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Thread: LEE Dippers: Old (Balck or Red) powder dippers vs New (Yellow) powder dippers

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    I make new dippers from brass cartridge cases and a pipe cutter to fill in the holes between the multiple colors of dippers. For handles, I twist heavy (.035) stainless wire around the cases. They work great and I confirm exact powder charge before each session on the scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilbilly View Post
    I make new dippers from brass cartridge cases and a pipe cutter to fill in the holes between the multiple colors of dippers. For handles, I twist heavy (.035) stainless wire around the cases. They work great and I confirm exact powder charge before each session on the scale.
    ^^This^^
    I, especially, like reclaiming cases who's necks finally split; since it lets them still work for me, and they've even got the right head stamp for what I'm loading.

    Although, I do have a number of Lee's, too. Even though I only own one Lee die, a Speed Die, I bought their dippers and data sheets for their equivalents of each my RCBS and Hornady die sets and tucked them in my die boxes. This seemed the most compact way to have some data and a measure always along when I through a die set in my portable kit.
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    I have several dippers for different rounds that for one reason or another I don't want or need to set up a powder measure. I do weigh every charge thrown with the dipper though. I also make my own from old cases or other available materials. I have dippers made for powder, Shot, powdered fillers ( grex, corn meal,). Dippers are a handy tool on any bench. I also have a set of dippers for measuring the correct rartio of bisonite bedding compound since its a 10-1 mix and hard to measure otherwise.

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    I tend to use old cases and fill with lead then drill out to the weight I need.
    Empty cases at the range can be a god sent when you left your dippers at home when you have made a few out of cases and know what they weight at.
    Not for full noise loads though.
    Did that the other week and a 22lr case of bullseye and a 22mag case of unique kept me shooting for the day but not what I intended to do at the time.

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    Electronic scales seem to all be Listed As .1 Grain Resolution +/- several Counts and Temperature Variations.
    I have found Electronic Scales Too Inaccurate for Charges around 1.00 Grains to 3.00 Grains, and Use a RCBS (OHAS) "Balance Beam" type to measure My Charges.

    But then, i am Loading .25ACP cases with a Gross Water capacity of 6.7 Grains full to the rim.#.1 grains of BE-86 under a 50 Grain FMJ RN Jacketed Bullet is a 100% fill Load in the .25ACP cartridge!

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    Trivia Post:
    My Yellow Lee .3cc Dipper will throw a 3.0 grain charge of BE-86 repeatedly.

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    When I first started loading for a handgun, I didn't have a suitable powder measure and bought one of the Lee sets. Best six bucks I ever spent. Seems like I find all kind of uses for it. Actually pulled it out to load a few the other day and was too lazy to adjust a powder measure. 25 years or so and that dipper set is still going strong.

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    Sorry to wake an old thread back up... I have been loading since the late 80's and have never used a dipper! I am starting down the road of 32acp and find that I actually plan on dipping! My Uniflow with a small drum is not accurate enough and I hate to set up and trickle charge each one, very slow process. So, I am planning on using the included Lee dipper and maybe making an tuning a couple more from 22LR or 25acp cases. Will still weigh each charge on the Ohaus beam, my Dillon electronic has to much variation for my comfort in that tiny case. I really should get a full set of dippers, might be very handy with short runs of test loads!

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    Check S&S here. You might get lucky and find both old and new Lee dippers for less than retail for just the new . Making your own is a good alternative.
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    With my 32 S&W (not Long) loading project (with old S&W tools) coming along, I'm looking at very tiny dippers to measure charges like 1.3 gr of Bullseye, etc. so I'm looking at the very smallest of the Lee dippers. I fear I'll be forced to make my own out of 22 rf cases... I may have to go to a 22 s case to get small enough though... it looks like even a 22 lr case holds too much. While I'm at it, I'll probably make dippers for 32 S&W Long as well as that brass is so much more available.

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    Since I reload 22lr, there were not any commercial dippers available for that small amt of powder. So I made my own. Now I wonder why anyone would purchase a powder dipper. They are so easy to make and tailor to the type of powder that you use. Just use the scale to tweak the weight of powder. Now that has turned out to be so easy and accurate, I will do it for all calibers. Absolutely no need to purchase something so simple to make.
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    That's a good point on how easy dippers are to make.

    The best argument for the Lee's may be the capacity "slide-rule" and the charge tables, rather than the dippers themselves.

    I make some, but I've also bought a set; and I've bought individual dippers and charge tables from Lee's parts section for their dies to add to the boxes of most of my other dies' boxes. One or more dippers and a charge table in the box with the dies ensures that there's basic data and measurement ability always very handy.
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    Thanks for posting that. I have an old set of red ones. That I picked up somewhere and never even looked at them. Just thought they were the same. FB
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