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So, I sold some brass locally, and I broke down and ordered a Lee Auto Drum Powder Measure. It's the https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-LEE-Auto-Drum-Powder-Measure-90811-NIB/311497753724 with the safety lever to prevent a double-charge. I will be using it for my .380ACP and .223/5.56 loads for now(comes with 2 drums), and the auto-disk for the other loadings. I'll eventually order a drum kit and have a drum set for each load. I've read that some of the drum models are prone to leakage. Any tips/tricks for this particular model? Thanks.
 
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Hmmm.. I thought I had replied already! Sorry.
I have 4 of the Auto Drums and have never experienced a leak. I removed the safety device because I have them mounted on various turrets and on my progressive press as well. The biggest tip I can give you is not to over tighten the drum when changing them out, and make sure that the surfaces are clean and dry.

Otherwise, they will throw consistent charges with nearly any type of powder until the thing is empty, but the first couple of charges can be a little wonky right after adjusting the charge.

Also, make sure you are using the small drum for the two cartridges you cited (.223 and .380) but if you do any real rifle cartridges, make sure to switch over! I didn't, thinking that I could still hit the weight I was going for with the smaller drum and the stem came out.
 

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Hmmm

Also, make sure you are using the small drum for the two cartridges you cited (.223 and .380) but if you do any real rifle cartridges, make sure to switch over! I didn't, thinking that I could still hit the weight I was going for with the smaller drum and the stem came out.
YEA wait just one darned minute there!!
I was just out to breakfast with some neighbors and one a really nice guy from up north (you don't find many of those) anyway someone started talking guns and debates and I said oh hell here we go!
so he chimes in yes they should outlaw any gun that has more than 6 rounds (he owns a snubby 38) and then he went on to talk about how powerful the M-16 is.
I said in relation to what exactly?
and then I had to break it down in real terms to him about compared to a pistol yea, but in rifle world its a weakling.
I also mentioned that IF that happened that basically every firearm I own would eb unlawful!!
so he said well what in the world do you own!
I replied a modern handgun!
 
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I have tries using my Auto Drum on the 380 and ran into troubles. I was chipping out the case mouths while they were feeding into the die. As soon as I changed from the Auto Drum to the Auto Disk the problem disappeared! I think the return spring in the measure is too still for the light weight 380 cases. I have been using it on our 45acp and it's been perfect.

Please LMK if you run into this also. I hope you don't!
 
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I have tries using my Auto Drum on the 380 and ran into troubles. I was chipping out the case mouths while they were feeding into the die. As soon as I changed from the Auto Drum to the Auto Disk the problem disappeared! I think the return spring in the measure is too still for the light weight 380 cases. I have been using it on our 45acp and it's been perfect.

Please LMK if you run into this also. I hope you don't!
I've put all my autodrums on a Lee short riser, and just been really careful with how deep I set the belling. I had it eat a couple of .380 cases at first, until I got the depth just right. Now, I burned through 1200 of them last year without issue. It was touchy though and I didn't encounter that issue with any other caliber.
 
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