dry graphite around the inside of the hopper with a brush or my fingers. IIRC

Be gentle, treat it like a woman. Just like in the youtube video I linked
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Lazarus » 12 Feb 2024, 3:36 pm

I didn't see any women in that video, I'll have to have a better look :drinks:
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by wanneroo » 13 Feb 2024, 1:04 pm

Lazarus wrote:Thank you gentlemen.
So Varget is 2208?
Well, I'll be a gumboot, did not know that, that will help too.

Those numbers are sort of what I'd expected OB, but, I just went back over the 40 I weighed and the spread set at 2cc was from 26.2 to 27.1, so actually 0.9 variation.

I will try as you suggest Larry, I'll actually run another full bottle at max cc.

Thanks wanneroo, I have dry graphite,how did you apply it?
Pull it down and do it bit by piece, or just a squeeze down the feed hole?


As I recall what I used was a dry graphite spray and I only remember coating the cylinder.

If that doesn't work then you may want to pull it down and clean it all good. A lot of times these reloading companies coat everything with some sort of preservative which needs removed before you can use it. I have run into this with various pieces of reloading equipment.
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Lazarus » 13 Feb 2024, 2:23 pm

It seems the Lee may be perfect after all.
After coating the relevant bits, and myself, liberally with graphite, I tried again and the same 0.8 spread.
Then I started to suspect my scales, so I weighed the lid of the 2208 bottle, 112.1gn.
I weighed it 20 times, 112.1 every time, then with the lid sitting on the scales, the reading started jumping around, several tenths either way.
The batteries are old but had been recharged before starting, so, I'll try some new batteries, failing that, new scales :roll: :violin:

Thanks again gents
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Oldbloke » 13 Feb 2024, 8:21 pm

:thumbsup: good stuff. Hope it works out
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Oldbloke » 22 Feb 2024, 7:40 am

Laz, get it working OK?
New scales?
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Re: Lee "Perfect" Powder Thrower

Post by Lazarus » 26 Feb 2024, 9:24 am

Not yet OB, I've been flat out making knives.
I've got 2 retailers selling for me now, and keeping up is keeping me up, so to speak.
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