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Old 06-12-2022, 12:16 PM
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Iíve had this measure for some time now and thought Iíd pass along my thoughts on this very affordable metal constructed measure.

It arrived well coated with oil, so definitely follow pre-use cleaning instructions. For cleaning patches and swabs soaked in 92% rubbing alcohol works for me. After making sure all surfaces are dry again using patch and swabs I follow up with graphite on the inner surfaces. I wipe the exterior metal with a lightly oiled patch, then use a clean patch to remove any excess lube.

This measure can easily be set up for left or right hand use, up or down stroke dispensing. Mine is right hand down stroke. The relatively small hopper which ships with a baffle installed is easily removed for emptying, one thumb screw.

Adjustments are made by loosening a thumb screw and moving your metering rod in or out, resnug the thumb screw, then turn the outer portion for fine tuning. Itís simple and it works.

The unit comes with two tube sizes that screw in via a knurled finger ring. Note, when I first set mine up I had to use pliers to get the first tube properly seated. The threads were there and clean, just too tight. After a couple of times in and out both screw in by hand.

Iíve ran several powders through mine with very repeatable results.

The quality of this measure far exceeds my expectations for anything close to the price. On sale I paid less than $50 for mine (it has been a while back) and consider it to be the equal of measures costing a lot more.

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That’s a fine price and I’m glad to hear it’s working for you.

It makes me wanna cry that Lyman has apparently killed off the classic 55 powder measure. I love the design and I’ve used a number of the competitors offerings but it’s the 55 that I love most.

It probably cost more to manufacture given the design.
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I heard they are made in China?
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Nice. I use 2 that are older. Lyman 55's. Same measure. different calibration method(brass slides).
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Clearly states on the box made in USA. I placed the .45 bullet in the handle for weight.

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It really seems to be a “Best Buy” measure. I have only gotten around to using it enough to really appreciate the value of the product. Can’t compare longevity, but this affordable measure truly competes well with the original Uniflow. The Lee Perfect Powder Measure works great, but the Lyman is head and shoulders above the Lee in construction and feel.
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I replaced my Lee with this measure and it's solid and repeatedly accurate. The only input I have is that every finger tightening adjustment screw comes loose. I added a drop of blue Loctite to the threads and they hold the setting but are still adjustable.
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Apparently the Brass smith measure only comes with one size metering chamber. How does it work with small charges of pistol powder?
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Apparently the Brass smith measure only comes with one size metering chamber. How does it work with small charges of pistol powder?
That Sir is a good question.

This shows my inexperience with writing a complete review. I mounted it next to one of my single stage presses that I only use for rifle loads. I have only used it for 20 to 40 odd grains of extruded and ball powders in 6.5 CM .223 .308 Win

I'm addicted to the Lee Pro Auto Disk measures for most handgun rounds.

I don't keep anything much faster than Unique on hand.
I will see how repeatable it is with 3 to 6 grains of it, Universal Clays and what ever else I have around. I just remembered, I have Clays and that smelly curly Q stuff, Trail Boss.
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I got back to the measure earlier today. In my original post I failed to report on how it measures up using small doses of common handgun powders.

I’m pleased to say it was near perfect consistency with Universal, Unique, Clays, and Trail Boss.

With each powder I filled the hopper to about 2/3 full, then made 4 drops to settle the powder. Starting with Clays it was dropping 5.4 grains. The Hornady battery powered scale showed 5.4g 7 of ten drops. 3 times it measured 5.5. I reduced the charge to 3.2g and repeated the test. It was near identical results. 8 of 10 dead on, 2 over by .1g.

I then tested Universal, with 4.4g and 5.5g. It was so consistent I quit counting.

Unique was next, same pattern as the others. I emptied the majority of the powder from the hopper and the measure remained as accurate as it was 2/3 full.

The final test I took Trail Boss from 5.1g down to 2.2g and it never hiccuped. It repeated put a little 2.2g pile in the pan.

I’m more impressed with its ability to throw accurate small charges than I was with rifle load.

If mine is a fair example of the performance to expect from these, it is truly a bargain.
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