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Rijndael
01-11-2009, 02:57 PM
I generally load with a Chargemaster. Bringing it to the range with an inverter is beginning to get a bit cumbersome, and I'd also like a backup in case my CM doesn't work.

Since this is only a backup, and for use on the range (for load development), I'd prefer to not spend $200 on a Harrell, but would still like a quality unit.

Can someone recommend a lower cost unit, but still feels like a quality piece, and throws somewhat consistent charges.

FWIW: I generally load with IMR4895, H4895 and Varget.

Thanks.

Dennis Sorensen
01-11-2009, 03:11 PM
I have been using a Bonanza Benchrest Powder Measure (Forester market it) for over 35 years. I have found it to be very consistent. Considerably more consistent than the RCBS measure. It has a vernier scale sliding adjustment which takes a little getting used to but I record the setting for the particular powder and I can go back to that setting and get what I want quite reliably. As with most measures you need to be consistent in your operation of it.

Less than $200 with stand...

http://www.forsterproducts.com/Pages/powder_measure.htm


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Donald
01-11-2009, 03:23 PM
I would recommend the old Lyman 55. There are several on ebay right now. Usually can be picked up for under $50. They also have a built in clamp. Like all powder throwers that throw by volume, one tain't necessarily that much better than the other. some just work smoother than others. Also the old Pacific, which is very much like the Redding and RCBS are pretty accurate. The big difference between these old throwers and the new ones is the "click" detent that allows you to return to the same setting. However all volume throwers may have to be adjusted a tad from day to day. The "click" ones just make it a bit easier. The big secret to all volumn throwers is to use the same technique each time. There is a reason the Lyman 55 has been around for about 50 or more years, it works.

Donald

Donald
01-11-2009, 07:38 PM
Stephen
On the 55 if you glue the two small slides together and use them as one you will have less frustration. And keep them locked even with the big drum the 55 works just finle. Also the low end Harrells is less than $200.

Donald
01-12-2009, 12:26 AM
Wow, Eight (8), I'm impressed.:rolleyes:

Rustystud
01-12-2009, 01:22 AM
Donald:

I own several powder measures. Including a Lyman Culver type, Jones, Harrells, Hornaday, RCBS, Redding, Quick Measure, three sets of beam scales, and three sets of electronic scales/measures combos. After learning how to change the progaming in my RCBS 1500 Charge Master I would never own or use anything else. In fact I am about to buy a second one.
Rustystud

Rijndael
01-12-2009, 04:57 AM
Also the low end Harrells is less than $200.

Yes, I noticed that.

I was really hoping to hear some recommendations for a few of the really cheap units (like the Lee), but I should know better.

I'm starting to think I should just suck it up and get the Harrell.



All: Thanks for the data points.

j mckinnie
01-12-2009, 05:27 AM
or a clone is pretty good value for money.
jim

Lew
01-12-2009, 08:02 AM
Boys now lets be civil towards each other.....

Donald
01-12-2009, 09:18 AM
Don't you just love it. Boy it's gonna be a long winter.:)

Donald

virg
01-12-2009, 09:30 AM
Yes, I noticed that.

I was really hoping to hear some recommendations for a few of the really cheap units (like the Lee), but I should know better.

I'm starting to think I should just suck it up and get the Harrell.



All: Thanks for the data points.

Here tiz....a recommendation for the Lee Perfect powder measure. It is as accurate as any and @ $29 cheaper than most. But...it is plastic and plastic wears out. But...it could well serve as a second measure for your hunting loads. The great thing regards the Harrell is that the least expensive one is as accurate and well made as the most expensive. Give Harrell a call. He'll send you one. If you like it send him a check. If not, return it. That's the way he operates. I have both the Lee and a Harrell. Love'm both.

Good luck,
virg