My reloading setup has evolved somewhat over the years. Some would look at it and think it’s a laughable setup. I agree. By now, had i invested the time and money I could have obtained a progressive press, but money and time are in short supply for a homeschool family. It’s the daycare FYI. KILLS ME. Anyway, I have acquired nicks and nacks related to reloading over the years, and finally found one or two worth writing home about. The Lee Perfect Powder Measure is one of them.
It’s a simple device. Plastic here, a few bolts, and the signature red color of a Lee product. It’s a budget item running around 25 to 30 dollars. I am happy to say that the cheap spendthrift I am is thrilled with the performance. Before purchasing I read online about the device. Some reviews stated that it was accurate to 1/10th of a grain, while others said powder measure was all over the place. I am happy to report that I am among the users who found the Lee accurate to 1/10th of a grain… with some caveats.
The powder measure throws Varget, an extruded powder, and 2230, a ball powder, to 1/10th of a grain after ten throws each. That’s impressive for such a cheap device. I know that a tenth of a grain may matter to serious competitors, but that tenth of a grain is perfectly within my limits for the sake of the time the device saves me. Load up your hopper with powder, pull the lever up and down, and it dispenses your powder down a small drop chute into your funnel or directly into the case mouth.
I have had good success with holding the case mouth up to the little chute without much powder spillage. Powder weight is adjusted by a turning a rotating meter assembly, and I had to fiddle with it for a time to get to my 24 grains of Varget, but once there I see no need to touch it again. The device is easy to work with, and can be clamped to the table or screwed into the bench with two included screws. I use a clamp to keep the work space free when not in use.
The key to its accurate loading is being consistent. Pull and push the lever the same way each time and you get your nice, even loading. Pull the lever, then jostle the powder or tap the device, and you can jump a full grain and a half. If the thought of another grain and a half is too scary for you or outside of your comfort zone, I understand. You have to really jostle the device to get the powder to settle… and then the jump occurs. If you have a stable bench and focus on what you’re doing, the Lee will give you the charge you want. If you decide that you want to measure the load after you tap the device a few times during the lever pull, you can do that too just be consistent. Experiment.
I was scooping and trickling to the weight for each charge. Took me a while to do that for 50 quality rounds. While meditative, it was not fast enough for my needs. The Lee Perfect Powder Measure increases my rounds per hour for very little money. I would list this as a buy for anyone who’s an apartment reloader or who is contemplating getting started. Make this device present in your equipment list, and it will speed you up considerably for very little money. I am happy with it thus far.