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I recently picked up a Lee Auto-drum measure, as I like the set it and forget it drums. Well, I ordered an extra set of drums this week, and they came in today. 2 large, two small, and a surprise. The large drums have a plug included that, "semi-permanently converts the large drum to a small drum in one easy step." My large drum that came with my measure didn't have the plug, and no way to pop one in.

Thanks, Lee. You just made my day. :)
 

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I use a Lyman powder dispenser but I think Lee does make a great product. I could see having one ofthese, I've heard nothing but good things.
 
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I just did a post a couple days ago along the same line.
MY Lee Auto disk began to drop irratically ( I figure its just worn out) this thing must have 40-50,000 rounds through it.
anyway I picked up the Auto drum and I ordered the extra drums at the same time.
my large drum did have the reducer with it however?
anyway I set 5 drums up to drop small charges and one to drop for the rifle charge.
got them set, marked each 380,9 MM, 38 Super, 10 MM, 45 acp and the 556.
after adjusting them I ran about 20 charges through each size and it dropped perfectly on weight every time.
this was with HS-6, BLC-2 and Unique.
now the unique surprised me as the auto disk would not drop this powder consistently at all.
I am looking forward to actually loading a few hundred rounds to see how it works out but so far I am impressed.
 

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I've never had much luck with consistency with Unique in any powder measure I have owned. Only the Lee Dippers were close but I still had to use a scale and a powder trickler to get any sort of consistency. I use an RCBS Charge Master 1500 and it works well but is slow. I use Titegroup, 231 or HP38. They meter easily and provide the results I need.
 

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I'm still working with the Auto Disk. It ain't broke, so I haven't fixed it. :D

I weigh most rifles, but I do have an adjustable drum thingy from Lee. Are you all talking about this thing? I do notice it don't measure small enough charges for .223. I load all my real rifles with it, though. :D Does great with stick powders like 3031, 4831, RL22, etc. Not every volume measure is good for stick powders.
 
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After setting 2 drums, I may sell my auto disc, double disc kit and micro charge bar. One thing I did do was use some powdered graphite to lube it all up before actually dropping powder.

I double checked the box the Auto drum was in, and sure enough, there was the plug. It had fallen out of the holder on the drum in shipping. :cool:
 
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Nope, googled it, ain't what I have. Very interesting, first time I've seen this. :D
 

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I've never had much luck with consistency with Unique in any powder measure I have owned. Only the Lee Dippers were close but I still had to use a scale and a powder trickler to get any sort of consistency. I use an RCBS Charge Master 1500 and it works well but is slow. I use Titegroup, 231 or HP38. They meter easily and provide the results I need.
same that I got , the variance was so much with the Auto Disk that I dipped the charge for the 380.
that's why I was so surprised when I ran 20 rounds and every one was dead on weight 3.5 grains of unique.
hopefully this remains the case.
my Auto disk has worked great now for many years, up until the last couple of weeks when it began to vary a good bit and would hang up in operation. so-- tried something new and so far so good.
I don't use extruded powders so don't know about them, don't really care actually as I don't see myself using them.
most of my powders are spherical in shape.
 

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same that I got , the variance was so much with the Auto Disk that I dipped the charge for the 380.
that's why I was so surprised when I ran 20 rounds and every one was dead on weight 3.5 grains of unique.
hopefully this remains the case.
my Auto disk has worked great now for many years, up until the last couple of weeks when it began to vary a good bit and would hang up in operation. so-- tried something new and so far so good.
I don't use extruded powders so don't know about them, don't really care actually as I don't see myself using them.
most of my powders are spherical in shape.
Stick powders are for rifle cartridges. I shoot 'em in .257 Roberts (H4831), .30-30 and 8x57 (IMR3031), 7.62x39 and .223 (IMR 4198 ), 7mm Remington Magnum (RL22) and a few other odd calibers like 7mmTCU I haven't loaded in years. These are loaded to max and, therefore, I weigh 'em. I'm not in to quantity with these rounds, just loading the best hunting loads I can. They're all quite accurate and powerful for their caliber. I don't load plinking ammo for .223 and 7.62x39. Loaded ammo is cheap. :D Actually, since I've been using Wolf 154 soft point in 7.62x39, I haven't loaded IT in years, either. That Wolf stuff is just too good, most accurate in my SKSs and it will tear a pig a new one. :D
 

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AHH, when I said I don't know about them (extruded powder) I meant a far as working in the Auto Drum.
I am familiar with the extruded powders as i use to hunt a good bit and so have loaded them previously.
I still have a 300 Win mag and a 250-3000 Savage but really the only thing I shoot anymore is the AR-15, mostly because its cool, groovy, iin fad, intemidating, makes me look younger and thinner.
 
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I just plink a lot with my AR. The hunting rifles are for serious business. :D I did shoot a deer last season with the .223, though, and a 62 grain Barnes. It worked and I have a couple of 20 round boxes of that load now. I'll use it for turkey hunting. I didn't get to chase turkey much this past season, was at the doctor's nearly every friggin' week for something. THAT has slowed down for me, now, thank God. It was eating at my home improvement savings having to pay docs and hospitals what insurance wouldn't cover.

That measure I have looks similar to the new drum thingy, but it has a manual crank. I think it's called the "Lee Perfect Powder Measure". It gets REAL close to charges and if I'm not loading at the top of pressure, I'll set it and use it. Otherwise, I dump like half a grain lower than peak and put the tared case on the balance and trickle the rest. That measure is known for working well with extruded powders and it looks a lot like the new drum measure. At least the thing speeds things up a might. I was going to use it for .223 loading, but it won't load that light, so I just use a Lee dipper, then trickle. :D If I were going to load plinking rounds, I'd just use a dipper and load light. I used to load 7x57 that way.
 
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