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Old June 22nd, 2010, 04:32 AM   #1
 
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Lee Pro Auto-Disk Powder Measure

I have the Lee Auto-Disk Power Measure ( It's on loan to me ) and I'm thinking about buying the Pro version and the Double Disk Kit. Does the Pro version work the same way as the regular Auto-Disk?..............................



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If you don't need another whole assembly, just buy the Pro upgrade kit. I have one, and it really does make the autodisk darn near perfect. The brass nuts that attach the hopper to the base, as well as being able to shut off the powder flow by rotating the hopper, makes this upgrade MORE than worth it. Oh yeah, it also comes with the swivel adapter, which allows you to rotate the position of the powder drop to where it's not hitting the primer tray (if you have a Lee turret), instead of having to remove the spring and flip the whole assembly 180 degrees. Again, WELL worth it.

Works exactly the same as the one you have now. Just a different hopper, basically.

I have not tried the double disk kit. You get the adjustable charge bar with the Pro upgrade, and that's a neat thing to have for fine tuning charges.
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If your just loading pistols there is no need for the double disc kit. Just get the adjustable charge bar. If you are loading rifles you can set the adjustable charge bar to half your load and double charge it.
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If you don't need another whole assembly, just buy the Pro upgrade kit. I have one, and it really does make the autodisk darn near perfect. The brass nuts that attach the hopper to the base, as well as being able to shut off the powder flow by rotating the hopper, makes this upgrade MORE than worth it. Oh yeah, it also comes with the swivel adapter, which allows you to rotate the position of the powder drop to where it's not hitting the primer tray (if you have a Lee turret), instead of having to remove the spring and flip the whole assembly 180 degrees. Again, WELL worth it.

Works exactly the same as the one you have now. Just a different hopper, basically.

I have not tried the double disk kit. You get the adjustable charge bar with the Pro upgrade, and that's a neat thing to have for fine tuning charges.
I can't really use the upgrade kit because the Auto-Disk I have is on loan to me.

Have you use H-110 or W296 with the upgrade Kit?.................................
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Yes, I have used H-110 with mine. I had some leakage of the powder when I first used it, just a little, not enough to affect the charge weight, but enough to leave a bit of a mess after 100 rounds. After I used the technique described on Lee's site for sanding down the two fins on either side of the aluminum base, the ones that the screws go through, it was much improved. Basically you are reducing the height of the base a bit, which increased the pressure the wiper exerts on the disk when you tighten down the hopper. I think I need to replace the rubber wiper too; it is a part that wears down with use and needs replacement periodically.

If you are going to buy a powder meter for yourself, just get the full Pro Autodisk kit like you suggested. I think you'll be very pleased with it.
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Personally I prefer the adjustable charge bar. They take a little working with to get set, but are inexpensive enough that I have one for each pistol charge I load. Once it is set, I mark it with the charge wt, and never move it again.

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Personally I prefer the adjustable charge bar. They take a little working with to get set, but are inexpensive enough that I have one for each pistol charge I load. Once it is set, I mark it with the charge wt, and never move it again.

$7.60 ea

Lee Precision Factory Sales - Disk Powder Measures
I looked at that link and was impressed with the prices. One question, however. On another site the Lee Pro Disc Powder Measure was described as only working with the Lee brand presses and would not work as a stand-alone measure. Is this correct?

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I looked at that link and was impressed with the prices. One question, however. On another site the Lee Pro Disc Powder Measure was described as only working with the Lee brand presses and would not work as a stand-alone measure. Is this correct?

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If it works the same as the standard Auto-Disk, the Powder thru/expander die should activate the Pro Auto-Disk............................
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The Auto Disk measure is made to be used with a Lee powder through expander die. Therefore, it will work in any press that will accept a standard threaded die. It will not work on any other kind of powder measure fixture, free standing or attachable.
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Hammerdown is correct. For years I used a Lee Pro measure on their powder die mounted on a Hornady Pro-7 (forerunner of LNL) progressive to load. As noted above ball powders tend to leak after a while. Never tried the fix mentioned but should work.
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The Auto Disk measure is made to be used with a Lee powder through expander die. Therefore, it will work in any press that will accept a standard threaded die. It will not work on any other kind of powder measure fixture, free standing or attachable.
All my dies are Lee but they are used in a Hornady Press with the collet adapters. From the comments I have read so far I am assuming the powder measure is attached to the top of the expander die. I haven't seen any pictures of this type measure attached to a press of any kind showing how it is mounted.

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I have the pro and love it. its way better than the standard one. All my charges are on within .10th.
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OK, I went to Lee's home page and found the Instruction manual for the powder measure. I understand how it works now and it will hook up to my press setup just fine. So, it is on order. Looking forward to it arriving so I can check it out!!

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OK, I went to Lee's home page and found the Instruction manual for the powder measure. I understand how it works now and it will hook up to my press setup just fine. So, it is on order. Looking forward to it arriving so I can check it out!!

Walt
I ordered the powder measure and the micrometer adjustable disk as well. It came in last evening and I loaded up some 9mm this AM. I am using a single Hornady press that belongs to a friend. It mounted and worked great but I had to manually cycle the measure on the downstroke. It dumped the charge like it was supposed to when the casing was pushed into the die. Later I attached the spring between the measure and the press and now it functions like it is supposed to.

It is smooth as silk and accuracy is great. About three cycles gets it settled in and from then on it was +/- 0.1 gr at the worst. Mostly it was what I had dialed in as the desired charge. I am so pleased that I am thinking of ordering the Lee 4 position Deluxe Press so I don't have to fiddle with the Hornady breech lock adapters that this press utilizes.

Thanks for this thread and all who commented. I learned a lot and have now found the powder measure that I had hoped was out there!

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Yep, the Pro Auto Disk is one of those rare instances where you get a LOT more than you pay for! I love mine.
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