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    Hi All
    Thanks for all the help in my reloading venture im up and rolling now , have another question lee reloading manual for 45acp 230 jacket FMJ calls for 6.0 gn of unique powder im using the lee auto powder loader and noticed for the most part it stays at 6.0 but ive noticed on a few it goes to 6.2 gn is this critical ?
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    My stuff shows that you are in the safe range anywhere from 5.5gr to 6.5gr.
    .2 seems a little high for a spread with the Lee loader.. Mine is not off that far and I check every 10th load...I use the Lee on a single stage setup and all my motions are methodically boring..LOL... Most are almost spot on.

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    Thanks bosco
    Im using lee deluxe turret press I use the disk but when I used the .66 disk as lee suggest for the setup in my book it only put out 4.9 gn so I switched to the hole .82 which puts out the 6.0 but noticed some were 6.2 gn . thanks again !
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    Variations in the amount of powder dropped, from any measure, depends upon how consistent you are in operating the measure. Using the same motion every time keeps the amount dropped most consistent. This is especially true in the measure is mounted on a press.

    The volume of powder in the hopper will also have an effect. Never let the measure get below half full if you want the greatest consistency, especially on the Lee disk measure with its rather small hopper. Don't get me wrong; there's nothing the matter with the Lee, I have four of them.
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    +1 on above. I load powder in a separate drop measure. Keep in mind that the courser the powder, the more inconsistant the measure. The finer the powder the better for that purpose.

    Also, run multiple drops thru before you check weight. this allows the powder to settle in the hopper. The first few drops will most likely be lighter than where it eventually settles.

    One of the best things about reloads versus factory loads is consistancy. Back in my rifle loading days, I used to measure loads down to the last "granuale" with a powder dropper, and the accuracy of my .30-06 and .223 loads showed it was worth the effort.

    I use Hodgdon H-38 in my loads (.45 ACP and 9mm Mak) and I've never had a measureable varience from start to finish. Unique may not be the most consistant powder for your setup.
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    Thanks again all
    Im still new to loading so I always take good advise :}
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    With the Lee powder measure disks, rule of thumb is move up two sizes bigger than what the chart states. Should put you spot on with your target weight. Then adjust from there as needed.
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    I reloaded at 5.0 grns unique,It was a good plinking load
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