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    A few years ago Gun Test magazine ran a test of powder measures and the Lee dippers were the most accurate. I use a single edge razor blade to wipe the top off flush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kart29 View Post
    So, it seems like others have used the dippers successfully with small pistol cartridge loads. That's mostly what I needed to know. If I started loading pistol cartridges in quantity, a good powder measure will likely be called for. Until then, I think I'll start small and follow my rifle loading routine as much as possible.

    Thanks to all for your responses!
    When I have used dippers for fast powder like Titegroup I use a dipper that gives me a light charge. Dump that in the scale and then trickle powder up to the weight I want. With Titegroup I do that even with my powder drop as just a little of that powder can be a lot.

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    I'd rather drop a cannonball on my toes than trickle powder charges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob42049 View Post
    I'd rather drop a cannonball on my toes than trickle powder charges.
    That made me laugh, then hurt. Man, I can’t say it’s that bad. I am gonna say that a cannon ball on the toes would make me scream a few choice words!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob42049 View Post
    I'd rather drop a cannonball on my toes than trickle powder charges.
    Go ahead I am all for it send picks when you get done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arky73 View Post
    That made me laugh, then hurt. Man, I can’t say it’s that bad. I am gonna say that a cannon ball on the toes would make me scream a few choice words!
    If I had to trickle 50 or 100 powder charges, I'd be a candidate for the rubber room and special jacket. I dip 'em and shoot 'em. 20 or 30 rounds every day, right out my back door. To each his own.
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    The dippers are okay and are just fine for a medium load or light load pistol but I would not use them if I'm up near a max load. There are some cartridges like 50 BMG where an error will be catastrophic up at max for 750 grn bullet using H50 powder. You won't find a dipper that can throw 233 grains. Every charge is weighed----12,000 ft lbs of muzzle energy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outpost75 View Post
    Small dippers or charge cups do as well as most commercial powder measures, as long as you use a consistent method for measuring the powder.

    I use a small rice bowl, coffee cup or baby food jar to hold the powder, then lower the dipper slowly into the powder, letting it flow into the dipper of oits own weight, then raising it up and striking the charge off level using a card or pen knife.

    Most problems with lack of uniformity in using dippers is cause by running the dipper through the powder like a shovel and trying to see how much you can get into it, causing varying amounts of compression of the powder, which is NO GOOD!

    If you want a dedicated measure to meter small amounts of fast-burning pistol powder for cartridges like the .32 ACP and .380 ACP, the RCBS Little Dandy works well:

    The RCBS Little Dandy measure uses interchangeable, drums or rotors to throw a fixed powder charge. The proper drum is selected in accordance with a table, which lists the nominal charge weight thrown by each numbered rotor, using various powders. Selection of the proper drum or rotor should always be done by consulting current published sources of load data. You should then check the charge weight of YOUR drum against a reliable powder scale. I drop TEN charges onto the scale pan and mentally move the decimal.

    The rotors or drums are usually spot-on to the stated charge weight, or not more than 0.1 grain under. I have never found one which threw more than its stated charge weight.
    I use the Little Dandy in multiple applications, so I therefore, I post this charge table in my loading area:

    These are the rotors I use with my RCBS Little Dandy powder measure and the loads they are used for:

    #00=1.7 Bullseye, practice load for .32 ACP with Accurate 31-087T or 31-090B (OK for steady use in light alloy frames), full charge load in .32 ACP with 2 grains of TiteGroup with Accurate 31-077B or 31-084H bullets. Also .32 S&W Long gallery load with 98-grain HBWC, safe for S&W 1903 Hand Ejector.

    #0 = 2.1 Bullseye,
    full charge for .32 ACP and pre WW2 S&W .32 Long Hand Ejector with Accurate 31-087T or 31-090B (steel frames only).

    #1 = 2.5 Bullseye, “Full charge” load for postwar .32 S&W Long with 31-105T, .32 ACP with 73-gr. FMJ, or .380 ACP with 35-120H.

    #3 = 3.0 Bullseye, standard load for .32 H&R Mag and .32-20 with 115 LFN, and .38 Spl.148 HBWC flush seated.

    #5 = 3.5 Bullseye
    factory duplication load for .38 Special with 158-grain lead. "Full charge wadcutter with 146 DEWC

    #7 = 4.0 Bullseye +P load for .38 Spl. with 146 DEWC and “full charge wadcutter” for use in .357 guns.

    #8 = 4.5 Bullseye Cowboy Load for .45 Schofield with 230 grain lead.

    #9 = 5.0 Bullseye Cowboy Load for .45 Colt with 255-grain lead. Service "hardball" charge in .45 ACP for 230-grain FMJ

    #12 = 6.5 Bullseye
    Factory duplication load for . 45 Colt 250 LFN, also 200-grain .44-40, .44 Mag 240-gr. “medium” velocity.

    #13 = 7.2 Bullseye, Maximum charge for .45 Colt 255-gr. lead.

    #15 = 8.4 Bullseye, 1100 fps with 240 JHP in. 44 Mag revolver, 100-yd. target in .30-'06 plainbased 150 to 205 grains.
    Gallery practice with JACKETED bullets in .308 Win or .30-’06.

    #18 = 14.5 #2400, standard load for .357 magnum 158 to 160 grain lead SWC or FN,

    #19 = 15.4 #2400, full charge .357 Mag. 158 jacketed, 200-yard target gascheck load in any. 30 cal. from 7.62x39 to. 30-'06
    Using bullets from 150 to 205 grains. Also very good in. 30-30 and. 32-40!

    #22 = 17.9 #2400, full charge load for Winchester 1892 in .44-40.

    #25 = 20.8 #2400, Standard charge 44 Mag. with 240-260-grain LFN
    I'm a big fan of the Little Dandy. Mine is at least forty years old. I found it to be even more consistent after I mounted a 3" or so long piece of 1/2 " flat bar to the opposite end where the two holes are D & T'd. It's mounted in a Hornady L-N-L collet and installed in the L-N-L stand. I bump the lever up and over, and back again for very consistent drops. It seems to work a little faster that way, too. I just wished it had a taller tube to hold more powder. I use it for loading .38 Special wadcutters which I shoot thousands of a year. Most other loads are measure with my old Lyman #55, as it works some much more better than the Hornady L-N-L powder measure I bought a few years ago. That thing turned out to be wasted money. When extra cash is available, I'm going to get a Uniflow with the micrometer plunger for both rifle and pistol, as the Lyman is sometimes difficult to get set correctly in an allotted amount of time.


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