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There are two types of powder charging
tools-adjustable and fixed rotor. Adjustable
powder measures, whether manual ($85
and up) or electric ($350 to $900), allow the
shooter to adjust the measure to the desired
powder charge. They can be effective when
properly adjusted.
Fixed-rotor measures use marked
interchangeable rotors with different
volumes. The exact charge for each rotor
will vary with different powders due to
density. But once the charge for each rotor is
determined they never go out of adjustment.
If a shooter wants to fine-tune a load that is
not thrown by a rotor, it's a simple matter to
take a rotor that's slightly below the desired
weight and open it up with a drill to get the
specific charge desired.
Many powder charging systems can
be mounted directly to the
press-drop the charge
and then seat the bullet.
Handgun cartridges can be
quickly charged with a loading
block and a fixed rotor charging
tool. A quick pass with a small
flashlight over the charging
block will immediately reveal
any double charges.

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The drawback is verifying the charge. A
missed or double charge can be a problem.
My solution with single-stage press use
is the same " batch processing " method
I use to prep cases. With my RCBS Little
Dandy powder measure I use loading blocks
(available from many sources). It takes me
10 minutes to fill two 50-case blocks and
charge them. A quick pass over the cases
with a small flashlight will show a missed
charge or double charge. After that, it's easy
to run them through the press and seat the
bullets. With a taper crimp there's one more
pass through the press, but it doesn't take


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