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Old July 14th, 2021, 05:05 PM #11
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On one hand you could maybe recover 150 gr worth of powder, but part of the reason we reload is because not only do we get to shoot more for our money by doing so, but we all get to control the quality of the rounds we're producing. If you mix adulterated powder back into the can with fresh, you've automatically compromised your quality.

Regarding the idea of using it for fertilizer, it's not even worth it IMO. You've reclaimed maybe 1/3rd of an oz of powder, and once you learn your press a bit better and you no longer spill as much, it will be even less than that.

I get it though - when it comes to primers, they are so ever-loving scarce right now that if I drop one, I hunt for it so that I can make sure I use it.

Out of curiosity, which press did you get?
Lee Load-Master. I got a "good deal" on a kit pre pandemic.
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Old July 14th, 2021, 05:11 PM #12
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Lee Load-Master. I got a "good deal" on a kit pre pandemic.
I've seen where the Load-Master can be a great press, although usually that's after someone has implemented a lot of upgrades and tweaks, and they make sure to keep it well tuned. I can understand where in your learning curve you may have spilled some powder. I considered getting one at one point, but I cut to the chase and got a Dillon 550 instead. It doesn't auto-index, but I like the simplicity of how it functions, and I'm still able to crank out about 100 rounds in 12-15 minutes.
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John did you jut tell me to stop being cheap? :-D

Thanks for the response!
No, but now that your mention it.

All joking aside, many of us who have been reloading have dumped powder and tried to reclaim it. The problem is that the dust and dirt that you can't separate changes the weight, if you are weighing, or the mass if you are using a powder measure. In either case you wind up with different velocities which means less than the best accuracy.

Now, if you are just going to shoot cowboy loads at 10 inch plates, I would say go for it since it won't matter for that kind of range.
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I've seen where the Load-Master can be a great press, although usually that's after someone has implemented a lot of upgrades and tweaks, and they make sure to keep it well tuned. I can understand where in your learning curve you may have spilled some powder. I considered getting one at one point, but I cut to the chase and got a Dillon 550 instead. It doesn't auto-index, but I like the simplicity of how it functions, and I'm still able to crank out about 100 rounds in 12-15 minutes.
I'm considering a 550 eventually when they become available and "reasonable" again.
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Do you use more than one powder? This juice is not worth the squeeze.
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Do you use more than one powder? This juice is not worth the squeeze.
Actually at this point no. I've really just started and only handgun caliber using CFE Pistol. Any recovered would be same.
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I would be concerned an accumulation of 15 - 20 charges of pistol, let alone rifle, powder accumulated outside the measure. Just my personal edgey way…
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