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Old 03-24-2020, 11:37 PM
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So Iíve been loading pistol for almost 8 years now. Everything from .380 to .45. When I started I bought the Hornady Lock N Load kit and put everything together. Loaded many thousands of rounds since then. I weigh every charge and itís always been dead on.

So Iím getting into rifle reloading and bought a separate powder thrower for rifle so I never mix up powders in the thrower. It comes with the rifle rotor for heavier charges. While cleaning it I see that the rotor for my other thrower that I have been using for 8 years is also a rifle rotor. Since I had never specifically set out to load rifle I never even knew there was a difference.

Itís obviously safe since Iíve never had an issue but is it a practice I should continue? No rush to buy a pistol rotor unless I have to.
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I use my Hornady vintage 1980 rifle thrower for coarse pistol powder such as Red Dot, Unique, 800x when my charges are around 6 or more grains. If I load my other powder, 231, I use the smaller cylinder pistol thrower for 4 grains about. the ball pdr of 231 measures so well I don't weigh every charge, but check often. The other powders w the rifle thrower I weigh every charge starting low and trickle up .
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I use my Hornady vintage 1980 rifle thrower for coarse pistol powder such as Red Dot, Unique, 800x when my charges are around 6 or more grains. If I load my other powder, 231, I use the smaller cylinder pistol thrower for 4 grains about. the ball pdr of 231 measures so well I don't weigh every charge, but check often. The other powders w the rifle thrower I weigh every charge starting low and trickle up .
I use HP38, same as 231. .380 loads are 2.8 grains. Drops them dead on every time.

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"If it aint broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. Seems to be working fine for you for the loads and powders you use.

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In the RCBS rotors the only difference is a bigger hole. For 223 you can get by with the pistol rotor, Large calibers (more powder) will probably need the rifle rotor.
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You can load small charges in the big, but not large in the small
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