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Old 03-22-2020, 03:54 PM
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I went out to my small workshop today to prep some gear for reloading. I was anticipating using my old Hornady rifle powder measure/dispenser which (sadly) hadn't been touched since before my accident thirteen years ago, and found that the rotating drum had seized due to a small roof leak.

I need to soak the lower (all metal) unit in either Coca-Cola or 3 in 1 penetrating oil. I have been able to drive the drum about 3/4 out of the base. This is where my memory gets foggy. If I remember correctly, the drum is supposed to be a snug fit into the base, but can be slid out, correct? I do realize that once I repolish the drum and interior of the base, that I can't lubricate the drum due to it's contact with powder.

Am I envisioning this correctly? Thanks in advance for your advice!
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You are correct, it is a VERY tight fit to come out the side. Here is one in a series of videos on putting it back together. Use some one-shot if you can find it. Good luck


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I don't know which exact model you have but yes the drum comes out.


https://press.hornady.com/assets/pct...structions.pdf
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I bought an RCBS Rock Chucker and powder measure that spent their life on the beach for $35. I polished the powder cylinder and inside of drum with scotch brite. Powder measure is still going strong. Be gentle but firm with the drum it will come out.
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After a bit of internet surfing, I found the instructions for my dispenser. It is the old "Multi Deluxe Powder Dispenser". Hopefully, after a few days of soaking, the drum will come out easily.
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You can oil it or even add Kroil oil to it and let it soak into the metal and then wipe off the excess.
Only the small hole where the powder falls needs to be oil free, for the unit to work correctly.
The main housing can be oiled up big time and them wiped down, with no harm done to the powder being used.

Steel wool can be used to smooth out any ruff surfaces at the start of your clean up work, if needed..... just don't get carried away, since a snug fit is nice to have.

Good luck.

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You actually CAN LUBE the drum. Hornady's instructions say to use One Shot Gun Cleaner and Lube to clean the entire powder measure (eg) when you first receive it.

It leaves a DRY film of lube and will protect some against future rust.
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You can also use spray on graphite or moly to lube the drum.
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Best drum lube is any of the "Dry" lubes like Liquid Wrench Dry Lube L512
Apply liquid with a Q-Tip (or spay if thats all you can find) let dry and reassemble. The dry lube is a micro Teflon film that doesn't contaminate powder . Being dry it doesn't mix with powder residue to form a sludge.
The dry lubes are the BEST things to lube powder measures with...try it just once.
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