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Old October 13th, 2014, 09:03 PM   #1
 
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No more sticking powder in my powder measure!

I was having an issue with fine powder sticking to the walls of my LNL AP powder measure. Tried the fabric softener trick which worked on my RCBS and Lee but I think the baked on powder finish in the Hornady isn't that great. It had a tacky feeling to it no matter how much I tried to clean it. I even tried paste wax but it still had a tacky feel to it. I'm guessing the paint was breaking down? Can smokeless powder do that?

I dug out the Dremel and a scouring pad wheel and stripped the paint from the inside walls of the powder measure. Then I used a felt buffing head with some Fitz polish to bring it to a shine. Wiped it down with some alcohol and then treated it with some paste wax so it was nice and slick. I even waxed the baffle and very lightly did the clear tube for the power measure.

I ran 100rnds of 9mm with Titegroup, dumped out the powder and no more issues with powder sticking to the sides.



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When my Lyman 55 was new I cleaned the insides with alcohol & then used powdered graphite. I then ran a 1/2 pound of powder through it, which has graphite also & that did the trick for me.
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I clean my lyman 55 every once and a while than spray it with rainx and wipe down works pretty good
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I was having an issue with fine powder sticking to the walls of my LNL AP powder measure. Tried the fabric softener trick which worked on my RCBS and Lee but I think the baked on powder finish in the Hornady isn't that great. It had a tacky feeling to it no matter how much I tried to clean it. I even tried paste wax but it still had a tacky feel to it. I'm guessing the paint was breaking down? Can smokeless powder do that?

I dug out the Dremel and a scouring pad wheel and stripped the paint from the inside walls of the powder measure. Then I used a felt buffing head with some Fitz polish to bring it to a shine. Wiped it down with some alcohol and then treated it with some paste wax so it was nice and slick. I even waxed the baffle and very lightly did the clear tube for the power measure.

I ran 100rnds of 9mm with Titegroup, dumped out the powder and no more issues with powder sticking to the sides.
I will overlook the slander used against my nickname... but I am glad you came up with a solution buddy. I have never used my LNL auto press mounted drop since I use alot of stick powder, and it has a habit of chopping the powder, and I am more accustomed to my digital auto dispenser, but the process you took sounds like a great improvement, wonder why it wasn't done better by hornady in the first place. Keep up the good work.
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Glad you got your measure working well.
I've long used alcohol to clean powder measures, bullet moulds too for that matter.
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