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Marshall,

I've been reading the article on powder dippers else where on the site, and have a question.  Never used one before.......any special techniques for getting a uniform "dip"<!--emo&???--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'><!--endemo-->


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I generally use a small stainless steel bowl, about the size of a common margarine container (metal bowl, no static electricity&#33<!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo--> and fill it half or two-thirds full of powder.  then, taking your dipper, push it into the powder, base first, so that the powder fills the dipper by flowing over the top of the dipper's rim, then lifting the dipper straight up, out of the powder, then scraping the dipper level using a business card or cast-off bank card.

It's really amazing how consistent you may become using this method and a simple powder dipper for dispensing charges.  Too, it is relatively quick, and if you have dippers made up for your favorite loads, you can often load the dozen or so rounds needed for a hunt or quick shooting using a dipper before you could even get the charge weight adjusted on a powder measure!

Give them a try, and you'll be surprised!

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Read Dean Grennels technique id the fifth edition of the ABC's of reloading.

He fills his tub half full, starts in backwards and then comes forward - works.
 

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Hey Guys,

This sounds really promising.  I'm developing loads for the 30-30 that are a step or two below max, for general shooting and hunting..... say a 150 grain bullet at about 2000 fps with a case nearly full of powder.  Sounds like a dipper might be really useful.

I also handload 9x19mm and .45 ACPs for general practice......hmmmmm.  

Thanks so much.

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Additional thought......how would a ceramic bowl work.......yea, well, my wife does pottery, I could get a custom container specifically sized for dipping.  :)

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Sounds good, Dont make the flat bottom too big. just big enough for stablility.
I think good thick sides with rounded lips.
A "rough" exterior to help grip the bowl when you tip it up would help. This is one of the reasons a butter tub works so well. You can bend it and get a good hold on it. Abutter tube can be just a touch small with smokeless.
For black powder the bowl would need to be about twice as big.
 

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When it's thought out the only difference between the dippers and a powder dispenser is a mechanical deal. A person can be as inconsistent with a dispenser as with the dipper.Consistency in the usage of each is the secret to accuracy. Smaller grains or ball powder aid in that quest.
 

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I have been using a Lee powder measure kit that I bought over 30 yrs ago. All of the commonly used powders are represented along with weight in grains capacity of the scoops. Works for me.
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If anybody has an old dipper set from Lee, you can purchase an "updated" slide rule for the currently available powders for $3.

http://www.leeprecision.com/catalog/parts.cgi?1019272559.2289=90100

Actually for $9 you can just get another complete kit again.  <!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->


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Thanks, Contender,
             Seein' as how I'm a Neanderthal, mebbe I oughta' update. Guess I'll just get me a new set.    
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I guess I'am in the same boat as mike, I've got 2 sets of them, one is black, one is red, maybe time to up date mine! After 30+ years still use mine every now and then to load something. Still using the same old butter container that I've had for years.

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http://www.leeprecision.com/instruct/index.html

Mike, Hit the above link and it will take you to the Lee website instruction  page.

They have an ongoing update page for all the new powders as they relate to the dippers. It's in a table format.

You'll need Adobe Acrobat to download it. There is a link there for the free reader version of it. Good to have anyway.

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