Over a couple of months been slowly collecting all the components to finally reload my own bullets. Got a good deal on a lee press and dies 2 months ago, and ordered some etips. For the first time not to bad in my book.
130 Grain Etip
3.4 cc lee diper of Reloder 19
sat them a tad bit over the min. For my safety.
Anyone have advice to get the lee safety scale to zero?
also made a few hordnay sst with the same system
Last edited by Pumpa; 04-27-2012 at 09:13 PM.
those dippers suck they are never the same weight. Also get a digital scale they are far more accurate I wonder sometimes if my safety scale is accurate because any little breeze or breath will make it off. You can go to a head shop(tobacco shop) and find a cheap one you can use instead of the expensive rcbs or dillon ones they sell at the stores.
If you only shoot out to 100yds or less then the dipper should be fine. If you plan on shooting anything further than 200yds then I recommend using a digital scale.
I didn't like using the dipper but ill try to find one if the scaled you said im pro saving $ lol
if your gonna buy a cheap scale that isnt made for reloading make sure it measure grains not grams
I second the scale. You can buy one for cheap and the results will more than pay for it. Those dippers are HARD to be consistent with. I have a set and use them to put powder into the scale pan. A powder trickler would be a good investment too if you are loading any quantity of rifle ammo.
It's good to have a plan. That way you have something to change.......
I used a Lee scale for years with good results. Did you get the Lee loading manuel with the kit/ If not get it. If yes read it it was very well written and has all the info you need. As for your scale set it on a hard level place. Make sure all your settings are on 0. Then turn your adjustment leg points to 0 or level.
As for the dippers they're good for plinking ammo but that's it. I set my powder charger a little light then trickle charge (add powder one grain at a time using a 45/70 case) until I get it exactly right for my target/hunting loads. I don't do that for pistol or plinking ammo.
There's nothing wrong with Lee equipment. In the world of hand loaders you can buy a VW or a Cady and anywhere in between. Both will get you where you want to go. Lee is a VW. Mine has assembled tens of thousands of rounds and all my hand loads can shot sub moa from my rifles. JMHO
I followed the directions, have everything to zero and a balanced surface, problem is that the brass spinner. When i need to add some weight i twist it and it will level, ill take the pan off and put it back on to double check, then it tells me im way underweight. So i repeat and then double check and it tells me im way over weight. I prolly just need to sit at the bench an work on it more
You can score a usable digital scale at Harbor Freight for less than $15. They won't be out where they would be stolen, you have to ask for them. Did you check the Nosler site for powder recommendations? All the major manufacturers put those up. Also, you are going to need a case trimmer and you should be in business.
Welcome to the world of accurate shooting without making Barnes wealthy.
I bought me the lee 50th anv. kit came with trimmer, flash pocket cleaner, chamfer, press. Ill have to look on the Nosler site didnt think about that thanks!