Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: Powder Measure for Pistol Reloading Question

  1. #1
    Site Supporter walker2713's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Funroe

    Powder Measure for Pistol Reloading Question

    I’m mostly a bench rest rifle shooter and reloader for 300 and 600 yards matches. For my 6BR and 6 Dasher loads I use an FX120i with the Autotricker and am very satisfied with the results. I’d really prefer not to disturb that set-up for the very low powder charges appropriate for 9mm pistol loads.

    When loading some relatively low quantity 9mm ammo for my pistol practice I’ve been using a RCBS Chargemaster Lite. It gives good results but is very s-l-o-w.

    Thinking about buying a powder measure for throwing loads, but am concerned about accuracy…..currently I’m using 6.4 grains of HS-6 for Berry 124 gr plated bullets.

    If I were to buy one, do you have an opinion of which one: Harrells, RCBS, Redding etc. would be best?

    Thank you,

    George
    If we want to regain the respect of the world, we should begin by announcing that children have no business expressing opinions on anything except "Do you have enough room in the toes?" -Florence King

  2. #2
    Loading single stage, an RCBS with the SMALL DRUM is fine for me. I think a Redding 10X would be good.
    I have the slant cylinder Bonanza but seldom use it because it is tedious to adjust although precise once I get it on.

    Don't get all worked up over exact weight pistol powder, it isn't necessary. Adjust the measure and take whatever it gives you plus and minus. HS6 meters pretty closely, though.
    Code Name: JET STREAM

  3. #3
    Site Supporter 1911Nut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Arizona
    For your described use, a Redding 10X would be hard to beat, as mentioned in the previous post by JW.

  4. #4
    Escaped from ChIraq RevolverRob's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Somewhere Salishious
    I've been using a Lyman Brass Smith. Which for 85 bucks seems hard to beat: https://ultimatereloader.com/2019/03...ure-and-stand/

    For a while I measured every throw and found once you got consistent with your lever movement it was accurate to +\- 0.1 grain with VV N330 and 0.05 grain with round grain powders.

    At +/- 0.1 grain with the low charges in pistols, you won't see a ton of velocity variation overall. The difference in .38spl of 3.4 vs 3.5g or N330 is about 15fps. Or basically less than the standard deviation of a box of factory ammo.
    Quote Originally Posted by Maple Syrup Actual
    Be numb to the idiocy. It is too prevalent to defeat.

  5. #5
    HAS ELECTROLYTES LittleLebowski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    VA
    Honestly, you need to take a step back and rethink this. A Lee Turret kit will speed you up and give you time back to do other things, shoot, or reload more.
    #RESIST

  6. #6
    Site Supporter
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Illinois
    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLebowski View Post
    Honestly, you need to take a step back and rethink this. A Lee Turret kit will speed you up and give you time back to do other things, shoot, or reload more.
    This man speaks the truth.

    Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk

  7. #7
    Mr. Shovel Lover Hambo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Behind the Photonic Curtain
    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLebowski View Post
    Honestly, you need to take a step back and rethink this. A Dillon will speed you up and give you time back to do other things, shoot, or reload more.
    You were almost there.
    Go ahead and call the cops, you don't meet nice girls on traffic stops.

  8. #8
    Site Supporter Oldherkpilot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Location
    Warren, Ohio
    The CH 444-X Pistol Champ press is another option between single stage and Dillon speed. I like mine.
    http://www.ch4d.com/products/equipment/presses/444-X

  9. #9
    IMO what powder is probably a bigger decision than what measure for dropping charges for pistols.

    I use Longshot for 147gn 9mm, and just bought back into Titegroup for other stuff, because they both flow like sand. Am not familiar with HS-6, it might be another good one?

    And like others have suggested, if you are just starting out loading for pistol, it probably won't be long before you want something progressive, perhaps buy something that would be forward compatible with a progressive press. You can use a Lee Autodrum in a single stage press.

    Or maybe just take the plunge to the press! Lee is an option, but if you think you might ever end up with the Dillon 550, they come with the measure and everything you need except the dies you already have.

    But coming to loading practice pistol ammo from the perspective of a bench rest shooter might be a difficult mind shift!! Hahah




    Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk

  10. #10
    Site Supporter walker2713's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Funroe

    Thanks….

    Thanks for all the thoughtful suggestions in response to my question…..

    I’ve learned over the years that I do not do well with complex operations….sort of a hand/eye/brain kind of mindset I suppose.

    As a matter of fact, I’ve owned a couple of “progressive” presses in the past…..don’t ask about the time I blew up a Glock 21 at Thunder Ranch in the late ‘90’s. It was at night and quite spectacular…..

    I’ve looked at Midway, Grafs, Brownells and Brunos and the Redding 10X are not currently available.

    After reading a large number of rating reviews by purchasers, and the responses here, I decided to go with the Lyman unit ($60 at Grafs).

    BTW, HS6 is a “fine spherical” powder that meters very well….I will check the other powders suggested. I’ve used W-231 extensively in the past but haven’t been able to find it around here lately.

    I appreciate your feedback….

    George
    If we want to regain the respect of the world, we should begin by announcing that children have no business expressing opinions on anything except "Do you have enough room in the toes?" -Florence King

User Tag List

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •