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Old January 10th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #16
 
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I load on a single stage and put each round in a tray and go over the tray with a light before I start seating bullets.
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Old January 10th, 2017, 05:09 PM   #17
 
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I've been loading my own ammo for 40 yrs. I started on a single stage press, went to a progressive, and now use nothing but my Redding T-7. To me it's about quality, not quantity.
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I've been loading my own ammo for 40 yrs. I started on a single stage press, went to a progressive, and now use nothing but my Redding T-7. To me it's about quality, not quantity.
Not that my opinion matters, but I kinda' agree and kinda' disagree. For rifle and/or long-range rounds, I most certainly agree that "quality" matters. The tiniest variation out of the muzzle will be compounded multi-times over longer ranges. However, for handgun and/or short-range rounds, tiny variations are not going to be the difference between a 1" MOA and 2" MOA. Just my 2 cents.
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I got them all apart and saw no obvious mis-loads. I weighed some and they were 3.4 - 3.5 gr. And none with no powder. Starting over I decided to do 10 rounds at 3.3 gr and 10 at 3.6 gr to see what the difference is firing them. I'm metering then weighing each one. The Lee Autodrum got fussy and all over the place with light loads, could that be because I left the powder in it for a few days? Took it apart and cleaned it, then it got to be supper time and I hate to miss a meal don't you know so I'll try it again today. Do you ever get to where you trust the auto metering? LZ
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I got them all apart and saw no obvious mis-loads. I weighed some and they were 3.4 - 3.5 gr. And none with no powder. Starting over I decided to do 10 rounds at 3.3 gr and 10 at 3.6 gr to see what the difference is firing them. I'm metering then weighing each one. The Lee Autodrum got fussy and all over the place with light loads, could that be because I left the powder in it for a few days? Took it apart and cleaned it, then it got to be supper time and I hate to miss a meal don't you know so I'll try it again today. Do you ever get to where you trust the auto metering? LZ
By trial & error, you will develop an understanding of which powders work best and which not so much with your meter. Some meters like "stick" powder, other like "ball". Even something like static cling in your meter will show variations. For that reason, I store my empty hopper on my Hornady LNL progressive with a spent dryer sheet - it seems to have eliminated most static cling of the powder.

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Do you ever get to where you trust the auto metering? LZ
The Lee auto drum is what I use most now days. I find it drops consistently once dialed in which is easy enough. Regardless of what brand powder measure, there is always room for error so a must practice for me is to eyeball every case or use a powder cop following the powder drop, either will keep you out of trouble but your eyes are your best friend.
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