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Old 10-10-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
Joined: Sep 2013
From: Puyallup, WA
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Lee Perfect Powder measure

Can Somebody give me some insight on how to dial this in. The instructions are kind of vague on where you actually set the dial. Is it the top of the body or side? There is no notch to line up the lines and numbers on the dial. I don't have a powder scale so I've been using a small digital scale I bought at a garage sale.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:32 AM   #2
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From: Lacey, Wa
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Confused about
Top of the or the side?

I use the exact measure for rifle rounds.

The cylinder points down it fills with powder, pointing up its filing the shell.

Back the plunger out for more powder, test the load against your scale.
Old 10-11-2013, 10:06 AM   #3
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From: Lynnwood, WA
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because every powder is going to measure slightly different, the numbers don't really mean much, honestly.

get a scale, adjust your loads until you get the desired amount, set it and for get it*

*run ~3-4 full loads before you make your final measurement/adjustments, then run 3-4 through your scale to make sure you're running it consistently, then check it every 10 loads for peace of mind--but it won't change.
Old 10-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #4
Joined: Nov 2009
From: Graham, Wa
Posts: 240
I hate the Lee Perfect. I dicked around with that stupid thing for a while and just gave up. I bought a small Hornady digital powder scale for (IIRC) $20, and I never looked back. Saving my pennies for a digital trickler...
Old 10-18-2013, 09:14 AM   #5
Joined: Sep 2013
From: Puyallup, WA
Posts: 3
Thanks for the info guys. I'll get a powder scale and use it in conjunction with the measure.
Old 10-18-2013, 09:05 PM   #6
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From: AZ
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The reading is in CCs of volume. The main thing is that however you read it, returning it to the same orientation will get you back to where you were (+/- any change in powder packing).
If using it as a bench measure, put a piece of paper under it to catch any powder leakage. DO NOT tighten the tension while there is powder in the measure, as you will only be trapping kernels of powder between the two conical sections. When done, disassemble and clean if it leaked.
I have found it to be an excellent powder measure, if you don't get all hung up on any leaking powder (though, while it is "breaking in" and leaking small kernel powder, I certainly would not use it on a progressive or turret press).
It feels like crap, but throws very consistent charges--and that is REALLY all you need.
Old 02-07-2014, 11:46 PM   #7
Joined: Oct 2010
From: Olympia, WA
Posts: 1
My buddy got that powder measure in a Lee reloading kit. We immediately wrote it off as junk because of talk on some other forums. A few years later, we pulled it off the shelf to try it out. It threw consistent charges of IMR4895 within +/- .1 grain with no trouble. If you're on a budget, don't let anyone convince you that you need a more expensive measure. But if you're going to be reloading, a quality powder scale is an absolute must.

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